Unité mixte de recherche botAnique et Modélisation de l'Architecture des Plantes et des végétations
Joint Research Unit Botany and computational plant architecture
The Joint Research Unit Botany and computational plant architecture (AMAP) is a multidisciplinary lab which focuses on the analysis and modelling of structure, development and diversity of plants and vegetation. AMAP specifically develops interface research between applied mathematics/informatics and plant/vegetation sciences. This research encompasses basic science along with methodological and applied topics and deals with cultivated as well as natural plants in temperate, mediterranean and tropical contexts. AMAP applies biomathematics and computational techniques to characterize taxa, explore evolution of functional architecture, plant-plant interactions and dynamics of stands and crops. Diversity of plants and vegetation is a prominent topic which embraces morphological, functional and phylogenetical aspects along with ecological and biogeographic dimensions.
Applied informatics is contributing through the design of innovative databases and software for the collaborative gathering, sharing and use of massive datasets, and via the conception of software for efficient simulations and 3D visualization of structural and functional information at plant, stands and landscape scales. AMAP is carrying out field investigations and supervises reference herbaria and collections (paleobotany) in France (Montpellier) and overseas (IRD herbaria of Cayenne and Nouméa).
Link to the AMAP working theme 14: Generic Software Development for Plants Modelling / Développement Logiciel Générique pour la Modélisation des Plantes (fr)