Xenobotany

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Tools

  • Nutrients - Feeds your plants.
  • Bucket - Used to pour water (or other chemicals) into trays.
  • Pest spray - Removes pests from hydroponics trays.
  • Mini-hoe - Removes weeds from hydroponics trays.
  • Hatchet - Used to chop wood.
  • Plant Analyzer - Shows a readout of useful information concerning the plant.
  • Wire cutters or Scalpel - Used to take plant samples.
  • Flora data disk - Stores a single gene from a specific plant variety.

Plant Chart

Mouse over any white-box text to view that trait's corresponding gene for Xenobotany.
Yi = Yield. Determines how many products per harvest.
Ma = Maturation time. A lower number means faster maturation time.
Pr = Produce time. A lower number means faster product growth.
Po = Potency. Determines the amount of reagents, and strength of special effects.(Needs confirmation)

Name Seed Product Yi. Ma. Pr. Po. Reagents Temp/Light Other Source Mutations
Algae SeedAlgae.png Algae.png 4 3 5 10 2u Nutriment
4u Bromide
293K 6 Multiple harvests. Seed Storage
Ambrosia Vulgaris SeedAmbrosiaVulgaris.png AmbrosiaVulgaris.png 6 6 6 5 1u Nutriment
1u Bicaridine
1u Kelotane
1u Toxin
1u Space Drugs
293K 6 Multiple harvests. Seed Storage Ambrosia Deus
Ambrosia
Deus
SeedAmbrosiaDeus.png AmbrosiaDeus.png 6 6 6 5 1u Nutriment
1u Bicaridine
1u Synaptizine
1u Hyperzine
1u Space Drugs
293K 6 Multiple harvests. Mutate Ambrosia Vulgaris
Apple Seed Apple.png Apple.png 5 6 6 10 2u Nutriment
11u Apple Juice
293K 4 Multiple harvests. Seed Storage Poison-Apple.
Golden-Apple.
Poison Apple SeedPoisonApple.png PoisonApple.png 5 6 6 10 3u Cyanide 293K 4 Multiple harvests. Mutate
Apple
Golden Apple SeedGoldenApple.png GoldenApple.png 3 10 10 10 2u Nutriment
3u Gold
293K 4 Multiple harvests. Mutate
Apple
Banana SeedBanana.png Banana-K.png 3 6 6 1 10u Banana Juice
2u Potassium
298K 7 Multiple harvests. Seed Storage
Berry SeedBerry.png BerrySprite.png 2 5 5 10 2u Nutriment
11u Berry Juice
293K 5 Multiple harvests.

Juicy.

Seed Storage Glow-Berry.
Poison-Berry.
Glowberry SeedGlowBerry.png GlowBerrySprite.png 2 5 5 10 2u Nutriment
5u Uranium
293K 5 Multiple harvests.

Bio-luminescent.
Juicy.

Mutate
Berry
Poison Berry SeedPoisonBerry.png PoisonBerrySprite.png 2 5 5 10 1u Nutriment
5u toxin
12u Poison Berry Juice
293K 5 Multiple harvests.

Juicy.

Mutate
Berry
Death-Berry
Death Berry SeedDeathBerry.png DeathBerrySprite.png 3 5 5 10 1u Nutriment
19u toxin
11u Lexorin
293K 5 Multiple harvests.

Juicy.

Mutate
Poison-Berry
Blueberry SeedBlueberry.png BlueberrySprite.png 2 5 5 10 2u Nutriment
11u Berry Juice
293K 5 Multiple harvests.

Juicy.

Seed Storage
Cabbage SeedCabbage.png CabbageSprite.png 4 3 5 10 2u Nutriment 293K 6 Multiple harvests.
Seed Storage
Cacao SeedCacao.png CacaoSprite.png 2 5 5 10 2u Nutriment
6u Coco Powder
298K 5 Multiple harvests. Seed Storage
Carrot SeedCarrot.png CarrotSprite.png 5 10 1 10 1u Nutriment
5u Imidazoline
10u Carrot Juice
293K 5 Seed Storage
Chanterelle SeedChanterelle1.png ChanterelleSprite.png 5 7 1 1 1u Nutriment 293K 5 Seed Storage
Cherry SeedCherry.png CherrySprite.png 3 5 5 10 1u Nutriment
1u Sugar
10u Cherry Jelly
293K 5 Multiple harvests.

