SCIENCE

Prof. STEVE MCGRATH

Soil and Plant Scientist

Head of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences - Harpenden

Sustainable Agriculture Sciences

BIOGRAPHY

Steve’s research interests are in increasing understanding of the factors affecting the bio-availability, ecotoxicology and mobility of nutrients and toxins in soil-crop systems. He is skilled in using stable and radioisotopes to trace the movement and sources of nutrients and contaminants in soils and plants; and in LC-ICP-MS, synchrotron and NanoSIMs to identify the speciation and localisation of trace elements. His latest research focuses on developing rapid techniques for the analysis of soils and plants to predict the transfer of nutrients, including micronutrients, into the food chain, to improve crop yields, human and animal health and nutrition.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
steve.mcgrath@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0) 1582 938 631

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

        PUBLICATIONS

        • 2015
          Macdonald, A. J.,Powlson, D. S.,Poulton, P. R.,Watts, C. W.,Clark, I. M.,Storkey, J.,Hawkins, N. J.,Glendining, M. J.,Goulding, K. W. T.,McGrath, S. P.

          The Rothamsted Long-term Experiments

          In Valuing Long-term Sites and Experiments for Agriculture and Ecology. Aspects of Applied Biology 128 : 1-10

        • 2014
          Sagoo, L.,Smith, K. A.,Nicholson, F. A.,McGrath, S. P.

          Sulphur availability from organic materials applied to winter wheat

          In Proceedings of the International Fertiliser Society 742 : 26pp

        • 2007
          Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.,Merrington, G.

          Estimates of ambient background concentrations of trace metals in soils for risk assessment

          In Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements: Environmental Protection, Remediation and Human Health. Proceedings 9th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in the Environment, Beijing, 15-19 July 2007 : 681-682

          Edited by: Lepp, N.,Naidu, R.,Zhu, Y.

        • 2007
          McGrath, S. P.,Zhao, F-J.,Fan, M-S.

          Decreasing mineral concentrations in wheat grain over the last 160 years

          In Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements: Environmental Protection, Remediation and Human Health. Proceedings 9th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in the Environment, Beijing, 15-19 July 2007 : 281-282

          Edited by: Lepp, N.,Naidu, R.,Zhu, Y.

        • 2007
          Xing, J. P.,Jiang, R. F.,Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.

          Translocation of Cd and Zn from roots to shoots in different populations of the hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens

          In Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements: Environmental Protection, Remediation and Human Health. Proceedings 9th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in the Environment, Beijing, 15-19 July 2007 : 746-747

          Edited by: Lepp, N.,Naidu, R.,Zhu, Y.

        • 2007
          Gibbs, P. A.,Chambers, B. J.,Chaudri, A. M.,McGrath, S. P.,Carlton-Smith, C. H.,Godley, A. R.,Bacon, J. R.,Campbell, C. D.,Sinclair, A. H.

          Long-term sludge experiments in Britain: the effects of heavy metals on soil micro-organisms

          In Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements: Environmental Protection, Remediation and Human Health. Proceedings 9th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in the Environment, Beijing, 15-19 July 2007 : 526-527

          Edited by: Lepp, N.,Naidu, R.,Zhu, Y.

        • 2007
          Smolders, E.,McGrath, S. P.,Fairbrother, A.,Hale, B. A.,Lombi, E.,Mclaughlin, M.,Rutgers, M.,Van Der Vliet, L.

          Hazard assessment of inorganic metals and metal substances in terrestrial systems

          In Assessing the Hazard of Metals and Inorganic Metal Substances in Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems. Proceedings from the Workshop on Hazard Identification Approach for Metals and Inorganic Metal Substances, Pensacola Beach, 3-8 May 2003 : 113-133

          Edited by: Chapman, P. M.,Adams, W. J.

        • 2005
          Zhao, F-J.,Rooney, C.,McGrath, S. P.,Song, J.,Zhang, H.

          Toxicity and bioavailability of metals to plants

          In Proceedings 8th International Conference on the Bioavailability of Trace Elements, Adelaide, 3-7 April 2005

        • 2005
          Thakali, S.,Allen, H. E.,Di Toro, D. M.,Ponizovsky, A. A.,Rooney, C.,Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.

          Developing a TBLM: copper effect on barley root elongation

          In Proceedings 8th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements, Adelaide, 3-7 April 2005

        • 2005
          Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.,Dennis, P. G.,Dunham, S. J.,Gray, C. W.

