UCLouvain - Earth and life institute


I m a PhD student at UCLouvain (Belgium).

I started this journey in 2018 and the adventure is ongoing. The all project is about phenotyping the hydraulic on the root system. In that regards, we work with models and we go from cells-scale to plant-scale. The methodology that we are building will help estimate the transpiration and even the global effect of local changes.

Research Project

Overview of the few project I have been working on.

Hydraulic Maps

Combining cross-section images and modeling tools to create high-resolution root system hydraulic atlases in Zea mays

A. Heymans, V. Couvreur, and G. Lobet.


Radial water fluxes in a generated root cross section

A. Heymans, and V. Couvreur

Hydraulic VIPER

Virtual phenotyping pipeline for root hydraulic traits.

A. Heymans, V. Couvreur, F. Meunier, M. Javaux, X. Draye, and G. Lobet.


Generator of root anatomy in R.

A. Heymans, V. Couvreur, T. LaRue, A. Paez-Garcia, G. Lobet.


MARSHAL, a novel tool for virtual phenotyping of maize root system hydraulic architectures

F. Meunier, A. Heymans, X. Draye, V. Couvreur, M. Javaux, and G. Lobet

SmartRoot to CRootBox

From root system scans to a 3D models of your plant in few steps.

Useful tools

Plant models - Image analysis software tools - Image dataset . A website presenting image analysis software tools and models for plants

Doing Sciences with R

R for Data Science. This book will teach you how to do data science with R

Data to Viz. From Data to Viz leads you to the most appropriate graph for your data. It links to the code to build it and lists common caveats you should avoid.