Juicy.

Seed Storage
Chili SeedChili.png ChiliSprite.png 4 5 5 20 1u Nutriment
7u Capsaicin Oil
298K 7 Multiple harvests.
Seed Storage
Ice Pepper SeedIcePepper.png IcePepperSprite.png 4 4 4 20 1u Nutriment
7u Frost Oil
298K 7 Multiple harvests.
Mutate
Chili.
Corn SeedCorn.png CornSprite.png 3 8 6 20 3u Nutriment
3u Corn Oil
298K 6 Seed Storage
Diona SeedDiona.png DionaNymphSprite.png 1 5 10 30 293K 5 Cannot alter or isolate genes.
Seed Storage
Eggplant SeedEggplant.png EggplantSprite.png 2 6 6 20 3u Nutriment 298K 7 Multiple Harvests.
Seed Storage
Fly Amanita SeedFlyAmanita.png FlyAmanitaSprite.png 4 10 5 10 1u Nutriment
6u Amatoxin
1u Psilocybin
288K 5 Seed Storage Destroying Angel
Destroying Angel SeedDestroyingAngel.png DestroyingAngelSprite.png 2 12 5 35 1u Nutriment
24u Amatoxin
2u Psilocybin
288K 5 Mutate
Fly-Amanita
Garlic SeedGarlic.png GarlicSprite.png 5 10 1 12 1u Nutriment
11u Garlic Juice
293K 5 Seed Storage
Glowshroom SeedGlowshroom.png GlowshroomSprite.png 3 15 1 30 2u Radium 288K 5 Bio-luminescent.
Seed Storage
Grape SeedGrape.png GrapeSprite.png 4 3 5 10 2u Nutriment
3u Sugar
11u Grape Juice
293K 6 Multiple Harvests.
Seed Storage Green Grapes.
Green Grape SeedGreenGrape.png GreenGrapesSprite1.png 4 3 5 10 2u Nutriment
5u Kelotane
11u Grape Juice
293K 6 Multiple Harvests.
Mutate
Grapes.
Grass SeedGrass.png GrassSprite.png 5 2 5 1 1u Nutriment 293K 5 Multiple Harvests.
Seed Storage
Harebell SeedHarebell.png HarebellSprite.png 2 7 1 1 1u Nutriment 293K 5 Seed Storage
Kuzdu SeedKudzu.png KudzuSprite.png 4 6 6 10 1u Nutriment
1u Dylovene
293K 5 Dangerous Vine.
Seed Storage
Lavender SeedLavender.png LavenderSprite.png 5 7 5 1 1u Nutriment
1u Bicaridine
293K 7 Seed Storage
Lemon SeedLemon.png LemonSprite.png 4 6 6 15 1u Nutriment
10u Lemon Juice
293K 6 Multiple Harvests.

Outputs Power.
Juicy.

Seed Storage
Liberty Cap SeedLibertyCap.png LibertyCapSprite.png 4 10 1 15 1u Nutriment
8u Soporific
1u Space Drugs
288K 5 Seed Storage
Lime SeedLime.png LimeSprite.png 4 6 6 15 1u Nutriment
10u Lime Juice
293K 5 Multiple Harvests.

Juicy.

Seed Storage
Messa's Tear SeedMessasTear.png MessasTearSprite.png 4 3 5 10 2u Honey
5u Kelotane
283K 5 Seed Storage
Nettle SeedNettle.png NettleSprite.png 4 6 6 10 1u Nutriment
10u Sulphuric Acid
293K 5 Multiple Harvests.

Stinging Spines.

Seed Storage
Death Nettle SeedDeathNettle.png DeathNettleSprite.png 2 8 6 10 1u Nutriment
10u Polytrinic Acid
293K 5 Multiple Harvests.

Strong Stinging Spines.

