Biotech Updates

Australia's Gene Technology Regulator Invites Comments on Field Trial of GM Wheat and Barley

February 7, 2024

The Australian Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) is inviting comments on an application from The University of Adelaide to conduct a field trial of wheat and barley genetically modified for yield enhancement.

The field trial is proposed to run between May 2024 and January 2029 on one site with a maximum area of 2 hectares per year. The field trial site is located in Light Regional Council in South Australia. The GM wheat and barley grown in this field trial would not be used for human food or animal feed.

The 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 environmental safety before deciding whether to issue the license. Submissions for DIR 201 should be received by March 12, 2024.

For more details on how to submit comments, visit the DIR 201 page on the OGTR website.

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