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Computer models and simulations

Computational modeling makes use of the powerful abilities of computers to make calculations. Constructing models of real systems allows for testing of conceptual models and related hypotheses before verification is sought in greenhouse and field studies.

This three dimensional simulated root system calculates nutrient and water uptake as the roots grow and receive photosynthate from the shoot in a virtual 3D soil environment.

The anatomical structure of roots has been shown to have effects on plant physiological processes but root anatomy has not been explicitly considered in functional-structural root models... until now.

Jouke Postma, author of SimRoot, offers advice on how to get started with a scientific model.