DIR 149

Limited and controlled release of Indian mustard (Juncea canola) genetically modified for altered oil content

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 149
Licence status:
Limited and controlled

Nuseed Pty Ltd

Parent organism:

Indian mustard (Brassica juncea (L.) Czern. & Coss.)

Modified trait:

Composition - food (human nutrition), Composition - animal nutrition, Selectable marker

Licence issue date:

This licence allows Nuseed Pty Ltd to conduct a limited and controlled release of Indian mustard (Juncea canola) genetically modified for altered oil content. The GM Juncea canola has been modified to alter the oil content in the seed, specifically to produce long chain omega-3 oils. Short-chain omega-3 oils are naturally produced in Juncea canola seeds. The production of long chain omega-3 oils is achieved in the GM Juncea canola by introduction of a number of genes from other organisms that naturally make long chain omega-3 oils. Additionally, the GM Juncea canola contains a selectable marker gene to aid in development in the laboratory.

The purpose of the field trial is to evaluate the agronomic characteristics and oil content of the GM Juncea canola under field conditions. Control measures include conditions that provide for secure transport and storage of the GM plant materials, restricting pollen flow to other Juncea canola and related crops, and post-harvest monitoring of release sites for at least 24 months to ensure that no GMOs remain.

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

Please see our factsheets for more information on GM canola in Australia and managing GM canola on roadsides.

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

Date application received:
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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
Signed off -36.8113833 142.3010861, -36.8112528 142.3010861, -36.8112528 142.3008611, -36.8113833 142.3008611 Horsham 0.028 1 VIC