Development of a Mathematical Model to Investigate Iron Allocation in Plant Systems

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 2:00pm
Zoom presentation
Jessica Wellington
(MU Math)

The focus of this project was to develop a model to study the mobilization of nutrients in plants – specifically iron. The project had two main goals. The first goal was to create a biologically accurate model to capture the distribution of iron through the plant. A model for the allocation of iron in plants has not yet been developed/published, thus this constitutes a novel contribution of this project. The second goal is to use the model to study the plant’s response to changes in iron concentration in the soil, which will give insights on how to design future lab experiments (predictive biology). The motivation for building this model is the hope that further understanding of uptake and storage of iron in plants will allow biologist to create plants – through precision breeding and gene editing- that can better respond to changes in the soil. This work has been carried out in collaboration with Dr. David Mendoza Cozatl (Plant Sciences, University of Missouri) and Dr. Toni Kazic (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Missouri).

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