In fibre identification, there are some characters of key importance, but it is the recognition of a unique combination of characters which establishes identity. Upon receiving a sample, it is useful:
  1. (a)

    To note its appearance, colour and texture.

  2. (b)

    To soak a small sample in water, mount it in 50 per cent glycerin and examine it microscopically. In a preparation of this sort, several features can be seen. It is particularly useful to examine hemp fibres in this way because the dark brown or golden resin and the laticiferous elements will be destroyed during the more drastic treatment of ashing or maceration.



Fibre Cell Hibiscus Cannabinus Tracheary Element Vessel Element Chambered Cell 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© D. M. Catling and J. E. Grayson 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forensic Science LaboratoryThe Metropolitan PoliceUK
  2. 2.Thames PolytechnicUK

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