Professor Bill DaviesDistinguished Professor
Bill Davies’ research work has provided a novel view of how above-ground plant parts can “sense” changes in both their atmospheric and edaphic environments. The work has also provided insight into the ways in which different environmental stresses interact in their effects on plant growth and functioning through changes in both chemical and hydraulic regulation. In recent years our discoveries have led to radical changes in irrigation practice and to the introduction of crop management techniques which contribute to sustainable intensification of agriculture in drought-prone environments. The work is helping to deliver sustained levels of food production in dry regions of the world, while also addressing the issue of world-wide conservation of water resources. Particularly strong collaborations in this area have existed (and in most cases continue) with CSIRO Adelaide (Brian Loveys), with Manuela Chaves and Joao Santos-Pereira (UTL Lisbon), with HK Baptist University (Jianhua Zhang), with CAU (Shaozhong Kang and Taishen Du) and with Jianbo Shen and Fusuo Zhang, also at China Agricultural University.
The Lancaster plant water group leads a campus-wide and an international effort to address the issue of food insecurity through both collaborative research and training programmes. One of the features of this work has been extensive collaboration with growers, suppliers and retailers with an emphasis on making novel opportunities in sustainable agriculture available to producers and suppliers around the world. A lot of this work has been with smallholders in China and also with those working in the UK food supply chain. A collaboration with Waitrose supermarkets has been central to much of this work. In addition to collaborative research we run a postgraduate professional training programme for those working in the supply chain and we also play a leading role in the Waitrose Farm Assessment which has now run for the last 9 years.
Davies’ group was responsible for some of the first research which highlighted the possibility that control of gas exchange and growth via chemical regulation could explain many of the responses seen in plants growing in drying soil and subjected to other abiotic stresses. Prior to this time, the predominant view in the literature was that soil drying and other stresses modified plant growth, functioning and development only after uptake of water was reduced and water deficits had developed in the leaves. As a result of the Lancaster group's work there has been a paradigm shift in our thinking about plant responses to drought. This has led not only to entirely new perspectives on what actually constitutes the commonly-occurring phenomenon of 'plant water stress', but also has pointed to new possibilities for the modification of plant growth and food production via simple agronomical strategies as well as innovative biotechnological manipulations. Further, our understanding of the ways in which plants can detect and respond to very mild soil drying provides some explanation of how plant communities and landscape may be affected by modified rainfall patterns under a changing climate.
Early work by the Lancaster group provided unequivocal evidence of regulation of stomatal functioning and leaf growth via a chemical message moving from the roots to the shoots in the xylem stream. It was clear from the group's early experiments that leaf water balance of plants in drying soil could be controlled as a result of stomatal closure and reduced leaf expansion. The view virtually unchallenged in the literature up to that time was that a reduction in the water status of the plant was necessary before physiological controls such as stomatal closure were initiated. What then was restricting shoot growth and functioning? The group hypothesised that the causal agents were chemicals delivered to the shoots in the xylem stream which constituted a ‘signal’ generated as a result of the interaction between some of the plant’s roots and drying soil.
Davies’ group has provided strong evidence that the plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) can play a central part in the long distance chemical signalling process in plants in drying soil. Work by Zhang and Davies showed that enhanced xylem ABA fluxes from roots in contact with drying soil, could provide shoots with a measure of the extent of soil drying. This ABA can be both root-synthesised and re-circulated from shoots via roots in quantities reflecting the plant’s access to soil water.
ABA is clearly not the only chemical signal responsible for regulation of gas exchange and growth and the Lancaster group has shown that some other ionic signals moving from roots to shoots via the xylem can impact on leaf growth and functioning via a local redistribution of ABA from anion traps in leaves to sites of action for regulation. A hypothesis for stomatal and growth control based on ionic effects on pH gradients and ABA redistribution is now generally accepted in the literature.
It is well recognised that ethylene is an important plant growth regulator which is involved in plant responses to a variety of stresses. However, our work (led by Sally Wilkinson and in collaboration with Gina Mills and colleauges at CEH Bangor) is among the first to show an important effect of ethylene on stomatal functioning. This response has become apparent in a study of ozone effects on stomatal behaviour. Low concentrations of ozone can lock open stomata of drought stressed plants, a response that can be catastrophic for water conservation by plants in droughted environments. The basis of this response appears to be an ethylene-stimulated blocking or even a reversal of the effects of ABA on stomata.
In collaboration with Mike Jackson (formerly of Long Ashton Research Station) and Mark Else (EMR) the Lancaster group elucidated a role for ABA, ethylene, nutrients and unidentified chemical species in long distance signalling in flooded plants.
