GM field tests

Field tests and outdoor developments of GMOs is an important part of the EPA's work

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 Plus

The following field test/outdoor developments are currently taking place in New Zealand. The decision released in these applications require the applicant(s) to provide a report to the EPA annually

                   ​Genetically modified organism                          Approval date                            Approval expiry date         

 

Radiata pine with altered plant growth/biomass acquisition, reproductive development, herbicide tolerance, utilisable biomass, wood density and dimensional stability

Approval for the GM pine field test (ERMA200479) (pdf, 325 kb)

View the 2017 Annual Report (pdf, 367 KB)

View the 2016 Annual Report (pdf, 90 KB)

View the 2015 Annual Report (pdf, 104 KB)

View the 2014 Annual Report (pdf, 97 KB)

View the 2013 Annual Report (pdf,142 KB)

View the 2012 Annual Report (pdf, 133 KB)

 

 

December 2010

 

December 2035

 Cattle, 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)

View the 2016 Annual Report (pdf, 648 KB)

View the 2015 Annual Report (pdf, 651 KB)

View the 2014 Annual Report (pdf, 3122 KB)

View the 2013 Annual Report (pdf, 1351 KB)

View the 2012 Annual Report (pdf, 2489 KB)

View the 2011 Annual Report (pdf, 722 KB)

View the 2010 Annual Report (pdf, 57 KB)

 

 April 2010  April 2030
     
     
GMO field tests and outdoor developments approved prior to July 1998 Plus

Prior to July 1998, field tests involving GMOs were approved or declined by the Minister for the Environment following assessment and recommendation by the Interim Assessment Group.

Field tests approved before July 1998 (pdf 135 KB)

GMO field tests and outdoor developments approved since July 1998 Plus

Since July 1998, the decision on field test and outdoor development applications has been made by us. 

The tables that follow show the field tests and outdoor developments that have been approved since July 1998. The decision document for each field test is published in the HSNO Register. Follow the link then enter the reference number in the search field to be taken to the approval you're interested in. 

 

 Approvals of field tests of GM crop and ornamental plants

Approval date

​Status

Petunias with altered plant form or pigmentation

Approval for the GM petunia field test (GMF98002)

 

November 1998 Complete​d

Sugar beet with herbicide tolerance

Approval for the GM sugar beet field test (GMF98004)

 

March 1999 Complete​d

Maize with herbicide tolerance

Approval for the GM maize field test (GMF98005)

 

​October 1999 ​Did not commence

Maize with insect resistance

Approval for the GM maize field test (GMF98006)

 

​October 1999 ​Did not commence
Potato with resistance to bacterial soft rots

Approval for the GM potato field test (GMF98007)

 

 December 1998 Completed
Potato with insect resistance

Approval for the GM potato field test (GMF98008)

 

 December 1998 Completed
Onion modified for herbicide resistance

Approval for the GM onion field test (GMF03001)

 

 ​December 2003  ​Completed
Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and forage kale with insect resistance

Approval for the GM brassicas field test (GMF06001)

 

 ​May 2007  

​Approval expired February 2013.

Completed

Onion, spring onion, garlic and leek with altered agronomic and quality traits                            

Approval for the GM alliums field test (GMF06002)

 

​November 2008

​Approval to November 2018.

Not commenced

 

Approvals for field tests of GM trees

Approval date

Status

Radiata pine modified with maker genes   

Approval for the GM pine field test (GMF98011)                      

                                      

 ​December 1998 ​Did not commence                     

Radiata pine with altered reproductive development

Approval for the GM pine field test (GMF99001)

 

 December 2000  Approval to December 2020.

No activity is occurring under this approval

Radiata pine and Norway spruce with herbicide resistance

Approval for the GM pine field test (GMF99005)

 

 ​December 2000  ​Approval to December 2019.

No activity is occurring under this approval

Radiata pine with altered plant growth/biomass acquisition, reproductive development,

 herbicide tolerance,utilisable biomass, wood density and dimensional stability

 Approval for the GM pine field test (ERMA200479)                                           

 

​December 2010 Approval to December 2035. 

Currently operating

 

Approvals for field tests or outdoor developments of GM animals

Approval date

Status

Sheep that produce human alpha-1-antitrypsin in their milk

Approval for the GM sheep field test (GMF98001)

 

​March 1999 ​Completed

Sheep with inactivated myostatin genes

Approval for the GM sheep field test (GMF99004)

 


​October 2000​
​Did not commence

Cattle with altered milk composition (have disrupted beta-lactoglobulin gene or carry extra

copies of the cattle casein gene)

Approval for the GM cattle field test (GMF98009 Part I)

 

 ​November 1999  

​Completed. 

All research is now conducted under the    

approval for  ERMA200223 (below)

Cattle which produce human myelin basic protein in milk

Approval for the GM cattle field test (GMF98009 Part II)

 

 May 2001 Completed.

All research is now conducted under the

approval for ERMA200223 (below)

Cattle which produce therapeutic proteins in milk or used to study gene function and

genetic performance

Approval for the GM cattle outdoor development (GMD02028)

 

 September 2002  ​Completed. 

All research is now conducted under the

approval for ERMA200223 (below)

​Cattle, 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)

 

 April 2010 Approval to April 2030.

Currently operating

 

Approvals for field tests of GM microorganisms

Prior to 2003 field tests included large scale fermentations of microorganisms.              

 

Approval date     Status

E. coli bacteria to produce proteins for a hydatids vaccine

Approval for the fermentation of GM E. coli (GMF98010)

 

June 1999 ​Did not commence                              

 

 

​Field test or outdoor development applications that were publicly notified (open for public submission) but then withdrawn Plus

​Field test or outdoor development applications that were publicly notified (open for public submission) but then withdrawn

 

Application

Outcome

 

​To field test GM apples
Application for GM apples (GMF98003)                                

 

​The application was withdrawn in December 1999  
To field test GM wheat  (Roundup Ready)

Application for GM wheat (GMF99003)

 

 ​The application was withdrawn in February 2000  
To develop in outdoor containment GM cattle

Application for GM cattle (GMD01194)  

 

 ​The application was withdrawn in April 2002  
To field test and develop in outdoor containment a range of GM animals                                           

Application for the field test of GM animals (GMF07001)

Application for the outdoor development of GM animals (GMD07074)        

 

 ​The applications were withdrawn in December 2010