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Marcio Duarte

Position/Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53660
Office: ANNU152

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Marcio Duarte was born in Viçosa, a college town located at southeast in Brazil. Marcio comes from Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil where he was a three-time grad in Animal Science. His Masters and Ph.D was focused on Meat Science and Muscle Biology in ruminant animals. During his Ph.D he was a visiting scholar at the Nutrigenomics and Growth Biology Laboratory at Washington State University (2011-2012). After his Ph.D, he joined the Department of Animal Sciences at Federal University of Viçosa as a posdoctoral fellow. Upon completion of his postdoctoral fellowship, Marcio joined the same Department as Assistant Professor, where he stayed for seven years. He joined the Department of Animal Biosciences at University of Guelph in 2021 as Assistant Professor in Meat Science and Muscle Biology. His area of research focuses on skeletal muscle growth and metabolism both pre and post-natally and its overall impact on the quality of meat.

Academic History

  • Ph.D in Animal Science, Federal University of Viçosa (2013)
  • MS in Animal Science, Federal University of Viçosa (2010)
  • BS in Animal Science, Federal University of Viçosa (2008)


  • Canadian Meat Science Association
  • Canadian Society of Animal Science

Current Research Projects

Maternal nutrition and skeletal muscle development of the offspring

Marcio has been investigating the effects of maternal nutrition during gestation os skeletal muscle development of the offspring in meat animals. His research has focusing on investigating how maternal nutrition affects the mechanims underlying myogenesis and adipogenesis of skeletal muscle and how it may impact animal's performance, carcass deposition and meat quality traits. Learning how about the intrinsic and extrinsic effects of maternal nutrition during gestation on the trajectory of animal's life can lead to improvements on nutritional management at early stages of life that will improve animal's carcass yield and quality. 


Use of electrolyte solution during pre-slaughter handling and its effects on the conversion of muscle into meat, and beef quality

The pre-slaughter stress is one of the major issues that can affect the quality of raw meat. A lot of efforts have been made over the decades to develop technologies that may prevent/minimize the effects of stress pre-slaughter and to avoid the occurence of DFD meat. In this project, we aime to investigate the effects of electrolyte solution administred pre-slaughter on the stress indicators of the animals, the biology of convrtion of muscle into meat, and on the quality aspects of beef.


Award and Honours

  • Roullier Innovation Award (2020)

Recent Publications

Maciel, F.C.; Machado Neto, O.R.; Duarte, M.S.; Du, M.; Lage, J.F.; Teixeira, P.D.; Martins, C.L.; Domingues, E.; Fogaça, L.A.; Ladeira, M.M. Effect of vitamin A injection at birth on intramuscular fat development and meat quality in beef cattle. Meat Science, v. 1, p. 108676, 2022.

Lam, S.; Uttaro, B.; Bohrer, B.M.; Duarte, M.S.; Juarez M. Can In-Line Iodine value predictions(NitFomTM) be used for early classification of pork belly firmness?. Foods, v.11, 148. 2022.

*Costa T.C.; Dutra, L.L.; Mendes, T.A.O.; Santos, M.M.; Veroneze, R.; Gionbelli, M.P.; Duarte, M.S. Impact of maternal feed restriction at different stages of gestation on the proteomic profile of the newborn skeletal muscle. Animals, v. 12(8), 1011, 2022.

Santana, T.E.Z.; Silva, J.C.F.; Silva, L.O.C.; Alvarenga, A.B.; Menezes, G.R.O.; Torres Junior, R.A.A.; Duarte, M.S.; Silva, F.F. Genome-enabled classification of stayability in Nellore cattle under a machine learning framework. Livestock Science, 104935, 2022.

Ramírez-Zamudio, D.D.; Silva, L.H.P.; Vieira, N.M.; Vilela, R.S.R.; Assis, S.E.F.; Assis, G.J.F.; Estrada, M.M.; Rodrigues, R.T.S.; Duarte, M.S.; Chizzotti, M.L. Effects of short-term dietary protein restriction before slaughter on meat quality and skeletal muscle metabolomic profile in culled ewes. Livestock Science, 104986, 2022.

