Science: Birds Did It First

The luckiest seeds in nature are swallowed by birds, then dropped on their future sprouting places encased in pellets of fertilizer. Fruits and berries tempt birds to serve as airborne seed-planters.

What nature finds successful, man does well to copy. So thought Dr. Lytle S. Adams of San Diego, who likes to think up new jobs for airplanes. This month, backed by U.S. Government funds, he is flying back & forth across the denuded pasture lands of the Papago Indian Reservation in Arizona. From his Bellanca Pacemaker drops a stream of pellets.

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