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Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson

Associate Professor
Office: Clark Hall 235
Phone: 509-335-5623
nelsonm@wsu.edu

RUMINANT NUTRITION. The major research goal is to manipulate ruminal fermentation to optimize animal productivity. To accomplish this goal, cell wall chemistry, associative effects of feedstuffs and ruminal microbiology are studied.

Specific Research Areas:

  • Manipulation of fermentation in the rumen to affect rate of digestion, rate of passage, bacterial protein synthesis and (or) methane production.
  • Nutritional effects on meat composition and palatability.
  • Chemistry of the cell wall of feedstuffs.

Selected Publications:

  1. Harris, Corrine L., Bo Wang, Jeneane M. Deavila, Jan R. Busboom, Martin Maquivar, Steven M. Parish, Brent McCann, Mark L. Nelson, Min Du. 2018. Vitamin a administration at birth promotes calf growth and intramuscular fat development in Angus beef cattle. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 9:55.
  2. Nelson, Mark L. and Don Llewellyn. 2018. Do Beef Production Conferences Affect Beef Producers Perceptions of Applied Research and Extension Programs? Journal of Extension: 56(3):3RIB2.
  3. Llewellyn, Donald, Ely Walker, Linda McLean and Mark Nelson. 2016. FS241E Feeding Livestock During and After a Disaster. http://extension.wsu.edu/ferry/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2016/09/Emergency-Feeding-of-Livestock.pdf
  4. Wang, Bo, Qiyuan Yang, Corrine L. Harris, Mark L. Nelson, Jan R. Busboom, Mei-Jun Zhu, Min Du. 2016. Nutrigenomic regulation of adipose tissue development — role of retinoic acid: A review. Meat Science 120: 100 – 106.
  5. Nelson, M. L., J. R. Busboom, M. Heitstuman and J. Schmidt. 2015. WSU meat animal evaluation, analysis and technology team adding value to meat products from farm to table: A model of successful Extension programming. Journal of Extension: Volume 53 (1):1TOT7.
  6.  Nelson, M. L. 2014. FS138E    Feed-ology: How to read a feed tag (2014-1115) https://pubs.wsu.edu/ListItems.aspx?Keyword=feed-ology
  7.  Buttar, B. S.,  M.L. Nelson, J. R. Busboom, D.D. Hancock, D. B. Walsh and D. P. Jasmer. 2013. Effect of heat treatment on viability of Taenia hydatigena eggs. Experimental Parasitiology. 133(4):483-486. 10.1016/j/expara.2013.01.003.
  8.  Buttar, B.S., M.L. Nelson, J.R. Busboom, D.D. Hancock, D. B. Walsh and D. P. Jasmer. 2013 Effect of ensilation of potato on viability of Taenia hydatigena eggs. Experimental Parasitology. 133(4):421-426. 10.1016/j.expara.2012.01.004.
  9. Jiang, T., C.J. Mueller, J. R. Busboom, M.L. Nelson, J. O’Fallon and G. Tschida. 2013. Fatty acid composition of adipose tissue and muscle from Jersey steers was affected by finishing diet and tissue location. Meat Science 93:153-161.
  10. Jiang, T., J. R. Busboom, M. L. Nelson and R. Mengarelli. 2011. Omega-3 fatty acids affected human perception of ground beef negatively. Meat Sci. 89:390-399.
  11. Jiang, T., J. R. Busboom, M. L. Nelson, J. O’Fallon, T. P. Ringkob, K. R. Roger-        Klette, D. Joos and K. Piper. 2010. The influence of forage diets and aging on beef palatability. Meat Sci. 86:642 – 650.
  12. Nelson, M. L. 2010. Utilization and Application of Wet Potato Processing Co- Products for Finishing Cattle. J. Anim Sci. jas.20010 88:E133 – 142E.
  13. Jiang, T., J. R. Busboom, M. L. Nelson, J. O’Fallon, T. P. Ringkob, D. Joos and        K. Piper. 2010. Effect of sampling location and cooking on fatty acid composition of beef steaks. Meat Sci. 84: 86 – 92.
