The success of the development of new sugarcane varieties is associated with the ability to correctly select the genitor. The aim of this study was to evaluate the genetic diversity between 113 clones and sugarcane varieties using the Ward-modified location model procedure with added information about the coefficient of parentage and endogamy. In this study, data was used from 100 experiments that evaluated clones; the experimental phase was conducted in 70 places between the years 2002 and 2009 on the outlining in random blocks.
Morphological characterization is the most accessible and used method to quantify the genetic diversity of the available germplasm. The multivariate statistical method is highly important for this purpose. This study aimed to characterize parents and hybrids of Passiflora according to morphoagronomic descriptors and estimate the genetic divergence between them based on the joint analysis of qualitative and quantitative variables using the Ward-modified location model (MLM) procedure. One hundred and thirty-eight individuals were assessed (10 P. edulis, 10 P.
Accessions in gene banks need to be characterized and evaluated to determine their genetic diversity. We made a joint diversity analysis of the tomato gene bank of the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro in Rio de Janeiro state, using the Ward-modified location model. Forty Solanum lycopersicum accessions were characterized and evaluated for 22 morphoagronomic descriptors and 131 random amplified polymorphic DNA markers. Based on the pseudo-F and pseudo-t2 criteria, the optimal number of groups was established as five.