In a field test or outdoor development, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are kept within outdoor enclosures where there are physical barriers (such as fences) and operating procedures (such as preventing plants from flowering) to keep the GM plant or animal within its secure enclosure. Such activities are classed as being in containment within approved facilities.
Information on the field tests and outdoor developments of GMOs that have occurred in New Zealand can be found here:
Active field tests and outdoor developments in New Zealand
The following field test/outdoor developments are currently taking place in New Zealand.
pine with altered plant growth/biomass acquisition, reproductive
development, herbicide tolerance, utilisable biomass, wood density and
Approval for the GM pine field test (ERMA200479) (pdf, 325 kb)
Latest Annual report for this field test (pdf, 98kb)
sheep and goats which therapeutic proteins in milk or have altered
levels of endogenous proteins for the study of gene function, milk
composition and disease resistance (application ERMA200223)
Approval for the GM cattle, sheep or goats outdoor development (ERMA200223) (pdf, 556 kb)