Florentina joined us in October 2016 after moving to the UK from Romania, where she also worked as a Seed Specialist. With both parents working as plant breeders, she grew up amongst the fields and drove a tractor before a car, and then went to Uni to obtain both a BSc and an MSc in agriculture and farm management.
Even at this early stage, her focus was firmly on seed. In particular, she specialised – and still specialises in – cereals; attracted by the pivotal role it has played in human evolution. “If you go back in history, cereals have been here way longer than us,” she explains. “If we didn’t have wheat, there’d be no us!”