Archived 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.
  • 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.
  • BIO Board Created
    July 10, 2014 - A board has been named for U of G’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO). Its role is to provide governance and strategic oversight of BIO’s mandate to establish U of G as a world leader in the field of biodiversity science. Read more.
  • Profs, DNA Barcoding in the News
    January 7, 2014 - U of G professor Paul Hebert and DNA barcoding technology are making international headlines. A story about DNA barcoding and the Guelph-based International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project was published in Forbes magazine this week. Read more.
  • World Centre for DNA Barcoding, Biodiversity Genomics Opens
    July 5, 2013 - The global hub for DNA barcoding research is now bigger and better than ever. The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG) officially opened today at the University of Guelph. The state-of-the-art facility more than triples the space available for discovering, identifying and cataloguing species from around the globe using barcoding technology. Read more.
  • U of G Science Project Captures Bug Barcodes and Kids' Interest
    June 13, 2013 - A program designed by the University of Guelph to introduce children to science in their schoolyards has turned up hundreds of new insect DNA barcodes for a growing library of life on Earth. Under its School Malaise Trap Program, U of G’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) gave traps to Grade 6 and 12 students in southwestern Ontario to collect insects in 60 schoolyards for two weeks. Read more.
  • DNA Barcoding can Identify Unwanted Pests
    June 11, 2013 - Ontario growers know that if agricultural pests accompany their products, they’ll be refused at foreign borders. Invasive “quarantine” pests are known to interfere with production and even compromise human health. Read more.
  • Field Trip Leads to Close Encounters With Wildlife
    April 8, 2013 - After their polar bear spotter shouted a warning, Kelsie Paris and her U of G classmates packed up and scrambled into the van. Only then did she realize that she’d left her digital camera out there on the tundra. Read more.
  • Prof, DNA Barcoding Make Headlines
    April 1, 2013 - DNA barcoding and its University of Guelph creator were featured in a prominent story, video and photo essay that ran in the National Post this past weekend. Read more.
  • Seafood Study Conducted at CCDB
    February 22, 2013 - The largest-ever market study on mislabelled seafood now making headlines around the world was conducted at the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding based in BIO. Read more.
  • Minister Tours BIO, Talks Commercialization, Opportunities
    February 21, 2013 - Kevin Hall, vice-president (research) and Paul Hebert, a U of G integrative biology professor and director of the Guelph-based Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO), hosted Gary Goodyear, minister of state, on campus Thursday. Read more.
  • BIO Covers Globe with Bug Traps
    February 19, 2013 - It’s a bug-catching project with global buzz. Under a new malaise-trapping initiative based at the University of Guelph, school kids in Ontario and scientists across Canada and around the world are trapping insects to learn more about local and global biodiversity. Read more.
  • Is There Horse in Your Hamburger?
    February 11, 2013 - Researchers at BIO have used DNA barcoding to examine Canadian hamburger meat and found reassurance for hungry Canadians: all of the burgers tested were 100% beef. Read more.
  • DNA Ecosystem Health Project Nabs Attention, Support
    January 21, 2013 - “Early warning systems” using DNA to track environmental health, especially in protected areas near Canadian oil sands, mining and hydroelectric projects, are the goal of a major research project led by University of Guelph scientists. Read more.
  • DNA Barcoding Library Receives $650,000 from CFI
    January 15, 2013 - Improving pest and disease control, regulation of international trade and markets, and ecosystem conservation are among the expected benefits of the digital DNA “library” of Canadian plants and animals to be developed at the University of Guelph with new federal funding. Read more.
  • DNA Barcoding, Profs Make Headlines
    December 04, 2012 - The Guelph-honed technology DNA barcoding is making national and international headlines this week. Researchers from U of G’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) were involved in two media projects reported on by CTV in Vancouver and in the Boston Globe newspaper. Read more.
  • BioBus Tours National Parks
    Fall 2012 - From May to August, the BioBus travelled to 14 national parks across Canada – from St. Lawrence Islands National Park in Ontario to Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia – collecting insects for DNA barcoding. The specimens will be brought back to the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) at U of G, where they will be sorted, photographed and sampled for DNA analysis. Read more.
