10 Oct 2008

Current research tipped to continue at new Crown institute

1:01 pm on 10 October 2008

A new Crown research institute to be created from the merger of HortResearch and Crop & Food won't be looking to shed any of the current research functions of the two organisations.

Chief executive, Peter Landon-Lane says the case for the merger did not identify any areas that would not fit the role of the combined organisation.

Research interests will range from breeding new fruit varieties to developing new crop and seafood products.

The restructured institute, along with a new name, will be formally in place by 1 December.

Mr Landon-Lane says the focus now is on sorting out the nuts and bolts of merging the two bodies and finalising staffing.

An initial estimate has put potential redundancies from the merger at 20 to 25 positions out of a combined HortResearch-Crop and Food workforce of more than 900.