Phyllotaxis: Some progress, but a story far from over

Matthew F. Pennybacker, Patrick D. Shipman, Alan C. Newell

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Abstract This is a review article with a point of view. We summarize the long history of the subject and recent advances and suggest that almost all features of the architecture of shoot apical meristems can be captured by pattern-forming systems which model the biochemistry and biophysics of those regions on plants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number31628
Pages (from-to)48-81
Number of pages34
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
StatePublished - Jun 15 2015


  • Botany
  • Pattern formation
  • Phyllotaxis
  • Swift-Hohenberg equation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics


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