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Howard Davies

Staff picture: Howard Davies
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Honorary Fellow
Howard.Davies@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Invergowrie
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK

 

Current research interests

  • Food quality and nutritional value.
  • Molecular physiology, transgenic biology and metabolic regulation.
  • Metabolomics: Applications in the analysis of functional diversity, food quality and food safety.

Past research

  • Regulation of sucrose-starch interconversion.
  • Nitrogen assimilation.
  • Developmental processes (for example, fruit ripening).

Bibliography

  • Davies, H.V.; Shepherd, L.V.T. (2012) Integrating 'omics in food quality and safety assessment., In: Agrawal, G.K. & Rakwal, R. (eds.). Seed Development: OMICS Technologies toward Improvement of Seed Quality and Crop Yield: OMICS in Seed Biology. Springer, Chapter 26, pp555-567. ISBN: 978-94-007-4748-7
  • Davies, H.V.; Shepherd, L.V.T. (2011) Metabolomics and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)., In: Heldman, D.R., Hoover, D.G. & Wheeler, M.B. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Biotechnology in Agriculture and Food. Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, Florida, 410-413.
  • Dobson, G.; Shepherd, T.; Marshall, R.; Verrall, S.R.; Conner, S.; Griffiths, D.W.; McNicol, J.W.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V. (2007) Application of metabolite and flavour volatile profiling to studies of biodiversity in Solanum species., In: Nikolau, B.L. & Wurtele, E.S. (eds.). Concepts in Plant Metabolomics. Springer, Dordrecht, 259-268. ISBN: 978-1-4020-5607-9
  • Shepherd, T.; Dobson, G.; Marshall, R.; Verrall, S.R.; Conner, S.; Griffiths, D.W.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V. (2007) Profiling of metabolites and volatile flavour compounds from Solanum species using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry., In: Nikolau, B.L. & Wurtele, E.S. (eds.). Concepts in Plant Metabolomics. Springer, Dordrecht, 208-219. ISBN: 978-1-4020-5607-9
  • Davies, H.V. (2002) Commercial developments with transgenic potato., In: Valpuesta, V. (ed.). Fruit and Vegetable Biotechnology. Woodhead Publishing Limited, Cambridge, Chapter 9, pp222-249.
  • Davies, H.V. (2000) Advances in potato improvement through genetic engineering., In: Arencibia, A.D. (ed.). Plant Genetic Engineering. Towards the Third Millennium. Elsevier, Chapter 23, pp154-158.
  • Kumar, A.; MacLeod, M.R.; Arif, M.A.D.; Davies, H.V.; Taylor, M.A. (1998) A molecular approach to study the role of polyamines and ethylene in plant development., In: Bardocz, S.; White, A.; Tiburcio, A.F. (eds.). COST 917: Biogenically Active Amines in Food, Volume 1, pp 43-52.

  • Shepherd, L.V.T.; Dobson, G.; Davies, H.V. (2011) Metabolome biodiversity in crop plant species - when, where, how much and so what?., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2010, pp20-21.
  • Shepherd, L.V.T.; Davies, H.V. (2006) Metabolic analysis of potato tuber development., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2006, pp34-35.
  • McNicol, J.W.; Verrall, S.R.; Shepherd, T.; Dobson, G.; Griffiths, D.W.; Ramsay, G.; Davies, H.V.; Stewart, D. (2006) Statistical analysis of metabolomic data., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2006, pp54-55.
  • Shepherd, L.V.T.; Davies, H.V. (2006) Searching for unintended compositional changes in GM potatoes (Invited review)., ISB News Reports, pp4-7.
  • Davies, H.V.; Waugh, R. (2004) Genes to products., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2003/2004, pp135-137.
  • McDougall, G.J.; Ross, H.A.; Swanston, J.S.; Davies, H.V. (2004) A novel activity for a starch debranching enzyme., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2003/2004, pp142-143.
  • Davies, H.V.; Viola, R.; Waugh, R. (2003) Genes to Products Overview., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2002/2003, pp106-108.
  • Morris, W.L.; Ducreux, L.J.M.; Millam, S.; Stewart, D.; Griffiths, D.W.; Davies, H.V.; Taylor, M.A. (2003) Carotenogenesis in potato tubers., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2002/2003, pp109.
  • Shepherd, L.V.T.; McCue, K.F.; Belknap, W.R.; Davies, H.V. (2003) Transgenical approaches to reduce glycoalkaloids in potato tubers., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2002/2003, p112.
  • Davies, H.V.; Taylor, M.A.; Tiller, S.A.; Witte, C. (2002) Molecular manipulation of urea metabolism in potato., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2001/2002, pp140-142.
  • Davies, H.V.; Waugh, R. (2002) Genes to Products., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2001/2002, pp133-134.
  • Davies, H.V.; Viola, R.; Oparka, K.J. (2001) Plant biochemistry and cell biology., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2000/2001, pp90-93.
  • Stewart, D.; Deighton, N.; Davies, H.V. (2001) Antioxidants in soft fruit., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2000/2001, pp94-98.
  • Iannetta, P.P.M.; Jones, C.S.; Stewart, D.; Taylor, M.A.; McNicol, R.J.; Davies, H.V. (1998) Multidisciplinary approaches to improve red raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) fruit quality., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 1997/98, pp99-103.
  • Robinson, D.J.;Davies, H.V.;Birch, AN.E.;Wilson, TM.A.;Kerby, N.W.;Squire, G.R.;Hillman, J.R.; (1998) Development, release and regulation of GM crops., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 1997/98
  • Maddison, A.; Meyer, R.C.; Hedley, P.E.; Waugh, R.; Davies, H.V.; Machray, G.C. (1996) The organisation and expression from plant multigene families., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 1993, p92.

