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Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Biology

Brandy Wiegers*, Central Washington University (Faculty)
Talk Abstract: 
The root growth process is characterized by the plant cells absorbing water which, in turn, generates pressure on the cellular wall. This pressure forces the cell to grow by inflating it like a water balloon, stretching the cellular wall to the point that the expansion is irreversible. The primary question that plant physiologists have about this process is, where is the water coming from to enable the growth? The theories of the source of water to facilitate plant growth can be tested by evaluating the plant root growth model using numerical methods and comparing the estimates to experimental observations. Results of this model are providing valuable insight into the plant root growth theories and provide an engaging sample of different numerical analysis techniques.
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 19:30