About CRootBox

The focus of CRootBox is the simulation of different types of root architecture, and to provide a generic interface for coupling with arbitrary soil/environmental models, e.g., in order to determine the impact of specific root architectures on function. CRootBox is based on the earlier RootBox code that had been implemented in Matlab (Leitner et al. 2010), but now has an object oriented implementation which is more flexible and faster so that field-scale modelling became feasible.

Root architecture database

Based on published data, we created a database of root architectural parameters, simulated all of them using CRootBox (with adapted parameters where necessary) in a setting of a single root system growing in unconfined space. All the parameter files can be found here

Roots in a box

The root growth modelling in containers based on signed distance functions allows to mimic experiments that use specific containers, also split-root boxes, and it also works to simulate root growth around obstacles. It may for example be helpful to anticipate wall effects in a given container size.

Installation and use


CRootBox is Open Source

CRootBox is distributed under a GPL licence, which means that redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted under the GNU General Public License v3 and provided that the following conditions are met:

  1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
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  3. Neither the name of the copyright holder nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.
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