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1 September 2011 The Case for Forensic Botany
Natalie M. Barratt
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Would you rather solve a forensics puzzle or take a lab practical? An alternative to the traditional lab practical can he used to assess students' skills and knowledge in plant cell biology and anatomy. This forensics project challenges students to analyze evidence from crime scenarios. The instructor supplies the scenarios, evidence collected at the crime scene, and type specimens. The students prepare the evidence and type specimens for analysis by light and polarized light microscopy and then document and report their findings. Students enjoy this project and arc able to demonstrate their skills as well as their knowledge.

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Natalie M. Barratt "The Case for Forensic Botany," The American Biology Teacher 73(7), 414-417, (1 September 2011). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2011.73.7.8
Published: 1 September 2011
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