“Functional tree models reacting to the environment” by Hua

  • ©Jing Hua and Meng Zhang

  • ©Jing Hua and Meng Zhang




    Functional tree models reacting to the environment



    Visually realistic tree images competing for light and space have been created previously [Paubicki et al. 2009]. Here we present a method of generating tree forms reacting to the environment based on several biological hypothesis. In this method, a tree is composed of functional organs playing roles of sources and/or sinks of biomass. Each tree is a stand-alone artificial life with internal feedback between its structure and functioning.


    1. Mathieu, A., Cournè de, P.-H., Letort, V., Barthélémy, D., and de Reffye, P. 2009. A dynamic model of plant growth with interactions between development and functional mechanisms to study plant structural plasticity related to trophic competition. Annals of Botany 103, 1173–1186.
    2. Paubicki, W., Horel, K., Longay, S., Runions, A., Lane, B., and Prusinkiewicz, R. M. P. 2009. Self-organizing tree models for image synthesis. In ACM Transactions on Graphics – Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2009, 1–10.

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