We have tested some of our hypotheses in the field in collaboration with the group of Francois Tardieu at INRA Montpellier. These studies suggest a strong controlling influence for ABA in the regulation of gas exchange in the field. Some of these hypotheses have been tested as part of the EU-funded DROPS project led by Tardieu at INRA. In another EU-funded project, Euroot, Xiaoqing Li is investigating the effects of plant hormones on root growth and root morphology of maize.
Modelling has shown that a combination of drought stress and elevated ozone can be particularly damaging to crop yield in particular parts of the world (collaborative work recently published in Global Change Biology).
Even though the mechanistic bases of chemical regulation of plant responses to environmental stress are not fully elucidated, there are nevertheless substantial opportunities for manipulation of these signals for increasing crop yield in situations where water for agriculture is in short supply. The aim is to produce more ‘crop per drop’ using low technology exploitation of novel plant science to impact on drought limitations to food security. Water saving in agriculture has become unavoidable in most regions of the world but the use of controlled soil drying to enhance chemical signalling is now commonly used as a crop management tool to deliver extra value via enhanced harvest index (HI) and increases in the quality of the plant product. Lancaster science has been directly exploited by CSIRO in the development of Partial Rootzone Drying (PRD) and other deficit irrigation techniques used in the production of wine grapes. Our collaborators at CAU and HKBU work with these deficit irrigation techniques with tens of thousands of Chinese farmers. A similar collaboration with Adam Price and co-workers at Aberdeen University has focussed on the use of DI in Bangladesh.
Lancaster has collaborated in, and provided much of the basic physiological background for drought research programmes in Australia, Russia, the Balkans, Scandinavia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and around the Mediterranean basin.
Manipulations to enhance harvest index and crop quality depend on a fundamental understanding of the way in which growth and development of plants is regulated by chemical signalling. This new thinking has advanced during this period of time from initial hypothesis to commercial application and these advances have occurred on several fronts. The group continues to apply the outcomes from their latest research in agriculture. Success in this regard was recognised in 2010 by the award of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education. The prize was awarded in recognition of ‘a sustained contribution to ensuring that the outcomes of research in plant biology have real world impact’.
Some current work in collaboration with ARRIAM, St Petersburg and the Ufa Science Centre, both in Russia focuses on the application of plant growth promoting bacteria and ethylene binding inhibitors as low cost, low technology methods of manipulating chemical signalling to enhance resource use efficiency and enhance food security for the world’s poor. The group is also actively involved in collaborative projects (funded by CIMMYT) to increase wheat yield potential.
Stomatal and growth responses to hydraulic and chemical changes induced by progressive soil drying.
Li, X., Wilkinson, S., Shen, J., Forde, B.G., Davies, W.J. 16/12/2017 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 68, 21-22, p. 5883-5894. 12 p.
Six years old and growing strongly
Parry, M.A.J., Davies, W.J., Azevedo, R. 11/2017 In: Food and Energy Security. 6, 4, 2 p.
The Biphasic Root Growth Response to Abscisic Acid in Arabidopsis Involves Interaction with Ethylene and Auxin Signalling Pathways
Li, X., Chen, L., Forde, B.G., Davies, W.J. 25/08/2017 In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 8, 12 p.
Improving global integration of crop research: Field laboratories in realistic crop environments are needed
Reynolds, M.P., Braun, H.J., Cavalieri, A.J., Chapotin, S., Davies, W.J., Ellul, P., Feuillet, C., Govaerts, B., Kropff, M.J., Lucas, H., Nelson, J., Powell, W., Quilligan, E., Rosegrant, M.W., Singh, R.P., Sonder, K., Tang, H., Visscher, S., Wang, R. 28/07/2017 In: Science. 357, 6349, p. 359-360. 2 p.
Applying 'drought' to potted plants by maintaining suboptimal soil moisture improves plant water relations
Puertolas Simon, J., Larsen, E.K., Davies, W.J., Dodd, I.C. 1/04/2017 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 68, 9, p. 2413-2424. 12 p.
Phenotypic and genome-wide association analysis of spike ethylene in diverse wheat genotypes under heat stress
Valluru, R., Reynolds, M.P., Davies, W.J., Sukumaran, S. 04/2017 In: New Phytologist. 214, 1, p. 271-283. 13 p.
Stress resilience in crop plants: strategic thinking to address local food production problems
Davies, W.J., Ribaut, J. 28/02/2017 In: Food and Energy Security. 6, 1, p. 12-18. 7 p.
