DIR 166

Limited and controlled release of chickpea genetically modified for drought and other environmental stress tolerance

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 166
Licence status:
Limited and controlled

Queensland University of Technology

Parent organism:

Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)

Modified trait:

Environmental stress tolerance – drought; Selectable marker – antibiotic

Licence issue date:

This licence allows The Queensland University of Technology for the limited and controlled release of chickpea genetically modified for drought and other environmental stress tolerance. The field trial can take place at a single site in Walkamin, Queensland, with a maximum area of 3 ha per season. The trial can be conducted from June 2019 until December 2024, which allows up to six growing seasons. The GM chickpeas grown in the field trial will not be used in human food or animal feed.

The aim of the field trial is to assess how the GM chickpeas perform under field conditions. Queensland University of Technology must comply with a range of licence conditions that restrict when and where the trial can take place, limit the size of the trial, and stop GM chickpea from spreading outside the trial. For example, there are conditions to isolate the trial site from other chickpea crops, to securely transport and store the GM chickpeas and to inspect the site at the end of the trial to check that the GM chickpeas 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 chickpeas and how they are farmed in Australia in our biology document.

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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 -17.13272 145.42361,-17.13245 145.42332,-17.13237 145.42338,-17.13262 145.42371 Tablelands 0.1 1 QLD
Signed off -17.132458 145.423202,-17.132144 145.423596,-17.132658 145.424174, -17.132987 145.423934 Tablelands 0.6 2 QLD