Arthropodmicrobe interactions on vertebrate remains Chapter uri icon


  • 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. All rights reserved. Understanding the process of insect colonization of human remains is a core area of research by forensic entomologists, with several recent studies suggesting that microbial communities influence the process and timing of colonization. Such information is crucial for determining when colonization occurred as related to the postmortem interval (PMI). This chapter reviews the basic field of forensic entomology; the phases of insect behavior associated with their detection, location, and utilization of the remains as postulated by Matuszewski (Matuszewski, S. (2011) Estimating the pre-appearance interval from temperature in Necrodes littoralis L. (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Forensic Science International, 212, 180-188) and Tomberlin et al. (Tomberlin, J. K., R. Mohr, M. E. Benbow, et al. 2011. A roadmap for bridging basic and applied research in forensic entomology. Annual Review of Entomology, 56, 401-421.); and how microbes play a key role mediating this process. The chapter concludes with a discussion of potential future directions related to microbe-insect interactions in association with vertebrate remains decomposition, and this is potentially important to forensics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Tomberlin, J. K., Benbow, M. E., Barnes, K. M., & Jordan, H. R.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Tomberlin, Jeffery K||Benbow, M Eric||Barnes, Kate M||Jordan, Heather R

Book Title

  • Forensic Microbiology

publication date

  • April 2017