Plant Genetics for Forensic Applications

  • David N. Zaya
  • Mary V. AshleyEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 862)


An emerging application for plant DNA fingerprinting and barcoding involves forensic investigations. Examples of DNA analysis of botanical evidence include crime scene analysis, identifying the source of commercial plant products, and investigation of trade in illicit drugs. Here, we review real and potential applications of DNA-based forensic botany and provide a protocol for microsatellite genotyping of leaf material, a protocol that could be used to link a suspect to a victim or to a crime scene.

Key words

Forensic botany Microsatellites Crime scene investigation Plant product identification DNA barcoding 


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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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