Amilton de Mello


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Assistant Professor

Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 202
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 784-6648
Fax: 784-1375

Email: amilton@cabnr.unr.edu
Building: Max Fleischmann Agriculture,  Office 103
Personal Web: http://naes.unr.edu/demello
 
 
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EDUCATION

D.V.M. University of Marilia, Veterinary Medicine, 2001
M.S., Sao Paulo State University, 2005
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 2010

ACADEMIC & RESEARCH INTEREST

Dr. de Mello's research focus on positively impact meat industry operations, production costs, meat quality attributes, and animal welfare.

Current research topics include pre and post-harvest food safety interventions, effects of feeding different sources of energy on meat composition, shelf life stability, added value-fresh cuts, and effects of physiologic parameters on muscle-to-meat transformation.

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Journals
Yeh, Y., Purushothaman, P., Gupta, N., Ragnone,M., Verma, S. C., de Mello, A. S. 2017, Bacteriophage application on red meats and poultry: Effects on Salmonella population in final ground products, Meat Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2017.01.001  
de Mello, A. S.; Ringkob, T., Yeh, Y. 2017, Effects of long spray-chilling on water pocket development in ribeyes, Meat Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2017.03.007  
Ludtke, C. B.; Dalla Costa, O. A.; Roça, R. O.; Silveira, E. T. F.; Athayde, N. B.; Araújo, A. P.; de Mello, A. S.; Azambuja, N. C. 2012, Animal welfare of pre-slaughter handling and the influence on pork quality and stress physiological parameters., Ciencia Rural 42: 532-537  
de Mello, A. S.; Calkins, C. R.; Jenschke, B. E.; Carr, T. P.; Dugan, M. E. R.; Erickson, G. E. 2012, Beef Quality of Calf-­Fed Steers Finished on Varying Levels of Corn-Based Wet Distillers Grains Plus Solubles., Journal of Animal Science, v. 1, p. 232-237  
de Mello, A. S.; Jenschke, B. E.; Senaratne, L. S.; Carr, T. P.; Erickson, G. E.; Calkins, C. R. 2012, Effects of feeding modified distillers grains plus solubles on marbling attributes, proximate composition and fatty acid profile of beef., Journal of Animal Science, v. 1, p. 234-242  
Jenkins, K. H.; Vasconcelos, J. T.; Hinkle J. B. ; Furman, S. A.; de Mello, A. S.; Senaratne, L. S.; Pokharel, S.; Calkins, C. R. 2011, Evaluation of performance, carcass characteristics, and sensory attributes of beef from finishing steers fed field peas., Journal of Animal Science 89: 1167-1172  
Kim, Y.N.; Giraud, D.W.; Masrizal, M.A.; Hamouz, F.L.; Watanabe, K.; Schnepf, M.I.; de Mello, A. S.; Erickson, G.E.; Calkins, C.R.; Driskell, J.A. 2010, Effect of Cooking Method, Distiller's Grains, and Vitamin E Supplementation on the Vitamin Content of Value Cuts from Beef Steers Fed Wet Distiller's Grains and Solubles and Supplemental Vitamin E., Journal of Food Science 75: 166-172.  
Senaratne, L. S.; Calkins, C. R.; de Mello, A. S.; Pokharel, S. ; Hinkle, J. B. 2010, Mapping of intramuscular tenderness and muscle fiber orientation of muscles in the beef round., Journal of Animal Science 88: 3084-3106.  
Driskell, J. A.; Kim, Y. N.; Giraud, D. W.; Hamouz, F. L.; de Mello, A. S.; Erickson, G. E.; Calkins, C. R. 2010, Vitamin and mineral content of value cuts from beef steers fed distiller's grains., Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 24: 362-367  
de Mello, A.S.; Roça, R. O. 2009, Effect of Hydrogen Peroxide in the Scald Tank on the Microbial Count of Pork Skin., The Journal of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine in Tropical Countries 62: 27-31.  
Bulletin/Reports
