ARCHIMED mainly includes ARCHIMED-φ (biophysics) and soon ARCHIMED-γ (growth). The platform aims at modeling plants in interaction with their environment, and is particularly focused towards real-world agromomic applications such as:

  • optimization of planting designs in agroforestry systems
  • plant ideotyping for optimizing e.g. water use efficiency
  • management adaptation according to pedo-climatic conditions
ARCHIMED-γ is not yet ready for diffusion.

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ARCHIMED-φ (pronounced ARCHIMED-phys) is part of the ARCHIMED modeling platform and is used to simulate the biophysical processes such as leaf irradiation, transpiration, temperature and ultimately carbon assimilation. By doing so, detailed information can be integrated from the individual leaf scale up to the individual plant scale, even within complex stands such as agroforestry systems. Simple numerical methods are used for solving multiple feedback between light, energy, water and CO2 transfers at leaf, plant and plot scales. Numerical calculations applied at different scales allow simple implementation of complex models involving intricate processes.

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ARCHIMED-γ (pronounced ARCHIMED-growth) is part of the ARCHIMED modeling platform and is used to simulate the plant development, growth and yield. It is not yet available as a module of the ARCHIMED platform. It is scattered into different softwares aimed at different questions. We are putting a lot of thinking into providing a single software that does all, aiming at providing a generic software for developpers and users where each plant could simply been parameterized using botanic knowledge. This approach would be inspired by the way a plant is considered in the STICS model (i.e. it is parameterized once and for all).

Great accessibility

with great powers


Plant Builder

Build static plants with XPlo, or use a model (e.g. VPalm)


Cloud integration (future)

Available as a service on our secured self-hosted platform


Add-ons & plugins (pre-α)

Analyse, plot and share using our R and Julia packages

3D process-based

Yet blazing-fast


Ultra-fast simulations

The model uses clever algorithms for the most computationally-intensive processes (e.g. light interception and energy balance).


Memory efficient

Memory management has been at the heart of the project since the beginning. ARCHIMED can run on any computer with at least 4Gb of memory.


Powerful and unified interface

ARCHIMED encompass sub-modules (e.g. ARCHIMED-φ) and comes along with AMAPStudio for 3D plant construction and visualization.

Recent Posts



ARBRATATOUILLE aims to improve our knowledge on interactions between trees and vegetable production, and to propose new perspectives for agroforestry system conception and management.


PalmStudio aim at developing a functional-structural plant model for oil palms (Elaeis guineensis). The model is developed using three models: ARCHIMED for the biophysics, XPalm for the growth and yield, and VPALM for the 3D mock-ups building (as in the above image).

Meet the Team



Jean Dauzat

Researcher (FSPM team, AMAP lab, CIRAD)

Structure-Function interaction, Ecophysiology, Agronomy, LiDAR


Rémi Vezy

Researcher (FSPM team, AMAP lab, CIRAD)

Structure-Function interaction, Ecophysiology, Environmental physics, LiDAR



François Grand

Developer (FSPM team, AMAP lab, CIRAD)

Programing, Java, Linux, Python

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Raphael P.A. Perez

Researcher (PAM team, AGAP lab, CIRAD)

ecophysiology, agronomy, breeding

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