Biotech Updates

Australian OGTR Receives License Application for Field Trial of GM Wheat

December 1, 2016

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application (DIR 151) from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for field trial of wheat genetically modified for disease resistance, drought tolerance, altered oil content and altered grain composition.

The trial is proposed to take place at two sites of up to 1 hectare each in Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales between May 2017 and May 2022. It would be subject to control measures restricting the spread and persistence of GM plants and their introduced genetic material. The GM wheat would not be used for human food or animal feed.

OGTR is preparing a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan for the application which would be released for public comment and further advice from experts, agencies, and authorities in February 2017. There will be at least 30 days allowed for submission of comments.

For more information, including the notice of application, questions and answers, and summary of the license application, visit the DIR 151 page on the OGTR website.