Bill Davies is Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology at Lancaster University, UK, working within the Lancaster Environment Centre. He has a degree in Horticultural Science from the University of Reading, UK, and a PhD in Forestry and Botany from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA.
Bill has a general interest in interventions that might enhance global food security, while his research group focuses on understanding how crop plants cope with adverse environmental conditions. The focus of much work has been the exploitation of novel understanding of plant hormone relations, both in crop improvement and crop management programs, aimed at increasing crop yield as the climate changes.
The Davies lab works extensively in China on food and water security in collaboration with China Agricultural University and others.