SIMULATION OF BIOMASS ALLOCATION IN GREENHOUSE CROPS - A REVIEW
The general patterns of biomass allocation to each plant part are summarized and the applications of the different model approaches are discussed, with special reference to greenhouse crops.
It is concluded that the approach of potential demand and priority functions is most valuable for simulation under a large range of experimental conditions and for dry matter distribution between any plant part. However, it requires extensive input data. The approaches of descriptive allometry, the functional equilibrium or potential demand functions sometimes (under a more limited range of conditions) also give acceptable simulation results in a simpler way. However, the simulation of biomass allocation is still one of the weakest features of crop growth models.