National Geographic : 1945 Aug
Pinch-hitting for a Bee, a GI Pollinates a Tomato Blossom with Scissorsand Syringe Tips of the petals are clipped off (left) and then a dab of hormone paste is deftly applied (right). Plants fertilizedin this manner produce large firm tomatoes with few of the seeds so common to normally fertilized fruit. Sometimes hormone solution is sprayed on the blossoms. As Ascension had nobees, ahive was carried by plane from Brazil to pollinate cucumber blossoms (page 225).