Astragen capable of producing pressurized 'pods' (also the seed) of O2 when in contact with oxygen bearing materials and a specific wavelength and intensity of light.
Many different varieties exist, with most models featuring broad 'ground' hugging petals which conjoin at a single 1/2 to 2 meter stalk. This stalk ends in one or more pressurized pods. The 'ripeness' of these pods can be determined with a shake. If the seed inside rattles, the fruit pod is ready for harvest and use. As these are generally designed for various systems' Oort belts, they typically require low light levels but are usually capable of much higher production levels under brighter conditions.
- HydroFruit - Text by John B
Astragen capable of producing purified water from contact with oxygen and hydrogen bearing materials. Often used in Oort-belt dispersals, in which case the organism will occasionally be designed to exude ice particulates.
- LifeFruit - Text by John B
Generates ATP (adenosine triphosphate, a basic biologic energy storage molecule), but is one of the more power-hungry forms of astragen. LifeFruit typically requires earth-type solar energy levels.
Text by John B
Initially published on 30 June 2003.