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

  • 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.
  • BIO Names First CEO
    Apr 7, 2015 - U of G has appointed the first CEO for the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO). Mario Thomas begins a three-year term April 13. Thomas has worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector for more than 25 years with a focus on business development and commercialization. Read more.
  • Supplement Industry Under Fire
    Feb 9, 2015 - University of Guelph researcher Dr. Steven Newmaster led a 2013 study shedding light on potential contamination and substitution in herbal products found in both Canada and the U.S. He expects more North American legal cases will stem from a recent crackdown on supplement retailers in New York. Read more.

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