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Australian OGTR Receives Application for Field Trial of GM Sorghum

January 12, 2022

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application (DIR 189) from The University of Queensland to conduct a field trial of genetically modified (GM) sorghum with an asexual seed formation trait.

The trial is proposed to take place between September 2022 and June 2025, on one site with a maximum area of one hectare per season. The trial site is located at the University of Queensland's Gatton Campus in the Lockyer Valley LGA 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 sorghum 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 early April 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 189 page on the OGTR website.

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