Bill Davies

The Water and Food Connection

April 4, 2012

Dr. Bill Davies received his bachelor’s from the University of Reading and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University, Davies joined Lancaster University in the U.K. where he is now a distinguished professor. He was the founding director of the Lancaster Environment Center, a leading center for environmental science in Europe.

Davies was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List in 2011 in recognition of his fundamental research on root-to-shoot signaling in plants that has led directly to the development of water-saving irrigation management systems now widely adopted on several continents. This work also led to a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, awarded to Lancaster University in 2010 for work on food security and the Times Higher Education’s U.K. Research Project of the Year awarded to Lancaster University in 2009 for work to improve water use efficiency in agriculture.

Davies is currently spearheading the development of an International Food Security Alliance in which the Interdisciplinary Plant Group at MU has been invited to be a lead partner.