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Plant genetics for forensic applications

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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. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.




Zaya, D. N., & Ashley, M. V. (2012). Plant genetics for forensic applications. Methods in Molecular Biology.

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