Cydrasil 3, a curated 16S rRNA gene reference package and web app for cyanobacterial phylogenetic placement

Daniel Roush, Ana Giraldo-Silva, Ferran Garcia-Pichel

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Cyanobacteria are a widespread and important bacterial phylum, responsible for a significant portion of global carbon and nitrogen fixation. Unfortunately, reliable and accurate automated classification of cyanobacterial 16S rRNA gene sequences is muddled by conflicting systematic frameworks, inconsistent taxonomic definitions (including the phylum itself), and database errors. To address this, we introduce Cydrasil 3 (, a curated 16S rRNA gene reference package, database, and web application designed to provide a full phylogenetic perspective for cyanobacterial systematics and routine identification. Cydrasil 3 contains over 1300 manually curated sequences longer than 1100 base pairs and can be used for phylogenetic placement or as a reference sequence set for de novo phylogenetic reconstructions. The web application (utilizing PaPaRA and EPA-ng) can place thousands of sequences into the reference tree and has detailed instructions on how to analyze results. While the Cydrasil web application offers no taxonomic assignments, it instead provides phylogenetic placement, as well as a searchable database with curation notes and metadata, and a mechanism for community feedback.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number230
JournalScientific Data
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Library and Information Sciences


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