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Making the entire inner solar system have a breathable atmosphere?

Let's say it's sometime in the future, and humanity has expanded outwards into the solar system, and we've genetically engineered some really big plants that can for some unimportant reason, survive ...
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What would be the evolutionary advantage for plants to be bioluminescent?

As fas as I know, there isn't a single plant on Earth that (naturally) produces any sort of luminescence. But it is seen in science-fiction worlds, especially Avatar. From an evolutionary point of ...
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The Bamboo Rainforest

Ecologically, when you're within the latitudes of 23.5 degrees, you'd find yourself in rainforests rich in diversity but poor in nutrition. The forest floor is a barren mess simply because the canopy ...
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Plants channeling light into their roots?

Without magic, is it possible for a plant to channel light (all colors) to/through its roots? What I'm thinking is having a giant cavern with a bunch of these plants above. The roots go down and ...
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How much land area do my land-based animals (herbivores) need for food?

I'm trying to work out the kinks of an ecosystem on a planet that is rather similar to Earth, but with some species of animal (both carnivores and herbivores) we aren't familiar with in our world. The ...
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How can living plants be used militaristically? [closed]

To be clear, we're talking about any organism found on earth that's classified under the kingdom Plantae. Assume these plants won't be genetically modified at all when they're used in the military and ...
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How tall can a tree grow?

In my fantasy world I want fantastically large trees, particularly in the height category. The tallest trees on earth grow just over 100 meters tall. Why can't they get taller? What circumstances ...
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Plants under different sunlight [closed]

What would a plant look like under a different sunlight. Like for example, O, B, A, F, K, and M-types? I know what a plant would look like under a G-type star like our Sun, what about under a star ...
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You eat this plant, it eats you right back. Can it work?

Based on an answer of mine from a few months ago, I've been inspired to adapt the concept to my own Life Ball. Fair warning- this question and some of its links are not for the squeamish. May ...
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What is the botanic equivalent to eyes

There have been many questions of moving, floral animals, most of these focus on their intelligence, but what about their sense of sight. I fail to understand how a botanic based alien would be able ...
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What is the botanic equivalent to the circulatory system?

There have been a few questions on mobile plants on this site and even more on their intelligence, but one that has not been asked so far is related to the lifeblood of creatures: blood. Inside of ...
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What is the botanic equivalent to muscles

A plethora of previous questions have queried the existence of botanic (plant) intelligence and they all have created good solutions, but their still remains a even bigger problem to even the dumbest ...
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Would an alien forest look similar to some of our own?

To elaborate on the title, can alien plant life on an Earth-like planet look similar to ours, or would plants on an alien planet be radically different, unrecognizable, or incomparable to Earth plants ...
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What colour is the foliage if the sky is violet?

This question on Physics.SE asks whether other colors are possible for the sky. I would like my planet to be inhabitable by normal humans. It has 768 days and they are living in a temperate/...
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Plants that rise above the clouds, possible?

Due to a thick cloud layer(at approx the same heigh as Earth's) surrounding this planet, it's plants have evolved to stay above the clouds so that they can absorb sunlight from their nearby star. Is ...
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Alternative atmosphere plantlife

Are there any reasonably plausible alternatives to the process used by our plants on earth (Carbon Dioxide, Chlorophyll, Oxygen) around which an ecosystem could be built in a planet with a completely ...
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Growing crops on a planet orbiting red dwarf

I trying to describe colonization of an Earth Like planet orbiting a red dwarf in its habitable zone. It is NOT tidally locked with the star Similar to Earth though somewhat larger Magnetic field is ...
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Ecosystem of Bladetree, a tree that has a trunk growing horizontally over the ocean [closed]

Regarding the tree in this question, what kind of life forms would be possible if this tree were the only solid structure above water on this 50% of earths gravity, water planet? No land, just a ...
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How could I create a believable Tree World, in which the Trees would float in the oceans, they would grow on surface of water, horizontally

This world is all water, and I want the trees to be the only thing that represents land. The trees are horizontally positioned, and start from a large self sufficient floating seed pod, much like a ...
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Person with plant enhancements?

Would it be at all viable for a person to have certain plant characteristics such as: Chloroplasts in their hair and skin, with the skin maybe lookmuch darker because of extra light absorbance (maybe ...
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Could you grow plants from nothing (or very little) using hydoponics?

If you arrive at a distant planet you mean to colonise, without enough food for the long term - just maybe a couple of plants and a bunch of seeds and enough food in storage to keep you going for the ...
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The Tibetan Bristlecone

There are three different species of pine collectively called "bristlecones", all of whom can grow in weather too harsh and soil too poor for any other tree to take root. They are renowned for their ...
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How do merfolk develop agriculture

Let's say that a race of aquatic merfolk have managed to achieve sapience, they are basic hunter gatherers, living in relatively shallow waters of up to 100 meters deep. As I have begun designing ...
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What are the effects of constant daylight on plantlife

On a world I am building, the day/night cycle last 9 years, meaning that there are interesting forms of life. Plants are the most interesting of these living things, which have many interesting forms ...
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Could a plant be engineered to live in a vacuum?

