Effect of the Soil Environment on the Biodeterioration of Man-Made Textiles

  • David M. Northrop
  • Walter F. Rowe
Part of the Biodeterioration Research book series (BIOR, volume 1)


Textile fibers frequently occur as trace evidence in criminal investigations. Trace evidence is the name given to the minute bits of hair, clothing fibers, soil, broken glass, and other materials that the perpetrator of a crime may unknowingly carry away from the scene of a crime on his person or that a perpetrator may unwittingly leave behind him at the scene. The exchange of evidence between perpetrators and victims and/or crime scenes has been embodied in the Locard exchange principle, which states that whenever two surfaces come into contact there will be an exchange of matter across the contact boundary (DeForest et al., 1983). Trace evidence is used in court as circumstantial evidence to associate a suspect with a victim or a crime scene.


Cellulose Acetate Textile Fiber Crime Scene Polarize Light Microscopy Federal Bureau 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Northrop
    • 1
  • Walter F. Rowe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Forensic SciencesThe George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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