  • Shepherd, L.V.T.; Pont, S.D.A.; Bryan, G.J.; Dale, M.F.B.; Hancock, R.D.; Hedley, P.E.; Morris, J.A.; Verrall, S.R.; Hackett, C.A.; McNicol, J.W.; Davies, H.V. (2013) Acrylamide forming potential of potato: predictive tools and genetic interactions., Aspects of Applied Biology, 116, 53-60.
  • Deighton, N.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V.; Gardner, P.T.; Duthie, G.G.; Mullen, W.; Crozier, A. (2011) Soft fruit as sources of dietary antioxidants., Proceedings of the 8th International Rubus and Ribes Symposium, Dundee, 9-11 July 2011.
  • Davies, H.V. (2010) Improving tuber quality - opportunities and challenges for GM approaches., SSCR Meeting, Dundee, 11 February 2010.
  • Shepherd, T.; Cognat, C.; Griffiths, D.W.; Dobson, G.; Davies, H.V.; Stewart, D. (2008) Application of GC-(ToF)MS based metabolite profiling techniques for compositional analysis of leaf cuticular waxes from potato., Metabomeeting 2008, Lyon, France, 28-29 April 2008.
  • McCue, K.F.; Allen, P.V.; Shepherd, L.V.T.; Blake, A.; Rockhold, D.R.; Novy, R.G.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V.; Belknap, W.R. (2007) Manipulation and compensation of steroidal glycoalkaloid biosynthesis in potatoes., Acta Horticulturae, 745, 343-350.
  • Conner, S.; Davies, H.V.; Stewart, D. (2007) Metabolomics and its application to novel food testing., 3rd International Metabolomics Conference, Manchester, 10-14 June 2007.
  • Stewart, D.; Shepherd, L.V.T.; McNicol, J.W.; Davies, H.V. (2007) Metabolomics as a platform technology for food safety and risk assessment., 3rd International Metabolomics Conference, Manchester, 10-14 June 2007.
  • McCue, K.F.; Allen, P.A.; Shepherd, L.V.T.; Blake, A.; Novy, R.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V.; Belknap, W.R. (2006) Manipulation and compensation of steroidal glycoalkaloid biosynthesis in potatoes., International Solanaceae Conference and Solanaceae Genomics Network, Madison, Wisconsin, July 2006.
  • Shepherd, T.; Dobson, G.; Marshall, R.; Verrall, S.R.; Conner, S.; Griffiths, D.W.; McNicol, J.W.; Davies, H.V.; Stewart, D. (2006) Use and limitations of GC-MS based metabolite profiling methods for the analysis of metabolite content in freeze-dried potato tubers., 4th International Plant Metabolomics Conference, Reading, 7-10 April 2007. Metabolomics, 2(4), p279.
  • Stewart, D.; Colquhoun, I.; McNicol, J.W.; Davies, H.V. (2006) Plant metabolomics addressing scientific concerns and uncertainties with genetic modification., 4th International Plant Metabolomics Conference, Reading, 7-10 April 2006.
  • Davies, H.V. (2006) Metabolomics: Applications in functional biodiversity analysis in potato., International Solanaceae Conference and Solanaceae Genomics Network, Madison, Wisconsin, 23-27 July 2006.
  • McCue, K.F.; Shepherd, L.V.T.; Rockhold, D.R.; Allen, P.V.; Davies, H.V.; Belknap, W.R. (2005) Modification of potato alkaloids - a lesson in applied metabolomics., 229th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, 13-17 March 2005.
  • Cankar, K.; van Dijk, J.; Gruden, K.; Shepherd, L.V.T.; Stewart, D.; Leifert, C.; Davies, H.V.; Kok, E.J. (2005) Development of a potato microarray for food safety analysis., Biosciences 2005, Glasgow, 17-21 July 2005.
  • McCue, K.F.; Allen, P.V.; Shepherd, L.V.T.; Blake, A.; Maccree, M.M.; Rockhold, D.R.; Whitworth, J.L.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V.; Belknap, W.R. (2005) Identification and characterization of a novel UDP-glucose:solanidine glucosyl transferase at the committed step in steroidal glycoalkaloid biosynthesis in potatoes., Proceedings of the Potato Association of America Congress, Calgary, Canada, 17-21 July 2005.
  • Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V.; Verrall, S.R.; Shepherd, T.; Dobson, G.; Marshall, R.; Colquhoun, I.; Le Gall, G. (2004) Metabolic profiling: Platform technologies to detect unintended effects following genetic modification of potato (Solanum tuberosum)., 3rd International Congress on Plant Metabolomics, Iowa, USA, 3-6 June 2004.
  • Dobson, G.; Shepherd, T.; Marshall, R.; Verrall, S.R.; Conner, S.; Griffiths, D.W.; McNicol, J.W.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V. (2004) Application of metabolite and flavour volatile profiling to studies of biodiversity in Solanum species., 3rd International Congress on Plant Metabolomics, Iowa, USA, 3-6 June 2004.
