Crop Biotech Update

Australian OGTR Receives Application for GM Canola and Indian Mustard Field Trial

January 5, 2022

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application (DIR 188) from Nuseed Pty. Ltd. to conduct a field trial of genetically modified (GM) canola and Indian mustard with altered oil content and herbicide tolerance.

The trial is proposed to take place between November 2022 and December 2027, at up to 20 trial sites per year with a maximum area of 150 hectares per year. The trial sites are located in New South Wales, Victoria, and 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 canola and Indian mustard 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 March 2022. There will be at least 30 days for the submission of comments.

For more information, including the notice of application and a summary of the license application, visit the DIR 188 page on the OGTR website.

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