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How do these plants capture cosmic rays?

The planet is a cold ammonia world. Its ocean is mostly made ammonia, with some traces of ices (mostly water ice) at the bottom of the ocean. The ambient temperature is 225ºK, and the pressure is 4 ...
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How would geometric leaves and flower petals evolve?

How would a plant grow leaves and flowers that are square and/or geometrically shaped? Outside of being restricted by external forces like growing in a tight space, how could my plant species grow ...
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What types of tropical plants could evolve to tolerate a humid climate around 40 - 45C?

Me and a few people are working on a super hot earth where the equator features a humid rainforest climate that sits around 40C - 45C degrees consistently, without any extreme changes in temperature. ...
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What flora can survive a permanently dark sky?

The Scenario After an apocalyptic events my world was permanently covered in dark clouds. They seem to have unique property of absorbing most of all light. Even worse is that these clouds stick around ...
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How would an extremely long winter affect an area?

In my world, a specific area of land has been cursed into an eternal winter. The story takes place in a kingdom that is surrounded by deciduous forests similar to ones in north america, and the ...
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Growth rate of super moss

Following an answer to aprevious question I posted, this world does is filled with moss and lichen fields that make other plant growth (and crop cultivation) impossible. But after researching mosses ...
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Labour-Intensive staple crop

I am trying to design a staple crop (preferably grain or tuber, but can be anything if necessary) that is very productive, capable of sustaining great population densities, but is also very labour ...
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Highly resistant House Plant

The Premise My world takes place about 25 years after an magical apocalyptic event killed most life in my setting. It also left the sky permanently dark which is caused by thick magical clouds. I know ...
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Alternative methods of blood circulation?

So, I've got a parasite, which adapts and grows to keep its (human) host alive. One of the hosts in question has lost their heart, and since the parasite itself, taking the form of vine-like ...
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Why do the plants glow?

On this planet, volcanoes are constantly spewing ash, polluting the already dense atmosphere and darkening the world. In addition, the star which this planet orbits is dimmer, resulting in a very dark ...
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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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