A cellular automaton to model the development of primary shoot meristems of Arabidopsis thaliana

J Bioinform Comput Biol. 2007 Apr;5(2B):641-50. doi: 10.1142/s0219720007002862.


Development of organisms is a very complex process in which a lot of gene networks of different cell types are integrated. Development of a cellular automaton (Ermentrout and Edelshtein-Keshet, J Theor Biol 160:97-133, 1993) that models the morphodynamics of different cell types is the first step in understanding and analysis of the regulatory mechanisms underlying the functioning of developmental gene networks. A model of a cellular automaton has been developed, which simulates the embryonic development of shoot meristem in Arabidopsis thaliana. The model adequately describes the basic stages in development of this organ in wild and mutant types.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / physiology*
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / metabolism*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental / physiology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant / physiology*
  • Meristem / physiology*
  • Models, Biological*
  • Morphogenesis / physiology*
  • Plant Shoots / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology


  • Arabidopsis Proteins