Agronomist Featured in Chronicle

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H. Maelor Davies


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2004) -- H. Maelor Davies, professor of agronomy in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and director of the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center (KTRDC), is featured in the “Money and Management” section of the Nov. 16 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In an article titled “In the Life Sciences, a Sprouting Competition,” KTRDC’s research in “trying to breed a tobacco plant that can save lives” and other biotechnology activities are examined by writer Goldie Blumenstyk. Davies research involves cultivating hybrid tobacco plants that he hopes will result in the development of disease-fighting drugs, the Chronicle says.

The article discusses Davies and other scientists’ efforts to make northern Kentucky and nearby Cincinnati and southern Ohio into a nationally recognized center for biotechnology and life sciences.

A preview of the article can be found on the Web at To see the entire article on the Web, readers will need to apply for an electronic subscription to the online issues of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Davies, who came to UK in 1996, has a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Oxford University in England and a doctorate in plant biochemistry from London University in England.

After postdoctoral research at the Department of Energy’s Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University, and at the University of California at Davis, Davies spent 14 years with Calgene, Inc., a pioneering company in agricultural biotechnology.

For additional information about the KTRDC, go to For more information about Davies, see the UK News online release.

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