The Fortran simulation translator (FST) is a simulation language, that enables the researcher to develop concepts, in terms of mathematical equations, e.g. about agro-ecological systems, that are converted in a Fortran program with data files (Fortran simulation environment, FSE). This generated Fortran program is well-structured and can be executed using both user developed and standard mathematical library subroutines (e.g. IMSL). The possibility to use the generated Fortran program as a starting point for further model development makes FST a valuable tool, both for research and education. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.