Faraway planets 'home to exotic black plants'
Published 19/04/2011 | 05:00
Black vegetation may have evolved on life-sustaining planets with more than one sun, scientists believe. Exotic worlds are often depicted in science fiction films, but now scientists have attempted to work out what they might really look like.
Jack O'Malley-James, who is leading the research, said: "The temperature of a star determines its colour and, hence, the colour of light used for photosynthesis. Depending on the colours of their star-light, plants would evolve very differently. Our simulations suggest planets in multi-star systems may host exotic forms of the more familiar plants we see on Earth."