Thursday, April 15, 2010
A Banana Trunk Invention That Pays Off
On April 13th, 2010, The Star reported that two Malaysian students have won international recognition for inventing a simple device that removes spilled oil from water by using modified banana trunk fibre. The link is here.
This low cost device that they invented can come in very useful during multi-million dollar oil spills.
Banana plants are native to South East Asia and they grow abundantly in Malaysia; in the villages, jungles, along highways and open areas. Banana fruits are eaten raw or fried in batter. Banana flowers can be eaten raw or cooked in soups and curries while the leaves are used as wraps in cooking and storing food. In certain Indian and Muslim restaurants, rice is served on banana leaves. It makes the food taste better. In the rural areas, some farmers cut the banana trunks into small pieces and feed them to ducks, otherwise they will be chopped off and thrown away.
A banana plant flowers only once. The fruits grow in hanging clusters in tiers along a bunch. A bunch has 3-20 tiers while each tier has 3-10 banana fruits. The seeds are very tiny and it is easier to propagate by suckers that grow from the ground.
Isn't it great to know that our banana plant is multi-purpose ?
This is also my entry for Thursday Challenge Theme which is "Green".
Post publication update: I'd like to thank Andrea for highlighting to me that it should be banana plant, not a banana tree as it does not have a proper trunk.