The timetable to establish the future for Horticulture Research International faces hold ups.
The industry's leading R&D body is set to undergo major changes following its Quinquennial Review.
However, negotiations between the main bodies involved in developing the future of the organisation have been delayed by a month. The talks had been intended to obtain in principle agreements about the way forward from the groups involved.
HRI remains confident that changes to its structure will be complete by April 2004. Chief executive Professor Michael Wilson said: "A great deal of progress has been made."
The review recommended that two of HRI's five sites, East Malling and Wye, either be closed or transferred to other organisations and a stable core grant of £5m a year for four years be granted.