Biotech Updates

Australian OGTR Receives License Application for Field Trial of GM Chickpea

December 19, 2018

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application (DIR 166) from Queensland University of Technology to conduct a field trial of genetically modified (GM) chickpea with enhanced drought and other environmental stress tolerance.

The trial is proposed to take place between July 2019 and December 2024, on a single site with a maximum area of 3 hectares. The trial site is located in the Tablelands Regional Council in Queensland. 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 chickpea would not be used for human food or 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 mid March 2019. 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 166 page on the OGTR website.