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An introduced wasp species is being credited with saving the country almost half a billion dollars.
AgResearch's controversial restructure has been approved by the government, despite costing $33m more than first proposed.
AgResearch has confirmed it is laying off 51 scientists and technicians next year, five fewer than it first proposed.
The logic of sacking scientists is being questioned in light of the government's insistence the solution to rising emissions will be found through innovation.
The union representing scientists says a potential loss of 83 scientists at AgResearch could mean these experts will leave the country for overseas positions.
AgResearch has confirmed it is talking to staff this week about possibly axing some science jobs, with Radio NZ understanding 20 percent of the roles could be cut.