Prof. STEVE MCGRATH
Soil and Plant Scientist
Head of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences - Harpenden
Sustainable Agriculture Sciences
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.
The Rothamsted Long-term Experiments
Sulphur availability from organic materials applied to winter wheat
Estimates of ambient background concentrations of trace metals in soils for risk assessmentEdited by: Lepp, N.,Naidu, R.,Zhu, Y.
Decreasing mineral concentrations in wheat grain over the last 160 yearsEdited by: Lepp, N.,Naidu, R.,Zhu, Y.
Translocation of Cd and Zn from roots to shoots in different populations of the hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescensEdited by: Lepp, N.,Naidu, R.,Zhu, Y.
Long-term sludge experiments in Britain: the effects of heavy metals on soil micro-organismsEdited by: Lepp, N.,Naidu, R.,Zhu, Y.
Hazard assessment of inorganic metals and metal substances in terrestrial systemsEdited by: Chapman, P. M.,Adams, W. J.
Toxicity and bioavailability of metals to plants
Developing a TBLM: copper effect on barley root elongation
In-situ remediation of a heavy metal polluted soil using red mud
Modelling of cadmium uptake by spring wheat in agricultural land amended with sewage sludge
Predicting Zn and Cd ion activity and plant uptake using soil properties
Phytoextraction of metals from contaminated soils: fact and fictionEdited by: McGrath, S. P.,Vanek, T.,Marschner, B.,Zhao, F. J.,Luo, Y. M.,Newman, L.,Edelman, T.,Japenga, J.
Phytoremediation of arsenic-contaminated soils using the hyperaccumulating fern Pteris vittataEdited by: McGrath, S. P.,Vanek, T.,Marschner, B.,Zhao, F. J.,Luo, Y. M.,Newman, L.,Edelman, T.,Japenga, J.
Risk assessment for soil protectionEdited by: McGrath, S. P.,Vanek, T.,Marschner, B.,Zhao, F. J.,Luo, Y. M.,Newman, L.,Edelman, T.,Japenga, J.
Zinc tolerance and accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana
Changes in sulphur deposition and the effects on sulphur fertiliser use in Europe
Phytoextraction of metals: investigation of hyperaccumulation and field testing
Soil microbial response during the phytoremediation of PAH contaminated soil
An assessment of the shock and adaptation effects of Zn on microorganisms in soils
- Soil 2 Nutrition (S2N)
- Africa Soil Information Service
- Optimising sulphur management to maximise oilseed rape and cereal yields and farm profitability
- Soil health metrics for sustainable farming systems
- 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