Seed Storage
Onion SeedOnion.png OnionSprite.png 4 10 1 10 2u Nutriment
11u Onion Juice
293K 5 Seed Storage
Orange SeedOrange.png OrangeSprite.png 4 6 6 15 1u Nutriment
10u Orange Juice
293K 5 Multiple Harvests.

Juicy.

Seed Storage
Peanut SeedPeanut.png PeanutSprite.png 6 6 6 10 2u Nutriment 293K 6 Multiple Harvests.
Seed Storage
Peppercorn SeedPeppercorn.png PeppercornSprite.png 3 4 4 5 10u Black Pepper 293K 6 Multiple Harvests.
Seed Storage
Plastellium SeedPlastellium.png PlastelliumSprite.png 6 5 6 20 3u Plasticide 288K 5 Seed Storage
Plump Helmet SeedPlumpHelmet.png PlumpHelmetSprite.png 2 8 1 2 2u Nutriment 288K 5 Multiple Harvests.
Seed Storage Walking Mushroom.
Walking Mushroom SeedWalkingMushroom.png WalkingMushroomSprite.png 1 5 1 2 288K 5 Multiple Harvests.
Mutate
Plump Helmet.
Poppy SeedPoppy.png PoppySprite.png 6 8 6 20 2u Nutriment
3u Tramadol
293K 6 Seed Storage
Potato SeedPotato.png PotatoSprite.png 4 10 1 10 2u Nutriment
Potato Juice
293K 5 Can provide power.
Seed Storage
Pumpkin SeedPumpkin.png PumpkinSprite.png 6 8 6 10 2u Nutriment 293K 5 Multiple Harvests.
Seed Storage
Reishi SeedReishi.png ReishiSprite.png 4 10 5 15 1u Nutriment
6u Psilocybin
288K 5 Seed Storage
Rice SeedRice.png RiceSprite.png 4 6 1 5 1u Nutriment
10u Rice
293K 5 Seed Storage
S'randar's Hand SeedSrandarsHand.png SrandarsHandSprite.png 4 3 5 10 1u Bicaridine 283K 5 Seed Storage
Soybean SeedSoybean.png SoybeansSprite.png 3 4 4 5 1u Nutriment
10u Soy Milk
293K 5 Multiple Harvests.
Seed Storage
Sugarcane SeedSugarcane.png SugarcaneSprite.png 4 3 6 10 6u Sugar 298K 5 Multiple Harvests. Seed Storage
Sunflower SeedSunflower.png SunflowerSprite.png 2 6 1 1 1u Nutriment 293K 7 Seed Storage
Tobacco SeedTobacco.png TobaccoSprite.png 5 6 6 1 1u Tobacco 299K 7 Seed Storage Fine Tobacco.
Fine Tobacco SeedFineTobacco.png FineTobaccoSprite.png 4 6 6 1 1u Fine Tobacco 299K 7 Mutate
Tobacco.
Succulent Tobacco.
Succulent Tobacco SeedSucculentTobacco.png SucculentTobaccoSprite.png 3 6 6 1 1u Nicotine 299K 7 Juicy.
Mutate
Fine Tobacco.
Tomato SeedTomato.png TomatoSprite.png 2 8 6 10 2u Nutriment
11u Tomato Juice
293K 6 Multiple Harvests.

Juicy.

Seed Storage Blood Tomato.
Killer Tomato.
Blue Tomato.
Blood Tomato SeedBloodTomato.png BloodTomatoSprite.png 3 8 6 10 2u Nutriment
3u Blood
293K 6 Multiple Harvests.

Juicy.

Mutate
Tomato.
Killer Tomato SeedKillerTomato.png KillerTomatoSprite.png 2 8 6 10 293K 6 Multiple Harvests.

Juicy.

Mutate
Tomato.
Blue Tomato SeedBlueTomato.png BlueTomatoSprite.png 2 8 6 10 1u Nutriment
3u Space Lube
293K 6 Multiple Harvests.

Juicy.

