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Australian OGTR Invites Public Comments on GM Clover Field Trial

November 18, 2020

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) invites comments from the public to assess license application DIR 176 from PTM Solutions Australia Pty Ltd to conduct a field trial of white clover genetically modified for increased condensed tannins in leaves.

The field trial is proposed to be conducted in up to four sites per year, with a maximum total area of one hectare per year, over five and a half years. Sites will be selected from 117 local government areas. The GM white clover grown in this field trial would not be used for human food or animal feed.

The Gene Regulator has prepared a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) for this application and welcomes written submissions on issues relating to the protection of human health and safety and the environment prior to making a decision on whether or not to issue the license. Submissions for DIR 176 should be received by January 5, 2021.

For more details on how to submit comments, visit the DIR 176 page on the OGTR website.

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