*Soares, M.H.; Valente-Junior, D.T.; Rodrigues, G.A.; Cunha-Junior, R.; Rocha, G.C.; Bohrer, B.M.; Juarez, M.; Duarte, M.S., Saraiva A. Effects of feeding ractopamine hydrochloride with or without supplemental betaine on live perfomance, carcass and meat quality traits, and gene expression of finishing pigs. Meat Science, 108851, 2022.

*Carvalho, E.B.; Costa, T.C.; Sanglard, L.P.; Nascimento, K.B.; Meneses, J.A.M.; Galvão, M.C.; Serão, N.V.L.; Duarte, M.S. Gionbelli, M.P. Short communication: Transcriptome profile in the skeletal muscle of cattle progeny as a function of maternal protein supplementation during mid-gestation. Livestock Science, 104995, 2022.

Coelho, T.C.; Chalfun-Junior, A.; Barreto, H.G.; Duarte, M.D.; Garcia, B.O.; Teixeira, P.D.; Gionbelli, T.R.S.; Ladeira, M.M. Reference gene selection for quantitative PCR in liver, skeletal muscle, and jejunum of Bos indicus cattle. Brazilian Journal of Animal Science, e20210120, 2022 . 

Barcelos, S.S.; Nascimento, K.B.; Silva, T.E.; Mezzomo, R.; Alves, K.S.; Duarte, M.S.; Gionbelli, M.P. The effects of prenatal diet on the calf performance and perspectives for fetal programming studies: a meta-analytical investigationAnimals, 12(16) 2145, 2022. 

*Soares M.H.; Rodrigues, G.A.; Valente Junior, D.T.; Silva, C.B.; Costa, T.C.; Duarte, M.S., Saraiva A. Performance, carcass traits, pork quality and expression of genes related to intramuscular fat metabolism of two diverse genetic lines of pigsFoods, 11(15) 2280, 2022.

*Costa, T.C.; Lourenço, P.E.C.; Souza, R.O.; Lopes, M.M.; Araújo, R.D.; Santos, M.M.; Luciano, L.P.; Massensini, J.D.; Chalfun, L.L.H.; Rennó, L.N.; Sampaio, C.B.; Veroneze, R.; Paulino, P.V.R.; Gionbelli, M.P.; Duarte, M.S. Ruminal undegradable protein enriched diet during late gestation of beef cows affects maternal metabolism and offspring's skeletal muscle development. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 291, 115400, 2022.

*Santos M.M.; Costa, T.C.; Ramírez-Zamudio, G.; Nascimento, K.B.; Veroneze, R.; Gionbelli, M.P.; Duarte, M.S. Prenatal origins of productivity and quality of beef. Brazilian Journal of Animal Science, 2022 (Accepted).

*Sanglard, L.M.P.; Marquez, D.E.C.; Fontes, M.M.; Costa, T.C.; Gionbelli, M.P.; Serão, N.V.L.; Duarte, M.S. Effects of maternal protein supplementation during mid or late gestation on skeletal muscle energy metabolism of beef calves. Ciência Rural, 2022 (Accepted).

*Fontes, M.M.S.; Costa, T.C.; Lopes, M.M.; Souza, R.O.; Carneiro, L.S.; Paulino P.V.R.; Chizotti, M.L.; Silva, F.F.; Duarte, M. S. Intramuscular collagen characteristics and expression of related genes in skeletal muscle of cull cows receiving a high-energy diet. Meat Science, v. 177, p. 108495, 2021.

*Costa, T.C.; Gionbelli, M.P.; Duarte, M.S. Fetal programming in ruminant animals: understanding the skeletal muscle development to improve meat quality. Animal Frontiers, 11(6), p. 66-73, 2021.

*Costa, T.C.; Mendes, T.A.O.; Fontes, M.M.S; Lopes, M.M.; Du, M.; Serão, N.V.L.; Sanglard, L.M.P.; Bertolini, F.; Rothschild, M.F.; Silva, F.F.; Gionbelli, M.P.; Duarte, M.S. Transcriptome changes in newborn goats' skeletal muscle as a result of maternal feed restriction at different stages of gestation. Livestock Science, v. 248, p. 104503, 2021.

*Costa, T.C.; Du, M.; Nascimento, K.B.; Galvão, M.C.; Meneses, J.A.M.; Schultz, E.B.; Gionbelli, M.P.; Duarte, M.S. Skeletal Muscle Development in Postnatal Beef Cattle Resulting from Maternal Protein Restriction during Mid-Gestation. Animals, v. 11, p. 1-14, 2021.

