The genetic diversity is one of the most important parameters evaluated by plant breeders in the early stages of a genetic improvement program. The objective of this paper was to evaluate the genetic divergence by means of multivariate techniques, among 48 soybean genotypes grown in irrigated lowland in the State of Tocantins, in order to select parents of hybrids for the production of oil and meal, as well as varieties of the panel, intended for human consumption. The experiment was conducted in the county Formoso do Araguaia - Tocantins, Brazil, in the cultivation of irrigated lowland, in the inter-cropping 2010. The experimental design was a randomized block with four replications. There was observed variability among the genotype tested. The Tocher's method, UPGMA and Canonic Variables agreed among themselves, and found four distinct groups. The following hybrids are promising for the production of soybean oil and meal for the M-Soy 8766, M-Soy 9144, A-7002 and M-soy 9056 with Amaralina RR crosses between and M-Soy 8766, M-Soy 9144 and Amaralina RR with BRSMG 790A, BRS 257, BRS 216 and BRS 213, are listed in order especially soybeans for human consumption.
Glycine max L.; soybean type food; multivariate analysis; Tocher; Mahalanobis; UPGMA