The fern Pteris vittata can tolerate and hyperaccumulate levels of arsenic that would be toxic to other plants and animals. A recent study has shown that a bacterial-like tolerance mechanism has evolved in the fern, enabling it to tolerate and accumulate high concentrations of arsenic.
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