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Toxic mercury vanishes when this fungus gets to work

Composite of three images of corn growing in small plant pots with different leaf lengths.

Maize in soil laced with toxic mercury (left) is stunted, but plants treated with a wild fungus that breaks down the metal (middle) and those treated with a genetically engineered version of the fungus (right) grow bigger. Credit: Congcong Wu

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Nature 611, 639 (2022)

doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-022-03710-8

References

  1. Wu, C. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 119, e2214513119 (2022).

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