Genetically modified (GM) crops
As the world’s demand for food continues to increase plant breeders work to breed better yielding crop varieties. They use a range of methods including conventional breeding, mutagenesis, genetic modification, and marker aided selection to breed new improved crop varieties. Genetic modification allows plant breeders to produce a crop variety that could not be bred using conventional breeding.
There are two types of GM crops grown in Australia - insect resistant and herbicide tolerant cotton and herbicide tolerant canola.
The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s GM crops website contains information on GM crops in Western Australia.
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator website outlines the Australian regulatory system for GMOs and contains a list of approved Australian dealings with GMOs.
The Australian Biotechnology Council of Australia website provides science-based information about gene technology in agriculture.