  14. Nelson, M. L. 2009. Utilization and Application of Wet Potato Processing Co- Products for Finishing Cattle. J. Anim Sci. jas.2009-2502v1-20092502.
  15. Jiang, T., J. R. Busboom, M. L. Nelson, J. O’Fallon, T. P. Ringkob, D. Joos and K.   Piper. 2009. Effect of sampling location and cooking on fatty acid composition of beef steaks. Doi:10.1016/j.meatsci.2009.08.025.
  16. Nelson, M.L., J.R. Busboom, C.F. Ross, and J.V. O’Fallon. 2008. Effects of supplemental fat on growth performance and quality of beef from steers fed corn-finishing diets. J. Anim. Sci. 86:936-948.
  17. Chapalamadugu, K.C., J.R. Busboom, M.L. Nelson, D. Hancock, J. Tang, and D.P.        Jasmer.   2008.  Taenia taeniaeformis. Effectiveness of staining oncospheres is related to both temperature of treatment and molecular weight of dyes utilized. Veterinary Parasitology 151:203-211.
  18. O’Fallon, J.V., J.R. Busboom, M.L. Nelson, and C.T. Gaskins.  2007.  A direct method for fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) synthesis:  Application to wet meat tissues, oils and feedstuffs.  J. Anim Sci. 85:1511-1521.
  19. Nelson, M. L., D. J. Marks, J. R. Busboom, J. D. Cronrath, and L. Falen.  2004.  Effects of supplemental fat on growth performance and quality of beef from steers fed barley-potato finishing diets.  1. Feedlot performance, carcass traits, appearance, water-binding, retail storage, and palatability.  J. Anim. Sci. 82:3600-3610.
  20. Marks, D. J., J. R. Busboom, M. L. Nelson, J. D. Cronrath, and L. Falen.  2004.  Effects of supplemental fat on growth performance and quality of beef from steers fed barley-potato finishing diets.  2. Fatty acid composition of muscle and subcutaneous fat.  J. Anim. Sci. 82:3611-3616.
  21. Ullrich, S.E., C.S. Muir, M.L. Nelson, and J.A. Froseth.  2001.  Registration of ‘washford’ barley.  Crop Sci. 41:1995.
  22. Nelson, M. L., H. H. Westberg and S. M. Parish. 2001.  Effects of tallow on energy metabolism of wethers fed barley-finishing diets.   J. Anim. Sci. 79:1892-1904.
  23. Busboom, J.R., M.L. Nelson, L.E. Jeremiah, S.K. Duckett, J.D. Cronrath, L. Falen, and P.S. Kuber.  2000.  Effects of graded levels of potato by-products in barley- and corn-based beef feedlot diets.  II: Palatability.  J. Anim. Sci. 78:1837-1844.
  24. Nelson, M.L., J.R. Busboom, J.D. Cronrath, L. Falen, and A. Blankenbaker.  2000.  Effects of graded levels of potato by-products in barley- and corn-based beef feedlot diets. I. Feedlot performance, carcass traits, meat composition, and appearance.  J. Anim. Sci. 78:1829-1836.
  25. Ovenell-Roy, K.H., M.L. Nelson, H.H. Westberg, and J.A. Froseth.  1998.  Effects of barley cultivar on energy and nitrogen metabolism of lambs.  Can. J. Anim. Sci. 78:389-397.
  26. Ovenell-Roy, K.H., M.L. Nelson, J.A. Froseth, S.M. Parish and E.L. Martin.  1998. Variation in chemical composition and nutritional quality among barley cultivars for ruminants:  II. Digestion, ruminal characteristics and in situ disappearance kinetics.  Can. J. Anim. Sci. 78:377-388.
  27. Ovenell-Roy, K.H., M.L. Nelson, J.A. Froseth, S.M. Parish and E.L. Martin.  1998.  Variation in chemical composition and nutritional quality among barley cultivars for ruminants:   I. Steer finishing performance, diet digestibilities and carcass characteristics.  Can. J. Anim. Sci.  78:369-375.
  28. Rangngang, M. B., M. L. Nelson and S. M. Parish.  1997.  Ruminal undegradability of blood meal and effects of blood meal on ruminal and postruminal digestion in steers consuming vegetative orchardgrass hay.  J. Anim. Sci. 75:2788-2795.