  • Shepherd, T.; Dobson, G.; Marshall, R.; Verrall, S.R.; Conner, S.; Griffiths, D.W.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V. (2004) Profiling of metabolites and volatile flavour compounds from Solanum species using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry., 3rd International Congress on Plant Metabolomics, Iowa, USA, 3-6 June 2004.
  • Shepherd, T.; Dobson, G.; Marshall, R.; Verrall, S.R.; Conner, S.; Griffiths, D.W.; McNicol, J.W.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V. (2004) Application of metabolite profiling to studies of biodiversity in Solanum species., Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meetin,. Heriot-Watt Unviersity, 29 March - 2 April 2004.
  • Morris, W.L.; Ducreux, L.J.M.; Griffiths, D.W.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V.; Bryan, G.J.; Hedley, P.E.; Millam, S.; Taylor, M.A. (2004) Characterisation and transgenic modification of carotenogenesis during tuber development and storage in potato., Scottish Plant Molecular Biology Meeting, Dundee, 9 January 2004.
  • Morris, W.L.; Ducreux, L.J.M.; Griffiths, D.W.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V.; Taylor, M.A. (2004) Carotenoid accumulation during potato tuber development and storage., SEB Annual Meeting, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 29 March - 2 April 2004.
  • Taylor, M.A.; Morris, W.L.; Ducreux, L.J.M.; Davies, H.V.; Millam, S. (2004) Metabolic engineering of carotenoid biosynthesis in potato tubers., Aspects of Applied Biology, 72, 155-162.
  • McCue, K.F.; Shepherd, L.V.T.; Allen, P.V.; Maccree, M.M.; Rockhold, D.R.; Davies, H.V.; Belknap, W.R. (2003) Modification of steroidal alkaloid biosynthesis in transgenic tubers containing an antisense sterol glycotransferase (Sgt) gene encoding a novel steroidal alkaloid diglycoside rhamnosyl transferase., 87th Annual Meeting of the Potato Association of America, Washington, USA, 10-14 August 2003.
  • Morris, W.L.; Ducreux, L.J.M.; Griffiths, D.W.; Stewart, D.; Lacomme, C.; Davies, H.V.; Taylor, M.A. (2003) Characterisation and transgenic modification of carotenogenesis during tuber development and storage in potato., Gordon Conference - Carotenoids 2004, California, USA, 4-9 January 2004.
  • McCue, K.F.; Allen, P.V.; Rockhold, D.R.; Maccree, M.M.; Belknap, W.R.; Shepherd, L.V.T.; Joyce, P.; Corsini, D.l.; Davies, H.V. (2003) Reduction of total steroidal glycoalkaloids in potato tubers using antisense constructs of a gene encoding a solanidine glucosyl transferase., Acta Horticulturae, 619, 77-86.
  • Shepherd, T.; Dobson, G.; Marshall, R.; Verrall, S.R.; Conner, S.; Shepherd, L.V.T.; McNicol, J.W.; Deighton, N.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V. (2003) Can metabolite profiling be used to identify unintended effects in transgenic tubers?, 16th International Mass Spectrometry Conference, Edinburgh, 31 August - 5 September 2003.
  • McCue, K.F.; Corsini, D.l.; Shepherd, L.V.T.; Moehs, C.P.; Joyce, P.; Davies, H.V.; Belknap, W.R. (2002) Reduction of total steroidal glycoalkaloids in potato tubers using antisense constructs of a gene encoding a solanidine glycosyl transferase., Potato Association of America, Toronto, Canada, July 2002.
  • Stewart, D.; Deighton, N.; Duthie, G.G.; Gardner, P.T.; Davies, H.V. (2001) Identification and assessment of nutritional relevant of antioxidant compounds from soft fruit species., Bioactive Compounds in Plant Foods - Health Effects and Perspectives for the Food Industry, Tenerife, Spain, 26-28 April 2001.
  • Stewart, D.; Deighton, N.; Davies, H.V. (2001) Contribution of cell wall-bound compounds to the antioxidant capacity of soft fruit., COST Action 916: Bioactive Compounds in Plant Foods - Health Effects and Perspectives for the Food Industry, Tenerife, Spain, 26-28 April 2001.
  • Stewart, D.; Deighton, N.; Karenlampi, S.; Kokko, H.; Davies, H.V. (2001) Scandinavian berries as a nutritionally relevant source of antioxidants., COST Action 916: Bioactive Compounds in Plant Foods - Health Effects and Perspectives for the Food Industry, Tenerife, Spain, 26-28 April 2001.
  • Iannetta, P.P.M.; Stewart, D.; Davies, H.V. (2000) Strawberry fruit ripening and high-O2 modified atmosphere packaging: potential applications of the photoacoustic-LASER facility., Molecular and LASER Physics Department, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 9 February 2000.

