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Forensic Botany : Principles and Applications to Criminal Casework - Heather Miller Coyle

Forensic Botany

Principles and Applications to Criminal Casework

By: Heather Miller Coyle (Editor)

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Increasingly, forensic scientists use plant evidence to reconstruct crimes. The forensic aspects of this subject require an understanding of what is necessary for botanical evidence to be accepted in our judicial system.
Bringing together the latest information into a single resource, Forensic Botany: Principles and Applications to Criminal Casework introduces the basic science underlying this emerging field of forensic botany. Contributors discuss the recognition of pertinent plant evidence at a crime scene, the appropriate collection and preservation of the material, and maintenance of a chain of custody. They also explain scientific testing methods, the validation of new forensic techniques, and admissibility criteria for court. An overview of plant biology and historical developments in forensic DNA analysis is also included, as well as case examples featuring the use of botanical evidence in a variety of criminal cases.
In an effort to build the scientific foundation for this promising field, this book provides definitive coverage of forensic botany with detailed applications and case examples. It familiarizes forensic scientists with the role of botanical evidence in criminal investigations and its potential value in the pursuit of justice.

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"This book provides an essential introduction to the field, to all those who have an interest in scenes of crime investigation as well as forensic pathologists . [W]ell written easy to read [and] thought provoking. It is not often that one is introduced to a whole new area of forensic practice, and not have the slightest idea what it entails. With the benefit of this fairly unique book, no on need be in that position when his exciting field of forensic botany takes off." - www.forensicmed.co.uk

Dedicationp. v
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Editorp. xiii
Contributorsp. xv
Introduction to Forensic Botanyp. 1
Basic Plant Biologyp. 9
Plant Cell Structure and Functionp. 29
Modes of Plant Reproductionp. 45
DNA Structure and Functionp. 59
Fundamental Geneticsp. 59
Molecular Biology Basicsp. 71
Plant Diversityp. 81
The Use of Biological and Botanical Evidence in Criminal Investigationsp. 97
An Overview of Historical Developments in Forensic DNA Analysisp. 117
DNA and the Identification of Plant Species from Stomach Contentsp. 137
Plant Identification by DNAp. 151
Identification of Plant Species from Particulate Material Using Molecular Methodsp. 151
Species Identification of Marijuana by DNA Analysisp. 159
Case Study: DNA Profiling to Link Drug Seizures in the United Kingdomp. 163
The Green Revolution: Botanical Contributions to Forensics and Drug Enforcementp. 167
Classic Forensic Botany Casesp. 167
Additional Case Studiesp. 179
Tracking Clonally Propagated Marijuana Using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) Analysisp. 185
Legal Considerations for Acceptance of New Forensic Methods in Courtp. 197
Forensic Palynologyp. 217
Classical and Future DNA Typing Technologies for Plantsp. 253
Considerations for the Use of Forensic Botanical Evidence: An Overviewp. 275
Glossary of Termsp. 281
Directory of Contactsp. 291
Biographiesp. 295
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780849315299
ISBN-10: 0849315298
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1