AgResearch chief executive Dr Tom Richardson says despite making 78 scientists and technicians redundant, research on key projects related to the dairy industry will continue and in many cases increase.
New Zealand's shift from a pasture-based model to high feed-input dairy farms will come under the microscope in a joint research project.
NZ-led research shows global solutions are feasible as microbes causing animal methane emissions are similar around the world.
A former director of AgResearch, Dr Jock Allison, says the present organisation doesn't know how to nurture and grow its scientists.
Federated Farmers say the proposed AgResearch redundancies show the falling science capability in agriculture.