Australia approves GM cereal tests
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from the University of Adelaide to conduct field tests on genetically modified wheat and barley. The plants have been modified with a total of 33 genes involved in salt, aluminium and drought tolerance, nitrogen use efficiency and micronutrient uptake. The tests are due to be conducted between August 2014 and December 2019 at five sites in South Australia and Western Australia. The test area would be up to 2.5 ha per season. The OGTR previously concluded that the tests posed negligible risks to human health and the environment (Agrow No 687, p 15).