Texas A&M Professor Receives ANLA Norman Jay Colman Award

The American Nursery & Landscape Association recently awarded Texas A&M Professor Dr. Fred Davies, Jr., its prestigious Norman Jay Colman Award for his nursery research contributions during the Researchers’ Luncheon & Awards Presentation at the SNA Convention & Trade Show.

The ANLA Norman Jay Colman award, given annually, recognizes an individual who has made noteworthy contributions to nursery industry research. Davies has excelled in the areas of the physiology of mycorrhizal enhancement of plant drought and nutrient stress resistance, biofertilizers, ornamental horticulture production systems, temperature stress in container plants, water relations and nursery crop water use efficiency.

Davies has developed an internationally recognized reputation in a wide range of ornamental horticultural subjects. He has ongoing projects in Mexico and Peru and has traveled the world evaluating production centers in Latin America, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and Japan. Davies has been an invited speaker to give presentation in Mexico, Peru, China, Italy, Canada, Spain, France, England, Israel, and India.

Davies has also authored more than 65 refereed research articles, 49 industry-related articles and has given more than 23 talks at state, national and international symposia on nursery crops. In addition to his writings, Davies co-authored Plant Propagation by Hartmann, Kester, Davies and Geneve, which is the most widely used text in the country in plant propagation courses and has been translated into six languages.

Davies has received grants in excess of $1.3 million for his research from ANLA’s Horticultural Research Institute, NASA, USDA-ARS, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service, NSF-Americas Program, USIA Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, Kellogg Foundation, Premier Tech in Quebec, Canada, and many other recognized institutions.

Davies has been recognized for his contributions to the nursery industry and education field by receiving the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching and the Undergraduate Teaching Award, Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence Program, the American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS) Distinguished Achievement Award for Nursery Crops Teaching and Research, two Fulbright Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the International Plant Propagators’ Society’s (IPPS) Sidney B. Meadows Award of Merit and ANLA’s L.C. Chadwick Educator’s Award.

Davies regularly contributes to the Research Workers’ Conference at the Southern Nursery Association and has a long-standing involvement with IPPS. An IPPS member since 1976, he has been invited on several occasions to speak at annual meetings, and has been a member of the IPPS Southern Region Board of Directors, vice president, president and international delegate. He was also elected a Fellow of the Southern Region. He has also served ASHS as vice president of the International Division, a member of the International Advisory Committee, organizer and moderator of the Education Section for the Southern Region of the Society, and has chaired or organized several other committees and workshops.

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