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Is it possible for an animal to have a plant stage in its life cycle? [duplicate]

I'm designing an alien species with a somewhat unique life cycle. When these aliens reach maturity, both males and females start producing thousands of tiny spores filled with hydrogen gas that float ...
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How would sex chromosome inheritance work in a tetraploid trioecious species with the ZW sex determination system?

I imagined a trioecious angiosperm species descended from common cocoa trees (Theobroma cacao). Trioecious = three sexes (male, female, and simultaneous hermaphrodite). They use the ZW sex-...
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Is it possible for a plant to form a biological "greenhouse" to protect its delicate flowers using some sort of clear, insular material?

In my world, I have a type of plant with a two-stage life cycle. The first stage grows into a structure that functions like a greenhouse that allows in most of the Sun's light but insulates against ...
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In a world with a species of Parasitic Flower, What afflictions could it cause to a living organism?

CW: Parasites, Sickness, Mentions of Wounds & Infection. I’m currently working on a game and trying to decide if i want to keep this part in game whatsoever. This species is a type of parasitic ...
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Could Megaflora Sustain Permanent Settlements?

So, a setting I'm brainstorming is basically a tribal world, with Hunter-gatherers, animism, and the like. One of the features I want to add, to make it stand out from our own world is the existence ...
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Could cocoa trees evolve dioecy?

In real life, cocoa trees are famous for being hermaphroditic angiosperms from the Rosid class that are extremely bad at reproducing (they can be considered the giant panda of the plant world!). Also, ...
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What would our world look like if it only got 160 days of sun in a year?

A while ago, I encountered a YouTube and Spotify playlist called "songs for an empty world" by LAIN. The description was especially interesting to me: Only 250,000 people left. 160 days of ...
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Could genetically engineered mint take over the planet?

Mint is a highly invasive plant that rapidly takes over gardens with its sprawling root systems. In my story, a group of scientists engineer a particularly prolific strain of mint in order to increase ...
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Alien mobile plant life

I'm inquiring about the possibility of plants on other worlds developing the ability to move over land on their own (they need not be sapient, but I wouldn't rule the possibility of sapience out ...
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Could a planet orbiting a g type main sequence star have yellow on its surface? [duplicate]

I had saw somewhere that a habitable planet orbiting a g type star same as our own could have yellow plants so could it?
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Feasibility of a moon-planet orbiting an F star [closed]

I'm building an earth-type planet with typically human-like people, but a few differences. The human's particular area won't have much in the way of seasons being a large equatorial island. I'm ...
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On a planet with a 2 atm atmosphere, how would atmospheric pressure affect plant evolution?

Leaving aside the atmospheric composition (let's say there's the same amount of oxygen, despite the higher pressure), would the pressure itself have any effect? Would plants need to be stockier and ...
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Plant life on a planet with extremely bright "moon"? [duplicate]

The planet in question is part of a Binary Planet pair, both of which are tidally locked to each other at a fairly close distance (~129,000 km) from each other, meaning that the "moon" is ...
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How would trees which contain magic react to being cut down? [closed]

In my fantasy world, trees inhabit the magic that flows through all life. This magic contains the energy of both earth (roots) and air (branches), foregrounding the balance that is needed in both ...
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How would life, that thrives on the magic of trees, survive in an area with limited trees?

In my fantasy world, there's 'magic' which is produced by trees; flowing from the roots up to the branches, which send out the magic into the atmosphere, allowing it to flow through all life. Humans ...
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What adaptations would be likely to help vascular plant life survive in a low pressure atmosphere?

One of my worlds has a very sparse atmosphere with a pressure of about 0.17 bar, making it roughly one sixth as dense as our own. It is largely identical to our own in every other way, having the same ...
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Could plants orbiting an active enough star (one that’s around F-type) evolve photo-voltaic cells as the star “calms down”?

Wanted to create Flora (and maybe organisms overall) that evolved near stark white coloration due to the high output of radiation from it’s, at the time, high energy F-Type star. It’s a star and of it’...
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How dark would the sky have to be to stunt crops?

So basically in my world solar geoengineering has gotten to the point that (with added smog) it's basically impossible to grow crops like wheat or barley without artificial light. My question is: How ...
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Could an alternative form of photosynthesis be much more efficient?

I'm worldbuilding a whimsical, leisurely world where the livin is easy. I was thinking about, "What would put agriculture/industry on Easy Mode?" One answer that suggests itself is ...
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Why would humans carry around live plants in a post-apocalyptic world?

A while ago I saw this brilliant 3d render of a post-apocalyptic world in which a human carries around a live plant in a capsule, connected to the plant via a respirator: (credit: Stephen Grimm via ...
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What star would cause a planet to have white plants?

Okay, I'm trying to make a planet that has at least part of its surface, or at least part of its underground, habitable for humans (breathable atmosphere at a suitable pressure, a suitable level of ...
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What changes would be expected of Earth plants on a low-light planet?

I've read about plants on worlds orbiting red dwarfs potentially having black leaves due to the higher infrared radiation, but what kind of changes would be expected of plants on a planet like Mars ...
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How efficient would meat plants be?

Eating meat is inefficient. With each step in the foodchain you lose anywhere between 50 to 90% of the energy. So as a human trying to be efficient you want to have the least steps between you and the ...
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Carbon planet gardens [closed]

This is a restart of my previous question: let's say there was a carbon planet with life. That means it would use hydrocarbons as a solvent and since the molecules are more complicated, all reactions ...
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What are the best food crops for sapient rats?

