Associate Professor Luis Prada e Silva

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 334 62166


Dr Luis Silva is an Associate Professor at QAAFI, University of Queensland, leading research in ruminant nutrition. Luis comes from a coffee and dairy farm and brings perspective from another major producer of beef, Brazil, where he had a previous appointment at the University of Sao Paulo. With large international experience, Luis has spent a sabbatical year at AgriBio, Melbourne, and has completed his PhD at Michigan State University, working with the nutritional/physiological modulation of ruminant development. Luis has considerable research linking cattle nutrition with physiological mechanisms and genomic tools and has coordinated several research projects investigating mechanisms to improve the efficiency of tropical cattle production. His work is published in 51 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several book chapters. Luis has also acted as the main advisor for 7 PhD students and 16 Master students.

Research Interests

  • Ruminant Nutrition
    cattle production, forage management, feedlot nutrition, forage conservation, rumen microbiology, forage genomics, rumen efficiency


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Michigan State University


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Book Chapter

  • Silva, Luis F. P., de Sousa, Dannylo O., de Sousa, Rafael T. and Ferrari, Viviane B. (2019). Beef cattle production in the Brazilian biomes. Livestock: Production, Management Strategies and Challenges. (pp. 163-188) edited by Victor Roy Squires and Wayne L. Bryden. Hauppauge, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision