OpenSimRoot is a 3D architectural plant model. It simulated the growth of a root system over time in a 3D virtual space and is coupled to a 3D soil model, to compute water and nutrient uptake by the use of functional structural models.


OpenSimRoot as a research tool allows us to study the effect of a specific root trait on resource acquisition, so that we can study the importance of a trait under multiple resource constraints.

A benefit of OpenSimRoot is its modular program structure. It is now fully C++ and relies only on standard libraries. To run your root simulation you specify a XML input file to give a parameterization.

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Last Modified: 18.10.2022