Mutate
Tomato.
Bluespace Tomato.
Bluespace Tomato SeedBluespaceTomato.png BluespaceTomatoSprite.png 2 8 6 10 1u Nutriment
12u Singulo
293K 6 Multiple Harvests.

Bio-luminescent.
Juicy.
Teleports user/target when thrown.

Mutate
Blue Tomato.
Tower Cap SeedTowerCap.png TowerCapSprite.png 5 15 1 1 11u Wood Pulp 288K 5 Seed Storage
Watermelon SeedWatermelon.png WatermelonSprite.png 3 6 6 1 1u Nutriment
10u Watermelon Juice
298K 6 Multiple Harvests.

Juicy.

Seed Storage
Wheat SeedWheat.png WheatSprite.png 4 6 1 5 1u Nutriment
15u Flour
293K 6 Seed Storage
White-beet SeedWhitebeet.png WhitebeetSprite.png 6 6 6 10 1u Nutriment
3u Sugar
293K 5 Seed Storage

Genetics

Plants have twelve genes, labelled and ordered at random each round. Each gene represents a set of traits from the plant. These include:

  • Hardiness: Endurance. Tolerance to toxins, pests, and/or weeds.
  • Vigour: How long the plant takes to mature and produce fruit. How much fruit it produces. Whether it can spread out of its tray(vine).
  • Biochemistry: Which reagents the fruit contains; which gases the plant generates.
  • Fruit: Whether the fruit is juicy and will splatter when thrown; whether the plant has stinging spines and will inject its reagents into anyone coming in contact with it.
  • Diet: Whether the plant consumes gases in its environment; whether the plant is carnivorous (eats pests) or eats tray weeds; how much water and fertilizer it consumes.
  • Metabolism: Whether the plant requires water or fertilizer. Whether it alters the ambient temperature.
  • Environment: Plant's preferred temperature and light levels, and how much tolerance it has for changes in light level.
  • Atmosphere: The plant's tolerance for changes in temperature and pressure away from its preferred levels.
  • Output: Whether the plant produces electrical power or bioluminescent light.
  • Appearance: The "shape" of the plant. Also affects whether it can be harvested only once or multiple times.
  • Pigment: The color of the plant and its fruit; the color of any bioluminescence.
  • Special: The ability to teleport the thrower or target when thrown.

A gene label from any given plant represents the same trait across all plants; in other words, if gene F6 represents "fruit" for tomatoes, it will also represent "fruit" for ambrosia.

Lysis-isolation Centrifuge

This piece of machinery accepts a seed packet or cutting as well as a data disk. When used to scan a seed, it destroys the seed in order to reclaim its genetic information, which can be loaded onto a data disk a certain number of times before the stored genome degrades completely.

Bioballistic Delivery System

When loaded with a data disk and a seed, this machine is used to apply the gene stored on the data disk to the loaded packet. It will overwrite the corresponding gene on the target packet. Seeds can only be overwritten a certain number of times before they degrade completely and can no longer be modified.

