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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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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.


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 2.8M digitized specimens and over 500K 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 which use DNA barcodes for large-scale biomonitoring programs and to probe interactions among species.


Evolutionary history of the scorpionfly Dicerapanorpa magna (Mecoptera, Panorpidae).

Hu, G-L, Y Hua, PDN Hebert and B-Z Hua.


Approaches to integrating genetic data into ecological networks.

Clare, EL, AJ Fazekas, NV Ivanova, RM Floyd, PDN Hebert, AM Adams, J Nagel, R Girton, SG Newmaster and MB Fenton.


Large geographic distance versus small DNA barcode divergence: Insights from a comparison of European to South Siberian Lepidoptera.

Huemer, P, PDN Hebert, M Mutanen, C Wieser, B Wiesmair, A Hausmann, R Yakovlev, M Möst, B Gottsberger, P Strutzenberger and K Fiedler.


The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences awards the 2018 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences

Paul Hebert is receiving this award for his pivotal contribution to developing a genetic barcode capable of classifying every biological species on Earth.