Fulbright scholar (May 2017-Aug 2017)
Florencia is currently the Ph.D student working with Dr. Carlos Acuna at National Scientific and Technical Research Council-Botanical Institute of the Northeast in Argentina. Her major is Agronomy and her PhD program focuses on: Study the occurrence of heterosis in tetraploid bahiagrass hybrids, its prediction and breeding techniques. She is very interested in studying grass breeding and grass-fungal endophyte interaction. During her visit, she led the field sample collections for different local grass species across several regional scale of geographic distances. Using culture-based, NGS tools and mycotoxin analysis, she seeks to identify the key endophytes that are capable of producing mycotoxin.