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From field to lab to the palm of your hand

Here at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics we take a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to this important field of research.

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Informatics - BOLD User Network

The Barcode of Life Data Systems is a global informatics workbench used to share data by over 1000 institutions in 94 countries.

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A Centre for International Collaboration

The 6th International Barcode of Life Conference recently brought together almost 600 researchers from over 55 countries, representing the largest barcoding conference to date.

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The Planetary Biodiversity Mission

The CBG is preparing to launch a mega-science project with the goal of delivering a comprehensive understanding of global biodiversity by 2040.

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International Barcode of Life Project

iBOL Target: DNA barcodes for 500k species in 5 years
Target met: August 10, 2015

Bringing Genomics to Biodiversity

Recent News and Publications / From the CBG


The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG) is the global leader in the field of DNA barcoding. It occupies a 50,000 ft2 facility on the University of Guelph campus. Its unique research capacity reflects the coupling of one of Canada’s largest genomics platforms with a workforce that includes world-class expertise in biodiversity science, DNA sequencing, and informatics.

The CBG is clearly differentiated from other genomics organizations by the taxonomic scope of its work and by its commitment to genomic minimalism. Instead of characterizing entire genomes, the Centre employs sequence diversity in targeted gene regions to advance understanding of the diversity, distribution, and interactions of multicellular life. The Centre is best known for its role in leading the development of DNA barcoding as a tool for specimen identification and species discovery. In addition, researchers at the CBG are heavily involved in studies which use DNA barcodes for large-scale biomonitoring programs and to probe interactions among species.

24Sept

Investigating suburban micromoth diversity using DNA barcoding of malaise trap samples

Aagaard K, K Berggren, PDN Hebert, J Sones, B McClenaghan
and T Ekrem

12Sept

U of G Receives Nearly $77 Million to Launch ‘Food From Thought’

Long term funding from the Canadian federal government enables advanced biodiversity genomics research for food production.

9Sept

From Barcodes to Biomes: Special Issues from the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference

Adamowicz SJ, FJJ Chain, EL Clare, K Deiner, V Dincă, M Elías-Gutiérrez, A Hausmann, ID Hogg, M Kekkonen, DA Lijtmaer et al.

1Sept

High levels of intraspecific genetic divergences revealed for Antarctic springtails: evidence for small-scale isolation during Pleistocene glaciation

Bennett KR, ID Hogg, BJ Adams and PDN Hebert