Building the new international science of the agri-food-water-environment nexus in China and the world
Zhu, X.G., Parry, M.A.J., Lu, Y., Heard, M.S., Ying, G., Vaughan, S., Shen, J., Jenkins, A., Wang, Y., Lacorte, S., Ouyang, T., Pedrero Salcedo, F., Niu, J., Quinton, J.N., Luo, C., Zhang, F., Zhang, G., Davies, W.J., Jones, K.C., Tyfield, D.P. 11/2016 In: Ecosystem Health and Sustainability. 2, 11, 7 p.
Gravimetric phenotyping of whole plant transpiration responses to atmospheric vapour pressure deficit identifies genotypic variation in water use efficiency
Ryan, A., Dodd, I.C., Rothwell, S.A., Jones, R.J.G., Tardieu, F., Draye, X., Davies, W.J. 10/2016 In: Plant Science. 251, p. 101-109. 9 p.
How can we improve crop genotypes to increase stress resilience and productivity in a future climate?: a new crop screening method based on productivity and resistance to abiotic stress
Thiry, A., Chavez Dulanto, P.N., Reynolds, M.P., Davies, W.J. 10/2016 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 67, 19, p. 5593-5603. 11 p.
Foliar abscisic acid-to-ethylene accumulation and response regulate shoot growth sensitivity to mild drought in wheat
Valluru, R., Davies, W.J., Reynolds, M., Dodd, I.C. 18/04/2016 In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 7, 13 p.
Carbon isotope discrimination shows a higher water use efficiency under alternate partial root-zone irrigation of field-grown tomato
Wei, Z., Du, T., Zhang, J., Xu, S., Cambre, P., Davies, W.J. 02/2016 In: Agricultural Water Management. 165, p. 33-43. 11 p.
Increased soil phosphorus availability induced by faba bean root exudation stimulates root growth and phosphorus uptake in neighbouring maize
Zhang, D., Zhang, C., Tang, X., Li, H., Zhang, F., Rengel, Z., Whalley, W.R., Davies, W.J., Shen, J. 01/2016 In: New Phytologist. 209, 2, p. 823-831. 9 p.
N-fixation in legumes: an assessment of the potential threat posed by ozone pollution
Hewitt, D., Mills, G.E., Hayes, F., Coyle, M., Wilkinson, S., Davies, W.J. 01/2016 In: Environmental Pollution. 208, Part B, p. 909-918. 10 p.
Ozone impacts on vegetation in a nitrogen enriched and changing climate
Mills, G., Harmens, H., Wagg, S., Sharps, K., Hayes, F., Fowler, D., Sutton, M., Davies, W.J. 01/2016 In: Environmental Pollution. 208, Part B, p. 898-908. 11 p.
Achieving more crop per drop
Davies, W.J., Bennett, M.J. 4/08/2015 In: Nature Plants. 1
Rhizobacteria that produce auxins and contain 1-amino-cyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid deaminase decrease amino acid concentrations in the rhizosphere and improve growth and yield of well-watered and water-limited potato (Solanum tuberosum)
Belimov, A.A., Dodd, I.C., Safronova, V.I., Shaposhnikov, A.I., Azarova, T.S., Makarova, N.M., Davies, W.J., Tikhonovich, I.A. 07/2015 In: Annals of Applied Biology. 167, 1, p. 11-25. 15 p.
The cadmium-tolerant pea (Pisum sativum L.) mutant SGECd(t) is more sensitive to mercury: assessing plant water relations
Belimov, A.A., Dodd, I.C., Safronova, V.I., Malkov, N.V., Davies, W.J., Tikhonovich, I.A. 04/2015 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 66, 8, p. 2359-2369. 11 p.
Combining the [ABA] and net photosynthesis-based model equations of stomatal conductance
Huntingford, C., Smith, D.M., Davies, W.J., Falk, R., Sitch, S., Mercado, L.M. 24/03/2015 In: Ecological Modelling. 300, p. 81-88. 8 p.
Highlighting the threat from current and near-future ozone pollution to clover in pasture
Hewitt, D., Mills, G.E., Hayes, F., Wilkinson, S., Davies, W.J. 06/2014 In: Environmental Pollution. 189, p. 111-117. 7 p.
Exploiting plant drought stress biology to increase resource use efficiency and yield of crops under water scarcity
Davies, W.J. 03/2014 In: Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology. 26, 1, p. 1-3. 3 p.
Abscisic acid metabolizing rhizobacteria decrease ABA concentrations in planta and alter plant growth
Belimov, A.A., Dodd, I.C., Safronova, V.I., Dumova, V.A., Shaposhnikov, A.I., Ladatko, A.G., Davies, W.J. 01/2014 In: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 74, p. 84-91. 8 p.
