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First forensic entomology studies in Piedmont area

Magni, P.A., Costantini, G. and Jourdan, S. (2006) First forensic entomology studies in Piedmont area. In: 4th Meeting European Association for Forensic Entomology (EAFE), 26 - 29 April 2006, Bari, Italy


From the Spring of 2004 to the spring of 2005 some cases of forensic entomology interest were sampled, monitored and studied in the Piedmont region, particularly in the provinces of Turin and Alessandria. This work was implemented with the collaboration and participation of the University of Turin, ASL 1 of Turin and ASL 20 of Alessandria, public health structures that allow the constant presence of an entomologist during surveys and post mortem examinations and the utilization of appropriate instruments. Over this period it was possible to study cases of legal medicine and veterinary medicine, during which carrion insects of city fauna were sampled and observed for the first time in this part of Italy, using techniques of classic microscopy and scanning electron microscope (SEM). For this purpose we composed an “entomological kit” and cards to note the most information for the subsequent study of the cases. Records obtained by this work of research were used to update the autopsy cards with PMI and to answer court requests. With the records, analysed cases and observation of species of the city’s necrophagous entomofauna we could update the Italian case history about this subject and write a thesis about the first applications of forensic entomology in the Piedmont region. The work conducted until now allows today to begin two important projects: to continue the monitoring and the study of cases in the Piedmont region and the creation in Turin of a laboratory expressly dedicated to the study of forensic entomology, site in Turin and in collaboration with ASL 1 of Turin.

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