Applications of metabolic modelling to plant metabolism

J Exp Bot. 2004 May;55(400):1177-86. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erh090. Epub 2004 Apr 8.


In this paper some of the general concepts underpinning the computer modelling of metabolic systems are introduced. The difference between kinetic and structural modelling is emphasized, and the more important techniques from both, along with the physiological implications, are described. These approaches are then illustrated by descriptions of other work, in which they have been applied to models of the Calvin cycle, sucrose metabolism in sugar cane, and starch metabolism in potatoes.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation
  • Kinetics
  • Mathematics
  • Models, Biological*
  • Models, Chemical
  • Solanum tuberosum / cytology
  • Solanum tuberosum / metabolism*
  • Starch / metabolism
  • Substrate Cycling
  • Sucrose / metabolism


  • Sucrose
  • Starch