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Amlan Patra

West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences


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Foraging implies the physiological mechanisms by which animals acquire and utilize available sources of energy and nutrients in a large community diversity and topographical landscape. The objective of foraging is to generate a positive energy budget for the animals to survive, grow and reproduce. Foraging hypothesis seeks to predict how animals would prefer to forage within their biophysical and social environments, based on the knowledge of nutrient availability, competition among the animals within the ecosystems, and coping with the predation risk. The major premises of the foraging are the optimal foraging theory, optimum diet models and patch selection theory put forward by the ecological scientists, which purport to explain foraging mechanisms with a purpose of positive energy balance by the organisms. The temporal and spatial foraging dynamics are driven by physiological, genetic and social factors and environmental attributes in the ecosystems. The greater understanding of the foraging behaviors can help managing herbivores including livestock species for ecological, economic and social benefits from the landscapes.

The book ‘Foraging’ intends to provide the readers and researchers recent advancements in the foraging theory, models and experimental methods, physiological and ecological factors and climatic changes determining the foraging attributes, dietary nutritional values and active compounds influencing nutrition and food selection of herbivores including livestock animals.

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Date completed: December 3rd 2019

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Expected publication date: September 27th 2020

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Amlan Patra

West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences

Amlan K. Patra earned his PhD in 2004 from Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Animal Nutrition. Then, he worked at American Institute for Goat Research of Langston University as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. He joined West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences as Assistant Professor in 2007. He also worked at The Ohio State University through a BOYSCAST fellowship from India for 18 months and at Free University of Berlin as Humboldt Research fellow. His research has focused on animal nutrition, feed and foraging behaviors, gastrointestinal physiology and microbiology, and livestock-environment interface. He has authored more than 130 articles in journals, book chapters, and proceedings, edited a Springer book with Google Scholar h-index of 31. He is serving on the Editorial Board of few reputed journals and currently is a Co-Editor of Animal Feed Science and Technology, Associate Editor of Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture and Frontiers in Microbiology as well as Guest Research Topic Editor of Frontiers in Microbiology. In recognition of his extraordinary contribution in animal science, he received several prestigious national and society awards from India.

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