The University of Queensland
Microalgae (Nannochloropsis oceanica Suda & Miyashita)
Altered fatty acid composition; Inability to use nitrate as a nitrogen source (nutrient use)
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.
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.