Sep. 12, 2014
The Australian national science agency, the CSIRO has applied to the office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) for the intentional release of genetically modified (GM) safflower into the environment in Australia.
CSIRO is seeking approval to conduct field trials of safflower genetically modified for increased levels of oleic acid in seeds to provide enough oil for product testing. The trial is proposed to take place between January 2015 and August 2019 at 45 sites across Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia. The total cumulative planting area will be 850 hectares over the 4 years. The GM safflower will not be used for human food or animal feed. OGTR plans to issue risk assessment and management in November 2014 for public comment and advice.