Study discovers earth plants could survive on exoplanets

A new research has revealed that plants on distant hospitable planets might have developed black foliage and flowers for their survival.

Flora which might seem black or grey to human eyes might have just evolved on planets revolving around dim "red dwarf" stars, as says the study still not published, which is being presented at the National Astronomy Meeting being held in Llandudno, Wales.

With such a mechanism, the plants would be able to absorb additional light for photosynthesising, making use of their star's light in order to convert the carbon dioxide into organic compounds.

Jack O'Malley-James, a PhD student and astrobiologist at St Andrews University, particularly concentrated over multiple star systems which are considered to exist commonly all over the universe. He made use of models for star systems having a couple or more stars with a variety of combinations of Sun-like as well as red dwarf stars. After that he added planets to these models, moving around in orbits around one or more of those stars.

The study first makes a presumption that plant life much like the one that exists on Earth could evolve on an exoplanet but within the "habitable zone" around its star, the odds of which are difficult to estimate.