DIR 169

Limited and controlled release of microalgae genetically modified for increased production of fatty acids

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 169
Licence status:
Limited and controlled

The University of Queensland

Parent organism:

Microalgae (Nannochloropsis oceanica Suda & Miyashita)

Modified trait:

Altered fatty acid composition; Inability to use nitrate as a nitrogen source (nutrient use)

Licence issue date:

This licence allows The University of Queensland to grow GM microalgae modified for increased production of fatty acids. GM microalgae can be grown in several batches in closed outdoor culture vessels, with a combined cultivation period of up to 12 months. The trial must be finished by the end of 2023.

The University of Queensland 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 minimise the GM microalgae from spreading outside the trial. For example, there are conditions to contain the GM microalgae in closed culture vessels, to securely transport and store the GM microalgae, and to destroy the GM microalgae at the end of the trial.

The risk analysis for this application was carried out in accordance with the Regulator’s Risk Analysis Framework.

You can find out more about microalgae and how it is 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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