Botany and Bodies — Forensic Science Applications to the Crime Scene

Document Type

Book Chapter

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Subject: LCSH

Forensic botany, Crime scene investigations


Forensic Science and Technology | Plant Sciences


Forensic Ecology: A Practitioner’s Guide includes information not only on the search, location, recovery and analysis of evidence, but includes sampling strategies for diatom analysis, pollen and soils samples and entomology and provides guides for good practice. Each chapter provides background information on each discipline and is structured according to pre-scene attendance (what questions should the scientist ask when receiving a call? What sort of preparation is required?), scene attendance (including protocols at the scene, sampling strategies, recording), scientific examination of analysis of the evidence up to the stages and guidelines for witness statement and presenting evidence in court. This chapter covers these aspects of forensic botany. The book is written by specialists in all fields with a wealth of experience who are current forensic practitioners around the world. It provides an essential and accessible resource for students, academics, forensic practitioners and police officers everywhere.

Publisher Citation

P. Massey, P. Valentin, H. Miller Coyle. 2012. Botany and Bodies — Forensic Science Applications to the Crime Scene. In: J. Roberts, N. Marquez-Grant (Eds.) Forensic Ecology Handbook: From Crime Scene to Court. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-119-97419-2