Here at IST I’ve been learning some pretty interesting information. We’ve discussed topics such as field crops, integrated pest management, seed collection and storage, and grafting. I grafted my first mango trees the other day and so far my scions have not died. I tried both the whip and tongue method and the budding method of grafting. The basic premise is to combine a strong local rootstock tree, which usually have less desirable fruit, with a scion of a fruit variety in higher demand. This is a way to increase the survivability of the tree while still producing higher quality fruit. Here are some how to videos about grafting, led by Denba, the same teacher I had here at the center, if you’re interested.