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The European Native Seed Industry: Characterization and Perspectives in Grassland Restoration

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Scotia Seeds, Angus DD96TR, UK
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MUSE—Science Museum, 38122 Trento, Italy
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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
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Department of Environment and Agriculture, Curtin University, Bentley 6029, Australia
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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1682; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9101682
Received: 25 August 2017 / Revised: 11 September 2017 / Accepted: 16 September 2017 / Published: 21 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability)
The European Union committed to restore 15% of degraded ecosystems by 2020, and to comply with this goal, native plant material, such as seeds, is needed in large quantities. The native seed production of herbaceous species plays a critical role in supplying seed for restoration of a key ecosystem: grasslands. The objective of this work is to provide for the first time a characterization of the sector at a multi-country European level together with key information about the community of native seed users via intensive web-based research and a direct survey of industry participants. Based on more than 1300 contacts and direct surveying of more than 200 stakeholders across Europe, responses indicated that: the European native seed industry consists primarily of small to medium enterprises; responding native seed users purchase annually an average of 3600 kg of seeds with an average expenditure of €17,600; the industry (suppliers and consumers) favours development of seed zones and would participate in a European network for knowledge sharing. This study provides framework principles that can guide decisions in this sector, critical for fulfilling the growing demand for native seed as a primary tool for large-scale restoration on the continent. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecological restoration; native seed community; seed market; seed production; seed zones; stakeholder; survey ecological restoration; native seed community; seed market; seed production; seed zones; stakeholder; survey
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De Vitis, M.; Abbandonato, H.; Dixon, K.W.; Laverack, G.; Bonomi, C.; Pedrini, S. The European Native Seed Industry: Characterization and Perspectives in Grassland Restoration. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1682. https://doi.org/10.3390/su9101682

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De Vitis M, Abbandonato H, Dixon KW, Laverack G, Bonomi C, Pedrini S. The European Native Seed Industry: Characterization and Perspectives in Grassland Restoration. Sustainability. 2017; 9(10):1682. https://doi.org/10.3390/su9101682

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De Vitis, Marcello, Holly Abbandonato, Kingsley W. Dixon, Giles Laverack, Costantino Bonomi, and Simone Pedrini. 2017. "The European Native Seed Industry: Characterization and Perspectives in Grassland Restoration" Sustainability 9, no. 10: 1682. https://doi.org/10.3390/su9101682

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