Isoprene emission protects photosynthesis but reduces plant productivity during drought in transgenic tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) plants
Ryan, A., Hewitt, C.N., Purnell, A., Possell, M., Vickers, C., Mullineaux, P., Davies, B., Dodd, I. 01/2014 In: New Phytologist. 201, 1, p. 205-216. 12 p.
Ethylene limits abscisic acid- or soil drying-induced stomatal closure in aged wheat leaves
Chen, L., Dodd, I.C., Davies, W.J., Wilkinson, S. 10/2013 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 36, 10, p. 1850-1859. 10 p.
The rhizobacterium Variovorax paradoxus 5C-2, containing ACC deaminase, promotes growth and development of Arabidopsis thaliana via an ethylene-dependent pathway
Chen, L., Dodd, I.C., Theobald, J.C., Belimov, A.A., Davies, W.J. 04/2013 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 64, 6, p. 1565-1573. 9 p.
Genotypic variation in the ability of wheat roots to penetrate wax layers
Whalley, W.R., Dodd, I.C., Watts, C.W., Webster, C.P., Phillips, A.L., Andralojc, J., White, R.P., Davies, W.J., Parry, M.A.J. 03/2013 In: Plant and Soil. 364, 1-2, p. 171-179. 9 p.
Perception of soundscapes: an interdisciplinary approach
Davies, W.J., Adams, M.D., Bruce, N.S., Cain, R., Carlyle, A., Cusack, P., Hall, D.A., Hume, K.I., Irwin, A., Jennings, P., Marselle, M., Plack, C.J., Poxon, J. 02/2013 In: Applied Acoustics. 74, 2, p. 224-231. 8 p.
Multiple impacts of the plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium Variovorax paradoxus 5C-2 on nutrient and ABA relations of Pisum sativum
Jiang, F., Chen, L., Belimov, A.A., Shaposhnikov, A.I., Gong, F., Meng, X., Hartung, W., Jeschke, D.W., Davies, W.J., Dodd, I.C. 11/2012 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 63, 18, p. 6421-6430. 10 p.
Improving crop productivity and resource use efficiency to ensure food security and environmental quality in China
Fan, M., Shen, J., Yuan, L., Jiang, R., Chen, X., Davies, W.J., Zhang, F. 2012 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 63, 1, p. 13-24. 12 p.
The effect of competition from neighbours on stomatal conductance in lettuce and tomato plants
Vysotskaya, L., Wilkinson, S., Davies, W.J., Arkhipova, T., Kudoyarova, G. 05/2011 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 34, 5, p. 729-737. 9 p.
Drought, ozone, ABA and ethylene: new insights from cell to plant to community.
Wilkinson, S., Davies, W.J. 04/2010 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 33, 4, p. 510-525. 16 p.
Measuring sap flow in “two root-one shoot” grafted plants to model shoot xylem ABA concentration during partial rootzone drying.
Dodd, I.C., Davies, W.J., Egea, G. 30/11/2009 In: Acta Horticulturae. 846
Partial phenotypic reversion of ABA-deficient flacca tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) scions by a wild-type rootstock: normalising shoot ethylene relations promotes leaf area but does not diminish whole plant transpiration rate.
Dodd, I.C., Theobald, J.C., Richer, S.K., Davies, W.J. 10/2009 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 60, 14, p. 4029-4039. 11 p.
Ozone suppresses soil drying- and abscisic acid (ABA)-induced stomatal closure via an ethylene-dependent mechanism
Wilkinson, S., Davies, W.J. 08/2009 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 32, 8, p. 949-959. 11 p.
Chronic exposure to increasing background ozone impairs stomatal functioning in grassland species
Mills, G., Hayes, F., Wilkinson, S., Davies, W.J. 06/2009 In: Global Change Biology. 15, 6, p. 1522-1533. 12 p.
Defining hybrid poplar (Populus deltoides x Populus trichocarpa) tolerance to ozone: identifying key parameters
Ryan, A., Cojocariu, C., Possell, M., Davies, B., Hewitt, N. 01/2009 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 32, 1, p. 31-45. 15 p.
Measuring Sap Flow in "Two Root-One Shoot" Grafted Plants to Model Shoot Xylem ABA Concentration during Partial Rootzone Drying
Dodd, I.C., Davies, W.J., Egea, G. 2009 In: Proceedings of the VIIth International Workshop on Sap Flow. Leuven : International Society for Horticultural Science p. 277-283. 7 p. ISBN: 978-90-6605-682-4.
Reaping the Benefits: Science and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture
Davies, B., Baulcombe, D., Crute, I., Dunwell, J., Gale, M., Jones, J., Pretty, J., Sutherland, W., Toulmin, C. 2009 Royal Society. 86 p.
