CSIRO Receives Licence from OGTR for Field Trial of GM Canola

JUNE 20, 2024

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a licence application (DIR 205) from CSIRO to conduct a field trial of genetically modified (GM) canola with increased abiotic stress tolerance. The trial is proposed to take place between May 2025 and December 2030, on up to 3 sites per year with a maximum area of 1.5 hectares for each site in the first year and 2 hectares for each site in the subsequent years. The trial sites are located in New South Wales and South Australia and would be subject to control measures that restrict the spread and persistence of the GM plants and their introduced genetic material. The GM canola would not be used for human food or animal feed.