Lawrence Davis, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

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B.S. 1966, Haverford College
Ph.D. 1970, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Areas of specialty

  • Plant biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Plant-based bioremediation
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Science education

Research in this lab is focused on the broad area of plant biochemistry with special emphasis on pathways for remediation of contaminants found in the soil and water environment. Recently we have been looking at ways that plants degrade and sequester organic contaminants like benzotriazole, found in antifreeze, or TNT, found at old munitions works. We maintain an interest in biological nitrogen fixation, and other steps of the nitrogen cycle.

Selected publications

Miscanthus as a Productive Biofuel Crop for Phytoremediation (2014). Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 33:1, 1-19, V.Pidlisnyuk, T. Stefanovska, E.E. Lewis, L.E. Erickson, & L.C. Davis

Biodegradation of Carbon Tetrachloride in Simulated Groundwater Flow Channels (2013). Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy Vol 33:444-453, S. Santharum, L.C. Davis, L.E.Erickson.

Impacts on Agroecosystems of Transgenic Insect and Herbicide Resistance in Cotton (2009). Plant Genetics & Genomics 451-480. Lawrence C. Davis.

Phytoremediation in Education: Textile Dye Teaching Experiments (2009). International Journal of Phytoremediation 11:451-462 J.H. Ibbini, L.C. Davis, and L.E. Erickson.

Complete Publications List