  29. Nelson, M. L.  1997.  Escape protein supplementation of steers fed grass silage-based diets.  J. Anim. Sci. 75:2796-2802.
  30. Nelson, M. L. and M. J. Bozich.  1996.  Effect of storage temperature and time on fiber content of fresh and ensiled alfalfa.  J. Anim. Sci. 74:1689-1693.
  31. Duncan, R. W., J. R. Males, M. L. Nelson and E. L. Martin.  1991.  Corn and barley mixtures in finishing steer diets containing potato process residue.  J. Prod. Ag.:4:426-432.
  32. Morgan, E. K., M. L. Gibson, M. L. Nelson and J. R. Males.  1991.  Utilization of whole or steamrolled barley fed with forages to wethers and cattle.  Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. 33:59-78.
  33. Lancaster, L. L., C. W. Hunt, J. C. Miller, D. L. Auld and M. L. Nelson.  1990.  Effect of rapeseed silage variety and dietary level on digestion and growth performance in beef steers.  J. Anim. Sci. 68:3812-3820.
  34. Nelson, M. L., L. Motjope, J. W. Finley and S. M. Parish.  1990.  Ash-free indigestible acid detergent fiber as an internal marker to estimate digestibility with grazing ruminants.  J. Range Manage. 43:224-229.
  35. Nelson, M. L., J. W. Finley, D. S. Scarnecchia and S. M. Parish.  1989.  Diet and forage quality of intermediate wheatgrass under continuous and short-duration grazing.  J. Range Manage. 42:474-479.
  36. Oliveros, B. A., T. J. Klopfenstein, F. K. Goedeken, M. L. Nelson and E. E. Hawkins.  1989.  Corn fiber as an energy supplement in high roughage diets fed to steers and lambs.  J. Anim. Sci. 67:1784-1792.
  37. Nelson, M. L., D. M. Headley and J. A. Loesche.  1989.  Control of fermentation in high-moisture baled alfalfa by lactic acid-producing bacterial inoculation.  II. Small rectangular bales.  J. Anim. Sci. 67:1586-1592.
  38. Nelson, M. L., T. J. Klopfenstein and R. A. Britton.  1989.  Control of fermentation in high-moisture baled alfalfa by lactic acid-producing bacterial inoculation.  I. Large round bales.  J. Anim. Sci. 67:1577-1585.
  39. Nelson, M. L. and J. W. Finley.  1989.  Effect of soft white wheat addition to alfalfa-grass forage on heifer gain, diet digestibility and in vitro digestion kinetics.  Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. 24:141-150.
  40. Nelson, M. L.  1988.  Factors affecting the particle size distribution of grazed forage due to ingestive mastication by steers and wethers.  J. Anim. Sci. 66:1256-1266.
  41. Nelson, M. L.  1988.  An inexpensive alternative esophageal cannula for growing steers and wethers.  J. Range Manage. 41:269-270.
  42. Nelson, M. L., T. J. Klopfenstein, R. A. Britton and S. R. Lowry.  1985.  Protein supplementation of ammoniated roughages.  III. Corncobs supplemented with a blood meal – corn gluten meal mixture – steer studies.  J. Anim. Sci.  61:1567-1575.
  43. Nelson, M. L., I. G. Rush and T. J. Klopfenstein.  1985.  Protein supplementation of ammoniated roughages.  II. Wheat straw supplemented with alfalfa, blood meal or soybean meal fed to wintering steers.  J. Anim. Sci. 61:245-251.
  44. Nelson, M. L., T. J. Klopfenstein and R. A. Britton.  1984.  Protein supplementation of ammoniated roughages.  I.  Corn cobs supplemented with a blood meal-corn gluten meal mixture – lamb studies.  J. Anim. Sci. 59:1601-1609.
  45. Abrams, S. M., T. J. Klopfenstein, R. A. Stock, R. A. Britton and M. L. Nelson.  1983.  Preservation of wet distillers grain and its value as a protein source for growing ruminants.  J. Anim. Sci. 57:729-738.
  46. Smith, J. D., R. M., Jordan and M. L. Nelson.  1975.  Tolerance of ponies to high levels of dietary copper.  J. Anim. Sci. 41:1645-1649.