Morphological descriptors and ISSR molecular markers in the evaluation of genetic variability of Tectona grandis genotypes.
This study aimed to evaluate the genetic variability of the teak germplasm bank, using morphological traits and inter-simple sequence repeat molecular markers. Thirty clones were evaluated in a randomized complete block design with three replicates, and each plot was composed of three plants. A joint analysis of quantitative and qualitative variables was performed using the Gower algorithm. Quantitative, qualitative, and molecular variables were analyzed simultaneously using the Ward-MLM procedure. There is genetic variability among the 30 teak genotypes studied, considering the quantitative, qualitative, and molecular variables by the Ward-MLM statistical procedure. Morphological traits used proved to be efficient for the study of genetic variability; however, it was not possible to compose a descriptor table for clonal teak genotypes based on the traits evaluated. The Gower method was efficient in discriminating the groups, demonstrating that the simultaneous analysis of qualitative and quantitative data is feasible and can allow greater efficiency in the knowledge of the variability among teak genotypes. The genotype 22 showed to be the most divergent compared to the other genotypes, except for the cluster of genotypes by the UPGMA method based on the Gower distance obtained by the Ward-MLM procedure, which formed a group with genotypes 9 and 30, in the morphological and molecular analyses and was grouped alone.