Like all proud Canadians, the Collections Unit at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG) @BIObus_Canada will be celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. To commemorate this special year, we are doing a campaign to share and applaud Canada’s biodiversity. We will uncover neat facts, reveal interesting images and release DNA barcodes for 150 fascinating and important Canadian organisms. Along the way, we’ll cover critical themes surrounding Canada’s biodiversity, from invasive species and climate change, to agro-ecosystems and biomonitoring. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we feature three new organisms each week and celebrate Canada and the rich biota that inhabits it. #Canada150 #Biodiversity150
Every year as spring approaches, the BIObus team board their specially equipped RV and head out where the wild things are. The BIObus is the mobile field research vehicle of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG), located at the University of Guelph in south-western Ontario, Canada.
Since 2008, the BIObus has been carrying researchers and students to biodiversity hotspots across North America to collect insects and other invertebrates. It has been to most Canadian provinces and several parts of the United States. Hundreds of thousands of specimens representing over 20,000 species have been collected. When the BIObus gets back to the laboratory in Guelph, each specimen is photographed and a tissue sample is analyzed to recover its DNA barcode.
Follow @BIObus_Canada and Like Us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BIObus.Guelph) for updates as we explore Canada!