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mcgrath

Prof Steve McGrath

About

Projects

Past Projects

Project Leader

  • Soil protection and remediation
  • Developing terrestrial biotic ligand models and testing a transformation & dissolution protocol (TDP) for soils
  • Effects of sewage sludge on agricultural productivity and soil fertility (2008-09 Preservation and continuity)
  • The "Long-term Metal Salts Experiments": Maintenance of inorganic metal salt experimental patforms
  • Quantifying the sulphur supply from farm manures to winter wheat crops
  • Biosolids: soil quality and fertility benefits
  • Optimising sulphur management to maximise oilseed rape and cereal yields and farm profitability

Member

  • Trace element dynamics in soils and plant uptake
  • BBSRC CASE Studentship: Optimising the amount and availability of iron in bread wheat cultivars to prevent global iron deficiency
  • BBSRC Quota Studentship: Decreasing arsenic accumulation in rice to reduce health risk
  • Mechanisms of arsenic (As) uptake and transport in rice
  • NIP aquaporins: New tools to reduce rice arsenic accumulation
  • Taw River improvement project research partnership
  • Phosphate source identification in the River Camel catchment using 180-PO4 isotopic tracing techniques

Profile

Research interests include:

  • Optimisation of micronutrient status in food crops
  • Risk assessment of metals and metalloids in soils
  • Bio-indicators of pollution, focussing on heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants
  • Biogeochemistry of trace elements in soils, microbes and plants
  • Biological impacts of waste disposal
  • Phytoremediation
  • Soil remediation
  • Sulphur nutrition of crops and its effects on yield and quality

See:http://www.in-cites.com/scientists/ProfSteveMcGrath.html

WoK ID  http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-5127-2008

Measures of esteem

2013

  • President, International Society for Trace Element Biogeochemistry
  • Honorary Fellow, International Society for Selenium Research

2012

  • Member of Steering Committee: Biochar Risk Assessment Framework, Edinburgh University
  • Member of NERC Peer Review College

2011

  • Vice President: Int Society Trace Element Biogeochemistry

2010

  • Management Committee - Mineral-improved crop production for healthy food and feed: EU COST Action FA0905
  • Andrew Mathers: Nottingham University

2009

  • Tristan Eagling: UEA
  • Charlotte Lomax: Aberdeen University

2007

  • Katie Moore: Oxford University

2005

  • Secretary: Int Society Trace Element Biogeochemistry
  • Management Board Member: Cross-Institute Programme

2004

  • Highly Cited Scientist: ISI - Environment and Ecology
  • ISI Highly Cited Researcher: http://www.in-cites.com/scientists/ProfSteveMcGrath.html
  • Dr M Morales-Scott: Nottingham University

2003

  • Journal of Environmental Quality: Technical Editor

2002

  • Dr P Schelmerdine: University of Nottingham

2001

  • Plant Cell Environment
  • Special Professor: University of Nottingham
  • Committee on Toxicants and Pathogens: US National Academy of Sciences

2000

  • New Phytologist: Advisor to Editorial Board
  • Research Medal: Royal Ag Society England

1999

  • Journal of Environmental Quality: Associate Editor
  • Regional Environment Protection Advisory Committee: UK Environment Agency

1998

  • Acaemic status: Reading University
  • Chair Sub Commission G: International Union of Soil Sciences

1996

  • Distinuguished Visiting Scientist - Waite Institut: University of Adelaide

1993

  • Soil Biology and Biochemistry: Subject Editor
  • Honorary Professor: Liverpool John Mooores University

1992

  • SCI: 1st Environment Medal

Qualifications

1980

  • PhD in Physiological Ecology (Sheffield University)

1976

  • BSc in Plant Science (Sheffield University)