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First in Canada - SEQUEL II

Funded by a $650,000 grant by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Sequel II System will play a vital role in iBOL's second global project - BIOSCAN.

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Automated high resolution imaging

Digital 4K microphotography supported by our Analytics Unit can generate 1.5 Million high resolution images in a year.

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Advanced DNA Sequencing Services

The sequencing facility of the CBG offers the latest in DNA barcoding technology, research, and innovation.

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BIOSCAN - the second iBOL Project

The International Barcode of Life Consortium is preparing for its second global project - BIOSCAN.

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Informatics – BOLD v4

The Barcode of Life Data System is a global informatics workbench used to share data by over 29,000 users from more than 200 countries.

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Collect, Image, Archive

The Analytics and Collections Units of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics maintains a collection of over 5M digitized specimens and over 740K images.

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Preserving Global Biodiversity

The sequencing facility of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics has generated a DNA archive containing over 250,000 species.

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Supporting Global DNA Barcode Research

The CBG supports the training and development of DNA barcode-related projects and researchers around the globe.

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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.

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 that use DNA barcodes for large-scale biomonitoring programs and to probe interactions among species.

12Jan

To us insectometers, it is clear that insect decline in our Costa Rican tropics is real, so let’s be kind to the survivors

Janzen DH, Hallwachs W

31Dec

Methodological considerations for monitoring soil/litter arthropods in tropical rainforests using DNA metabarcoding, with a special emphasis on ants, springtails and termites

Basset Y, Donoso DA, Hajibabaei M, Wright MTG, Perez K, Lamarre GPA, De León DF, Palacios-Vargas JG, Castaño-Meneses G, Rivera M, Perez F, Bobadilla R, Lopez Y, Alejandro-Ramirez J, Barrios H

7Oct

Counting the species: how DNA barcoding is rewriting the book of life

The Guardian: We do not know how many species live on Earth. Barcoding could change that – and open the way for incredible discoveries.

2Oct

Effects of Malaise trap spacing on species richness and composition of terrestrial arthropod bulk samples

Steinke D, Braukmann TWA, Manerus L, Woodhouse A, Elbrecht V