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

        • 1988
          Sanders, J. R.,McGrath, S. P.

          Experimental measurements and computer predictions of copper complex formation by soluble soil organic matter.

          Environmental Pollution 49 : pp.63-76

        • 1988
          Giller, K. E.,McGrath, S. P.

          Pollution by toxic metals on agricultural soils.

          Nature 335(6192) : pp.676
          doi: 10.1038/335676a0

        • 1988
          McGrath, S. P.,Sanders, J. R.,Shalaby, M. H.

          The effects of soil organic matter levels on soil solution concentrations and extractabilities of manganese, zinc and copper.

          Geoderma 42 : pp.177-188

        • 1987
          Byers, M.,McGrath, S. P.,Webster, R.

          A survey of the sulphur content of wheat grown in Britain.

          Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 38 : pp.151-160

        • 1987
          Byers, M.,McGrath, S. P.,Webster, R.

          A survey of the sulphur content of wheat grown in Britain.

          Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 38 : pp.151-160

        • 1987
          Brookes, P. C.,McGrath, S. P.

          Adenylate energy charge in metal-contaminated soil.

          Soil Biology and Biochemistry 19 : pp.219-220

        • 1987
          McGrath, S. P.

          Computerized quality control, statistics and regional mapping of the concentrations of trace and major elements in the soil of England and Wales.

          Soil Use and Management 3 : pp.31-38

        • 1987
          Sanders, J. R.,McGrath, S. P.,Adams, T. Mcm.

          Zinc, copper and nickel concentrations in soil extracts and crops grown on four soils treated with metal-loaded sewage sludges.

          Environmental Pollution 44 : pp.193-210

        • 1986
          McGrath, S. P.,Sanders, J. R.,Laurie, S. H.,Tancock, N. P.

          Experimental determinations and computer predictions of trace metal ion concentrations in dilute complex solutions.

          Analyst 111 : pp.459-465

        • 1986
          Brookes, P. C.,McGrath, S. P.,Heijnen, C.

          Metal residues in soils previously treated with sewage- sludge and their effects on growth and nitrogen fixation by blue-green algae.

          Soil Biology and Biochemistry 18 : pp.345-353

        • 1986
          Brookes, P. C.,Heijnen, C. E.,McGrath, S. P.,Vance, E. D.

          Soil microbial biomass estimates in soils contaminated with metals.

          Soil Biology and Biochemistry 18 : pp.383-388

        • 1986
          Stafford, E. A.,McGrath, S. P.

          The use of acid insoluble residue to correct for the presence of soil-derived metals in the gut of earthworms used as bio-indicator organisms.

          Environmental Pollution A42 : pp.233-246

        • 1986
          Stafford, E. A.,McGrath, S. P.

          The use of acid insoluble residue to correct for the presence of soil-derived metals in the gut of earthworms used as bio-indicator organisms.

          Environmental Pollution A42 : pp.233-246

        • 1986
          Sanders, J. R.,McGrath, S. P.,Adams, T. Mcm.

          Zinc, copper and nickel concentrations in ryegrass grown on sewage sludge-contaminated soils of different pH.

          Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 37 : pp.961-968

        • 1985
          Laurie, S. H.,Tancock, N. P.,McGrath, S. P.,Sanders, J. R.

          The influence of complex-formation on trace-element uptake by plants

          Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 36(7) : pp.541-542

        • 1985
          McGrath, S. P.,Sanders, J. R.,Adams, T. M.

          Comparison of soil solution and chemical extractants to estimate metal availability to plants

          Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 36(7) : pp.532-533

        • 1985
          McGrath, S. P.,Cunliffe, C. H.

          A simplified method for the extraction of the metals Fe, Zn, Cu, Ni, Cd, Pb, Cr, Co and Mn from soils and sewage sludges

          Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 36(9) : pp.794-798
          doi: 10.1002/jsfa.2740360906

        • 1985
          McGrath, S. P.

          The effects of increasing yields on the Macro- and Microelement concentrations and offtakes in the grain of winter wheat.

          Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 36 : pp.1073-1083

        • 1984
          McGrath, S. P.

          Metal concentrations in sludges and soil from a long-term field trial

          The Journal of Agricultural Science 103(AUG) : pp.25-35
          doi: 10.1017/s002185960004329x

        • 1984
          Brookes, P. C.,McGrath, S. P.

          Effects of metal toxicity on the size of the soil microbial biomass

          Journal of Soil Science 35(2) : pp.341-346
          doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2389.1984.tb00288.x

        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