Senaratne, L. S.; Calkins, C. R.; Vasconcelos, J. T.; de Mello, A.S.; Andersen, M. A.; Furman, S. A.; Pokharel S. 2011, Effects of the synthetic antioxidants on shelf life of m. psoas major and m. triceps brachii muscles from beef fed wet distillers grains., Nebraska Beef Report: 103-104  
Haack, A. L. ; de Mello, A.S. ; Pokharel, S. ; Senaratne, L. S. ; Calkins, C. R.; Erickson, G. E.; Carr, T. P. ; Johnson, D. 2011, Low fat wet distillers grains and beef quality., Nebraska Beef Report: 96-97  
Calkins, C. R.; de Mello, A. S.; Senaratne, L. S.; Watanabe. K. 2010, Alternative Muscles for Traditional Japanese and Korean Beef Recipes., Nebraska Beef Report: 112-114.  
de Mello, A. S.; Watanabe, K.; Calkins, C. R.; Senaratne, L. S.; Carr, T. P.; Erickson, G. E. 2010, Effects of Feeding Wet Distillers Grains Plus Solubles and Vitamin E on Beef Tenderness and Color Under Different Packaging Systems., Nebraska Beef Report: 99-101  
Pokharel, S.; de Mello, A. S.; Senaratne, L. S.; Hinkle J. B.; Calkins, C. R. 2010, Steak-Quality Meat from the Beef Heels., Nebraska Beef Report: 115-116.  
Senaratne, L. S.; Calkins, C. R.; de Mello, A. S.; Erickson, G. E. 2010, Wet Distillers Grains Diets Supplemented with Vitamin E Affect Sensory Attributes of Beef m. longissimus lumborum., Nebraska Beef Report: 101-103.  
Senaratne, L. S.; Calkins, C. R.; de Mello, A. S.; Carr, T. P. 2009, A rapid method to evaluate oxidation capacity of fresh beef., Nebraska Beef Report: 120-123  
de Mello, A. S.; Jenschke, B. E. ; Calkins, C. R. 2008, Wet distillers grains plus solubles affect lipid oxidation and objective color of beef steaks., Nebraska Beef Report: 110-111.  
Abstracts
Hinkle J. B.; Calkins, C. R.; de Mello, A.S. ; Senaratne, L. S.; Pokharel, S. 2010, Acid marination for tenderness enhancement of the beef round., ASAS Midwest Section Annual Meeting, Des Moines, IA.  
Pokharel, S.; de Mello, A. S.; Calkins, C. R.; Senaratne, L. S.; Hinkle, J. B.; Erickson, G. E. 2010, Effects of feeding high levels of wet distillers grains and straw on lipid oxidation and color stability of beef., ASAS Midwest Section Annual Meeting, Des Moines, IA.  
Calkins, C. R.; de Mello, A. S.; Watanabe, K.; Senaratne, L. S.; Schnepf, M. I.; Erickson, G. E. 2009, Effects of feeding wet distillers grains plus solubles and vitamin E, and modified atmosphere packaging on beef tenderness., International Congress of Meat Science - Copenhagen - DK  
de Mello, A. S.; Senaratne, L. S.; Watanabe, K.; Driskell, J. A.; Schnepf, M. I.; Hamouz, F. L.; Calkins, C. R. 2009, Mineral content of m. Teres major and m. Infraspinatus from steers fed wet distillers grains plus solubles and vitamin E., ASAS Midwest Section Annual Meeting, Des Moines, IA.  
Calkins, C. R. ; de Mello, A. S.; Senaratne, L. S. 2009, Optimizing beef cuts: Comparison of sensorial attributes and objective tenderness of m. Obliquus abdominis and m. Splenius., ASAS Midwest Section Annual Meeting, Des Moines, IA.  
de Mello A. S.; Calkins, C. R.; Jenschke, B. E.; Senaratne, L. S.; Erickson, G. E. 2008, Finishing diets containing et distiller's grains plus solubles increase the levels of polyunsaturated, omega 6 and C18:2 fatty acids in yearling beef steers., ASAS Midwest Section Annual Meeting, Des Moines, IA.  
de Mello A. S.; Calkins, C. R.; Jenschke, B. E.; Senaratne, L. S.; Erickson, G. E. 2008, Sensory attributes of steaks from calf-fed steers fed wet distiller's grains plus solubles., AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference, Gainesville, FL.  
de Mello, A. S.; Jenschke, B. E.; Calkins, C. R.; Grimes, L. M.; Hodgen, J. M.; Erickson, G. E. 2007, Feeding wet distillers grains plus solubles reduces shelf life and increases lipid oxidation during retail display of beef steaks., ASAS National Meeting, San Antonio, TX.