Rhizosphere bacteria containing 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase increase yield of plants grown in drying soil via both local and systemic hormone signalling
Belimov, A.A., Dodd, I.C., Hontzeas, N., Theobald, J.C., Safronova, V.I., Davies, W.J. 2009 In: New Phytologist. 181, 2, p. 413-423. 11 p.
The high light response to arabidopsis involves ABA signaling between vascular and bundle sheath cells
Galvez-Valdivieso, G., Fryer, M.J., Lawson, T., Slattery, K., Truman, W., Smirnoff, N., Asami, T., Davies, B., Jones, A.M., Baker, N.R., Mullineaux, P.M. 2009 In: Plant Cell. 21, 7, p. 2143-2162. 20 p.
Accounting for sap flow from different parts of the root system improves the prediction of xylem ABA concentration in plants grown with heterogeneous soil moisture.
Dodd, I.C., Egea, G., Davies, W.J. 11/2008 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 59, 15, p. 4083-4093. 11 p.
An Arabidopsis mutant able to green after extended dark periods shows decreased transcripts of seed protein genes and altered sensitivity to abscisic acid.
Choy, M., Sullivan, J.A., Theobald, J.C., Davies, W.J., Gray, J.C. 10/2008 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 59, 14, p. 3869-3884. 16 p.
Abscisic acid signalling when soil moisture is heterogeneous: decreased photoperiod sap flow from drying roots limits abscisic acid export to the shoots
Dodd, I.C., Egea, G., Davies, W.J. 09/2008 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 31, 9, p. 1263-1274. 12 p.
Manipulation of the apoplastic pH of intact plants mimics stomatal and growth responses to water availability and microclimatic variation
Wilkinson, S., Davies, W.J. 02/2008 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 59, 3, p. 619-631. 13 p.
Improving water use in crop production
Morison, J.I.L., Baker, N.R., Mullineaux, P.M., Davies, W.J. 2008 In: Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences. 363, 1491, p. 639-658. 20 p.
Manipulation of soil : plant signalling networks to limit water use and sustain plant productivity during deficit irrigation – a review.
Dodd, I.C., Davies, W.J., Belimov, A.A., Safronova, V.I. 2008 In: Acta Horticulturae. 792, p. 233-239. 7 p.
ABA signalling, grafting, irrigation scheduling, partial rootzone drying, tomato, water use.
Belimov, A.A., Dodd, I.C., Safronova, V.I., Hontzeas, N., Davies, W.J. 04/2007 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 58, 6, p. 1485-1495. 11 p.
Delivering enhanced fruit quality to the UK tomato industry through implementation of partial root-zone drying.
Theobald, J.C., Bacon, M.A., Davies, W.J. 04/2007 In: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology. 146, 4 Supp, p. S241-S241.
Modification of Leaf Apoplastic pH in Relation to Stomatal Sensitivity to Root-Sourced Abscisic Acid Signals.
Jia, W., Davies, W.J. 01/2007 In: Plant Physiology. 143, 1, p. 68-77. 10 p.
The identification of genes involved in the stomatal response to reduced atmospheric relative humidity.
Xie, X.D., Wang, Y.B., Williamson, L., Holroyd, G.H., Tagliavia, C., Murchie, E., Theobald, J.C., Knight, M.R., Davies, W.J., Leyser, H.M.O., Hetherington, A.M. 9/05/2006 In: Current Biology. 16, 9, p. 882-887. 6 p.
Identification of Arabidopsis guard cell CO2 signalling mutants using infrared thermography.
Hetherington, A., Davies, W.J., Holroyd, G., McAinsh, M., Tagliavia, C. 04/2006 In: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology. 143, 4 Supp, p. S142.
Alternation of wet and dry sides during partial rootzone drying irrigation alters root-to-shoot signalling of abscisic acid.
Dodd, I.C., Theobald, J.C., Bacon, M.A., Davies, W.J. 2006 In: Functional Plant Biology. 33, 12, p. 1081-1089. 9 p.
Long-distance signals regulating stomatal conductance and leaf growth in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) plants subjected to partial root-zone drying.
Sobeih, W.Y., Dodd, I.C., Bacon, M.A., Grierson, D., Davies, W.J. 11/2004 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 55, 407, p. 2353-2363. 11 p.
Assessing shifts in microbial community structure across a range of grasslands of differing management intensity using CLPP, PLFA and community DNA techniques.
