Honour for university plants expert

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An agriculture expert from Lancaster University has been appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Professor Bill Davies, director of the university’s centre for sustainable agriculture, has been working with counterparts in China on ways to meet the growing challenge of feeding the world.

The professor, who was honoured for services to science, is leading research into ways of increasing yields from plants in areas prone to drought.

The university has received a £1.33m Research Council UK Science Bridge award to improve UK innovation links with China in order to fund the work.

Professor Davies’ is in charge of a three-year research programme into water availability and quality, natural environments, domestic use and food production.