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DIR 091

Commercial release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance (WideStrike™Insect Protection Cotton)

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 091
Licence status:
Current
Category:
Agricultural
Release:
Commercial
Organisation:

Corteva Agriscience Australia Pty Ltd

Parent organism:

Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)

Modified trait:

Insect resistance, Selectable marker - herbicide

Licence issue date:
Description:

The licence allows Corteva Agriscience Australia Pty Ltd to commence the commercial release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance (WideStrike™ Insect Protection Cotton). The GM cotton contains two genes  which produce proteins toxic to certain insects. Cultivation of GM insect resistant cotton varieties needs to comply with an approved insect resistance management plan and any other relevant conditions that may be imposed by the APVMA.

The licence is for an ongoing commercial release. Nonetheless, specific licence conditions have been imposed by the Regulator to help mitigate the low risk of the spread and persistence of WideStrike™ cotton in northern Australia. The GM cotton is authorised to be planted only south of latitude 22º South, and north
of this latitude GM cotton seed must be transported in covered vehicles and only fed to livestock inside stockyards, feedlots or dairies. General conditions are also imposed to ensure there is ongoing oversight of the release.

The risk analysis for this application was carried out in accordance with the Regulator’s Risk Analysis Framework.

Please see our factsheet for more information on GM cotton in Australia.

You can find out more about cotton and how it is farmed in Australia in our biology document.

Documents

Licence decision - notification

Outlines the Regulator’s decision to issue a licence following the assessment of this application.

Licence decision - Q&A

FAQs on the licence application and the Regulator’s decision to issue a licence for this application.

Licence application - summary

A summary of the application including brief description of the GMO(s) and proposed work with GMO(s). Also explains the assessment and public consultation process.

Risk assessment and risk management plan - summary

A summary of the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan prepared as part of the assessment of this application. It provides a brief description of the licence application, the risk assessment and risk management plan.

Risk assessment and risk management plan - full version

The final risk assessment and management plan prepared to support the Regulator's decision. It describes the GMO(s) and proposed work with the GMO(s) and provides an assessment of potential risks posed by the GMO(s). It also includes a summary of submissions received during the public consultation process.

Licence conditions

Sets out the licence conditions imposed by the Regulator, including the licence holder’s general and specific obligations and reporting requirements.

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