How Caffeine Accidentally Took Over The World

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Plants don’t make caffeine just for us, so what DO they make it for?

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– Alkaloid: any of a class of nitrogenous organic compounds of plant origin which have pronounced physiological actions on humans.
– Allelopathy: the chemical inhibition of one plant (or other organism) by another, due to the release into the environment of substances acting as germination or growth inhibitors.
– Caffeine: a crystalline compound that is found especially in tea and coffee plants and is a stimulant of the central nervous system.
– Pesticide: a substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to plants or to animals.

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