Notice of License Application for Limited and Controlled Release of GM Wheat and Barley
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) is seeking approval from the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator to conduct a field trial of wheat and barley genetically modified for altered grain composition or enhanced nutrient utilization efficiency.
The GM wheat lines proposed for testing contain either one gene for altered grain composition or one gene for enhanced nutrient utilisation efficiency, while the barley lines contain one gene for enhanced nutrient utilization efficiency. The experimental field test will be conducted to assess agronomic traits of the genetically modified plants under field conditions on a maximum area of 1 hectare per year, between May 2012 and June 2015 in one site in Western Australia. The GM wheat and barley will not be used in human food or animal feed.
This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)