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Mol Genet Genomics. 2015 Aug;290(4):1615-25. doi: 10.1007/s00438-015-1021-y. Epub 2015 Mar 11.

Cotton QTLdb: a cotton QTL database for QTL analysis, visualization, and comparison between Gossypium hirsutum and G. hirsutum × G. barbadense populations.

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Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA,


A specialized database currently containing more than 2200 QTL is established, which allows graphic presentation, visualization and submission of QTL. In cotton quantitative trait loci (QTL), studies are focused on intraspecific Gossypium hirsutum and interspecific G. hirsutum × G. barbadense populations. These two populations are commercially important for the textile industry and are evaluated for fiber quality, yield, seed quality, resistance, physiological, and morphological trait QTL. With meta-analysis data based on the vast amount of QTL studies in cotton it will be beneficial to organize the data into a functional database for the cotton community. Here we provide a tool for cotton researchers to visualize previously identified QTL and submit their own QTL to the Cotton QTLdb database. The database provides the user with the option of selecting various QTL trait types from either the G. hirsutum or G. hirsutum × G. barbadense populations. Based on the user's QTL trait selection, graphical representations of chromosomes of the population selected are displayed in publication ready images. The database also provides users with trait information on QTL, LOD scores, and explained phenotypic variances for all QTL selected. The CottonQTLdb database provides cotton geneticist and breeders with statistical data on cotton QTL previously identified and provides a visualization tool to view QTL positions on chromosomes. Currently the database (Release 1) contains 2274 QTLs, and succeeding QTL studies will be updated regularly by the curators and members of the cotton community that contribute their data to keep the database current. The database is accessible from

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