Scientific Posters / Conferences

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File Comparison of tuber proteomes of potato (Solanum sp.) varieties 958.86 KB
File Plant metabolomics: Addressing the scientific concerns and uncertainties of genetic modification 1.06 MB
File Characterisation and transgenic modification of carotenogenesis during tuber development and storage in potato 92.76 KB
File Carotenoid accumulation during potato tuber development and storage 118.06 KB
File Carotenoid accumulation during potato tuber development and storage 144.79 KB
File Analysis of Metabolites from Solanum Species using Gas Chromatography-(Time-Of-Flight) Mass Spectrometry and Automated Data Analysis 269.89 KB
File Use of Gas Chromatography-(Time-Of-Flight) Mass Spectrometry for Analysis of Metabolites from Solanum Species 264.52 KB
File Characterisation and transgenic modification of carotenogenesis during tuber development and storage in potato 121.81 KB
File Metabolomics: A tool to advance food safety and toxicology 318.68 KB
File Metabolomics and its application to novel food testing 352.21 KB
File The ripening strawberry 206.09 KB
File Enhancing raspberry fruit quality 136.59 KB
File The role of ethene and cell-wall modifying enzyme activities in the determination of raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) fruit firmness 186.14 KB
File Analysis of genes differentially expressed during fruit ripening in raspberry (Rubus idaeus cv. Glen Clova) 75.44 KB
File Starch synthesis in strawberry fruit 94.68 KB
File Identification and Assessment of Nutritional Relevance of Antioxidant Compounds from Soft Fruit Species 95.65 KB
File Metabolomics as a platform technology for food safety and risk assessment 829.48 KB
File Development of a standard validated procedure for the isolation of transgene flanking in GM crops and detailed analysis of transgen insertion 997.73 KB

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