Australia OKs Bayer's GM cotton tests
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) concludes that an application from Bayer CropScience to field test genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant cotton poses negligible risks to human health and the environment. The cotton expresses the Bt Cry1Ab toxin from event T304-40, Cry2Ae (GHB119) and Vip3Aa19 (COT102) for the control of lepidopteran pests and GlyTol (GHB614) for glyphosate tolerance and LL25 for glufosinate tolerance. The traits were not identified in the original field trial application. Bayer plans to test the cotton on up to 14 sites in the first year on a maximum area of 10 ha per site and on up to 20 sites for five years on a maximum of 30 ha per site. The tests would be conducted between July 2015 and July 2021 in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. The OGTR's risk assessment and management plan is open to public comment until April 8th.