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How Scientists Are Saving Grasslands With Ghost Peppers


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Have you ever tried a ghost pepper? This outrageously spicy veggie has inspired countless taste test videos that end in tears, and landed at least one person in the hospital. It measures one million units on the Scoville scale, which assesses chili pepper heat, making it nearly 300 times hotter than a jalapeño.

Understandably, most people run from ghost peppers — and it turns out, mice are no different. In a newly published study, scientists discovered that ghost peppers could be the key to keeping rodents away from seeds, thus allowing grasses and other native plants to grow.