Crop Biotech Update

Invitation to comment on release of GM sugarcane

June 27, 2008
Australia's Acting Gene Technology Regulator has prepared a consultation Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP), now open for comments, for the proposed release of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane. The University of Queensland has applied for a limited and controlled release to undertake research with up to 3000 sugarcane lines genetically modified for altered sugar production. The release is proposed to take place at fifteen sites in Queensland between 2008 and 2014. None of the GM plant materials from the trial will be used in human food or animal feed.

Submissions of comments should be received by close of business on 5 August 2008.

For more information, contact ogtr@health.gov.au or read http://www.ogtr.gov.au/pdf/ir/dir078notifcon.pdf..