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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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BIOSCAN - the second iBOL Project

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

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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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Advanced DNA Sequencing Services

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

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Informatics - BOLD v4

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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Collect, Image, Archive

The Collections Unit 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.

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.

11Jun

Initiatives to Intercept Pandemics Through Genomics

BIOSCAN, Earth BioGenome Project, and Global Virome Project propose pandemic interception system.

15May

U of G Researchers Develop Method to Deliver a Rapid $1 COVID-19 Test

“Given there is no vaccine for COVID-19, there is an urgent need for rapid, inexpensive screening around the world,” said Hebert, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity.

12May

Study Proves U of G’s DNA Metabarcoding Effective for Monitoring Biodiversity

“For more than a decade, we have been working closely with scientists from Environment and Climate Change Canada to develop and apply high-throughput, DNA-based biodiversity analysis for monitoring key ecosystems across Canada,” said Prof. Mehrdad Hajibabaei.

8May

Massive Multiplexing Can Deliver a $1 Test for COVID-19

Hebert PDN, Prosser SWJ, Ivanova NV, Zakharov EV,
Ratnasingham S