Hundred genetic resources of foxtail millet
were subjected to multivariate analysis through Wards’
minimum variance method that grouped them into
eleven clusters. Cluster III (16) was maximum followed
by cluster VIII (14), cluster IX (12), cluster VII (11) and
cluster V (10). The clusters IV, VI and XI comprised of
eight genotypes each. Seven and five genotypes were
grouped in clusters X and II, respectively. The cluster I
registered as monogenotypic / solitary cluster.
Considering the distribution of genotypes, it can be
concluded that cross between SiA 3222 x SiA 3580 has
good chance of generating heterotic hybrids or
transgressive segregants, depending on the gene action
controlling the traits.
Keywords : Foxtail Millet, Genetic Divergence, Hierarchical Cluster Analysis, Wards’ Minimum Variance.