  • Study: DNA Barcoding Can ID Natural Health Products
    September 19, 2012 - DNA barcoding developed by University of Guelph researchers has proven up to 88 per cent effective in authenticating natural health products, according to a new U of G study. The study appears in the latest issue of Food Research International. Read more.
  • Biodiversity field work turns students into researchers
    Winter 2011 - The University of Guelph is well known for its breakthrough research in the life sciences. To verify that reputation, one needs look no further than the work of Prof. Paul Hebert, an integrative biologist and director of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario. Read more.
  • Guelph Grads on the Go - Finding Birds of a Feather
    September 7, 2011 - Kevin Kerr, a two-time U of G graduate, has become an authority in the lab in using genetics to identify avian species. During a post-doc at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History that ended this past summer, he worked with scientists in the feather identification lab. The bird strike program run there is intended to improve air safety, protecting both people and birds. Read more.
  • CFI Invests in U of G Research, Innovation
    September 1, 2011 - Researchers at the University of Guelph who are striving to find solutions for some of today's pressing global issues - biodiversity conservation, clean water, physical and mental health ailments - have received nearly $700,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The investment will support scientists using DNA barcoding technology to better understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and human impacts on the arctic, tropical and temperate environments. Read more.
  • Genetic Studies Aimed at Protecting Natural Resources
    August 4, 2011 - A forest manager uses a "lab on a chip" to ID insect pests and help head off a devastating infestation. Or fisheries officers employ genetic information to finger an invasive species that threatens native creatures and waters. Helping to restore and protect our natural areas through such scenarios is the ultimate goal of University of Guelph biologists whose DNA barcoding studies have appeared in two high-profile journals this summer. Read more.
  • Arctic Field Course Turns Students Into Researchers
    June 14, 2011 - Offered at least every two years, the course has seen hundreds of Guelph students visit the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) in Manitoba. Run independently since 1976, this subarctic research and teaching facility is located at the meeting place of the northern boreal forest and the tundra, where the Churchill River empties into western Hudson Bay. Read more.
  • DNA Barcoding Captures International Headlines
    June 1, 2011 - Prof. Paul Hebert has been highlighted in a story in Tuesday's Globe and Mail discussing how DNA barcoding is being used to trace the origin of food and food contaminants. The article focuses on how Hebert, who is the scientific director of the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project at U of G, has used DNA barcoding to solve all kinds of food mysteries from the mislabelling of fish sold in restaurants and supermarkets to pinpointing the source of certain contaminants found in food on the production line. Read more.
  • $3-Million Grant to Prevent Habitat Loss
    May 9, 2011 - Using Canada's largest national park as his laboratory, a University of Guelph professor will test cutting-edge DNA technology that could change how we monitor and protect the environment. Prof. Mehrdad Hajibabaei received a $3-million grant from Genome Canada through the Ontario Genomics Institute to conduct research in Wood Buffalo National Park, considered one of Canada's most valued ecosystems. Read more.
  • Researchers Barcode Beetles in South Africa
    Dec 9, 2010 - Elephants. Rhinos. The big cats. They’re the creatures most people hope to see on a South African safari. But Erin Corstorphine, a research assistant with U of G’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO), considered herself lucky during her trek there this fall when she spotted a flightless dung beetle trundling along, digging a burrow as dung beetles do. Read more.
  • GigaPan Research Makes Headlines
    Nov 4, 2010 - Integrative biology professor Alex Smith will be featured in an article in Science magazine that hits newsstands Friday. The story looks at scientists who are using GigaPan, new technology that involves using a robotic camera and special software to create panoramic images with a standard digital camera. Read more.
  • Faculty Make Headlines, Prof to Be on CBC Radio
    Nov 2, 2010 - U of G professors conducting DNA barcoding research and the Guelph-based Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) were featured in international and national news reports this week, including on ABC News and in the Globe and Mail. , the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal, Bangladesh News and Reuters India and Reuters United Kingdom. Read more.
