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.