AgResearch is planning another round of redundancies amid accusations it is monitoring the communications of ''less than compliant'' staff members.
AgResearch has come under fire after revealing it has paid almost $170,000 to public relations companies as part of its restructuring.
AgResearch's expectation it will employ about 40 fewer scientists in 2015 than it did at the end of last year has added to concerns.
AgResearch has made some changes to its plan to slash jobs at Invermay, but the majority of staff will still be moving north to Lincoln.
Retaining Invermay's deer farm and research capability is the best possible outcome, industry leaders say.
Any new work between the Otago Regional Council (ORC) and Invermay agricultural research centre is a ''sideline'' to the ''damage'' done by the restructuring plan confirmed this week, ORC chairman Stephen Woodhouse says.
Changes to AgResearch's plan to cut Invermay's campus have been welcomed, but critics are angry most of its more than 100 staff are still set to shift north.
AgResearch's decision to largely stick with plans to slash jobs at Invermay has just become an election issue, with Labour vowing to overturn the move if elected.
AgResearch, in foolishly ploughing ahead with its reorganisation, has failed abysmally to take heed of what is best for agriculture, the economic foundation of this nation.
AgResearch chief executive Dr Tom Richardson has shot down a request, backed by three-quarters of union members, to put its restructuring plan on hold.
An AgResearch letter has warned former Invermay director Jock Allison not to visit its Invermay campus without permission.
Perendale sheep breeders have entered the debate over restructuring at Invermay, suggesting the move of ''world-class research'' to Lincoln be put on hold for two years after the planned shift.
A group of sheep breeders has passed a vote of no confidence in AgResearch over its handling of plans to slash Invermay jobs.
A final decision on AgResearch's plan to slash jobs at Invermay will be made in ''the next couple of months''.
Farmers at Beef and Lamb New Zealand's annual meeting made an almost unanimous call for AgResearch to carry out more consultation over its plan to slash Invermay jobs.
AgResearch has been accused of hiding the ''enormous risks'' of slashing Invermay jobs after the belated release of its full business case.
Public Service Association union members are urging AgResearch to put its Future Footprint plans on hold and rework the proposal with ''good levels'' of genuine community, stakeholder, staff and union engagement.
AgResearch scientists are developing a new parentage and breed assignment test for deer using SNP technology.
Organisers of a sheep breeders' meeting on possible downsizing of Invermay research facility say AgResearch management must seriously consider the message from the meeting.