MECHA model is out!

Valentin Couvreur and colleagues just released their new model on water flow through roots. Their new article 'Going with the flow: multiscale insights into the composite nature of water transport in roots' is published in Plant Physiology and available online. See publication here.

It describes a new model that simulates the distribution of the water fluxes and potentials between the soil root interface and the xylems vessels. The paper demonstrates how anatomy, plasmodesmata, and membrane permeability control the distribution of water fluxes through roots. You can also try it online! MECHA

Two open PhD positions in modeling

You are motivated engineer, physicist, bio-engineer, or biologist into developing numerical applications to investigate soil-plant interactions? Two PhD positions are currently open on the following topics:

  • "The impact of rhizosphere on drought tolerance in Maize". More informations here.

  • "How anatomical, physiological and structural changes in the Maize hydraulic architecture affects its capacity to take up water and increase its resilience against drought". This PhD will combine experimental and modeling work with a functional-structural root model. More informations here.

Deadline to apply: 1st December 2018

R-SWMS 9.0

Yesterday August 13th, 2018, R-SWMS developers from Germany and Belgium met in Liège (BE) to set up a new version of R-SWMS. The former one was 8.2. The new version, called R-SWMS 9.0, has several new features. Now, it is possible to simulate multiple root systems with different transpiration and growth, peticide uptake and transport in the plant and root growth in the biopores. Techical changes have also been implemented like the parallel processing for solute transport with particle tracking or the possibility compile only water flow (without solute).


About us

R-SWMS was originally developped in the Agrosphere institute of the Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH in 2004-2006. It has then been continuously developped through research projects and PhD grants at the Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany), at the Katolieke Universiteit Leuven(Belgium) and at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

Jülich Forschungszentrum


Jülich Forschungszentrum conduct research to provide comprehensive solutions to the grand challenges facing society in the three fields of energy and environment, information and brain research.

Earth and Life Institute

The Earth and Life Institute pursues the objectives of understanding the basic processes of the Earth & Life System at different scales and designing sustainable solutions to meet major challenges for our societies.

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