Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) and durum wheat (Triticum turgidum subsp. durum)
Disease resistance, Selectable markers
This licence allows the CSIRO to conduct a limited and controlled release of bread wheat and durum wheat genetically modified for enhanced rust disease resistance. The GM wheat plants may contain either a single introduced disease resistance gene or combinations of up to eight introduced genes for disease resistance. The wheat can be grown in specific sites in ACT and the Hiltops Council area in NSW, with a combined maximum area of 1 ha per growing season. The GM wheat grown in this field trial cannot be used in human food or animal feed.
The trial is to assess the performance of the GM wheat plants under field conditions. This assessment would include factors such as how well the GM wheat plants resist rust disease, as well as important agricultural characteristics such as plant growth and grain yield. The Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) for this application concludes that the field trial poses negligible risks to people or the environment. However, as this is a field trial, the applicant must fulfil a range of licence conditions that control when and where the trial can take place, limit the size of the trial and put restrictions on any wheat leaving the trial site.
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.
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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.