AgResearch says ''very little'' of its work with the
University of Otago is based at Invermay.
This comes after Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce
said this week opportunities had been lost to strengthen
research links between the two institutions.
There had been plans for more co-operation between the two
when the new Christie Building was constructed at Invermay in
2008, Mr Joyce said.
Collaboration between Otago University and Invermay,
particularly around genetics, has been a major part of
arguments against AgResearch's plans to cut about 80 jobs
from the facility.
A spokesman for AgResearch agreed plans for more
collaboration out of the Christie Building did not work out
''It is no secret that the collaboration envisaged in the
initial proposals and development of the Christie Building
has not materialised as well as either party would have
The spokesman also said its collaboration with Otago
University was spread across all its campuses.
''Very little of our current work with Otago is based at or
led from Invermay. It contributes to our national science
''AgResearch has a positive, collaborative relationship with
the University of Otago across all of our campuses, and as we
do with tertiary education and research institutions around
Otago University did not respond to questions on its level of
collaboration with Invermay.
However, when asked about the Christie Building last week,
deputy vice-chancellor, research and enterprise Prof Richard
Blaikie said: ''It's quite simplistic to say [the Christie
Building] was a collaboration. It was an AgResearch decision
to invest in the building.''
Both Prof Blaikie and AgResearch did not comment on the
suggestion that issues over the amount AgResearch charged for
university scientists to be based at the Christie Building
was why it had not been successful.