Phytobiotics are plant derived natural bioactive compounds that can be incorporated into diets to improve the productivity , health and production of livestock and poultry. This book ‘Phytobiotics and Animal Production’ covers theoretical and practical aspects of phytobiotics in a systematic and comprehensive manner to enlighten the significance of phytobiotics in sustainable livestock and poultry production. This book contains 30 chapters contributed by eminent scientists of animal science who have an enviable tract record in their respective specialism. The book contains chapters on mode of action of phytobiotics, ethnoveterinary, herbal galactogugues, garlic, turmeric, ginger, thyme, neem, black cumin, holy basil, amla, cumin, clove, ajwain, coriander, artimisia, pepper mint, wheat grass, giloy, fenugreek , wormwood, kadipatta, shatavari and yucca, etc. Each chapter contains taxonomy , geographical distribution, nutritional composition, quality and quantity of active principles, and effects of herbs or phytobiotics on livestock production, health, immunity and reproduction . content of each chapter of the book is supported with good amount of the experimental evidence and references which will be enable the research workers to obtain information quickly when necessary. The information included in this book would be extremely valuable to students of animal sciences at undergraduate and post graduate levels, professors, animal nutritionists, veterinarians and personnel of pharmaceutical and feed industry.
Dr. Pankaj Kumar Singh is working as Assistant Professor in Animal Nutrition Department of Bihar Animals Sciences University , Patna, India, and has teaching and research experience of 16 years . Earlier , he served as Assistant Professor in Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology , Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India, and contributed significantly in the field of Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology.
He has Authored 5 books , 6 laboratory manuals and 30 book chapters on animal nutrition , which are very well accepted by the students, teachers, and researchers. He has published more than 55 research articles and 45 technical articles in journals of high repute . He is editorial board member and referee of several reputed journals worldwide.
He has been involved in 15 externally funded and institutional projects as principles investigator and associated scientists and guided a number of postgraduate students for the master’s degree programme. His research interests are feed additives , feed supplements, nutraceuticals, phytobiotics, unconventional feeds and feed technology for livestock and Poultry. Dr. Singh is recipient of prestigious ‘Dr. S.K. Ranjhan Best Ph.D. thesis Awards’ from Animal Nutrition Society of India, ‘Young Scientists Awards’ from Uttarakhand State Council of Science & Technology, ‘Excellence in Research Awards ‘ from Society of Agriculture & Development, India. He has also been awarded the Junior and Senior Research Fellowship Awards of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India. He is an executive member of Animal Nutrition Association of India and Animal Nutrition Society of India. He is life member of Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Research and Blue Cross Society of India.