DIR 173

Commercial release of cotton genetically modified for herbicide tolerance (MON 88701)

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 173
Licence status:

Monsanto Australia Pty Ltd

Parent organism:

Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)

Modified trait:

Herbicide tolerance

Licence issue date:

This licence allows Monsanto Australia Pty Ltd to Commercial release of cotton genetically modified for herbicide tolerance. The GM cotton has been modified to contain two introduced genes from common bacteria that confer tolerance to dicamba and glufosinate herbicides. Farmers may grow the GM cotton anywhere in Australia, subject to restrictions in some Australian States and Territories for marketing reasons. Commercial cotton production occurs mainly in New South Wales, southern and central Queensland, and northern Victoria.

The Regulator has not imposed any specific measures to manage risk, as the risk assessment concluded that this release of the GM cotton poses negligible risks to the health and safety of people or the environment. However, general conditions have been imposed to ensure that there is ongoing oversight of the release.

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

Please see out factsheet for more information on GM cotton in Australia.

You can find out more about cotton 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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