Interactive Simulation in the Field of Plant Nutrition
This US-Israel Bi-national Agricultural Research and Development (BARD) Foundation project involves hypotheses testing and result evaluation, using an interactive graphic model. SimRoot, a 3D model developed at Penn State, graphically describes the 3D deployment of plant root systems in soil. The model follows plant development and will predict the performance of plants under various environmental conditions, depending on their physiological characteristics.
Results are displayed graphically in 3D dynamic images that can be rotated by the viewer. This type of work was limited until now to users working at the console or on local area networks. This application will require high-speed computer communication to allow real-time responses between Israel and the US. If successful, a whole new area of applications in cooperative ecological and physiological research and teaching will evolve