Jane H. Bock, David O. Norris
Academic Press; 1st edition
The use of knowledge gained from studying plants in order to answer questions pertaining to the law is known as forensic botany. The biological needs of a plant and its morphology are sometimes unique to a species and require taxonomic verification. Accurate interpretation of botanical evidence can provide crucial information about a suspect; a crime scene; or a victim. In North American judicial investigations, the utilization of evidence derived from plants is a relatively new development. The trial that resulted in Bruno Hauptmann’s conviction in 1935 was the first case in which botanical evidence was presented in a court in North America. The case involved the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s infant son. Today, forensic botany encompasses a wide range of plant science subdisciplines, such as taxonomy, plant anatomy, palynology, ecology, and diatomology, as well as interfaces with other fields of study, such as limnology, molecular biology, and oceanography. Forensic botany also includes the study of fossils.
The book “Forensic Plant Scientific” (PDF) includes chapters on “plant science evidence,” “plant taxonomy evidence,” “plant anatomy,” “plant ecology,” case studies for all of the aforementioned topics, and educational pathways for the future of forensic plant science.
- Techniques, methods of collecting, and an analysis of digested plant components are provided here.
- Describes how to identify plants that are relevant to a crime scene and the evidence associated with them in legal proceedings
- The microscopical atlas of common food plants can be found on the companion website for the ebook, which can be found at http://booksite.elsevier.com/9780128014752.