Facilities overview

Positioned between research and industry, our core facilities will bring together a range of technologies in a single research facility. These facilities are interconnected but independent, facilitating scientific innovation and discovery in barley science and collaboration across the scientific and commercial sectors. Our new building housing these state of the art facilities is currently being built, ready for opening in 2024.

APGC and International Barley Hub main building visualisation.

We’re one of two James Hutton Institute innovation centre projects which are part of the £62 million investment of the Tay Cities Region Deal.

We’re leading the world in developing scientific solutions for food security. 



State-of-the-art facilities enabling next generation sequencing, Sanger sequencing and genotyping projects. With technologies for gene discovery, variant detection, and transcriptional analysis in plant species, as well as for accurate determination of bacterial & fungal microbiome structure.


This facility has recently been established to develop and deploy GM and GE approaches in our major crop species potato and barley. Services include vector design, screening and validation of modified plant materials and tissue culture training.


Our core imaging technologies facility (ImTech) will provide access to a range of microscopes including widefield, confocal, light-sheet and electron microscopy, and will house our new STED super-resolution machine.


State-of-the-art facilities enabling analysis of central metabolites and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS), carbohydrates, lipids, and secondary metabolites (terpenoids, phenolics, alkaloids, and sulphur containing compounds) with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC)-MS.