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Fred T. Davies, Jr.

Regents Professor & AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow
Department of Horticultural Sciences #416
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2134

Phone: 979-845-4524
FAX: 979-845-0627

E-mail: f-davies@tamu.edu

Fred Davies received a B.A. in History and Biological Sciences, and a M.S. in Horticulture/Plant Physiology from Rutgers University in 1971 and 1975, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Horticulture/Plant Physiology/Tropical Agriculture from the University of Florida in 1978. He has been a member of the Graduate Faculty of Texas A&M University since 1979, and can serve as a Chair, Co-Chair or Member of Graduate Student Advising Committees. He is also a Professor in the interdisciplinary program of Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, TAMU. MEPS

In 1987, he was a Visiting Scientist at the USDA Horticultural Crops Laboratory, Corvallis, Oregon and Visiting Assoc. Professor at Oregon State University. From 1993-94 he was a Visiting Scientist at the CINVESTAV Plant Biology Institute, Irapuato, Mexico and Visiting Professor at Monterrey Technological University (ITESM), Queretaro, Mexico. In 1999-2000 he was a Visiting Professor at the National Agrarian University La Molina (UNALM), and a Visiting Scientist at the International Potato Center (CIP), Lima, Peru.

He teaches undergraduate courses in Plant Propagation (Hort 326), and Nursery Production and Management (Hort 431) and a graduate course in Asexual Plant Reproduction (Hort 616). He has co-authored the last three editions of Hartmann and Kester's Plant Propagation-Principles and Practices (Prentice-Hall, 1990, 1997 and 2002). He chairs the Horticulture Graduate Seminar Program.

Dr. Davies' areas of research entails ornamental nursery crop physiology, low-pressure controlled production environments for NASA, mycorrhizal fungi, and international agriculture. Research topics include: physiology of mycorrhizal enhancement of plant drought and nutrient stress resistance, biofertilizers, ornamental horticulture production (nursery and greenhouse crops), the interaction of plant stress and integrated pest management (IPM), alternative nursery production systems, low input agriculture sustainable systems utilizing mycorrhizal fungi, tissue culture systems and plant acclimatization, and plant propagation systems. His laboratory group has authored over 180 research and technical publications.

There should be a mutual interest between the student and advisor in the research to be conducted. The research should entail developmental (morphological, physiological) and/or environmental aspects in horticulture crop production systems that are of referee journal quality. Students are encouraged to establish their research goals early in their graduate program, and to rely on a strong graduate committee system of outside expertise with early initial meetings to aid the student in focusing on his/her research agenda. We need to produce excellent horticulturists with the technical expertise for research and teaching, and the ability to successfully communicate with peers, students, industry, and the public. A well-rounded graduate student program should include teaching experiences as well as maximum horticulture industry exposure.

Davies was a Fulbright Senior Fellow to Mexico (1993-94) and to Peru (1999-2000), and a J.S Guggenheim Fellow (1999-2000). He received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Nursery Crops from the American Society of Horticultural Sciences (1989), L.M. Ware Distinguished Research Award-ASHS-SR (1995), and was named a Fellow of the ASHS (2003). He received the S.B. Meadows Award of Merit-International Plant Propagators Society-SR (1994) and received the Norman Jay Coleman Research Award, American Nursery and Landscape Association ANLA (2003). He is a recipient of the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching -TAMU (1997), Chancellor of Agriculture's Award in Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching -TAMU (1998), L.M. Ware Distinguished Teaching Award, ASHS-SR (1998), L.C. Chadwick Educator's Award, American Nursery and Landscape Association (1999), and Horticulture Graduate Council-TAMU Outstanding Faculty Award (2003). He was the International Division Vice-President-ASHS (2001-2003). He was President and is currently Editor of the IPPS-SR. He is a Fellow of the IPPS (2006), and TAES Faculty Fellow - Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (2007). He is ASHS President (2011).

He and his wife, Maritza, have two daughters –Alexandra and Katerina. His hobbies and interests include swimming, working-out, racquetball, sailing, camping, photography, brewing beer, travel, gardening, and trying to master Spanish.

(88) Refereed Journal articles; (18) Books/Teaching Manuals; (71) Non-refereed Journal articles; (124) Published abstracts; (25) Theses and Dissertations; (39) Symposium Proceedings; (142) Invited Paper Presentations.

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