Essay on Chapter Five Forensic Science

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January 24th, 2014 Forensic Science/ Mod 3
Chapter 5 Test
True or False:
1) Pollen is an example of trace evidence.
Answer: True
2) Through microscopic examination of pollen or spores, it is possible to identify a specific plant that produced that pollen or pore.
Answer: False
3) All Pollen & Spores are produced continuously throughout the year.
Answer: False
4) With the exception of bacterial endospores, pollen & spores are reproductive structures.
Answer: True
5) Spores are produced only by fungi.
Answer: False
6) Flowering plants or angiosperms are the only plants that produce pollen.
Answer: False
7) Pollen & Spore identification can provide important trace evidence in solving crimes dues to their
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Answer: Animal pollinated plants are strong, which make them easier to be found during evidence collection but not a plentiful as wind pollen. Wind dispersed pollen produces large amounts of pollen, which makes it easier to be found in forensic science during evidence collection, but it’s harder to direct find a suspect with this type of pollen. Water dispersed pollen absolutely has to stay in water or it will degenerate. So this type of pollen doesn’t exactly help in forensic science unless a victim was drowned.

17)Describe how pollen can be used to determine if a crime occurred in the city or in the country or during the day or night.

Answer: Pollen can be used to determine if a crime occurred in the city or in the country or during the day or night because country & city conditions are different. The air is more polluted in the city than in the country, which can affect plant cycles. Also, the city has a lot more sidewalks & other pavements, shaded areas and not very much fertile soil for plants to even grow. This majorly limits the types and survival of plants in that environment. Plants mostly flower in the daytime opposed to the night time because there is sun only in the daytime. This means that there is more pollen in the air during the

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