Sunday, November 1, 2009

Genetic modification, au natural

Here is a brief walk-through of a fine cacao nursery process.

Step 1: Grow scion trees (recipients of the graft) with carefully selected seeds from conventional (forastero) cacao, known for its rapid development and strong root structure.

Step 2: Once the scion is mature, an experienced grafter slits the bark...

...and neatly places the bud from the fine cacao tree in the slot.

Discarded genetic material
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