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The problem of hungry deer can be a headache for homeowners and an economic disaster for tree farmers, nurseries and foresters. And deer deterrents on the market until now tended to wash off in any rain. But a Duluth scientist has developed a way for plants to absorb hot pepper concentrate into their roots and up into the leaves, rendering them too hot for deer to munch.

UMD may have ultimate deer blocker

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From hostas and yews to arborvitae and white pines, a growing deer population has been giving homeowners and gardeners along the North Shore fits in recent years.

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