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Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 303, Issue 8, pp 1123–1129 | Cite as

Chromosome numbers of the flora of Germany—a new online database of georeferenced chromosome counts and flow cytometric ploidy estimates

  • Juraj PauleEmail author
  • Thomas Gregor
  • Marco Schmidt
  • Eva-Maria Gerstner
  • Günther Dersch
  • Stefan Dressler
  • Karsten Wesche
  • Georg Zizka
Short Communication
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Polyploidy in Shallow and Deep Evolutionary Times

Abstract

Chromosomal speciation processes gain increasing attention in plant systematics and evolution, and new approaches revealed a high diversity in chromosome numbers even within recognized taxa. Reliable counts linked to known accessions are thus needed yet often hardly available. We present a new online database for chromosome counts and ploidy estimates of the flora of Germany with a detailed documentation of the examined material, and its sampling locality. The chromosome database builds upon a relational database and includes standardized taxon identification, study date, georeferenced locality and additional collection as well as publication details from which the karyological information was extracted. In order to reach the best compatibility with other botanical publications of the study region, taxonomic concepts and nomenclature follow the “Rothmaler”, a widely accepted field flora of vascular plants in Germany. Our online database is available at http://chromosomes.senckenberg.de. The site consists of the main page with project information, a search tool, an interactive map display, a contact and a data submission form. The zoomable map shows the localities of the search result, allows to refine the geographic search as well as to select individual data points.

Keywords

Chromosome Database Estimate Dysploidy Flow cytometry Germany Polyploidy Ploidy estimate 

Notes

Funding

This work was supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), project “Die karyologische Datenbank zur Flora von Deutschland (Gefäßpflanzen)”(Zi 557/13-1).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juraj Paule
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thomas Gregor
    • 1
  • Marco Schmidt
    • 1
    • 2
  • Eva-Maria Gerstner
    • 2
  • Günther Dersch
    • 3
  • Stefan Dressler
    • 1
  • Karsten Wesche
    • 4
    • 5
  • Georg Zizka
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Botany and Molecular EvolutionSenckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Data and Modelling CentreSenckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F)Frankfurt am MainGermany
  3. 3.BovendenGermany
  4. 4.Department of BotanySenckenberg Museum of Natural History GörlitzGörlitzGermany
  5. 5.German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  6. 6.Department of Diversity, Evolution and Phylogeny of Higher Plants and Lichens, Institute for Ecology, Evolution and DiversityGoethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany

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