In the fight against wildfires, we may have an unlikely ally: banana trees. According to Barath Raghavan, a USC Viterbi assistant professor of computer science, banana orchards could provide crucial wildfire protection for high-risk communities while turning a profit. Working with Michael Kantar, an agriculture expert at the University of Hawaii, Raghavan’s team ran computer models and found that banana orchards could slow or stop the spread of wildfire entering a neighborhood.
Published on June 8th, 2021
Last updated on June 21st, 2021