Grayston, S.J., Campbell, C.D., Bardgett, R.D., Mawdsley, J.L., Clegg, C.D., Ritz, K., Griffiths, B.S., Rodwell, J.S., Edwards, S.J., Davies, W.J., Elston, D.J. 01/2004 In: Applied Soil Ecology. 25, 1, p. 63-84. 22 p.
Biomass allocation in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) plants grown under partial rootzone drying : enhancement of root growth.
Mingo, D.M., Theobald, J.C., Bacon, M.A., Davies, W.J., Dodd, I.C. 2004 In: Functional Plant Biology. 31, 10, p. 971-978. 8 p.
Non-hydraulic regulation of fruit growth of tomato plants rooted in drying soil.
Mingo, D.M., Bacon, M.A., Davies, W.J. 04/2003 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 54, 385, p. 1205-1212. 8 p.
Adaption of roots to drought
Davies, W.J., Bacon, M.A. 2003 In: Root ecology. Springer Verlag p. 173-192. 20 p.
Regulation of plant growth in container-grown ornamentals through the use of irrigation.
Cameron, R.W.F., Wilkinson, S., Davies, W.J., Harrison-Murray, R.S., Dunstan, D., Burgess, C. 2003 In: Acta Horticulturae. 630, p. 305-312. 8 p.
Water saving agriculture and sustainable use of water and land resources : volume 2.
Kang, S., Davies, W.J., Shan, L., Cai, H. 2003 Shaanxi Science and Technology Press. 581 p.
Water-saving agriculture and sustainable use of water and land resources.
Kang, S., Davies, W.J., Shan, L., Cai, H. 2003 Shaanxi Science and Technology Press. 578 p.
ABA-based chemical signalling : the co-ordination of responses to stress in plants.
Wilkinson, S., Davies, W.J. 02/2002 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 25, 2, p. 195-210. 16 p.
Bacon, M.A., Davies, W.J., Mingo, D.M., Wilkinson, S. 2002 In: The hidden half (3rd ed.). New York : Springer p. 461-470. 10 p.
Stomatal control by chemical signalling and the exploitation of of this mechanism to increase water use efficiency in agriculture.
Davies, W.J., Wilkinson, S., Loveys, B. 2002 In: New Phytologist. 153, 3, p. 449-460. 12 p.
The long-distance ABA signal : the fate of the hormone on its way from the root to the shoot.
Sauter, A., Davies, W.J., Hartung, W. 10/2001 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 52, 363, p. 1991-1998. 8 p.
Rapid low temperature induced stomatal closure occurs in cole tolerant Commelina communis leaves but not in cold sensitive Nicotiana rutica leaves via a mechanism that involves apoplastic calcium but not abscisic acid.
Wilkinson, S., Clephan, A.L., Davies, W.J. 08/2001 In: Plant Physiology. 126, 4, p. 1566-1578. 13 p.
Abscisic acid in leaves and roots of willow : significance for stomatal conductance.
Liu, L., McDonald, A.J.S., Stadenberg, I., Davies, W.J. 07/2001 In: Tree Physiology. 21, 11, p. 759-764. 6 p.
Stomatal and leaf growth responses to partial drying of root tips in willow.
Liu, L., McDonald, A.J.S., Stadenberg, I., Davies, W.J. 07/2001 In: Tree Physiology. 21, 11, p. 765-770. 6 p.
Is stomatal sensitivity to air humidity related to habitat of origin?
Dilkes, N.B., Kerstiens, G., Davies, W.J. 2001 In: Proceedings of the new phytologist symposium. p. 4.
New irrigation methods to increase water and nutrient use efficiency.
Mingo, D.M., Davies, W.J. 2001 In: Proceedings of a conference of the International Fertiliser Society. p. 271-284. 14 p.
Plant factors and opportunities for the improvement of root functioning.
Davies, W.J., Dobson, C., Rados-Blanusa, T. 2001 In: Proceedings of a conference of the International Fertiliser Society. p. 387-402. 16 p.
Regulation of leaf and fruit growth in plants growing in drying soil : exploitation of the plants' chemical signalling system and hydraulic architecture to increase the efficiency of water use in agriculture.
Davies, W.J., Bacon, M.A., Thompson, D.S., Sobeih, W., Gonzales-Rodriguez, L. 09/2000 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 51, 350, p. 1617-1626. 10 p.
Stomatal reactions of two maize lines to osmotically induced drought stress.
Stikic, R., Davies, W.J. 09/2000 In: Biologia Plantarum. 43, 3, p. 399-405. 7 p.
Physiological markers for microplant shoot and root quality.
Davies, W.J., Santamaria, J.M. 2000 In: Acta Horticulturae. 530, p. 363-376. 14 p.
