Scottish university aids study into mountain food stuffs
Food from mountainous areas could gain greater recognition through a project involving a Scottish university.
The University of the Highlands and Islands' Centre for Mountain Studies in Perth is working with organisations based in France and Brussels.
The project is reviewing how different types of foods from upland areas across Europe are labelled and promoted.
Researchers hope to better understand the economic and social importance and impacts of the products.
In a separate initiative involving the University of the Highlands and Islands, Prof Geoff Squire has outlined threats and opportunities for the future of Scotland's food supply.
The guest speaker at this week's Inverness Monster Science Festival, hosted by Inverness College UHI, said food imports were vulnerable to disruption.
But he added: "There are steps we can take that will create more equilibrium in our food production, make us more self-sufficient, support the environment and create a much more sustainable food supply."
Prof Squire works for the James Hutton Institute near Dundee.