DIR 124

Commercial release of GM insect resistant and herbicide tolerant (COT102 x MON-15985 Bollgard®III and COT102 x MON-15985 x MON 88913 Bollgard®III x Roundup Ready Flex®) cotton

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 124
Licence status:

Monsanto Australia Ltd

Parent organism:

Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)

Modified trait:

Herbicide tolerance, Insect resistance, Selectable marker - antibiotic, Reporter gene expression

Licence issue date:

The licence allows Monsanto Australia Ltd to commence the commercial release of GM insect resistant and herbicide tolerant cotton. Bollgard® III cotton contains three genes derived from a common soil bacterium (Bt), 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 GM cotton is allowed to be grown in all cotton growing areas in Australia, subject to restrictions in some Australian States and Territories for marketing reasons.

The Regulator has not imposed any specific measures to manage risk, as the risk assessment concluded that this release of GM cotton poses negligible risks to the health and safety of people or the environment. However, general conditions have been imposed to ensure that 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.

Date application received:
RARMP open for public consultation:


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.

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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