Software system for plant growth prediction
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CTA. 1992. Software system for plant growth prediction. Spore 40. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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software system PLANTGRO
Farmers have predicted plant growth according to their experience for thousands of years. Now a new software system PLANTGRO, combines this experience with modern scientific techniques to provide new ways of predicting the growth of hundreds of plant species, including some lesser-known plants. The PLANTGRO package, which was designed by the Division of Tropical Crops and Pastures of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia (CSIRO), comes with a handbook which uses a simple skill-rating system. It encourages users to goat their own pace. In this way, people who have a strong feeling for plants but have little contact with computers or formal plant science, quickly realise that their expertise is vaIuable and can be recorded. The package provides starter data-files for 60 plants 30 soils and 40 climates. PLANTGRO can be used in numerous contexts. For farmers, foresters and rural advisers, it provides an on-the-spot means of thinking about new land-use options. For planners at higher levels who use computerized resource information systems, it represents an add-on package which can give life to soil and climate data held in store. And for those struggling to integrate scraps of information about lesser-known plants it provides procedures for almost every situation. Crops covered include banana, cashew, cassava, cocoa, coconut, coffee, cowpea, kenaf, lentil, maize, oil palm, pineapple, potato, rubber, soybean, sugarcane, sweet potato, taro, wheat and yam. Trees include Acacia spp. and tropical hardwoods. Software programme language is GWBASIC (not supplied) System: MS DOS 3.2 or higher. Total access is given to software. Editing and upgrading of datafiles can be performed by using a simple word processing package. The price is $A100 for the complete package, $A65 for the handbook only and $A40 for disks only. CSIRO Publications 314 Albert Street East Melbourne Victoria 3002, AUSTRALIA