Welcome to the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario

Our core purpose is to create knowledge and develop applications to sustain natural systems on which all life depends.

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 (BIO) 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. 

There are four research divisions with complementary mandates that are housed within BIO and interact to further knowledge of biodiversity. Collaboration with other research groups at University of Guelph creates additional synergies.

BIO’s research outcomes are applied to design solutions to major needs of industry and society ranging from strengthening environmental impact assessments, suppression of marketplace fraud, and enabling more effective control of invasive pest species and disease vectors.

January 14, 2016 - Government Invests in CFIA, U of G Collaboration