Forensic Plant Science by Jane H Bock

Forensic Plant Science

byJane H Bock, David O. NorrisEditorJane H Bock

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Forensic botany is the application of plant science to the resolution of legal questions. A plant's anatomy and its ecological requirements are in some cases species specific and require taxonomic verification; correct interpretation of botanical evidence can give vital information about a crime scene or a suspect or 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 kidnapping and murder 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 plant anatomy, taxonomy, ecology, palynology, and diatomology, and interfaces with other disciplines, e.g., molecular biology, limnology and oceanography.

Forensic Plant Sciencepresents chapters on plant science evidence, plant anatomy, plant taxonomic evidence, 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 book's companion website: http://booksite.elsevier.com/9780128014752, will host a microscopic atlas of common food plants.

About The Author

Dr. Bock is a Professor emerita in biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her bachelor's degree from Duke University, master's degree from Indiana University and Ph.D. (1966) from the University of California at Berkeley. All her degrees are in Botany. She taught, carried out research and published scientific work...
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Title:Forensic Plant ScienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:226 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2016Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:012801475X

ISBN - 13:9780128014752

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Forensic Plant Science
Chapter 2. Suitability of Forensic Plant Science Evidence for Courtroom Presentations
Chapter 3. Sources for Forensic Plant Science Evidence
Chapter 4. Forensic Plant Anatomy
Chapter 5. Cases Using Evidence from Plant Anatomy
Chapter 6. Forensic Plant Taxonomy
Chapter 7. Cases Using Evidence from Plant Taxonomy
Chapter 8. Forensic Plant Ecology
Chapter 9. Cases Using Evidence from Plant Ecology
Chapter 10. Additional Approaches in Forensic plant Science
Chapter 11. Bringing It All Together