Australia approves field trials of GMO wheat and barley

Innovation & Technology
Published Apr 17, 2024

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The University of Adelaide has received a DIR 201 license from Australia's Office of Gene Technology Regulation for field trials of genetically modified wheat and barley aimed at enhancing crop yields and resilience. These trials, to be conducted at a single site in South Australia, will span from May 2024 to January 2029, covering up to 2 hectares annually. The grains produced will not be approved for human or animal consumption. The OGTR has assessed the trials as posing no significant risk to people or the environment, under strict licensing conditions to prevent the spread of GM crops.
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Transgenic Australian varieties of two important food crops have been developed to improve yields in the country. Australia's Office of Gene Technology Regulation (OGTR) has granted the University of Adelaide a DIR 201 license to allow field trials of genetically modified (GMO) wheat and barley designed to improve yields and resilience to climate and other stresses, according to international agricultural biotechnology body ISAAA. Field trials will be conducted at one site in South Australia with a maximum planting area of 2 hectares per year. Evaluation of the effectiveness of GM wheat and barley in field conditions in Australia will last from May 2024 to January 2029. Grains obtained from this field trial are not acceptable for human or animal food. In its conclusion, the regulator concludes that this limited and controlled experiment does not pose significant risks to people or the environment. ...
Source: Zol
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