Genetically modified (GM) Petunias in Australia
The Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) has become aware that unauthorised genetically modified (GM) petunias have entered the Australian and international markets.
The Regulator is aware that at least twenty varieties of GM petunia have been imported into Australia and a full list of GM petunia varieties in Australia can be found on the OGTR website. The petunias have been modified to produce a pigment found naturally in other flowering plants.
The OGTR is working to clarify which GM petunias are present in Australia, and is taking appropriate action where the presence of GM plants is confirmed. This includes issuing of licences to importing nurseries to allow handling and transport for disposal of the GM plants.