The James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie has submitted the first stage of a £62 million masterplan to build a new international hub.
The science facility is using money from the Tay Cities Deal to develop an International Barley Hub (IBH) and Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) which backers believe will allow them to continue competing on the global stage.
The organisation has submitted the masterplan to Perth and Kinross Council and it will go on public display for consultation on January 11 at The James Hutton Institute, from 10am to 4pm.
Philip Gane, capital projects manager at the Institute, hopes the development will be completed by the end of 2022, now that the initial submission has been filed.
He said: “We’re seeking approval for a site masterplan which shows how we’re going to develop the plan as a whole.
“Then we will be submitting plans for individual buildings.
“We’re hoping work will start in the summer of 2020 and we’re hoping it will be completed by Christmas 2022.”