Forensic Palynology

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Forensic Palynology. Study of pollen, spores, and other microscopic plant parts. Pollen and Spores. Natures Fingerprints of Plants. Dinoflagellate Algae Fungal spores. Pollen Background. Pollen is the male cell of flowering/cone bearing plants - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Forensic Palynology

Forensic PalynologyStudy of pollen, spores, and other microscopic plant parts

Pollen and SporesNatures Fingerprints of Plants

Dinoflagellate Algae Fungal sporesPollen BackgroundPollen is the male cell of flowering/cone bearing plantsMicroscopicFound on nearly everything (unknowingly )Locards PrincipleComes in a vast array of shapes, sizes, aperture openings, & surface textures

Pollen BackgroundUsually pollen types of different species within a single genus look similar

Different species of daisiesPollen Diversity

Hay Fever Pollen


Persian Silk Tree

Willow Tree

Pine Tree

Pollen PrintsEach location produces a unique pollen print that is often so specific that it can be used to identify that precise location

Kansas Prairie




Uses in forensicsIdentify the pollen/minerals and determine where they came from and when they occurDetermine if a body was in a particular place at a certain timeSeason in which crime was committedPollen Tells a StoryFor instance, a dead body may be found in the woods, and the clothes may contain pollen that are found in a place other than where the body was found. That indicates that the body was moved.

How to Analyze PollenUsing a microscopeLook for characteristics such as shape, size, surface texture, & apertureCompare specimens (from crime scene to suspect, from victim to suspect etc.)Provides a piece to the PuzzleWill probably not be the sole piece of evidence used to convict a person of a crimeSimply provides a link