Queensland University of Technology
Banana (Musa spp.)
Disease resistance, Selectable marker – antibiotic
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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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.