Welcome to the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario

Biodiversity measures the variation of life shaped through ecology and evolution from genes to species and ecosystems. The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph is an institute dedicated to the study of biodiversity at multiple levels of biological organization, with particular emphasis placed upon the study of biodiversity at the species level. BIO is the birthplace of the field of DNA barcoding, whereby short, standardized gene sequences are used to accelerate species discovery and identification. There are four units with complementary mandates that are housed within BIO and interact to further knowledge of biodiversity.

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Departmental News and Events

  • BIOblitz Showcases Power & Speed of DNA Barcoding
    Aug 28, 2015 - A one-day “bioblitz” conducted this month shows the value of DNA barcoding for identifying living things quickly and easily, according to a paper co-authored by more than 100 scientists worldwide. Scientists from 17 countries collected and processed thousands of specimens, analyzed their DNA barcode sequence to assign taxonomy, and wrote and submitted the paper for publication – all in less than a week. Read more.
  • 6th International Barcode of Life Conference in Media
    Aug 17, 2015 - Hosted at the University of Guelph for the first time, this conference is the 6th in a series of bi-annual meetings for the DNA barcoding community. As the largest DNA barcoding conference to date, it has garnered extensive media attention.
  • Prof Appointed to Order of Canada
    July 2, 2015 - University of Guelph integrative biology professor Paul Hebert has been named to the Order of Canada, considered the country’s highest honour of lifetime achievement. The announcement was made by Governor General David Johnston on Canada Day. Read more.

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