In the next release of Bio7 there will be no plant database anymore. This will definitely simplify the design of cellular automata or discrete individual based models for other purposes than plant simulations.
The plant database always suggested that Bio7 is just for plant simulations which was never the case. By removing the plant database and the object matrix it will now be easier to create states and access their values. Only one array is now needed for the calculations. In addition i also removed the soil perspective. Now soil layers can be created with ImageJ and with float values. Examples will be available with the next release. Furthermore the actice ImageJ layer can be visualized together with the 3d grid view (as known from the soil layers). The purpose of this changes is to simplify the development of a broader spectrum of ecological models and the change of perception of Bio7 as it should be as a general development environment for ecological modeling.