The Sequel 2 sequencer at the CCDB, first in Canada

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.

Research technician using the Keyence microscope

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.


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.

The CBG gratefully receives substantial support from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.


Scientists can detect animal species by vacuuming their DNA out of the air

CBC News – Environmental DNA or “eDNA” is shed by organisms into their surroundings from things such as dead skin cells or feces. It has already been used to monitor biodiversity of animals that live in water or soil, from fish to microbes. Now biologists and ecologists are excited about the invention of a way to use eDNA in the air to monitor land animals such as birds and mammals — especially vulnerable species.


Metabarcoding, direct stomach observation and stable isotope analysis reveal a highly diverse diet for the invasive green crab in Atlantic Patagonia

Cordone G, Lozada M, Vilacoba E, Thalinger B, Bigatti G, Lijtmaer DA, Steinke D, Galvan DE


A molecular-based identification resource for the arthropods of Finland

Roslin T, Somervuo P, Pentinsaari M, Hebert PDN, Agda J, Ahlroth P, Anttonen P, Aspi J, Blagoev G, Blanco S, Chan D, Clayhills T, deWaard JR, deWaard S, Elliot T, Elo R, Haapala S, …, Mutanen M


Louse fly (Diptera, Hippoboscidae) associations with raptors in southern Canada, with new North American and European records

Levesque-Beaudin V, Sinclair BJ


Towards reproducible metabarcoding data: Lessons from an international cross- laboratory experiment

Zaiko A, Greenfield P, Abbott C, von Ammon U, Bilewitch J, Bunce M, Cristescu ME, Chariton A, Dowle E, Geller J, Ardura Gutierrez A, Hajibabaei M, Haggard E, Inglis GJ, Lavery SD, Samuiloviene A, Simpson T, Stat M, Stephenson S, Sutherland J, Thakur V, Westfall K, Wood SA, Wright M, Zhang G, Pochon X