Communique of GTTAC meeting of 18 December 2017
This Communiqué covers matters considered at the 53rd meeting of the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (18 December 2017, Canberra).
Syngenta Australia Pty Ltd is seeking approval for commercial cultivation in Australia of a cotton line, COT102, that has been genetically modified (GM) for insect resistance. Plant material from the GM cotton would enter general commerce, including use in human food and animal feed.
COT102 contains one introduced insect resistance gene, which has previously been approved by the Regulator for commercial release in combination with other insect resistance genes and, in some cases, herbicide tolerance genes. The Committee noted that insect resistance management is the responsibility of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and the cotton industry Transgenic and Insect Management Strategy (TIMS) Committee.