A new root solute uptake model based on a lumped version of the Trapp model (Trapp, 2000) was implemented in a coupled version of R-SWMS-ParTrace models for 3-D water flow and solute transport in soil and roots. Solute uptake was modeled as two individual processes: advection with the transpiration stream and diffusion through the root membrane. We parameterized the model for a FOCUS scenario used in the European Union for pesticide registration. Simulation with a single root showed a good agreement with the results produced by the 1D PEARL model. Simulations with a complex root system predicted larger water uptake from the upper root zone, leading to larger pesticide uptake when pesticides are concentrated in the upper root zone. Dilution of root water concentrations at the top root zone with water with low pesticide concentration taken up from the bottom of the root zone lead to larger uptake of solute when uptake was simulated as a diffusive process. This illustrates the importance of modeling uptake mechanistically and considering root and solute physical and chemical properties, especially when root-zone pesticide concentrations are non uniform.