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Dr. ASIT DAS
BVSc&AH, MVSc, PhD
Principal Scientist,
Animal Nutrition Division,

Telephone: 0581-2300587
Mobile No.: 9412048518

Field of Specialization ANIMAL NUTRITION Total Research Papers 97
No. Patents Granted / Filed Total No. of Book / Manual 8 Book,2 Manuals
No. of M.V.Sc. Student Guided 6 No. of PhD Student Guided 2
Present Number of M.V.Sc. Student 1 Present Numberof PhD Student 1

Top 10 Research Papers

  • Kullu, S.S., Das, A., Bajpai, S. K., Garg, A.K., Yogi, R.K., Saini, M., and Sharma, A. K. 2016. Egg production performance, egg yolk antioxidant profile and excreta concentration of corticosterone in golden pheasants (Chrysolophus pictus) fed diets containing different levels of 1 green vegetables. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, DOI: 10.1111/jpn.12555.
  • Bajpai, S. K., Das, A., Kullu, S. S., Saini, M., Sarode, R. M. and Sharma, A. K. 2016, Effect of feeding graded levels of crude protein on nutrient utilization and feather growth in Lady Amherst's pheasants. Zoo Biology, 35:51-60.
  • Bajpai, S. K., Das, A., Saini, M., Kullu, S.S. and Sharma, A. K. 2016. Influence of dietary protein on serum metabolites and antioxidant status: A study in Chrysolophus amherstiae." Zoo Biology (2016). DOI: 10.1002/zoo.21294
  • Das, A., Smith, M.L., Saini, M., Katole, S., Kullu, S.S., Gupta, B.K., Sharma, A.K and Swarup, D..2015. Effect of concentrates restriction on feed consumption, diet digestibility, and nitrogen utilization in captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). Zoo Biology, 34: 60-70.
  • Das A., Saini M., Katole S., Kullu S. S., Swarup D. and Sharma A. K. 2015. Effect of feeding different levels of wheat roti on nutrient utilization and blood metabolite profile in semi-captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 99:367-378.
  • Pradhan SK, Das A., Kullu SS , Saini M. Pattanaik, A.K., Dutta N. and Sharma, A.K. 2015. Effect of feeding Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) root as prebiotic on nutrient utilization, fecal characteristics and serum metabolite profile of captive Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) fed a meat-on-bone diet. Zoo Biology, 34: 153-162.
  • Suresh, C., Das, A., Katole, S., Saini, M. and Swarup, D. 2013. Effect of Concentrate supplementation on feed consumption, nutrient utilization and blood metabolite profile in captive spotted deer (Axis axis) fed oat (Avena sativa) and berseem (Trifolium alexandrinum) fodders based diet. Zoo Biology, 32: 195–203.
  • Das A., Katole S., Choubey M., Gupta S.P., Saini M., Kumar V. and Swarup D. 2013. Feed consumption, diet digestibility and mineral utilization in captive blackbuck (Antelope cervicapra) fed different levels of concentrates. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 97:80-90.
  • Das A., Katole S., Kumar A., Gupta S. P., Saini M. and Swarup D. 2012. Feed consumption, nutrient utilization and serum metabolite profile of captive blackbucks (Antelope cervicapra) fed diets varying in crude protein content. Journal of Animal Physiology and Nutrition 96:442-449.
  • Das A., Choubey M., Gupta S.P., Saini M. and Swarup D. 2010. Feed consumption, nutrient utilization, faecal pellet characteristics and serum metabolite profile of captive spotted deer (Axis axis) fed diets containing different roughages. Small Ruminant Research, 94: 185-189.

Technologies Developed

  • Standardized captive diet for 50 species of wild animals
  • Nutrient requirements of selected captive species published (ICAR)
  • Studied macro and micro nutrient requirements of wild herbivores
  • Development of standards, guidelines and protocol for disease diagnosis and cure of wild animals in Indian zoos
  • Strategy to boost antioxidant profile through supplementation of carotenoids was developed in birds and mammals

Awards

  • "Dr. K. Pradhan Young Scientist Award for the study entitled" Studies on effect of supplementary feeding on performance of cattle and goats fed native pasture based diet" conferred by Animal Nutrition Society of India at X Animal Nutrition conference held at Karnal, India on 9th Nov., 2001
  • Best Poster Presentation Award at VII Biennial Conference of Animal Nutrition Association of India held at Bhubaneswar w.e.f. 17th to 19th December, 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Royal Society for Protection of Birds, London, UK
  • Fellow, Animal Nutrition Association of India
  • Reviewer in reputed international journals (European Journal of Wildlife Research, Zoo Biology, Ethology, Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Veterinary Medical Sciences, African Journal of Agricultural Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences India B. Biological Sciences)

Membership

  • Life Member, Animal Nutrition Society of India
  • Life Member, Animal Nutrition Association of India
  • Life Member, Indian Poultry Science Association
  • Life Member, Indian Society for Veterinary Medicine

Ongoing Projects

  • Feeding strategies to improve nutrient utilization, antioxidant status and immunity in captive Indian leopard (Panthera purdus fusca)
  • Methyl donors as feed supplement for pigs: An epigenetic approach to maternal programming
  • Kappaphycus alvarezii and Red seaweed based formulations for improving productivity and health of dairy and poultry animals
  • Characterization of membrane transporters for urate secretion in avian renal tubular epithelium for their role in drug induced nephrotoxicity
  • Feeding strategies to improve nutrient utilization, antioxidant status and immunity in captive Indian leopard (Panthera purdus fusca)
  • Nutritional interventions to improve nutrient utilization and performance of captive pheasants
  • Development of cell culture based model for in vitro toxicity testing of diclofenac
  • National Referral Centre on Wildlife Healthcare (CZA)

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