DIR 146

Limited and controlled release of banana genetically modified for disease resistance

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 146
Licence status:
Limited and controlled

Queensland University of Technology

Parent organism:

Banana (Musa spp.)

Modified trait:

Disease resistance, Selectable marker – antibiotic

Licence issue date:

This licence allows the Queensland University of Technology to conduct a limited and controlled release of banana genetically modified for disease resistance. The GM banana plants will contain genes intended to provide resistance to the fungal disease, Fusarium wilt (Panama disease). The field trial is permitted to take place at one site of up to 6 hectares in Litchfield Municipality, Northern Territory, for a period of 5 years. The GM banana is not permitted to be used for human food or animal feed.

The purpose of the field trial is to evaluate the level of disease resistance and agronomic performance of the GM banana plants under field conditions. A range of licence conditions will limit the size, location and duration of the release including conditions to isolate the trial site from banana crops, ensure secure transport and storage of the GMOs, and at the end of the trial, require inspection of the site for banana plants to ensure all GM plants are destroyed.

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

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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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Trial site listing

Status Crop status updated Date planted GPS coordinates Local government area Trial site area (ha) Trial site number Trial site state
Current -12.554917 131.256917,-12.554889 131.257167,-12.554889 131.259167,-12.554917 131.259028 Litchfield Municipality 1 1 NT
Current -12.553883 131.256667 Litchfield Municipality 0.0025 SH NT