Can anybody offer any for novels (or academic papers, or articles...) that do interesting things with or alien plant life? Particularly with regards to changes in how photosynthesis might utilize different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum for energy.

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@JamieEllison have you read the diary of a space zucchini from NASA? It’s a short read but very worth it from both an entertainment and science pov !

@vis_viva I have not but with a title like that, how could I not want to?! Thanks for the tip!

@JamieEllison we had a discussion in my physics class today on something you might find interesting- why chlorophyll reflects green even though the sun emits mostly in green light.
Some engineers actually figured it out developing solar cells- It has to do with where the slope of the blackbody curve of the sun is greatest! This has really profound implications... any plantlife that may be around other stars could have different colored leaves depending on the temperature of the star!

@vis_viva Sorry it took me so long to get back to you, I've been traveling and I wanted to give this my full attention, because I DO find it interesting. A Scientific American article on this topic -- scientificamerican.com/article -- is actually what inspired the initial question, so it's super cool to know it's showing up in modern physics classes! I haven't read the article you mentioned, but it's definitely on my to-do list even if I have to nag some physicists I know to interpret the denser bits.

@JamieEllison The paper is "Natural Regulation of Energy Flow in a Green Quantum Photocell" by Trevor B. Arp, Yafis Barlas, Vivek Aji, and Nathaniel M. Gabor.
The relationship to photosynthesis is mentioned in the last paragraph, and the relevant figure is 2b.
Hope you find this as interesting as I did!

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