Peer-reviewed Publications


Vaginal Microbiota Diversity in Response to Lipopolysaccharide in Gilts Housed Under Three Housing Systems <Alves L.,Novais F.J., da Silva A.N., Araujo M.S., Bernadino T., Osowki G. V., Zanella R., Lee Settles M., Holmes M.A., Fukumasu H., Ruiz V.L.A., Zanella A.J. (2022) Frontiers in Genetics

The aim was to understand how different Housing Systems affects metagenomics in gilts during a stress response.


Metabolomic signature of spermatozoa established during holding time is responsible for differences in boar sperm freezability <Torres M.A.,Pedrosa A.C., Novais F.J., Alkmin D.V., Cooper B.R., Yasui G.S., Fukumasu H., Machaty Z., Andrade A.F.C, (2021) Biology of Reproduction

The aim of this study was to understand how HT influences spermatic and seminal plasma metabolite profiles of boar ejaculates and how these possible changes affect freezability.


Genetic parameters associated with meat quality of Nellore cattle at different anatomical points of longissimus: Brazilian standards) <M.N. Bonin, V.B. Pedrosa, S.L. Silva, L. Bünger, D. Ross, R.C. Gomes, M.H.A. Santana, D.C. Cucco, F.M. Rezende, L.C.V. Ítavo, F.J. Novais, M.W.F. Pereira, E.C.M. Oliveira, J.B.S. Ferraz, (2021) Meat Science

The present study estimated genetic parameters and evaluated the genetic and phenotypic correlations between meat quality characteristics of Nellore cattle evaluated at different anatomical points of the longissimus.


Predicting the shear value and intramuscular fat in meat from Nellore cattle using Vis-NIR spectroscopy <M.N. Bonin, S.L. Silva, L. Bünger, D. Ross, G.L.D. Feijó and R.C. Gomes and F.P. Rennó and M.H.A. Santana, F.M. Rezende, L.C.V. Ítavo, F.J. Novais, L.M.A. Surita, M.N. Bonin, M.H.F Pereira and J.B.S. Ferraz(2020) Meat Science

Visible and near-infrared spectroscopy (Vis-NIRS) was tested for its effectiveness in predicting intramuscular fat (IMF) and WBSF in Nellore steers.


Identification of selection signatures involved in performance traits in a paternal broiler line O.A.C. Almeida, G.C.M. Moreira, F.M. Rezende, C. Boschiero, J. O. Peixoto, A.M.G. Ibelli, M.C. Ledur, F.J. Novais and L.L. Coutinho(2019) BMC Genomics,20:449

Our aim was to identify selection signatures in a paternal broiler TT line at generations 7th and 16th of selection and to investigate the genes annotated in these regions.


Identification of a metabolomic signature associated with feed efficiency in beef cattle F.J. Novais , P.R.L. Pires, P.A. Alexandre, R.A. Dromms, A.H. Iglesias, J.B.S. Ferraz, M.P. Styczynski and H. Fukumasu(2017) BMC Genomics,20(1):8

Our aim was to evaluate the potential of serum metabolites to identify Feed Efficiency of beef cattle before they enter the feedlot.


Circulating leptin and its muscle gene expression in Nellore cattle with divergent feed efficiency L.F.M. Mota, C.M. Bonafé, P.A. Alexandre, M.H. Santana, F.J. Novais , E. Toriyama, A.V. Pires, S.L. Silva, P.R. Leme, J.B.S. Ferraz and H. Fukumasu(2017) Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology,8:71

In this study, circulating leptin and its gene expression in muscle were evaluated in two groups of young Nellore bulls with divergent feed efficiency.


Visual body-scores selection and its influence on body size and ultrasound carcass traits in Nellore cattle M. N. Bonin J. B. S. Ferraz V. B. Pedrosa S. L. Silva R. C. Gomes D. C. Cucco M. H. A. Santana J. H. A. Campos V. N. Barbosa F. S. F. Castro F. J. Novais E. C. M. Oliveira (2015) Journal of Animal Science, 93 (12):5597–5606

Genetic parameters, genetic trends, and genetic progress of carcass traits were estimated for 12,447 Nellore individuals from different Brazilian herds. Carcass traits evaluated by ultrasound and visual body scores are eligible for selection and can be used in genetic improvement programs in Nellore cattle.


Genome-wide association with residual body weight gain in Bos indicus cattle M.H.A. Santana, R.C. Gomes, Y.T. Utsunomiya, H.H.R. Neves, F.J. Novais, M.N. Bonin, H. Fukumasu, J.F. Garcia, P.A. Alexandre, G.A. Oliveira Junior, L.L. Coutinho (2015) Genetics and Molecular Research,14(2):5229-5233

Here, we identified candidate genes and genomic regions associated with residual body weight gain (RWG), we conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) with 720 Nellore cattle using the GRAMMAR-Gamma association test.