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Mike McLaughlin

Teagasc Adjunct Senior Fellow

Research Interests

Professor McLaughlin's research covers soil and environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, risk assessment, food quality, crop nutrition and fertilizer technology. He is a Research Professor with the School of Agriculture Food and Wine at The University of Adelaide, Australia and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Teagasc (The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority), Oak Park, Carlow, Ireland. Professor McLaughlin established the Fertilizer Technology Research Centre at the University of Adelaide in 2007 supported by The Mosaic Company LLC and supported by projects through Australian rural research corporations and the Australian Research Council.

Current Projects

  • Fertilizer Technology Research Centre (The Mosaic Company LLC)
  • Remediation of PFAS-contaminated soils (The Australian Research Council)


  • 1983-1986, PhD, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 1977-1979, MAgrSc, Reading University, UK
  • 1974-1977, BSc, The University of Ulster

Professional Membership

  • Soil Science Australia
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Australian Land and Groundwater Association
  • Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
  • Australian Academy of Sciences
  • Navarro, D. A., Kah, M., Losic, D., Kookana, R. S., and McLaughlin, M. J. 2020. Mineralisation and release of 14C-graphene oxide (GO) in soils. Chemosphere 238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124558
  • Kabiri, S., Tran, D. N. H., Baird, R., McLaughlin, M. J., and Losic, D. 2020. Revealing the dependence of graphene concentration and physicochemical properties on the crushing strength of co-granulated fertilizers by wet granulation process. Powder Technology 360, 588-597. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.powtec.2019.10.047 
  • McLaren, T. I., Smernik, R. J., McLaughlin, M. J., Doolette, A. L., Richardson, A. E., and Frossard, E. (2019). The chemical nature of soil organic phosphorus: A critical review and global compilation of quantitative data. Advances in Agronomy 160, 51-124. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.agron.2019.10.001
  • Andelkovic, I. B., Kabiri, S., da Silva, R. C., Tavakkoli, E., Kirby, J. K., Losic, D., and McLaughlin, M. J. 2019. Optimisation of phosphate loading on graphene oxide-Fe(III) composites - possibilities for engineering slow release fertilisers. New Journal of Chemistry 43, 8580-8589. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9nj01641d
  • Baird, R., Da Silva, R. C., Degryse, F., and McLaughlin, M. J. 2019. A column perfusion test to assess the kinetics of nutrient release by soluble, sparingly soluble and coated granular fertilizers. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 182, 763-771. https://doi.org/10.1002/jpln.201800666
  • Coccina, A., Cavagnaro, T. R., Pellegrino, E., Ercoli, L., McLaughlin, M. J., and Watts-Williams, S. J. 2019. The mycorrhizal pathway of zinc uptake contributes to zinc accumulation in barley and wheat grain. BMC Plant Biology 19. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12870-019-1741-y
  • Knight, E. R., Janik, L. J., Navarro, D. A., Kookana, R. S., and McLaughlin, M. J. 2019. Predicting partitioning of radiolabelled 14C-PFOA in a range of soils using diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy. Science of The Total Environment 686, 505-513. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.339 
  • Markovic, M., Andelkovic, I., Shuster, J., Janik, L., Kumar, A., Losic, D., and McLaughlin, M. J. 2019. Addressing challenges in providing a reliable ecotoxicology data for graphene-oxide (GO) using an algae (Raphidocelis subcapitata), and the trophic transfer consequence of GO-algae aggregates. Chemosphere 245, 125640. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125640 
  • Mebane, C. A., Sumpter, J. P., Fairbrother, A., Augspurger, T. P., Canfield, T. J., Goodfellow, W. L., Guiney, P. D., LeHuray, A., Maltby, L., Mayfield, D. B., McLaughlin, M. J., Ortego, L. S., Schlekat, T., Scroggins, R. P., and Verslycke, T. A. 2019. Scientific integrity issues in environmental toxicology and chemistry: Improving research reproducibility, credibility, and transparency. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 15, 320-344. https://doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4119
  • Nash, D. M., McDowell, R. W., Condron, L. M., and McLaughlin, M. J. 2019. Direct exports of phosphorus from fertilizers applied to grazed pastures. Journal of Environmental Quality 48, 1380-1396. https://doi.org/10.2134/jeq2019.02.0085
  • Peirce, C. A. E., McBeath, T. M., Priest, C., and McLaughlin, M. J. 2019. The timing of application and inclusion of a surfactant are important for absorption and translocation of foliar phosphoric acid by wheat leaves. Frontiers in Plant Science 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.01532
  • Ramkissoon, C., Degryse, F., Da Silva, R. C., Baird, R., Young, S. D., Bailey, E. H., and McLaughlin, M. J. 2019. Improving the efficacy of selenium fertilizers for wheat biofortification. Scientific Reports 9, 19520. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-55914-0