University of Queensland
Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)
Composition - animal nutrition, Yield, Selectable marker - antibiotic
This licence allows the University of Queensland to conduct a limited and controlled release of sorghum genetically modified for grain quality traits. The GM sorghum plants each contain up to two introduced genes or gene fragments derived from sorghum. The genetic modifications lead to increased seed protein content, increased seed protein digestibility, increased seed size and/or a larger number of seeds. A poultry feeding trial may also be conducted to assess nutritional value of the GM sorghum. The GM sorghum would not be used for human food or animal feed other than in the proposed poultry feeding trial.
The purpose of the field trial is to assess the agronomic characteristics, yield and grain quality of the GM sorghum plants under field conditions. Control measures include conditions to minimise dispersal of the GMOs or GM pollen from trial sites, to securely transport and store the GM seed, and to inspect trial sites after completion of the trial 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.
You can find out more about sorghum 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.