Genetically Modified (GM) Carnations in Australia
GM carnations were the first GM flowers in the world to be commercialised. They have been on the market since the mid-90s.
The GM carnations have been modified to have mauve, purple or violet coloured flowers. This has been achieved by introducing genes from petunia or pansy. The genes are responsible for making blue pigments in the flowers.
Prior to allowing their commercialisation in Australia, the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) carried out science-based risk assessments and concluded that the GM carnations presented a negligible risk for the health and safety of the people and the environment.