Biotech Updates

Australian OGTR Receives License Application for GM Cotton Field Trial

December 20, 2023

Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received license application DIR 203 from Monsanto Australia to conduct a field trial of genetically modified (GM) cotton with herbicide tolerance and insect resistance.

The field trial is proposed to take place between September 2024 and September 2029, on a maximum of 25 sites per year with a maximum area of 100 hectares per year. The trial sites are proposed to be located in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory.

The GM cotton grown in the field trial would not be used for human food or animal feed. The OGTR is preparing the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan for the application, expected to be released for public comment and advice from experts, agencies, and authorities in late February 2024, with at least 30 days for submission of comments.

For more details about this field trial, visit the DIR 203 page on the OGTR website.

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