A dynamic model of potential growth of olive orchards

Olive trees represent an extended horticultural crop in the Mediterranean Basin. The quantitative study of olive cropping systems via modelling is a crucial step in understanding their behaviour in response to climatic and management factors. The study by Morales et al. (2016) presents a model of potential olive oil production based on a three-dimensional model of canopy photosynthesis and respiration and dynamic distribution of assimilates among organs. The model was successfully tested against literature reports and different measurements performed in a real orchard, providing evidence of its predictive power. Further simulations were conducted to gain insight into the effects of climate change and planting density on potential olive oil production.

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