Biotech Updates

Australian OGTR Invites Comments for GM Potato Field Trial

September 28, 2016

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) invites comments from the public to assess license application DIR 150 from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to conduct a field trial of genetically modified (GM) potato with disease resistance.

The field trial is proposed to be conducted in one site of up to 0.1 hectares in Redland City, Queensland, between February 2017 and January 2019. The trial would be subject to control measures that restrict the spread and persistence of the GM plants and their introduced genetic material. The GM potato would not be used for human food or animal feed.

The Gene Regulator is preparing a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan for the application to be released for public comment and advice from experts, agencies, and authorities in December 2016.

For more details, read the DIR 150 documents available at the OGTR website.