How Did Hot Peppers Get Their Spice?
Finding What Puts The Heat In Hot Peppers
"To engineer a better pepper, you'd have to go out into the field - actual fields, around the world - and look at different traits, measurements, and yield."
Genome Sequence of the Hot Pepper Provides Insights Into the Evolution of Pungency in Capsicum Species
"Hot pepper (Capsicum annuum), one of the oldest domesticated crops in the Americas, is the most widely grown spice crop in the world."
Characterization of Capsaicin Synthase and Identification of its Gene (csy1) for Pungency Factor Capsaicin in Pepper (Capsicum sp.)
"Capsaicin is a unique alkaloid of the plant kingdom restricted to the genus Capsicum. Capsaicin is the pungency factor, a bioactive molecule of food and of medicinal importance."
Genome Sequence of the Hot Pepper Provides Insights into the Evolution of Pungency in Capsicum Species
"Hot pepper is a member of the Solanaceae family. It is a diploid, facultative, self-pollinating crop and is closely related to potato, tomato, eggplant, tobacco and petunia."
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