Could an artificial plant species be designed and created that lives in a vacuum - for example on the surface of our moon? The main problems I can see immediately would be the lack of an atmosphere ...
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Cacti in combat

Which are the boundaries in size of an army and/or the style of warfare and combat of applying equipment made out of cacti for warriors? I can think of: bats, maces, spears and similar handheld ...
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Red Plants Alongside the Green

What many people mayn't know is that there actually three basic types of algae: Green algae, the origin of the kingdom Plantae Brown algae, found primarily in kelp forests And red algae For this ...
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Planetary Surface of Trees?

Purely hypothetical question here. Would it be feasibly possible to have a planet entirely covered in a dense network of interlocking trees? The idea is that the trees themselves act as the 'crust' ...
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Circular tree: possible?

In the never ending quest to get elves to live in trees, I am taking things one step further and attempting to get the entire city in a tree. Magic is not in the equation. The tree would start out ...
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Best & least-well adapted flora & fauna in a high-Oxygen atmosphere

Positing a high (c. 35%) O₂-level on a roughly Earth-equivalent planet (atmosphere about like the early Carboniferous), what types of lifeforms would flourish? Obviously, giant insects could be ...
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A plant/fungus and an animal that form a single species?

Two vastly dissimilar organisms turn out to be the same species upon gene sequencing. In this hypothetical animal species one or more components of the life cycle is a fungus, algae, plant, lichen or ...
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What's a good subterranean vegetation - other than bio-luminescent fungi?

So, I've made... a lot of subterranean worlds. It's a favorite of mine. And, every single time, the major form of vegetation and light was blue, glowing mushrooms, and glowing crystals. While I think ...
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How plausible is a photosynthetic parasite that targets animal hosts?

Real parasitic plants target only plant hosts and in certain species fungal hosts. How plausible are parasitic plants (or algae, lichen, or other photosynthetic organisms) that targets animal hosts ...
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How does an Alien world have Earthlike creatures?

Is there a storybuilding device that can explain why alien worlds could possibly have similar creatures to that of Earth? I can understand why stories set in alternate Earths and fantasy versions of ...
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Alien moss with bee-hive like drones and warriors

I was thinking I would have a race and at the most basic level it is a ground covering moss. As it encounters other colonies of itself they will join together to form one contiguous colony while ...
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What is the best thing to do with lemons? [closed]

A person has been granted access to non-finite amount of lemons that simply appear at random intervals. No matter what they do, they can't escape these deliveries of lemons. How can they most benefit ...
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How would plants that moved like animals change the world?

Think stuff like plant only pokemon, Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy), veggie pygmies (D&D), etc How would people react to the fact that a vast majority of their veggies and fruits being much more ...
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What made silphium difficult to domesticate?

I am trying my hand at a matriarchal society (human beings, technology similar to Earth's 13th - 16th century), and I find that for that to work they will need reasonably efficient contraceptives (and ...
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Lowland Deciduous Trees Against Highland Conifers

In this alternate scenario, there is a clear ecological distinction between broad-leaved deciduous trees and coniferous trees based solely on altitude. The broad-leaves and other angiosperms are the ...
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Could plants develop intelligence?

I know the idea seems a bit far fetched but it's something I believe is common is science fiction and fantasy stories. I remember the talking trees of Zelda: Ocarina of time and of course, Tolkien's ...
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Tropical Vs. Subtropical Rainforests

In this alternate scenario, five million years ago, a mass extinction hit Earth. Not a massive volcanic eruption or a devastating bolide impact, but a sudden cold snap, a transition from Miocene ...
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How can I get a giant banyan tree with mangrove roots?

Here's the set up: in my fantasy world, there is a species of tree similar to Banyan trees. There are several giant versions of these, and smaller ones are quite common. One of the biggest of these ...
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Can any sort of Plant evolve into an Advanced Animal Race? [duplicate]

Can plants evolve into something as advanced animal race like humans or even any sort of animal? This plant is on earth-like conditions and there is no Major race like humans that live on the earth.
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What might validate a society that has mushrooms as a staple crop?

Now, bear with me because I know very little of mycology. I just know that mushrooms taste good, and that fungi is very complex with lots of different uses. For my fantasy story, I want a society ...
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What would cause plant life not to spread onto land?

I have a rocky world where land-based vegetation like grass or trees are either very rare and restricted to small and rare areas or non-existent. Rather, vegetation has stayed in the oceans and ...
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How would flora behave on a two continent planet?

Note: This question is a follow up to this question, and hence forms part of a bigger complex of questions about geology and biology in this certain scenario. Meta: The planet consists of two ...
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What kind of environment would lead to dominantly yellow foliage?

I'm looking for various factors; Atmosphere Composition, Type of Sun, etc, whatever would work. That is, of course, if this is even likely/possible. I believe that yellow is generally not an ideal ...
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Designing a city around a giant tree?

One of the cities in my world is built on the ground floor beneath and around giant tree. Giant tree cities seem to pop up fairly frequently in science fiction and fantasy, but how would they actually ...
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Would it be possible to grow bamboo on the Earth's moon?

Having somewhat successfully raised bamboo plants myself, I know that they're hardy plants. However, our moon is a pretty different story. If we were to bring bamboo to the moon and maintain a small ...
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A Highland Gingko Forest--Likely or Not?

In this alternate Earth, there is a clear ecological distinction between trees depending on altitude. The lowlands are exclusive to broad-leaved deciduous trees while conifers can be found only on ...

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