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
          Blackwell, M. S. A.,Turner, B.,Granger, S. J.,Hooper, A. M.,Darch, T.,Hawkins, J. M. B.,Yuan, H.,McGrath, S. P.

          Using 31P-NMR to investigate dynamics of soil phosphorus compounds in the Rothamsted Long Term Experiments

          : EGU2015-11818
          Open Access

        • 2014
          Blackwell, M. S. A.,Yuan, H.,McGrath, S. P.,Granger, S. J.,Hawkins, J. M. B.,Dunham, S. J.,Hooper, A. M.,George, T.,Shen, J.

          Changes in wheat root morphology under different phosphorus fertiliser supply rates

          In Abstracts 5th Conference on Phosphorus in Soils and Plants, Montpellier, 26-29 August 2014 : P242

        • 2014
          McGrath, S. P.,Poblaciones, M. J.,Rodrigo, S. M.

          Biofortification of field crops with selenium in Mediterranean conditions

          In Selenium in the environment and human health : 115-117

          Edited by: Yin, X.,Lin, Z-Q.,Banuelos, G. S.

        • 2013
          McGrath, S. P.,Zhao, F-J.,Yan, J.,Ma, J.,Wu, Liang,Harris, E.,Zhou, J.,Zhu, Y-G.

          Understanding arsenic bioavailability to rice grown in flooded fields

          In Proceedings 7th International Workshop on Chemical Bioavailability in the Terrestrial Environment, Keyworth, 3-6 November 2013 : 70-71

        • 2013
          Zhao, F-J.,Harris, E.,Yan, J.,Ma, J.,Wu, Liyou,Liu, W.,McGrath, S. P.,Zhou, J.,Zhu, Y-G.

          Variation in arsenic methylation in soils and rice plants

          In Abstracts 12th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements, Athens, Georgia, 16-20 June 2013

        • 2012
          McGrath, S. P.

          Remediation of contaminated soils

          In Abstracts SESEH 2012: 2012 Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health, Galway, 20-25 August 2012 : 62

        • 2012
          McGrath, S. P.

          Long-term field experiments examining soil and crop quality after sewage sludge applications

          In Abstracts 4th International Congress Eurosoil 2012, Bari, 2-6 July 2012

        • 2012
          McGrath, S. P.,Zhao, F-J.,Stroud, J. L.,Khan, A.

          Mobility of arsenic in irrigated rice systems on floodplain soils

          In Abstracts 4th International Congress Eurosoil 2102, Bari, 2-6 July 2012

        • 2012
          Guntzer, F.,Keller, C.,Poulton, P. R.,McGrath, S. P.,Meunier, J-D.

          Long-term removal of wheat straw decreases soil amorphous silica at Broadbalk winter wheat experiment, Rothamsted

          In Abstracts 4th International Congress Eurosoil 2012, Bari, 2-6 July 2012 : 80

        • 2011
          McGrath, S. P.,Chambers, B. J.,Taylor, M. J.,Carlton-Smith, C. H.

          Increasing grain Zn in wheat by the application of sewage sludge

          In Abstracts 3rd International Zinc Symposium, Hyderabad, 10-14 october 2011

        • 2010
          McGrath, S. P.,Semple, K. T.

          Bioavailability of metals and organic contaminants in soils

          In Proceedings 19th World Congress of Soil Science: Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, 1-6 August 2010 : 20-23

        • 2010
          Wu, Liyou,Liang, Y.,Clark, I. M.,Wue, K.,Deng, Y.,He, Z.,Van Nostrand, J.,Macdonald, C.,Hirsch, P. R.,McGrath, S. P.,Zhou, J.

          Effects of long-term fertilization and liming on microbial functions and diversity in the grassland site at Rothamsted Research, UK

          In Abstracts 13th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Seattle, 22-27 August 2010

        • 2010
          Liang, Y.,Wu, Liyou,Clark, I. M.,Xue, K.,Deng, Y.,He, Z.,Hirsch, P. R.,McGrath, S. P.,Zhou, J.

          Effects of long-term fertilization on spatial distribution patterns of microbial functional genes from the Rothamsted Experimental site

          In Abstracts 13th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Seattle, 22-27 August 2010

        • 2010
          Giongo, A.,Gano,K.,Roesch, L.,Casella, G.,Daroub, S.,Ramiez, K.,Sayavedra-Soto, L.,Arp, D.,Clark, I. M.,Hirsch, P. R.,McGrath, S. P.,Triplett, E.

          Long-term agricultural experiments reveal N influence on ammonia oxidizers and the predominance of CA. nitrososphaera

          In Abstracts 13th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Seattle, 22-27 August 2010

        • 2009
          Zhao, F-J.,Ma, J. F.,McGrath, S. P.

          Arsenic transport in plants

          : S187
          doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2009.04.411

        • 2009
          Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.

          Arsenic uptake and metabolism in plants: mechanisms and mitigation measures to reduce arsenic transfer to the food chain

          In Abstracts 10th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements, Chihuahua, Mexico, 13-18 July 2009

        • 2009
          Zhao, F-J.,McGrath, S. P.

          Phytoextraction and management options to reduce cadmium and arsenic in food crops

          In Abstracts MARCO Symposium 2009: Challenges for Agro-Environmental Research in Monsoon Asia, Tsukuba, Japan, 5-7 October 2009

        • 2009
          McGrath, S. P.

          Selenium in the environment

          In Abstracts 1st International Conference on Selenium in Environment and Human Health, Suzhou, China, 18-21 October 2009 : 3-4

          Edited by: Banuelos, G. S.,Xuebin, Y.,Lin, Z.

        • 2009
          McGrath, S. P.

          Terrestrial ecological risk assessment of heavy metals

          In Abstracts 5th International Workshop on Chemical Bioavailability in the Environment, Adelaide, 24-25 September 2009

        • 2009
          McGrath, S. P.,Zhao, F-J.,Gibbs, P. A.,Chambers, B. J.,Carlton-Smith, C. H.,Bacon, J. R.,Campbell, C. D.,Sinclair, A. H.

          Utilising ecotoxicology data from the UK long-term sludge trials for environmental protection

          In Abstracts 10th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements, Chihuahua, Mexico, 13-18 July 2009

        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