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Thanks are expressed to the scientists, farmers and staff of EC-project CT98-4024 who contributed to the production of this publication.

Austria - Federal Research Institute for Agriculture in Alpine Regions (BAL), Martin Greimel, Wilhelm Graiss and the staff of the Department for Restoration, with special thanks to Brunhilde Egger for layout and desktop publishing; Kärntner Saatbau, Gerald Laggner and Christian Tamegger; seed producers Franz Weber, Josef Dienst and Georg Hager-Roiser; Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Christian Partl; special thanks to Fotostudio Laxenburg and Wolfgang Krautzer for photographs and print optimization of illustrations (unless otherwise indicated); University of Salzburg, Institute of Zoology, Astrid Obermayer; Institute of Botany and Botanical Gardens, Irina Kurtz.

Germany - University of Kassel, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, Günter Spatz and the staff of the Department of Forage Production and Grassland Ecology, with special thanks to Margit Rode and Wolfgang Funke for assistance in the field; Weissdorn Verlag Jena for permission to use the figures from Hegi, G., Illustrierte Flora von Mitteleuropa.

Italy - Province of Pordenone, Giuseppe Parente, Sonia Venerus and the staff of the Aziende Sperimentali-Dimostrative; Michele Lamesso and the staff of the Instituto Genetica e Agraria, Montecchio Precalcino; Caterina Batello, Agricultural Officer Pasture Improvement, Crop and Grassland Service, FAO-Rome, for her assistance in the preparation of this publication.

A major part of this study has been carried out with financial support from the European Commission, specific research and technological development programme “Agriculture and Fisheries”, FAIR-CT 98-4024, “Seed Propagation of Indigenous Species and their use for Restoration of Eroded Areas in the Alps”. The findings do not necessarily reflect the Commission’s views and in no way anticipate its future policy in this area.

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