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Cauliflowers or how the perseverance of a plant to make flowers produces an amazing fractal structure

Le chou-fleur ou comment la persévérance d’une plante à vouloir faire des fleurs produit une étonnante structure fractale

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Biological organisms have an immense diversity of forms. Some of them exhibit conspicuous and fascinating fractal structures that present self-similar patterns at all scales. How such structures are produced by biological processes is intriguing. In a recent publication, we used a multi-scale modelling approach to understand how gene activity can produce macroscopic cauliflower curds. Our work provides a plausible explanation for the appearance of fractal-like structures in plants, linking gene activity with development.
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hal-04242307 , version 1 (14-10-2023)

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Eugenio Azpeitia, François Parcy, Christophe Godin. Cauliflowers or how the perseverance of a plant to make flowers produces an amazing fractal structure. Comptes Rendus. Biologies, 2023, 346 (G1), pp.75-83. ⟨10.5802/crbiol.120⟩. ⟨hal-04242307⟩
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