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Australian OGTR Receives License Application for Field Trial of GM White Clover

September 9, 2020

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application (DIR 176) from PTM Solutions Australia Pty Ltd to conduct a field trial of genetically modified (GM) white clover with increased condensed tannins.

The trial is proposed to take place between April 2021 and December 2026, on up to four sites per year with a maximum area of 1 hectare per year across all sites. The trial sites could be chosen from 117 local government areas across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia. 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 white clover would not be used for human food or animal feed.

The OGTR is preparing a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) for the application which is expected to be released for public comment and advice from experts, agencies, and authorities in mid-November 2020. There will be at least 30 days for submission of comments.

For more information, including the notice of application and a summary of the license application, visit the DIR 176 page on the OGTR website.

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