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Students from Dr. Charles Kwit's FWF 325 class using the J. K. Underwood Seed Collection and other TENN resources for analyzing gut and crop contents of mourning doves.

Students from Dr. Charles Kwit's FWF 325 class using the J. K. Underwood Seed Collection and other TENN resources for analyzing gut and crop contents of mourning doves.

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The University of Tennessee Herbarium (TENN) presents a case study for modernizing an historic seed collection. TENN staff recently rediscovered the J. K. Underwood Seed Collection (ca. 1931–1964), containing over 700 unique specimens, hidden away in storage. We employed a series of curation actions to modernize the collection and render it useful...

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... advertising the J. K. Underwood Seed Collection to researchers both on and off campus. As mentioned above, the collection is currently being used in the FWF 325 course. Using the reference specimens, undergraduate students identified seeds dissected from the guts and crops of mourning doves down to family, genus, and occasionally species levels (Fig. 5). This project resulted in an addition to the J. K. Underwood Seed Collection in the form of a zoological seed collection, the curation of which spurred an independent study project at TENN for an undergraduate student in the Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife Department. We will continue to encourage Biology instructors to incorporate ...