Press Releases

The success of forest restoration might not rely solely on seeing the forest for its trees, but the trees for their soil microbiomes

Mar 22, 2019

“When forests become nitrogen limited, we see decreases in plant and microbial growth which has drastic consequences on the ability of forests to store carbon at scales necessary to combat climate change.”

$2.6M STREAM project uses DNA technology to assess freshwater health in Canada

Feb 7, 2019

“This timeframe for freshwater analysis is unprecedented. It usually takes about a year to generate this kind of data.”

DNA barcode data included in new update of the Biota of Canada

Jan 30, 2019

“Even ten years ago, I would have never predicted the inclusion of DNA barcode information in a faunistic monograph of this scale.”

CBG Increases the Visibility of its Genetic Samples

May 11, 2018

“… there have been over 200,000 aliquots of DNA prepared for other institutions in the last decade. Making our collection more accessible will likely lead to even more requests”

Mail & Guardian: Massive DNA drive to record all life forms

November 9, 2015

“Two insects can appear identical but, while one could be benign the other could be an agricultural pest that could endanger food ­supplies and cause … economic hardships”

Guelph Mercury: World needs action on biodiversity, scientists tell Guelph audience

August 19, 2015

“We must learn to become as enthusiastic about diversity management as we are about conservation. It comes down to conservation versus sustainable use.”

CTV News: Truth in advertising? DNA barcoding shines light on commercial claims

August 19, 2015

“In a little over a decade, it’s gone from an idea in the mind of a University of Guelph professor to one of the largest biodiversity research sectors in the world.”

CBC News: Professor Paul Hebert wants to bar-code DNA of all species

August 17, 2015

The first part of Hebert’s new project is to raise $2.5 billion dollars needed to fund what he projects to be a 25-year project. Hebert and the University of Guelph are hosting a conference this week with more than 500 scientists from more than 50 countries to discuss the fist steps of the new mission.

“Our work has a time urgency to it, because much of life on this planet is in peril, especially in the tropics, there is every reason to believe that one in five species on our planet could be gone by the year 2100 and with that will go, what I like to call, the Books of Life.”

Radio Canada International: Canadians in the forefront of a daunting challenge

August 11, 2015

Professor Hebert spoke to RCI from his office at the University of Guelph.

“Audacity? All Hebert wants to do over the next 20 to 25 years is lead a team of scientists and researchers to genetically index every one of the multicellular species on earth.”

Listen here

The Globe and Mail: Canadian scientist’s mission: Barcode every species on earth

August 9, 2015

The new proposal would turn DNA barcoding into a megascience, a major leap for a technique that has sometimes met with resistance from other researchers.

“We’re going to pitch this project as humanity’s need to know.”

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