PODCAST | Is pollen the bee’s knees of forensic science?


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PODCAST | Is pollen the bee’s knees of forensic science?

In the world of forensic palynology, tiny grains of pollen help solve some of the most mysterious crimes

Senior science reporter

Dr Dilys Berman, a pollen expert from the University of Cape Town’s Lung Institute, spends a lot of time on the roof. She’s collecting pollen for a huge research project.

But, says Berman, the study of pollen is not just for air sampling, soil analysis and allergy studies. It’s also a vital part of crime-busting because in the world of forensic science, it is as accurate as it comes. However, the world has a dire shortage of forensic palynologists (pollen fundis).

There are many cases where pollen has solved a crime...

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