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.
Understanding the bioavailability of new and old phosphorus to crops
Sulphur: a secondary? Not anymore!
Sustainable sulphur and trace elements in soils?
How organisms live with heavy metals in the environment (Fact Sheet on Environmental Risk Assessment 2)
Sulphur in soils
An extracting science
Fertilisation soufree du colza en Grande-Bretagne
Rothamsted workshop on soil remediation - current research and future requirements
Plants clean-up soils
The potential for heavy metal decontamination
Long-term effects of metal contamination on soil microorganisms
What to do with sewage sludge?
Controversy over sewage sludge
Effects of pH, phosphate and manganese on spring-sown Vicia faba L.
Muck, metals and microbes.
Le soufre en Grande-Bretagne.
Lead, zinc, cadmium, copper and nickel concentrations in the topsoils of England and Wales.
Long-term biological effects of applying metal-contaminated sewage sludge to soil.
- 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