Ghost Peppers Are Saving US Grasslands — by Scaring Off Hungry Mice

Hungry mice that love gobbling down grass seeds meant to restore U.S. grasslands are being deterred by an unexpected product that biologists say has saved the day: chili powder. According to Science online magazine, coating the grass seeds with chili power — which contains capasaicin, the very component that gives chili peppers their fiery taste — has reduced the number of seeds the mice consume by 86 percent. Researchers noted it took four years to find just the right recipe...

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