*Lopes, M.M.; Brito, T.; Lage, J.F.; Costa, T.C.; Fontes, M.M.S.; Serão, N.V.L.; Mendes, T.A.O.; Reis, R.; Veroneze, R.; Silva, F.F.; Duarte, M.S. Proteomic Analysis of Liver from Finishing Beef Cattle Supplemented with a Rumen-Protected B-Vitamin Blend and Hydroxy Trace Minerals. Animals, v. 11, p. 1934, 2021.

Moreira, G.M.; Aguiar, G.L.; Menezes, J.A.M.; Da Luz, M.H.; Monteiro, M.G.B.B.; Lara, L.; Ladeira, M.M.; Souza, J.C.; Duarte, M.S.; Gionbelli, M.P. The course of pregnancy changes general metabolism and affects ruminal epithelium activity pattern in zebu beef heifers. Livestock Science, p. 104496, 2021.

Lopes, D.R.G. ; Duarte, M.S.; Reau, A.J.L.; Chaves, I Z.; Mendes, T.A.O.; Detmann, E.; Bento, C.B.P.; Mercadante, M. E.Z.; Bonilha, S.F.M.; Suen, G.; Mantovani, H.C. Assessing the relationship between the rumen microbiota and feed efficiency in Nellore steers. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, v.12(79), p. 1-17, 2021.

Ramos, P.V.B.; Silva, L.O.C.; Perez, B.C.; Torres-Junior, R.A.A.; Menezes, G.R.O.; Alvarenga, L.C.; Torres-Filho, R.A.; Duarte, M.S.; Silva, F.F. Stayability and consecutive rebreeding ability associated to carcass and growth traits in Brazilian Nellore cattle: A Bayesian framework. Livestock Science, v. 245, p. 104416, 2021.

Rodrigues, G.A.; Valente-Junior, D.T.; Soares, M.H.; Silva, C.B.; Fialho, F.A.; Barbosa, L.M.R.; Neves, M.M.; Rocha, G.C.; Duarte, M.S., Saraiva, A. L-Arginine supplementation for nulliparous sows during the last third of gestation. Animals, v. 11(12), 3476, 2021.

*Campos, C.F.; Costa, T.C.; Rodrigues, R.T.S.; Guimarães, S.E.F.; Moura, F.H.; Silva, W.; Chizotti, M.L.; Paulino, P.V.R.; Benedeti, P.D.B.; Silva, F.F.; Duarte, M.S.. Proteomic analysis reveals changes in energy metabolism of skeletal muscle in beef cattle supplemented with vitamin A. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, v. 100, p. 3536-3543, 2020.

*Moura, F.H.; Costa, T.C.; Trece, A.S.; Melo, L.P.;Paulino, M.F.; Rennó, L.N.; Fonseca, M.A.; Detmann, E.; Gionbelli M.P.; Duarte, M.S. Effects of energy-protein supplementation frequency on performance of primiparous grazing beef cows during pre and postpartum. Animal Bioscience, p. 1-9, 2020.

Lopes, R.C; Sampaio, C.B.; Trece, A.S.; Teixeira, P D.; Gionbelli, T.R.S.; Santos, L.R.; Costa, T.C.; Duarte, M.S.; Gionbelli M.P. Impacts of protein supplementation during late gestation of beef cows on maternal skeletal muscle and liver tissues metabolism. Animal, p. 1-9, 2020.

Valini, G.A.C.; Duarte, M.S. ; Calderano, A. A. ; Teixeira, L.M. ; Rodrigues, G. A. ; Fernandes, K.M. ; Veroneze, R.; Serão, N.V.L.; Mantovani, H.C.; Rocha, G.C. Dietary nucleotide supplementation as an alternative to in-feed antibiotics in weaned piglets. Animal, p. 100021, 2020.

Valini, G.A.C.; Duarte, M.S.; Rodrigues, G.A.; Veroneze, R.; Saraiva, A.; Hausman, G.J.; Rocha, G.C. Guanidinoacetic acid supplementation on growth performance and molecular mechanisms of lean mass gain in nursery pigs. Ciência Rural, v. 50, p. 1 / e20190948-8, 2020.

For full list of publications, please visit Marcio`s Google Scholar page.