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How is it that Tea (Camellia Sinensis), Coffee and Chocolate, all unrelated plants, have Caffeine in them?

Commented on June 22, 2014
Created June 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

And why?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on June 22, 2014
at 12:58 PM

No, you didn't.

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on June 22, 2014
at 02:59 AM

this answer may not be exactly what the poster wanted. Caffeine is a widespread pesticide in plants because it is fairly easily synthesized, and works against a wide variety of bugs. I note that caffeic acid, also a pesticide, discovered in coffee, is present in apples and lettuce.

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7904c7276d7e48f1be887fabd263bfd9

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on June 22, 2014
at 07:48 AM

Because God put it there...

lol, j/k :D

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on June 22, 2014
at 12:58 PM

No, you didn't.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on June 21, 2014
at 07:18 PM

Evolutionary pressure caused by predators. And, yes, they're all related - they're all plants. It's like asking why all vertebrates have eyes.

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on June 22, 2014
at 02:59 AM

this answer may not be exactly what the poster wanted. Caffeine is a widespread pesticide in plants because it is fairly easily synthesized, and works against a wide variety of bugs. I note that caffeic acid, also a pesticide, discovered in coffee, is present in apples and lettuce.

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