Jane H. Bock, David O. Norris
Academic Press; 1st edition
Forensic botany is the application of plant science to the resolution of legal questions. A plant’s ecological requirements and its anatomy are in some cases species specific and require taxonomic verification; correct interpretation of botanical evidence can give vital information about a suspect; crime scene or a victim. The use of botanical evidence in legal investigations in North America is relatively recent. The first botanical testimony to be heard in a North American court concerned the murder and kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s baby boy and the conviction of Bruno Hauptmann in 1935. Today; forensic botany encompasses numerous subdisciplines of plant science; such as taxonomy; plant anatomy; palynology; ecology; and diatomology; and interfaces with other disciplines; e.g.; limnology; molecular biology and oceanography.
Forensic Plant Science (PDF) presents chapters on plant science evidence; plant taxonomic evidence; plant anatomy; plant ecology; case studies for all of the above; as well as the educational pathways for the future of forensic plant science.
- Provides techniques; collection methods; and analysis of digested plant materials
- Shows how to identify plants of use for crime scene and associated evidence in criminal cases
- The ebook’s companion website: http://booksite.elsevier.com/9780128014752; will host a microscopic atlas of common food plants.