Title: A 3-D multiscale model for gas exchange in fruit
Authors: Ho, Quang Tri
Verboven, Pieter
Verlinden, Bert
Herremans, Els
Wevers, Martine
Carmeliet, Jan
Nicolai, Bart # ×
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Publisher: American Society of Plant Biologists
Series Title: Plant Physiology vol:155 issue:3 pages:1158-1168
Abstract: Respiration of bulky plant organs such as roots, tubers, stems, seeds and fruit depends very much on the O2 availability and often follows a Michaelis-Menten-like response. A multiscale model is presented to calculate gas exchange in plants using the microscale geometry of the tissue, or vice versa, local concentrations in the cells from macroscopic gas concentration profiles. This approach provides a computationally feasible and accurate analysis of the cell metabolism in any plant organ during hypoxia and anoxia. The predicted O2 and CO2 partial pressure profiles compared very well to experimental data, thereby validating the multiscale model. The important microscale geometrical features are the shape, size and three-dimensional connectivity of cells and air spaces. It was demonstrated that the gas exchange properties of the cell wall and cell membrane have little effect on the cellular gas exchange of apple parenchyma tissue. The analysis clearly confirmed that cells are an additional route for CO2 transport, while for O2 the intercellular spaces are the main diffusion route. The simulation results also showed that the local gas concentration gradients were steeper in the cells than in the surrounding airspaces. Therefore, to analyse the cellular metabolism under hypoxic and anoxic conditions, the microscale model is required to calculate the correct intracellular concentrations. Understanding oxygen response of plants and plant organs thus not only requires knowledge of external conditions, dimensions, gas exchange properties of the tissues and cellular respiration kinetics, but also of microstructure.
ISSN: 0032-0889
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS)
Mechanical Metallurgy Section (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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