(PRWEB) August 24, 2005
An upgraded software package called PlantGro 4.0 has just been released (http://www.climsystems.com/site/products/?id=5). PlantGro 4.0 is a versatile tool that can help you to assess the suitability of various climates and soils for different plants. The program is preloaded with over 1500 plant files (including annuals, perennials and tree species), over 40 soil files and greater than 100 site specific climate files. A total of 23 parameters can be used in an analysis ranging from pH and cation exchange capacity to salinity and slope. These sample files provide you with the basis for beginning your own assessments. The beauty of this program is the interface and the ease at which the sample files can be edited and completely new files can be developed based on your local data.
One powerful feature of PlantGro 4.0 is its batch mode facility. Multiple plant, soil and climate files can easily be selected and queried from those available to assess one parameter in reference to the others quickly and efficiently. For example, multiple plant types can be run against soil and climate files to quickly identify the best adapted plants to a particular location. Output from this analysis is generated in Excel spreadsheet format for excellent management and manipulation potential.
PlantGro is currently being used around the world to conduct rapid, first-order assessments of potential arable and tree crops for agricultural and silviculture use, especially when alternatives to conventional systems are being contemplated. It can invaluable to do a desktop assessment of potential crops prior to more detailed trials or other assessments. PlantGro 4.0 is the tool of choice for conducting these rapid assessments. Peter King of the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation International has used PlantGro 4.0's application on land resource consultancy projects in India. Peter said:
"I had no troubles playing around with different permutations and combinations of plant, climate and soil files - and generating tons of outputÂ.
The potential applications of the program are vast, from viticulturalists or orchardists interested in what soil and climates will support various grape and fruit varieties, to specialist horticulturalists looking for a niche product to grow in a greenhouse or specific outdoor location.
Very soon a new version of SimCLIM, a climate change scenario generation program, will be launched which will be compatible with PlantGro. The integration of SimCLIM with PlantGro will allow the user to do unique and powerful analysis of the impact of climate change on plant suitability with soils. Climate change can thereby be factored into decision-making with regard to potential changes to cropping systems and tree planting. The powerful combination of SimCLIM and PlantGro software can provide you with the data to make better informed decisions for future sustainability and profitability.
As part of this promotion a free upgrade to the SimCLIM-compatible version of PlantGro will be made available on the release of SimCLIM 2.0 to those who purchase PlantGro 4.0 in the next two months.
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