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DIR 152

Limited and controlled release of wheat and barley genetically modified for abiotic stress tolerance and yield improvement

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 152
Licence status:
Limited and controlled

The University of Adelaide

Parent organism:

Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

Modified trait:

Abiotic stress tolerance; enhanced yield; selectable marker

Licence issue date:

This licence allows the University of Adelaide to conduct a limited and controlled release of wheat and barley genetically modified for abiotic stress tolerance and yield improvement. The genetic modifications are expected to lead to enhanced yield or frost tolerance. Some GM wheat plants will contain up to three introduced genes for yield enhancement, derived from rice and thale cress. The field trial is permitted to take place at up to five sites, on a maximum of 3.75 hectares per growing season (across all sites) in South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales, between July 2017 and January 2021. The GM wheat and barley would not be used for commercial human food or animal feed.

The purpose of the field trial is to assess the agronomic characteristics of the GM wheat and barley plants under field conditions. Control measures include conditions to ensure secure transport and storage of the GMOs, and at the end of the trial require inspection of the site for wheat and barley volunteers 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.

Please see our factsheet for more information on GM wheat trials in Australia.

You can find out more about wheat and barley and how they are farmed in Australia in our biology documents.

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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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 35.056840S 138.556314E,35.056840S 138.556273E,35.057023S 138.556332E,35.057023S 138.556288E Marion 0.008 1 SA
Signed off -31.486950 118.220570,-31.487210 118.221080,-31.486378 118.220939,-31.486648 118.221509 Merredin 0.432 2 WA