In the near-future, a hitherto-undiscovered island becomes a training and research facility for an unnamed nation’s military. One field of research taking place on this island is in the development of ...
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Conditions for my tower to be above the clouds

I want to build a tower on top of which I should see clouds below. Example: View from top to be right above clouds (even temporary low clouds are fine) Question : What conditions are required to get ...
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Carbon planet autotroph [closed]

Life on a carbon planet is supposedly plausible. But what would the autotrophs, or plants, be like? The life would use hydrocarbons for a solevant, but that's all of the biochemistry I have fixed, ...
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Transgenic Peach DNA Splicing

It is possible to put a tiny amount of Human DNA in a plant: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-story-of-how-an-artist-created-a-genetic-hybrid-of-himself-and-a-petunia-25148544/ https:/...
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What climate would be ideal for abnormally large trees, with people living among them?

I'm writing a fantasy with trees which are extremely wide, and fairly tall. Their width would be about 40-50 metres. So I was wondering if the climate needed to be similar to that of a rainforest, or ...
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What would be the effect of a coastal continental mediterrannean climate on flora?

I am thinking about creating a continental climate in southern Australia after the creation of a mountain range which created massive agricultural lands, the continental aspect of climate is caused by ...
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What is the most efficient crop for converting kilowatts of UV light into calories people can eat?

If a group of people live in a closed loop environment, with all energy coming from a reactor. What crops would you grow if you only care about keeping people fed for the absolute minimum amount of ...
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What life could survive in a backrooms-like enviroment [closed]

you know what the backrooms are, you're on the internet. for those who somehow don't: the backrooms is an internet urban legend that entails a pocket dimension that you can get to via no-clipping ...
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What could humans forage 75 million years ago in Laramidia (Western North America) and could the stuff I've found actually be plausible?

So first things first, I'm trying to put together a grounded cretaceous Western setting for a personal world building project. I'm aware of just how... Limited humans would be when it comes to diet ...
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How large would a tree need to be to provide oxygen for 100 people?

The idea is that a population of beings have a superior claim over others for the privilege of oxygenated air in a city/large settlement. I wanted to make this work that the other residents in the ...
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Colonization of the Siberian taiga by engineering crops and ecosystem

(REVISED) It usually is common sense to believe that any crops would just die within Siberian soil. But I just thought about creating genetically modified crops which are adapted to boreal, permafrost ...
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Turning the desert green with invasive plants

I don't like the sand, but apparently deserts are inevitable since I don't remember reading about a period on earth when there were no deserts. So I was thinking, what invasive plants of earth has the ...
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How would I go about explaining the science of a world where everything is made of fabrics and craft supplies?

I'm working on a little project called Scrapbook Street where everything is made of fabric and or craft supplies, but while working on the world of the project, I've started to wonder how the world ...
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Could a plant analogue have a temporary motile phase?

I've seen somewhat similar questions to this one (mostly about outright mobile plants or "planimals") but the idea I'm trying to conceive for my worldbuilding is not exactly that so I wanted ...
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What climate would Kumari Kandam have (a mythical continent on the Indian Ocean)?

Kumari Kandam was another mythical continent. It was believed to be host to an ancient Tamil civilization. Such a land was mentioned in ancient Tamil writings. Europeans picked up on the idea to ...
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How can a planet remain in algae bloom over millions of years?

I've been developing a planet for an original scifi setting and I'm not sure if it's scientifically plausible. Said planet is in a state of global algae infestation across all major oceans, resulting ...
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Could underground bushes feasibly develop to have this?

In my Dungeons and Dragons setting, the deep gnomes (svirfneblin) and dark elves (drow) have been fighting an underground war for several decades. The drow have managed to subjugate the svirfneblin ...
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Thermotrophy: An open-ended question [closed]

Something I've been thinking about recently is the viability of thermotrophic organisms - that is, organisms that are able to obtain energy by absorbing heat, and then - by some mechanism or process - ...
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Mobile sentient plant-like species [closed]

I know similar questions are asked a lot and it's okay if you'll just send me to where my question is already answered, but i couldn't find clear answer if exactly what i need is possible. So. I need ...
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How would plant life be affected by rapid fluctuations in temperature?

In my fantasy world I'm constructing, there is not a traditional day and night. Rather, magical lights cross the sky. As soon as one sets, another rises. There are three of these lights, each ...
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What plants could live on an island in perpetual darkness? [duplicate]

In my book, an island resides in an area called the Scourgesea. The Scourgesea is a place with perpetual storms and almost complete darkness because of the perpetual dark thunderstorms. Altavista is a ...
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Can plants use Light from Aurora Borealis to Photosynthesize?

I am currently designing an alien world and I had the idea that the planet would have constant auroras nearly everywhere due to its host star. At first, I just had some ideas on how that might affect ...
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Can we use consistent ashfall to help reclaim or create topsoil?

Earth has reached a point of significant desertification due to issues such as climate change, deforestation, pollution, etc. Because of this there's significant topsoil loss across the planet. What's ...
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Is a planet where Chemosynthesis replaces photosynthesis possible?

Specifically, using atmospheric/dissolved sulfur compounds to power energy-producing chemical reactions in Plant-like organisms Im looking to make a planet where due to a thick cloudy atmosphere, ...
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To what extent can fauna/flora migrate northward from Central America as the climate warms over time?

My story takes place thousands of years in the Earth's future after a climate apocalypse. It centers around Alaska and western Canada, but the climate in that region has transformed to more closely ...
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How would an extremely thigmotropic plant store enough energy?

Clingy Vine eats animals when they come in contact with it by rapidly growing over them and killing them - a bit like a strangler fig. The main problem I’m running into is that it would need loads of ...
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