Crop Biotech Update

Limited and Controlled Release of Perennial Rye Grass and Tall Fescue

May 30, 2008

An invitation to comment was released by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator of Australia for the  Victorian Department of Primary Industries application for a limited and controlled release of 500 perennial ryegrass and tall fescue lines, genetically modified for improved forage qualities. The field trial will be conducted to assess their agronomic performance and forage properties at one site in the shire of Southern Grampians, Victoria on a total area of up to 800 m2 between 2008 and 2010. Based on the prepared Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plant, the proposed release would pose negligible risk to human health and safety, or to the environment.

The Acting Regulator welcomes comments in written submissions till July 4, 2008, in order to finalize the RAMP that forms the basis to issue the license. Related documents can be downloaded at http://www.ogtr.gov.au/. Details of the invitation can be viewed at: http://www.ogtr.gov.au/pdf/ir/dir082notifcon.pdf