Release 37
(Dec 23, 2018)
This Cattle Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) Database (Cattle QTLdb) contains cattle QTL and association data curated from published data. The database is designed to facilitate the process for users to compare, confirm, and locate the most plausible location for genes responsible for quantitative traits important to cattle production. We have been striving our best to curate all available data, and adding tools to the QTLdb for users to accomplish many data meta-analysis and comparison tasks.

The current release of the Cattle QTLdb contains 120,122 QTLs/associations from 896 publications. Those QTLs / associations represent 605 different traits (see data summary for more recent updates). The released data have also been submitted to the NCBI Gene, Ensembl, and UCSC databases, where the QTL information can be retrieved and analyzed using the respective tools on these sites. New tools and functions are continually added. Please see the release history or FAQ for new updates.


Information in the Cattle QTLdb can be accessed in the following ways:
1. Search and Analysis: Tools for search by chromosomes, traits, breeds, publications, candidate genes, etc. and tools for data analysis primed with search
2. Data Browse:
3. View Maps:
5. Data Summary: Database statistics by chromosomes, traits, trait types, journals, publication years, etc.
QTL on
- Gbrowse
- Jbrowse
New Data
- Curation
- Batch load
Zhi-Liang Hu, Carissa A. Park, and James M. Reecy (2019). Building a livestock genetic and genomic information knowledgebase through integrative developments of Animal QTLdb and CorrDB. Nucleic Acids Research, Volume 47, Issue D1, 8 January 2019, Pages D701–D710.

Zhi-Liang Hu, Carissa A. Park and James M. Reecy (2016). Developmental progress and current status of the Animal QTLdb. Nucleic Acids Research, 44 (D1): D827-D833.

Zhi-Liang Hu, Carissa A. Park, Xiao-Lin Wu and James M. Reecy (2013). Animal QTLdb: an improved database tool for livestock animal QTL/association data dissemination in the post-genome era. Nucleic Acids Research, 41 (D1): D871-D879

Zhi-Liang Hu, Eric Ryan Fritz and James M. Reecy (2007). AnimalQTLdb: a livestock QTL database tool set for positional QTL information mining and beyond. Nucleic Acids Research, 2007, 35 (Database issue):D604-D609..

Zhi-Liang Hu, Svetlana Dracheva, Wonhee Jang, Donna Maglott, John Bastiaansen, Max F. Rothschild and James M. Reecy (2005). A QTL Resource and Comparison Tool for Pigs: PigQTLDB. Mammalian Genome. (2005) Volume 16(10):792-800.

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