Smart contracts platform Avalanche added support for native bitcoin (BTC) in its cross-chain bridge, according to a blog post.
The network’s native token, AVAX, surged 7.4% outperforming bitcoin and ether (ETH) which are up 0.64% and 2.34% respectively.
The addition allows users to bridge native bitcoin and gain exposure to Avalanche’s DeFi ecosystem by using the newly-launched ‘Core’ wallet.
The BTC pool on decentralised finance (DeFi) protocol Platypus has $11.7 million in total value locked (TVL) and offers yields of between 23.72% and 62.84%.
A BTC.b to AVAX pool has also opened up on rival platform TraderJoe with yields of 17.5%.
The Avalanche bridge launched last August, supporting transfers of ERC20 tokens between the Ethereum and Avalanche networks.
There is currently $2.68 billion in TVL across the Avalanche ecosystem, according to DefiLlama, which marks an $11 billion drop from December as the DeFi sector recedes amid concerns over lending protocols.
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