In this paper, we compared the efficacy of observation based modeling approach using a genetic algorithm with the regular statistical analysis as an alternative methodology in plant research. Preliminary experimental data on in vitro rooting was taken for this study with an aim to understand the effect of charcoal and naphthalene acetic acid (NAA) on successful rooting and also to optimize the two variables for maximum result. Observation based modeling, as well as traditional approach, could identify NAA as a critical factor in rooting of the plantlets under the experimental conditions employed. Symbolic regression analysis using the software deployed here optimized the treatments studied and was successful in identifying the complex non-linear interaction among the variables, with minimalistic preliminary data. The presence of charcoal in the culture medium has a significant impact on root generation by reducing basal callus mass formation.
Dr. Meenu Mridula studied at Department of Botany, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Genetic Programming, Eureqa, Symbolic Regression, Wrightia tinctoria, in vitro culture
SCIENCE / Biology