Biotech Updates

Australian OGTR Receives License Application for Commercial Release of GM Cotton

August 23, 2017

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application (DIR 157) from Syngenta Australia Pty Ltd (Syngenta) for commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) cotton.

DIR 157 is for commercial release of GM cotton COT102 containing an introduced gene that confers insect resistance and an introduced selectable marker gene for antibiotic resistance. Nuseed is seeking approval to commercially grow COT102 in all cotton growing areas of Australia. The GM cotton and its products would enter general commerce, including use in human food and animal feed.

The 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 December 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 157 page on the OGTR website.