/Los Altos Town Crier
Aneesh Raghavan, a member of the Los Altos History Museum Teen Docent program, recently conducted a research project on whether air pollution from vehicle traffic along San Antonio Road has a negative impact on the apricot trees in the Los Altos Heritage Orchard.
The Los Altos resident worked with Jane Packard – chairperson of the museum’s Orchard Commons Committee – throughout the process, which involved taking inventory of the trees and measuring them.
Raghavan presented his findings to the public July 14 at the orchard. The results proved inconclusive, the teen said, because he was unable to concretely determine that the trees along San Antonio were not as healthy as the rest of the orchard.
“We need to do further analysis to eliminate age as a confounding variable,” said Raghavan, a senior...cont.