Information Processing and Distributed Computation in Plant Organs

George W. Bassel

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The molecular networks plant cells evolved to tune their development in response to the environment are becoming increasingly well understood. Much less is known about how these programs function in the multicellular context of organs and the impact this spatial embedding has on emergent decision-making. Here I address these questions and investigate whether the computational control principles identified in engineered information processing systems also apply to plant development. Examples of distributed computing underlying plant development are presented and support the presence of shared mechanisms of information processing across these domains. The coinvestigation of computation across plant biology and computer science can provide novel insight into the principles of plant development and suggest novel algorithms for use in distributed computing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)994-1005
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number11
Early online date12 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


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