Lead Chief Investigator: Brad Sherman, The University of Queensland

Collaborating Chief Investigators: Robert Henry, Peter Waterhouse


The last decade has seen important changes in the technologies used to manipulate the genetic makeup of plants, the most notable being CRISPR/Cas9.  

Our aim is to understand how legal and regulatory schemes impact the uptake and adoption of these new genetic technologies. 

Our approach

We will investigate the impact that the legal and regulatory schemes in Australia and overseas have on the uptake and adoption of new technologies manipulate the genetic makeup of plants. 

Our research will lead to better understanding of the regulatory constraints on the use of genetic technologies as well as best practice. In this regard, it will be of direct benefit to those researchers working with genetic technologies. 

By ensuring that researchers working with genetic technologies have freedom to operate, our research will help innovate paths to uptake and adoption.