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Watered down Biodiversity: Sample Type is Critical in Environmental DNA Studies for Biomonitoring

Dec 18, 2019

A recent collaboration between the University of Guelph and scientists at Environment and Climate Change Canada resulted in a paper in PLOS One, investigating the recovery of macroinvertebrates in shallow open-water wetlands by comparing matched water and bulk-tissue DNA samples.

SMRT Sequencing Reveals Biodiversity – First SEQUEL II system activated in Canada

Dec 10, 2019

The Sequel II represents a key component in the support infrastructure for BIOSCAN, by reducing analytical costs while also delivering very high fidelity sequences.

Meet the DNA detectives fighting to stop the next Horsegate

Sept 20, 2019

“Seven years on from the horse meat scandal, the number of food fraud cases keep going up. But now a phalanx of food inspectors armed with next-generation DNA tests hope they can fight back against doctored fish, herbs and health foods.”

Biodiversity analysis project receives $166,666 boost from Ontario Research Fund 

Sept 10, 2019

“We want to go from high-throughput data to high-throughput knowledge. In light of the climate and biodiversity crises, it is urgent to build the tools needed to monitor and protect biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystems.”

How BIOSCAN is inspiring the next generation of researchers

Sept 3, 2019

“They were enlightened by the idea of discovering new species and by the possibility of doing so using DNA barcoding tools.”

Increasing Visibility of LGBTQ+ People in STEM

July 5, 2019

“The artificial family assemblage of people can feel quite the opposite, often resulting in LGBT+ identifiers leading two very different lives in and outside of their place of work”

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation provide CBG with $0.65 million

May 15, 2019

The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics has received a $650,000 CDN award to obtain a Sequel II System. Its acquisition will benefit all members of the iBOL Consortium by providing the advantages of SMRT Sequencing and making it more affordable for scientists to drive discovery with comprehensive views of genomes and transcriptomes.

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.”

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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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