More GM safflower tests sought in Australia
The Australian government research body, the CSIRO, has applied to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to conduct field trials of genetically modified safflowers with elevated oleic acid levels. The CSIRO plans to test up to 180 lines expressing three gene fragments from safflowers involved in altered fatty acid composition. The tests would be conducted at 45 sites in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory between January 2015 and August 2019 over a cumulative area of 850 ha. This application represents a continuation of work conducted under a previous licence and involves many of the same lines (Agrow No 664, p 27). The OGTR plans to issue a risk assessment and management plan on the latest application in November.