Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Buffalo grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum (Walter) Kuntze)
Herbicide tolerance, Plant development-altered plant architecture
This licence allows the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University to conduct a limited and controlled release of buffalo grass genetically modified for herbicide tolerance and dwarf phenotype. The GM buffalo grass plants contain two introduced genes derived from the plants thale cress and spinach. The genetic modifications confer tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate and reduce the growth rate and size of the plants.
A range of licence conditions have been imposed to limit the size, location and duration of the release, and to require training for all people who work with the GM buffalo grass. Control measures include conditions to minimise dispersal of the GMOs and GM pollen from the trial site, to securely transport and store the GMOs, and to inspect the trial site 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 buffalo grass 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.