SimRoot is an architectural root model. It simulated the growth of a root system over time in a 3d virtual space. Growth is predefined in SimRoot. An infinite number of root classes can be defined, each with it's own growth and branching pattern. Collection of the growth and branching patterns takes time, but is possible using several methods outlined on this site such as pouch studies, crown evaluation and root coring. Currently input files for maize and bean are available.
SimRoot as a research tool
SimRoot allows us to study the effect of a specific root trait on resource acquisition. SimRoot has a build in carbon model which allows us to study the carbon economy of plants and a nutrient model which allows us to study nutrient uptake. A water model is current work in progress. Thus with SimRoot we can study the importance of a trait under multiple resource constraints.
SimRoot in action
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Functioning of several SimRoot modules
Visualize several traits that can be modeled in SimRoot