Weber who is part of the Pollen Research Group of her university’s Biodiversity Centre back home in Austria.The pollen wall that protects the sperm cells within the pollen grains also ensures its durability, the very factor which helps in forensic Palynology (the scientific study of spores and pollen) – the use of pollen and spores in crime investigations, it is learnt.Claims, sometimes, of pure Austrian honey have been found to be false with the product being mixed with Australian honey.

We have used Bush & Weng’s freeware tool and expanded it to include an additional 364 pollen and spore types from tropical Africa.

The images are of pollen reference material collected over the career of Prof.

“Pollen enclosed in mud or ice won’t get destroyed and as such can be used to trace the history of ice,” she says.

Pollen has been an indicator that the Arctic has not been as cold as it is now but may have been a warmer area. Weber is not just a botanist studying and teaching about pollen at her university but is also actively assisting the police in crime-solving through pollen clues, following in the footsteps of one of her teachers.

Tales that pollen tells as well as trails that it leaves behind were the subject of study of the 12 local participants at the ‘Workshop on Palynology’ under the able guidance of Prof. How many tales can the simple and humble pollen, the powder which is usually yellow, containing the fine pollen grains of seed plants which have the male gametes or sperm cells tell, the Sunday Times wondered.

Many a tale of relevance to many a field as diverse as archaeology and forensics, assured 54-year-old Prof.I was not shocked, just got into clinical mode”, she says.Her colleague who usually faints at the sight of blood, stood her ground as well.“It was very sad,” she says, explaining that the teenager who was mentally ill has been sent to a facility for treatment.Forensic Palynology was not the field of study that Prof. With electro-microscopy as her first love, her doctorate focused on that, but her professor was heavily into Palynology and the moment she stumbled onto it, it “grabbed my interest”.The investigation had centred round the discovery of an infant girl’s body wrapped in a T-shirt and hay in a tiny coffin-like box.