The Chromosome Counts Database (CCDB)

Anna Rice, Itay Mayrose

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For decades, plant biologists have been interested in the determination and documentation of chromosome numbers for extant taxa. This central cytological character has been used as an important phylogenetic marker and as an indicator for major genomic events such as polyploidy and dysploidy. Due to their significance and the relative ease by which chromosome numbers can be obtained, chromosome numbers have been extensively recorded across the plant kingdom and documented in a wide variety of resources. This makes the collection process a wearing task, often leading to partial data retrieval. In 2015, the Chromosome Counts Database (CCDB) was assembled, being an online unified community resource. This database compiles dozens of different chromosome counts sources, of which a significant portion had been unavailable before in a digitized, searchable format. The vast amount of data assembled in CCDB has already enabled a large number of analyses to examine the evolution of different plant hierarchies, as well as the application of various follow-up analyses, such as ploidy-level inference using chromEvol. CCDB ( ) encourages data sharing among the botanical community and is expected to continue expanding as additional chromosome numbers are recorded.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology


  • Chromosome counts
  • Chromosome numbers
  • Database
  • Dysploidy
  • Intra-specific variation
  • Polyploidy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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