The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator has made the following announcement on the current status of the application for GM canola varieties in Australia:
Your chance to comment on the risk assessment and risk management plan for dealings involving intentional releases of genetically modified canola DIR 020/2002 and DIR 02112002.
The OGTR has received two applications under section 40 of the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act) which, if approved, would involve the commercial release of genetically modified organisms into the Australian environment. These applications (reference numbers DIR 020/2002 and DIR 021/2002) have been made by Monsanto Australia Ltd and Aventis CropScience Pty Ltd in respect of genetically modified canola. The details of the individual applications are as follows:
- DIR 020/2002 - An application for the commercial release of Roundup Ready® canola (Brassica napus), which is genetically modified to be tolerant to the herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient of Roundup®), potentially in all current and future canola-growing regions of Australia, including NSW, VIC, SA, WA, TAS* and the ACT.
- DIR 02112002 - An application for the commercial release of In Vigor® canol a (Brassica napus), which is genetically modified to incorporate a novel hybrid breeding system and tolerance to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium (the active ingredient in Liberty®), potentially in all current and future canola-growing regions of Australia, including NSW, VIC, SA, WA, TAS* and the ACT.
* NB The growing of genetically modified food crops in Tasmania would also require approval by the Tasmanian State Government under the Plant Quarantine Act 1997.