Monsanto Australia Limited
Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)
Insect resistance and herbicide tolerance
This licence allows Monsanto Australia Limited to commence the commercial release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance (Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex™ and XtendFlex™ cotton). Xtend Flex™ cotton contains three introduced genes for herbicide tolerance: one gene confers tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate, a second gene confers tolerance to glufosinate herbicides and the third gene confers tolerance to dicamba. Combining three different insecticidal genes is expected to reduce the chance of insect pests developing resistance. 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.
Outlines the Regulator’s decision to issue a licence following the assessment of this application.
FAQs on the licence application and the Regulator’s decision to issue a licence for this application.
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.
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.