Biotech Updates

Australia's OGTR Receives Application for Commercial Release of GM Indian Mustard

March 2, 2022

Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received license application DIR 190 from BASF Australia for commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) Indian mustard line RF3 modified for herbicide tolerance.

GM Indian mustard RF3 has been produced by conventional breeding of non-GM Indian mustard with GM canola containing the RF3 modification. The GM Indian mustard contains genes for herbicide tolerance and for male fertility restoration.

BASF is seeking approval to commercially grow the GM Indian mustard Australia-wide, in all Indian mustard growing areas. The GM Indian mustard and its products would enter general commerce, including use in human food and animal feed. The Gene Regulator is preparing the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan for the application to be released for public comment and advice from experts, agencies, and authorities in July 2022.

For more information, including the notice of the application, questions and answers, and a summary of the license application, visit the DIR 190 page on the OGTR website.

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