Biotech Updates

Australian OGTR Approves Field Trial of GM Canola

September 12, 2018

Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has issued license DIR 163 to Nuseed Pty Ltd., for the limited and controlled release (field trial) of canola genetically modified (GM) for altered oil content and herbicide tolerance.

The field trial (License Application DIR 163) is authorized to take place for 5 years, in sites to be selected from 95 possible local government areas in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland, on a maximum area of 150 hectares per year. The field trial will gather data under field conditions for agronomic performance, oil profile and content, nutritional assessment, compositional analysis, molecular analysis, and genetic stability. The GM canola from this field trial would not be used for commercial human food or animal feed.

The final Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) concludes that this field trial poses negligible risks to people and the environment and does not require specific risk treatment measures. The finalized RARMP, together with a summary of the RARMP, a set of Questions and Answers on this decision and a copy of the license, are available online from the DIR 163 page in the OGTR website.