How to Modify Seeds

  1. Identify your genes.
  2. Pick two plants whose genes are very different from each other. Since all the plants from the seed vendors have the same Resistance, Environment, and Consumption genes, it helps if one of the plants is an exotic seed that you've planted and harvested more seed packets from, either through taking cuttings or by extracting seeds from fruit. If you don't have exotic seeds, you can mutate an existing species to have genes that are different.
  3. Have four or five identical seed packets from each species.
  4. Using the lysis-isolation centrifuge, add a seed packet from Species 1. Analyze the genome (this will destroy the seed packet!). Then add a flora data disk to the centrifuge and copy one of the genes onto the disk. Repeat this until you have a disk for each of the twelve genes. During this step, the genetic information in the lysis-isolation centrifuge will eventually be exhausted; you'll need to add and analyze another Species 1 seed packet to continue.
  5. Using your plant analyzer, analyze Species 2 and make a note of its characteristics.
  6. Put a seed packet from Species 2 into the bioballistic delivery system. Add one of your flora data disks with genes from Species 1, and apply the modification.
  7. Eject the seed packet and analyze it again with the plant analyzer. Note which gene has changed. For example, if the plant from Species 2 now has a trait from Species 1, you know that's the trait you have transferred, and that that's the gene on the disk.
  8. Label your disk with the gene, or make a note of which gene is which.
  9. Repeat this with the other five disks, each time making a note of which gene is which. If the modified plant doesn't change at all, it's likely that you've transferred a gene that is identical in Species 1 and Species 2, or a gene that is not active in Species 1. Eventually, modifying any given seed packet will no longer be viable; the machine will tell you when that happens. You'll have to switch to a new seed packet.
  10. Now that you have your genes identified, think about which genes you want to transfer from which plant to which. Typically, with exotic seeds, you'll want to make them viable for growing on the station.
  11. Vigor is a good gene to transfer to plants that grow or produce fruit slowly. Choose a plant which produces fruit quickly or in large quantities and transfer the Vigor gene to the exotic plant. Vigor genes from a plant that doesn't grow kudzu-style can be transferred to one that does, to make these plants more manageable. (Or you could transfer the kudzu vigor gene to a non-spreading plant; we're not judging here.)
  12. Environment genes from station-adapted plants will help the target plant to grow on the station.
  13. Diet genes from plants that are particularly frugal, or which can eat weeds or pests, can be transferred to plants that don't.
  14. Hardiness genes from resistant plants can be transferred to plants that are vulnerable to pests, toxins, or weeds.
  15. Bioluminescence can be transferred from one plant to another via the Output gene.
  • The Biochemistry gene is special: Instead of replacing the gene on the target plant, it's added in. Your target plant will now produce fruit that contains chemicals from both fruit types. However, transferring a Biochemistry gene will result in a generally less vigorous plant with less potent fruit.

Dangerous Plants

Taming Kudzu

Kudzu, and other spreading vines, will spread from their tray into the lab. Given time and open doors, a vine plant could spread throughout the station. It will also entangle people who step into an area with thick growth, and may inject any chemicals from its fruit into the people it has entangled. Garden-variety kudzu isn't so dangerous; the dylovene it contains is not toxic. But beware the vine which contains cyanide.

To control a spreading vine

  1. Before you plant, modify a vine-type plant by splicing in a Vigor gene from a plant that doesn't spread.
  2. Plant a vine-type plant in the isolation area of the Xenoflora lab.
  3. A hatchet can cut down vines more quickly than most tools.
  4. Plant-b-gone and other chemicals that kill plants can also kill vines.
  5. A goat will eat vine plants quickly and effectively (but is also ornery enough to bite you). Order one from Cargo.
  • If the plant injects something poisonous, don't be where the vines are. Borgs are safe from poisonous substances.
  • If the plant has the trait that makes it very carnivorous, it will drain blood from people it captures in its vines. Once again, don't be where the vines are.

Atmospheric Hazards

Some exotic plants emit gases ranging from nitrogen to phoron. Some of these gases are dangerous only when the plant has created so much of them that the pressure in the room is dangerously high; others are dangerous even in small quantities.

To grow a plant that produces gas:

  • Always plant unknown exotic plants in an isolation tray connected to a port.
  • Your PDA includes an atmospheric scanner. Pull it up and monitor the air to detect gas-producing plants before you're unconscious or poisoned.
  • If a plant produces gas, toggle the tray lid on the tray. This will isolate the tray, but it may not be the kind of environment the plant likes. Plants grown in isolation trays with the lids up will need careful tending and a lot of diethylamine.
  • Call for Atmospherics if the problem has gotten bad enough to contaminate the room (an atmos alarm panel flashing orange or red).
  • If you were exposed to Phoron gas, leave the room immediately, decontaminate and get to Medical.

Tips and tricks

  • Your general purpose as a Xenobotanist is to find out which gene mask corresponds to which trait and use this info to make bizarre mutant plants.
  • You can click a disk in hand to clear the contents and reuse it. You have a limited number so keep an eye on them.

Plants have varied traits. Using a given plant to isolate a specific trait may be worthwhile (ie. kudzu for spread, poppies for lower nutrient and water consumption). Other traits should be fairly easy to find (pigment trait will cause the target to change color, etc.).