  • Toronto Star - Barcode for Every Species on Earth
    Sept 26, 2010 - Imagine walking through the woods and being able to identify any plant or bug that catches your curiosity by its DNA simply by touching it with a handheld device. On a screen would pop up the name of the species, its origin and an encyclopedic description of it. It's not just a pie-in-the-sky idea, but an actual goal that 100 international scientists gathered in Toronto Sunday are working toward developing within the next decade. Read more.
  • CN Tower to Double as DNA Barcode
    Sept 24, 2010 - The CN Tower will be illuminated Sept. 25 to look like the world's biggest DNA barcode as part of the official launch of the University of Guelph-based International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL). iBOL is the world’s largest biodiversity genomics initiative aimed at creating a digital identification system of all life on Earth using DNA barcoding. Read more.
  • Guelph Informatics Expert Wins International Prize
    May 5, 2010 - Sujeevan Ratnasingham, informatics director with U of G's Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO), has been awarded the 2010 Ebbe Nielsen Prize from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), a multilateral initiative that enables free and open access to biodiversity data online. Read more.
  • DNA Barcoding Makes International Headlines
    April 27, 2010 - The May issue of National Geographic magazine includes a feature story on Prof. Paul Hebert and DNA barcoding. The piece includes a photo gallery and story about how DNA barcoding reduces species identification time and has led to the discovery of overlooked species around the world. Read more.
  • DNA Barcoding Proposal Up for Award
    April 27, 2010 - How do you get teenagers around the world to help preserve the Earth's biodiversity? Make a game of it. A University of Guelph biologist hopes he can persuade the rest of the world to help him attract $200,000 to do just that. Read more.
  • International Barcode of Life Gets $8.1 Million
    April 23, 2010 - The Ontario government is investing an additional $8.1 million in the University of Guelph-based International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project, the world's largest biodiversity genomics project. Read more.
  • Prof, DNA Barcoding Featured on National TV
    March 30, 2010 - Integrative biology professor Robert Hanner was featured on two CBC television programs this week discussing how DNA barcoding technology can detect mislabelled seafood. Read more.
  • 'Worm Test' Shows DNA Leaks
    February 10, 2010 - Researchers have discovered that mescal itself contains the DNA of the agave butterfly caterpillar - the famously tasty "worm" that many avoid consuming.. Read more.
  • Profs Make International Headlines
    December 04, 2009 - Integrative Biology Prof. Paul Hebert and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) are featured today in the Wall Street Journal. Read more.
  • U of G Teams With High Schools
    November 11, 2009 - A pioneering outreach project at the University of Guelph has turned high school students from across Canada into "food sleuths." Read more.
  • Scientists from U of G in Mexico to Talk Barcoding
    November 09, 2009 - More than two dozen scientists from the University of Guelph are in Mexico City this week attending the third international Barcode of Life Conference. Read more.
  • U of G Part of International 'Genome Zoo' Proposal
    November 06, 2009 - News Release. In the most comprehensive study of vertebrate evolution ever attempted an international consortium of scientists - including some from the University of Guelph - is planning to assemble a genomic zoo. Read more.
  • Darwin-Inspired Exhibit Melds Art, Science
    October 05, 2009 - News Release. An art show of evolution-inspired works that provide diverse views of ideas contained in Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species is coming to the University of Guelph. Read more.
  • Hummingbirds Powered by 'Light' DNA, Study Finds
    August 06, 2009- News Release. Hummingbirds have less DNA in their cells than other birds, allowing them to do all that energy-intensive hovering flight, according to new research by University of Guelph biologists. Read more.
  • U of G Scientists Help Find Plant DNA Barcode
    July 28, 2009- News Release. It will now be possible to genetically differentiate the more than 400,000 species of land plants in the world thanks to DNA barcoding, a revolutionary technique invented at the University of Guelph. Read more.
  • U of G Profs, Scientist Make Headlines
    July 28, 2009 - In the News. Professors and researchers from the University of Guelph are making national and international headlines this week. Read more.
  • U of G Gets $12.5 Million for World-Class Research
    June 19, 2009 - News Release. The University of Guelph will enhance its reputation as a world leader in DNA barcoding, nuclear physics and human and animal health, thanks to a nearly $12.5-million investment from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced today. Read more.