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Forensic Palynology Analysis and Forensic Pollen Analysis Services

Operating a specialist forensic palynology analysis service to clients across the UK, Forensic Resources provides expert witness and forensic pollen analysis services to support a wide range of criminal investigations including murder, assault, arson and burglary cases. With a growing demand for pollen analysis in criminal investigations, our dedicated palynology service has the appropriate technology to provide accurate forensic pollen analysis and expert witness accounts to defence solicitors.

Palynology is the science that studies contemporary and fossil particles such as pollen and spores, together with organic matter found in sedimentary rocks and sediments. A branch of the earth sciences, such as geology and biology, our team of palynologists study both pollen and powdered minerals as identification and location, in order to ascertain an account of a body in terms of geography and time span history, such as during which season the person died, dependent on the pollen found at the scene.

Pollen is incredibly differential and thus positively indicates where a person or object has been. Its distinctive differences are hugely dependent on both the varying regions of the world and particular plant species. Pollen can also reveal the season in which a crime was committed as well as in the tracing of mass activity - such as genocide graves. Palynology also indicates if a body has been moved, and allows our experts to track back to where a crime may have taken place. Pollen is often microscopic and even after washing clothes, pollen can remain in pockets or cuffs which allows the evidence to be collected even up to long periods after the event.

In addition to Palynology you may also be interested in our Botany Services.

Forensic Resources have identified the following sources to contain pollen evidence:

  • A persons clothing, woven cloth, bags, baskets, and ropes.
  • Dirt, mud, or dust recovered from a person or object.
  • A person's hair and fur.
  • Contained within imported/exported goods, often used to verify country of origin, e.g. honey, fruit, tea, coffee, tobacco
  • Packing materials particularly straw or cardboard
  • Through analysis human remains; from the soft tissues of the stomach and intestines of corpses or the nasal passages of skeletons.
  • Air filters, to determine where private vehicles may have travelled

Need further information on forensic pollen analysis?

If you require further information on our forensic pollen analysis and palynology analysis service please contact one of our pollen expert witnesses through our case manager or email us through the enquiry form below.

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