Marco Sebastiano Bella

Researcher of Animal science [AGR/19]
Office: Via Valdisavoia, 5 - Piano terra - stanza 27
Email: marco.bella@unict.it
Phone: 095 4783482
Fax: 095 4783345
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30


Marco Bella is a researcher in Animal Production Systems at Department Di3A, University of Catania. From 2004 to 2007 he has been a contract professor within the “Agricultural Science” and “Agricultural Science in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Environment” Academic courses. From 2007 up to now he has teached within “Agricultural Science in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Environment”, "Agricultural Science" and "Food Science and Technology" Academic course. Since 1994 he is involved in the research project “Alternative feeding sources for meat production”. Moreover he has taken part in the research project by ESA (Ente per lo Sviluppo Agricolo) focused on the characterization of sicilian sheep meat production and developed from 2004 to 2007.

1.    Lanza M., Priolo A., Biondi L., Bella M., Ben Salem H. (2001) - Replacement value of orange pulp and carob pulp for cereal grains given to lambs on faba bean-based fed to lambs: effects on growth performance and meat quality. Animal Research 50, 21-30.

2.    Priolo A., Lanza M., Bella M., Pennisi P., Fasone V., Biondi L. (2002) – Reducing the impact of condensed tannins in a diet based on carob pulp using two levels of polyethylene glicol: lamb growth, digestion and meat quality. Animal Research 51, 305-313.

3.    Lanza M., Bella M., Priolo A., Fasone V. (2003) - Peas (Pisum sativum L.) as an alternative protein source in lamb diets: growth performances, and carcass and meat quality. Small Ruminant Research, 47, 63-68.

4.    Lanza M., Bella M., Barbagallo D., Fasone V., Finocchiaro L., Priolo A. (2003) – Effect of partially or totally replacing soybean meal  and maize by chickpeas (Cicer arietinum L.) in lamb diets: growth performances, carcass and meat quality. Animal Research 52, 263-270.

5.    Priolo A., Lanza M., Galofaro V., Fasone V., Bella M. (2003) - Partially or totally replacing soybean meal  and maize by chickpeas in lamb diets: intramuscular fatty acid composition. Animal Feed Science and Technology 108, 215-221.

6.    Lanza M., Fasone V., Galofaro V., Barbagallo D., Bella M., Pennisi P. (2004) - Citrus pulp as an ingredient in ostrich diet: effects on meat quality. Meat Science, 68, 269-275

7.    Priolo A., Bella M., Lanza M., Galofaro V., Biondi L., Barbagallo D., Ben Salem H., Pennisi P. (2005) – Carcass and meat quality of lambs fed fresh sulla (Hedysarum coronarium L.) with or without polyethylene glycol or concentrate. Small Ruminant Research 59, 281 – 288.

8.    Valvo M.A., Lanza M., Bella M., Fasone V., Scerra M., Biondi L., Priolo A. (2005) – Effect of ewe feeding system (grass v. concentrate) on intramuscular fatty acids of lambs raised exclusively on maternal milk. Animal Science, 81, 431-436

9.    Lanza M., Bella M., Priolo A., Barbagallo D., Galofaro V., Landi C., Pennisi P. (2006) – Lamb meat quality as affected by natural or artificial milk feeding regime. Meat Science, 73, 313-318.

10.    Lanza A., Bella M., Vasta V., Priolo A. (2006) – Intramuscular fatty acid composition of early and late lambs in Sicily – Proceedings 52th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology.  Dublin, 13-18 August 2006

11.    Vasta V, Pennisi P, Lanza M, Barbagallo D, Bella M, Priolo A. (2007). Intramuscular fatty acid composition of lambs given a tanniniferous diet with or without polyethylen glycol supplementation. Meat Science, vol. 76, pp. 739-745 ISSN: 0309-1740

12.    Priolo A., Vasta V., Fasone V., Lanza C.M., Scerra M., Biondi L., Bella M., Whittington F.M. (2009) – Meat odour and flavour and indoles concentation in ruminal fluid and adipose tissue of lambs fed green herbage or concentrates with or without tannins. Animal, 3;3, pp. 454-460

13.    Luciano G., Monahan F.J., Vasta V., Pennisi P., Bella M., Priolo A. (2009) – Lipid and colour stability of meat from lambs fed fresh herbage or concentrate. Meat Science, 82, 193-199

14.    Luciano G., Monahan F.J., Vasta V., Biondi L., Lanza M., Bella M., Pennisi P., Priolo A. (2009) – Lamb meat colour stability as affected by dietary tannins. Italian Journal of Animal Science, vol. 8, suppl. 2, pp. 507-509, ISSN 1594-4077

15.    Brogna D.M.R, Nasri S., Ben Sale H., Mele M., Serra A., Bella M., Priolo A., Makkar H.P.S., Vasta V. (2011) – Effect of dietary saponins from Quillaja saponaria L. on fatty acid composition and cholesterol content in muscle Longissimus dorsi of lambs. Animal, 5: 1124-1130

16.    Lanza M., Fabro C., Scerra M., Bella M., Pagano R., Brogna D.M.R., Pennisi P. (2011) – Lamb meat quality and intramuscular fatty acid composition as affected by concentrates including different legume seeds. Italian Journal of Animal Science,  vol. 10:e18, pp. 87-94

17.    Brogna, DMR, Tansawat, R, Cornforth, D, Ward, R, Bella M, Luciano, G, Priolo, A, Villalba, J (2014). The quality of meat from sheep treated with tannin- and saponin-based remedies as a natural strategy for parasite control. Meat Science, vol. 96, p. 744-749, ISSN: 0309-1740

18.    Inserra L, Luciano G, Bella M, Scerra M, Cilione C, Basile P, Lanza M, Priolo A (2015). Effect of including carob pulp in the diet of fattening pigs on the fatty acid composition and oxidative stability of pork. Meat Science, vol. 100, p. 256-261, ISSN: 0309-1740

19.    D'Emilio A, Porto SM, Cascone G, Bella M, Gulino M (2017). Mitigating heat stress of dairy cows bred in a free-stall barn by sprinkler systems coupled with forced ventilation. JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING, vol. 48, p. 190-195, ISSN: 2239-6268, doi: 10.4081/jae.2017.691

20.    Randazzo CL, Pino A, Van Hoorde K, Biondi L, Valenti B, Bella M, Caggia C. (2017). Effect of different tannin-extracts as dietary supplementation on fatty acids and microbial composition of lamb meat. In: 4th International Conference on Microbial Diversity 2017. vol. 1, p. 329-330, ISBN: 978-88-943010-0-7, Bari, 24- 26 October

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019


ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018


ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/2017


ACADEMIC YEAR 2015/2016

His research activity is focused on the animal products and, in particular, on the relationship between their quality and some feeding systems.