Plants Help Detectives Solve Crimes

Evidence of how plants have helped detectives get to the root of some of the most complex crimes is the subject of a special Doors Open event at Logan Botanic Garden, near Stranraer, on Sunday 26 September.

Forensic scientist Dr Shanan Tobe will be telling audiences about some of the criminal cases that have been solved using clues provided by plant material.

Conflict, Crime and Punishment is the title for the event, and Dr Tobe, Research Fellow at Strathclyde University’s Centre for Forensic Science, will present three talks at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Garden Curator Richard Baines commented: “How crimes are solved is always a fascinating subject, but it will be amazing to hear how forensic teams have used evidence from plants to catch criminals. Dr Tobe’s talk will be of interest to all ages.’’

2010 is the 20th anniversary of Doors Open Days, the annual festival that celebrates Scotland’s buildings, places and spaces, old and new.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)