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Wiltshire, Patricia E. J. Consultant, Ashtead, Surrey, United Kingdom.
- Trace evidence
- Time since death (postmortem interval)
- Time of deposition
- Cause of death
- Location of corpses and other objects
- Bioweapons and biosecurity
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Mycology is the study of all kinds of fungi, including mushrooms, mildews, blights, molds, lichens, and yeasts. Until the last few years, the value of fungi to forensic investigation was confined mainly to cases involving poisoning or the illicit use of psychotropic species. Recently, however, they have been useful in providing trace evidence, estimating the postmortem interval, ascertaining the time of deposition, investigating the cause of death, examining events involving hallucinations or poisoning, and biosecurity.
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