An evaluation of Goudriaan's summary model for light interception in strip canopies, using functional-structural plant models

Shuangwei Li, Wopke van der Werf, Fang Gou, Junqi Zhu, Herman N.C. Berghuijs, Hu Zhou, Yan Guo, Baoguo Li, Yuntao Ma*, Jochem B. Evers

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Abstract

Dealing with heterogeneity in leaf canopies when calculating light interception per species in a mixed canopy is a challenge. Goudriaan developed a computationally simple, though conceptually sophisticated, model for light interception in strip canopies, which can be reasonably represented as “blocks”, such as vineyards and crop rows. This model is widely used, but there is no independent verification of the model. Hence, we developed a comparison of light interception calculations with Goudriaan’s model and with detailed spatially explicit three-dimensional functional-structural plant models (FSPM) of maize in which plant architecture can be represented explicitly. Two models were developed, one with small randomly oriented leaves in blocks, similar to Goudriaan’s assumption, which we refer to as the intermediate model (IM), and another with a realistic representation of individual plants with stems and leaves having shape, orientation, etc, referred as FSPM. In IM and FSPM, light interception was calculated using ray tracing. In Goudriaan’s model, the light extinction coefficient (k), including both its daily and seasonal average values, was generated using the FSPM. Correspondence between the three models was excellent in terms of light capture for different levels of crop height, leaf area and uniformity, with the difference less than 3.3%. The results are strong support for the use of Goudriaan's summary model for calculating light interception in strip canopies.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberdiae002
Journalin silico Plants
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2024

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