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Ted Mikhail - Founder & Managing Director, SWEP Analytical Laboratories

Edward Hanna (Ted) Mikhail MSc, BSc Agric., Dip Land Reel. & Improv., Dip Agric Ext. MAIAST MRACI DG, began his career as an Agronomist in Egypt in 1959, working first in Animal Husbandry and then in Soil Improvement. While in Egypt, he obtained his first degree in Agriculture at the Cairo University (1959), followed by his Post-graduate Diploma in Soil Science from the University of Alexandria (1966) sponsored by the Ford Foundation, to study under several of the most eminent soil scientists in the World.


In 1967, Ted came to Australia and began research on improved irrigation methods with the Victorian State Rivers & Water Supply Commission. He then moved to the State Chemistry Laboratory as a soil scientist focusing on the relationship between the chemical and physical properties of soils throughout Victoria. During this time, Ted furthered his studies at the University of Melbourne with a Diploma of Agricultural Extension (1975) and a Master of Agriculture (Soil Chemistry & Physics) in 1979. He also authored and co-authored more than sixty bulletins, research papers and reports. He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology since 1968 and a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute since 1981.


In 1980 he established SWEP Pty Ltd Analytical Laboratories in order to better serve the agricultural community by applying his principles in soil, plant and animals to achieve the highest quality of life through our soil. He was then also able to extend his research to soils from around the World. In 1986, this all came together into what we now call "The Mikhail System".

Management contacts

E.H. (Ted) Mikhail, Founder and Director
Christopher Panter, Managing Director
Edilberto (Ed) Enierga, Operations Manager, Director

General enquiries: Mona Agatep, Administration 

Email: services@swep.com.au

Accounts & General enquires: Rosemary Brown, Accounts Manager

Email: accounts@swep.com.au

Laboratory enquiries: Ed Enierga, Operations Manager

Email: lab@swep.com.au

Microbiological enquiries:  Chris Panter, Microbiology Manager

Email:  chris@swep.com.au