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Improving insect-based technology for minimum death time estimates in forensic investigations in Australia

Grant


Scheme


  • Linkage Projects

Abstract


  • Assessing death time is a notoriously difficult, yet critical component of homicide investigations. Forensic entomology can provide reliable death time estimates using knowledge of carrion insect biology. However, detailed information is unavailable for species in many parts of Australia. This project will increase the accuracy of entomological death time estimates by investigating thermal influences on maggot growth. We will also use technology to solve ongoing problems with the distributions and identification of forensically important fly species. Further, we will increase the defensibility of forensic entomology evidence by testing assumptions, validating data used in casework and developing effective quality control systems.

Date/time Interval


  • 2008

Sponsor Award Id


  • LP0883711

Local Award Id


  • 10145

Scheme


  • Linkage Projects

Abstract


  • Assessing death time is a notoriously difficult, yet critical component of homicide investigations. Forensic entomology can provide reliable death time estimates using knowledge of carrion insect biology. However, detailed information is unavailable for species in many parts of Australia. This project will increase the accuracy of entomological death time estimates by investigating thermal influences on maggot growth. We will also use technology to solve ongoing problems with the distributions and identification of forensically important fly species. Further, we will increase the defensibility of forensic entomology evidence by testing assumptions, validating data used in casework and developing effective quality control systems.

Date/time Interval


  • 2008

Sponsor Award Id


  • LP0883711

Local Award Id


  • 10145