Plant species and nitrogen effects on soil biological properties of temperate upland grasslands.
Bardgett, R.D., Mawdsley, J.L., Edwards, S., Hobbs, P.J., Rodwell, J.S., Davies, W.J. 10/1999 In: Functional Ecology. 13, 5, p. 650-660. 11 p.
An analysis of the dynamic response of stomatal conductance to a reduction in humidity over leaves of Cedrella odorata
Jarvis, A.J., Young, P.J., Taylor, C.J., Davies, W.J. 08/1999 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 22, 8, p. 913-924. 12 p.
Stomatal behaviour, photosynthesis and transpiration under rising CO2.
Jarvis, A.J., Mansfield, T.A., Davies, W.J. 06/1999 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 22, 6, p. 639-648. 10 p.
Photosynthetic activity of the calyx, green shoulder, pericarp and locular parenchyma of tomato fruit.
Smillie, R.M., Hetherington, S.E., Davies, W.J. 05/1999 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 50, 334, p. 707-718. 12 p.
A mechanism for low temperature-induced stomatal closure.
Wilkinson, S., Davies, W.J. 1999 In: Crop development for cool and wet climate of Europe. COST p. 298-310. 13 p.
Plant responses to small peturbations in soil water status.
Davies, W.J., Gowing, D.J.G. 1999 In: Physiological plant ecology. Oxford : Blackwell p. 67-90. 24 p.
Plants under stress.
Quarrie, S.A., Davies, W.J. 1999 Kluwer. 133 p.
Using the plant's stress signalling system to increase water use efficiency in irrigation.
Davies, W.J., Wilkinson, S., Thompson, D.S. 1999 In: Proceedings of the 14th Dalhlia Greidinger conference. p. 251-266. 16 p.
Manipulation of growth of horticultural crops under environmental stress
Davies, B., Thompson, D., Taylor, J. 1998 In: Proceedings of the HRI Conference. p. 157-174. 18 p.
Chemical regulation of gas exchange and growth of plants in drying soil in the field.
Dodd, I.C., Stikic, R., Davies, W.J. 10/1996 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 47, 10, p. 1475-1490. 16 p.
Stomatal closure in flooded tomato plants involves abscisic acid and a chemically unidentified anti-transpirant in xylem sap.
Else, M.A., Tiekstra, A.E., Croker, S.J., Davies, W.J., Jackson, M.B. 09/1996 In: Plant Physiology. 112, 1, p. 239-247. 9 p.
The relationship between leaf growth and ABA accumulation in the grass leaf elongation zone.
Dodd, I.C., Davies, W.J. 09/1996 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 19, 9, p. 1047-1056. 10 p.
Pressure-flow relationships, xylem solutes and hydraulic conductivity in roots of flooded tomato plants.
Jackson, M.B., Davies, W.J., Else, M.A. 01/1996 In: Annals of Botany. 77, 1, p. 17-24. 8 p.
An analysis of relative elemental growth rate, epidermal cell size and xyloglucan endotransglycosylase activity through the growing zone of ageing maize leaves.
Palmer, S.J., Davies, W.J. 1996 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 47, 3, p. 339-347. 9 p.
Control of crops leaf growth by chemical and hydraulic influences.
Puliga, S., Vazzana, C., Davies, W.J. 1996 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 47, 4, p. 529-537. 9 p.
Is the gaseous environment inside culture vessels responsible for the limited capacity of vitroplants to control water-loss?
Santamaria, J.M., Davies, W.J. 1996 In: Plant Physiology. 111, Supple, p. 89-89. 1 p.
Keeping in touch - responses of the whole-plant to deficits in water and nitrogen supply.
MacDonald, A.J.S., Davies, W.J. 1996 In: Advances in Botanical Research. 22, p. 229-300. 72 p.
Asymmetric responses of adaxial and abaxial stomata to elevated CO2: impacts on the control of gas exchange by leaves.
Pearson, M., Davies, W.J., Mansfield, T.A. 08/1995 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 18, 8, p. 837-843. 7 p.
Export of Abscisic Acid, 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-Carboxylic Acid, Phosphate, and Nitrate from Roots to Shoots of Flooded Tomato Plants (Accounting for Effects of Xylem Sap Flow Rate on Concentration and Delivery).
Else, M.A., Hall, K.C., Arnold, G.M., Davies, W.J., Jackson, M.B. 02/1995 In: Plant Physiology. 107, 2, p. 377-384. 8 p.
A Negative Hydraulic Message from Oxygen-Deficient Roots of Tomato Plants? (Influence of Soil Flooding on Leaf Water Potential, Leaf Expansion, and Synchrony between Stomatal Conductance and Root Hydraulic Conductivity).
