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What is the purpose of Forensic palynology?

Unique for each species, can be used to relate time, site, region allowing for comparison of pollen samples

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What are the fundamentals of Forensic palynology?

Microscopic in size, pollen and spores produced in vast numbers, pollen and spores identified to plant taxon, highly resistant to decay

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What are the achievements in Forensic Palynology?

Relate suspect to crime scene, relate item at scene to suspect, prove/disprove alibis, corroborate victims account, build profile-suspect and determine travel history

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What microscopes are used in Foresnic Palynology?

Transmitted light microscopy (TLM) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

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How do you collect in Forensic Palynology?

New sterile disposable gloves, clean all instruments and store in air tight (glass or plastic), collect sufficient control samples, survey/photograph vegetation, do not open sample until analysis, tape lift clothing and work in contamination free lab