Dr Chris Davies

Dr Chris Davies: unravelling ripening

Dr Chris Davies is investigating the hormonal and genetic control of grape ripening.

  • 1 March 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History

Overview

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Current activities

Dr Chris Davies's current research is directed at gaining a better understanding of grape berry development.

Dr Davies runs a team investigating the hormonal and genetic control of non-climacteric fruit ripening (grape).

The aims of this research are:

  • better understand the complex interactions that control the timing and rate of berry ripening
  • understand more about the important metabolic processes involved
  • apply this knowledge to manipulating grape ripening to improve fruit production and composition.

Gene expression analysis using microarray technology is a key tool being used in this work.

Dr Davies's current research is directed at gaining a better understanding of grape berry development.

Background

After completing his doctorate, Dr Davies completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship from 1989 to 1991, with Professor David Baulcombe at the Sainsbury Laboratory at the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom (UK), again working on plant viruses.

Since then Dr Davies has worked on the biology of fruit development with a focus on ripening at CSIRO labs in:

  • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1991–93
  • Adelaide, South Australia, 1993–present.

Academic qualifications

Dr Davies has been awarded a:

  • Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours
  • Doctor of Philosophy from the Biochemistry Department of Adelaide University, Adelaide, 1988.

Dr Davies completed his doctoral thesis on plant viruses and small pathogenic, self-cleaving RNAs with Professor Bob Symons at the Biochemistry Department of Adelaide University.

See a list of recent scientific papers by Dr Davies in his publishing history.