Brazilian Journal of Genetics
On-line version ISSN 1678-4502
FERREIRA, Daniel Furtado and REZENDE, Gabriel Dehon Sampaio Peçanha. Use of canonical variates in genetic divergence studies. Braz. J. Genet. [online]. 1997, vol.20, n.3 ISSN 1678-4502. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-84551997000300022.
Exact correlation coefficients between a canonical variate and measured traits were derived to evaluate genetic divergence among varieties. This method allows the plant breeder to determine which traits contribute significantly to genetic divergence and, also, to identify the most important among them. An example is presented, related to a trial where 28 varieties of maize were evaluated for two traits