Multiscale modelling and analysis of growth of plant tissues

Arezki Boudaoud, Annamaria Kiss, Mariya Ptashnyk

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How morphogenesis depends on cell properties is an active direction of research. Here, we focus on mechanical models of growing plant tissues, where microscopic (sub)cellular structure is taken into account. In order to establish links between microscopic and macroscopic tissue properties, we perform a multiscale analysis of a model of growing plant tissue with subcellular resolution. We use homogenization to rigorously derive the corresponding macroscopic tissue scale model. Tissue scale mechanical properties are computed from all microscopic structural and material properties, taking into account deformation by the growth field. We then consider case studies and numerically compare the detailed microscopic model and the tissue-scale model, both implemented using finite element method. We find that the macroscopic model can be used to efficiently make predictions about several configurations of interest. Our work will help making links between microscopic measurements and macroscopic observations in growing tissues.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Jun 2023


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