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.
Departmental News and Events
- 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.