Else, M.A., Davies, W.J., Malone, M., Jackson, M.B. 1995 In: Plant Physiology. 109, 3, p. 1017-1024. 8 p.
How do stomata read abscisic-acid signals?
Trejo, C.L., Clephan, A.L., Davies, W.J. 1995 In: Plant Physiology. 109, 3, p. 803-811. 9 p.
The use of epifluorescence microscopy as a method for observing aphid stylet tracks.
Cook, P.A., Davies, W.J. 07/1994 In: Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 72, 1, p. 91-95. 5 p.
Concentrations of abscisic acid and other solutes in xylem sap from root systems of tomato and castor-oil plants are distorted by wounding and variable sap flow rates.
Else, M.A., Davies, W.J., Whitford, P.N., Hall, K.C., Jackson, M.B. 1994 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 45, 3, p. 317-324. 8 p.
Does abscisic acid play a stress physiological role in maize plants growing in heavily compacted soil ?
Hartung, W., Zhang, J.H., Davies, W.J. 1994 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 45, 2, p. 221-226. 6 p.
Genetic variation in abscisic acid accumulation in wheat roots and the possible implications of this for the response of root growth to drying soil.
Rigby, M., Davies, W.J., Quarrie, S.A. 1994 In: Aspects of Applied Biology. 38, p. 57-62. 6 p.
How do chemical signals work in plants that grow in drying soil?
Davies, W.J., Tardieu, F., Trejo, C.L. 1994 In: Plant Physiology. 104, 2, p. 309-314. 6 p.
What controls stomata in drying soil?
Trejo, C.L., Davies, W.J. 1994 In: Aspects of Applied Biology. 38, p. 93-100. 8 p.
Xylem-transported chemical signals and the regulation of plant growth and physiology.
Gowing, D.J.G., Davies, W.J., Trejo, C.L., Jones, H.G. 29/07/1993 In: Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences. 341, 1295, p. 41-47. 7 p.
Effects of elevated CO2 on productivity, carbon balance and community structure of upland vegetation.
Wolfenden, J., Davies, W.J., Mansfield, T.A. 1993 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 44, Supple, p. P3.9.
Integration of hydraulic and chemical signalling in the control of stomatal conductance and water status of droughted plants.
Tardieu, F., Davies, W.J. 1993 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 16, 4, p. 341-349. 9 p.
Sensitivity of Stomata to Abscisic Acid (An Effect of the Mesophyll).
Trejo, C.L., Davies, W.J., Ruiz, L.P. 1993 In: Plant Physiology. 102, 2, p. 497-502. 6 p.
Stomata of micropropagated Delphinium plants respond to abscisic acid (ABA), CO2, light and water potential but fail to close fully.
Santamaria, J.M., Davies, W.J., Atkinson, C.J. 1993 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 44, 1, p. 99-107. 9 p.
Stomatal sensitivity to abscisic acid (ABA): an important variable?
Davies, W.J., Trejo, C.L. 1993 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 44, Supple, p. P1.6.
The transpiration stream: introduction.
Mansfield, T.A., Davies, W.J., Leigh, R.A. 1993 In: Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences. 341, 1295, p. 3-4. 2 p.
Xylem-transported abscisic acid: the relative importance of its mass and its concentration in the control of stomatal aperture.
Gowing, D.J., Jones, H.G., Davies, W.J. 1993 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 16, 4, p. 453-459. 7 p.
Knowledge of xylem sap flow rate as a pre-requisite for accurate estimates of hormone transport from roots to shoots.
Else, M.A., Jackson, M.B., Davies, W.J. 1992 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 43, Supple, p. P11.17.
Stomatal Response to Abscisic Acid Is a Function of Current Plant Water Status.
Tardieu, F., Davies, W.J. 1992 In: Plant Physiology. 98, p. 540-545. 6 p.
Water-deficit enhancement of proline, amino acid and ABA accumulation in barley and maize and the association with susceptibility to drought.
Al-Sulaiti, A., Lea, P.J., Davies, W.J. 1992 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 43, Supple, p. P5.31.
What information is conveyed by an ABA signal from maize roots in drying field soil?
Tardieu, F., Zhang, J., Davies, W.J. 1992 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 15, 2, p. 185-192. 8 p.
Xylem ABA controls the stomatal conductance of field-grown maize subjected to soil compaction and soil drying.
Tardieu, F., Zhang, J., Katerji, N., Bethenod, O., Palmer, S., Davies, W.J. 1992 In: Plant, Cell and Environment. 15, 2, p. 193-198. 6 p.
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