          In-situ remediation of a heavy metal polluted soil using red mud

          In Proceedings 8th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements, Adelaide, 3-7 April 2005

        • 2005
          Morales-Scott, M.,Young, S. D.,Crout, N. M. J.,McGrath, S. P.

          Modelling of cadmium uptake by spring wheat in agricultural land amended with sewage sludge

          In Proceedings 8th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements, Adelaide, 3-7 April 2005

        • 2005
          Song, J.,Zhao, F-J.,Luo, L.,McGrath, S. P.

          Predicting Zn and Cd ion activity and plant uptake using soil properties

          In Proceedings 8th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements, Adelaide, 3-7 April 2005

        • 2004
          Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.

          Phytoextraction of metals from contaminated soils: fact and fiction

          In Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Soil Pollution and Remediation (SoilRem), Nanjing, 9-12 November 2004 : 168-169

          Edited by: McGrath, S. P.,Vanek, T.,Marschner, B.,Zhao, F. J.,Luo, Y. M.,Newman, L.,Edelman, T.,Japenga, J.

        • 2004
          Shelmerdine, P. A.,Black, C. R.,Young, S. D.,McGrath, S. P.

          Phytoremediation of arsenic-contaminated soils using the hyperaccumulating fern Pteris vittata

          In Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Soil Pollution and Remediation (SoilRem), Nanjing, 9-12 November 2004 : 205-212

          Edited by: McGrath, S. P.,Vanek, T.,Marschner, B.,Zhao, F. J.,Luo, Y. M.,Newman, L.,Edelman, T.,Japenga, J.

        • 2004
          McGrath, S. P.,Zhao, F-J.,Smolders, E.,Buekers, J.,Lock, K.,Janssen, C.,Mclaughlin, M.

          Risk assessment for soil protection

          In Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Soil Pollution and Remediation (SoilRem), Nanjing, 9-12 November 2004 : 33

          Edited by: McGrath, S. P.,Vanek, T.,Marschner, B.,Zhao, F. J.,Luo, Y. M.,Newman, L.,Edelman, T.,Japenga, J.

        • 2004
          Donnelly, S. J.,Broadley, M. R.,Black, C. R.,Young, S. D.,Pyke, K. A.,McGrath, S. P.

          Zinc tolerance and accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana

          In Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Soil Pollution and Remediation (SoilRem), Nanjing, 9-12 November 2004 : 186-193

          Edited by: McGrath, S. P.,Vanek, T.,Marschner, B.,Zhao, F. J.,Luo, Y. M.,Newman, L.,Edelman, T.,Japenga, J.

        • 2003
          McGrath, S. P.,Zhao, F-J.

          Changes in sulphur deposition and the effects on sulphur fertiliser use in Europe

          In Proceedings 17th FMB European Fertilizer Conference and Exhibition, Munich, 22-24 October 2003

        • 2003
          Caille, N.,Lombi, E.,McGrath, S. P.

          Phytoextraction of metals: investigation of hyperaccumulation and field testing

          In Proceedings CL:AIRE Annual Project Conference, London, 31 March 2003

        • 2003
          Johnson, D. L.,McGrath, S. P.

          Soil microbial response during the phytoremediation of PAH contaminated soil

          In Proceedings BCPC International Congress - Crop Science and Technology, Glasgow, 10-12 November 2003 : 393-398

        • 2003
          Davis, M. R. H.,McGrath, S. P.,Zhao, F-J.

          An assessment of the shock and adaptation effects of Zn on microorganisms in soils

          In Proceedings 7th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements, Uppsala, 15-19 June 2003 : 256-257

        Pages

        Strategic programme

        • Soil 2 Nutrition (S2N)

        Science project

        • Africa Soil Information Service
        • Optimising sulphur management to maximise oilseed rape and cereal yields and farm profitability

        PhD project

        • Soil health metrics for sustainable farming systems

        QUALIFICATIONS

        • 2015 - Fellow, Institute Soil Science
        • 1996 - BSc Sheffield University, Plant Science
        • 1980 - PhD Sheffield University

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        • Honorary Professor in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham
        • Thomson-Reuters ISI Highly Cited Scientist in Agricultural Science
        • President, International Society of Trace Element Biogeochemistry 2013- 2015
        • Member of NERC Peer Review College
        • New Phytologist Editorial Board Advisor