The Trait Ecology and Evolution (plant) model

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plant comes with a lot of documentation. Run library(help=plant) to see the index, and see vignettes:

Details of the modelling approaches:

  • vignette("demography"): Modelling demography of plants, patches and metapopulations online
  • vignette("physiology"): Plant physiological model online

Details of using plant from R:

  • vignette("plant"): Plant level properties online
  • vignette("cohort_spacing"): The cohort spacing algorithm online
  • vignette("equilibrium"): Finding demographic equilibrium online
  • vignette("patch"): Patch level dynamics online
  • vignette("emergent"): Patch level emergent properties online
  • vignette("fitness"): Calculating fitness online
  • vignette("parameters"): Modifying parameters of the physiological model online


Installation requires a C++11 compatible C compiler (OSX >= 10.10/Yosemite satisfies this, plus we've had success on Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04).

Option 1, using drat

(install drat with install.packages("drat"))

install.packages("plant", dependencies=TRUE)

Versions of R before 3.2.0 may require install.packages("plant", type="source") here. The dependencies=TRUE installs some additional packages that are used in tests and some of the routines.

Option 2, using devtools::install_github

devtools::install_github("traitecoevo/plant", dependencies=TRUE)

Development versions of plant (version 0.2.3 onwards) depends on the loggr package: install that from drat or with



Installation on Windows is likely to be a challenge, because of the lack of a C++11 compiler. The current Windows toolchain uses gcc 4.6.3, which des not feature enough C++11 support to successfully compile plant. There is support coming for gcc 4.9.2, but that is under development. This should become available on Windows very soon (it was initially aimed for 3.2.0 but didn't quite make it). As soon as this is available we will provide Windows binaries.

Building vignettes

See [docs/](docs/ for details. The vignettes are not built as part of the package installation as they take a couple of hours to build.

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