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Redefining plant systems biology: from cell to ecosystem

Keurentjes, J.J.B. and Angenent, G.C. and Dicke, M. and Martins Dos Santos, V.A.P. and Molenaar, J. and Van der Putten, W.H. and Ruiter de, P.C. and Struik, P.C. and Thomma, B.P.H.J. (2011) Redefining plant systems biology: from cell to ecosystem. Trends in Plant Science, 16, 183-190. ISSN 1360-1385.

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Molecular biologists typically restrict systems biology to cellular levels. By contrast, ecologists define biological systems as communities of interacting individuals at different trophic levels that process energy, nutrient and information flows. Modern plant breeding needs to increase agricultural productivity while decreasing the ecological footprint. This requires a holistic systems biology approach that couples different aggregation levels while considering the variables that affect these biological systems from cell to community. The challenge is to generate accurate experimental data that can be used together with modelling concepts and techniques that allow experimentally verifying in silico predictions. The coupling of aggregation levels in plant sciences, termed Integral Quantification of Biological Organization (IQBiO), might enhance our abilities to generate new desired plant phenotypes

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:8851
Deposited On:28 Jun 2011 02:00
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