This lecture accompanies the launch of Dr Spencer’s book, Murder Most Florid, which explores how plants and other components of the environment can help crime scene investigators. Botany has been used in criminal investigations for many decades. Forensic botanists use ‘traditional’ disciplines such as plant taxonomy, morphology and palynology and alongside other researchers in environmental forensics are embracing the opportunities that DNA based technologies afford.

Dr Mark Spencer FLS is an honorary curator of the Society’s herbariums. He has worked for over a decade at the Natural History Museum, London and is now a consultant botanist specialising in forensics, botanical training and the history of botany.

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