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2008-08-13 15:00:36

A U.S.-led international team of scientists has solved a long-standing evolutionary mystery involving the spicy hotness of chili peppers. University of Florida Professor Douglas Levey, one of the researchers, said a plant creates fruit to entice animals to eat and disperse its seeds. Therefore, said Levey, it doesn't make sense for that fruit to be painfully hot. Now the study led by Assistant Professor Joshua Tewksbury of the University of Washington has discovered the reason is a fungus...