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Ashraf Alkhtib

Research Fellow

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Role

Dr Ashraf Alkhtib is a member of Poultry Research Unit managed by Prof Emily Burton. Dr Ashraf is conducting a mixture of teaching and applied research in animal nutrition with a focus on sustainable agricultural and food systems.

Career overview

Dr Ashraf Alkhtib obtained a BSc in Agricultural sciences and MSc of animal nutrition from Aleppo University, Syria. He worked for 8 years as a research assistant in the general commission of agricultural research, Syria with main focus on utilisation of agricultural by-products as animal feed. He gained a PhD in animal nutrition in the variability of food and feed traits of key pulses.

Research areas

Dr Ashraf research primarily focuses on utilisation of non-conventional feedstuffs in animal nutrition. He is also interested in feed evaluation using NIRS.

Publications

Articles

1.Alkhtib A, Scholey D, Carter N, Cave G, Hanafy B, Kempster B, Mekapothula S, Roxborough E, Burton E. 2020. Bioavailability of methionine-coated zinc nanoparticles as a dietary supplement leads to improved performance and bone strength in broiler chicken production, Animals. doi:10.3390/ani10091482
2.Tamiru M, Ashagrie S, Alkhtib A, Getachewa M, Demeke S, Hassen W, Worku Z, Burton E. 2020. Performance of broilers and layers supplemented with Moringa stenopetala leaf meal under hot humid tropical conditions (in press)
3.Alhanafi F, Kaysi Y, Muna M, Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Burton E. 2019. Spineless cactus (Opuntia Ficus-Indica) and saltbush (Atriplex Halimus L) as feed supplements for fattening Awassi male lambs: Effect on digestibility, water consumption, blood metabolites and growth performance. Tropical Animal Health and Production, in press. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11250-019-01858-6
4.Wamatu J, Alkhtib A, Barbara Rischkowsky B. 2019. Simple and robust model to estimate live weight of Ethiopian Menz sheep. Animal Production Science. In press
5.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Walde-Giorgis Gardi M. 2019. Leveraging traditional crops for food and feed: a case of naked barley (Hordeum vulgare) landraces in Ethiopia. Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, 1:42–50. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18006/2019.7(1).42.50
6.Alkhtib A, Burton E, Rischkowsky B, Wamatu J. 2019. Can ruminant metabolizable energy of barley, chickpea and lentil straw be predicted using chemical composition. Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, 1: 74–85. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18006/2019.7(1).74.85
7.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Ejeta T, Rischkowsky B. 2018. Genetic variability in food and feed traits of early maturing desi chickpea (Cicer Arietinum) for multi-dimensional improvement. Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology, 18: 389–398. DOI: 10.5958/0974-181X.2018.00036.7
8.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Ejeta T, Rischkowsky, B. 2018. Improving the nutritive value of cereal and pulse straws using dung ash and wood ash treatments. Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology, 18: 153—162. DOI: 10.5958/0974-181X.2018.00015.X
9.Wamatu J, Alemu T, Tolera T, Beyan M, Alkhtib A, Eshete M, Ahmed S, Rischkowsky B. 2017. Selecting for food-feed traits in desi and kabuli genotypes of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum). Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, 5: 852–860. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18006/2017.5(6).852.860.
10.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Kaysi Y, Mona M, Rischkowsky B. 2017. Pistachio (Pistacia vera) by-products as ruminant feed: a review of production, management and utilization in arid and semi-arid areas in the middle east. Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, 5: 718–729. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18006/2017.5(6).718.729
11.Wamatu J, Mersha A, Tolera A, Beyan M, Alkhtib A, Eshete M, Ahmed S, Rischkowsky B. 2017. Selecting for food-feed traits in early and late maturing lentil genotypes (Lens culinaris). Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, 5: 697–705. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18006/2017.5(5).697.705
12.Wamatu J, Louhaichi M, Rubanza C, Alkhtib A, Rischkowsky B. 2017. Seasonal preference of Awassi sheep for Atriplex shrubs suitable for Mediterranean Rangelands. Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, 5: S76–S85.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18006/2017.5(Spl-1-SAFSAW).S76.S85
13.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Ejeta T, Rischkowsky B. 2017. Integrating the straw yield and quality into multi-dimensional improvement of lentil (Lens culinaris). Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 97: 4135–4141. DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.8282
14.Wamatu J, Alkhtib A, Abate D, Kemal S, Rischkowsky B. 2017. Nutritive value of field pea (Pisum sativum L.) straw as influenced by variety, season, botanical fractions and urea pretreatment. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 225: 54–61.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2017.01.003
15.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Kassie G, Rischkowsky B. 2016. Analysis of crop residue use in small holder mixed farms in Ethiopia.  Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 32: 454–462. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742170516000399
16.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Wegi T, Rischkowsky B. 2016. Variation in the straw traits of morphological fractions of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) and implications for selecting for food-feed varieties. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 222: 122–131.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2016.10.006
17.Albakkor Y, Alkhtib A. 2010. Effect of using olive trees pruning residues on fattening criteria of Awassi lambs. Research Journal of Aleppo University (ISSN 2227-9229), 81: 273–281. www.alepuniv.edu.sy/sites/default/files/journal_issues/English_11.pdf


Conferences

1.Alkhtib A., Muna M, Burton E, Wamatu J, Asaa’ad Z, Daraj M, Alkhalid I, Mofshi H, Zayod R. 2020. Effect of olive tree pruning by-products on intake, digestibility, growth performance and blood parameters of Shami goats. BSAS, Nottingham, the UK.
2.Wamatu J, Alkhtib A. 2019. The comparison of models of using chest girth to estimate live weight of Adilo, Horro and Bonga sheep in Ethiopia. BSAS, Edinburgh, the UK.
3.Wamatu J, Mersha A, Alkhtib A, Eshete M, Kemal S, Tolera A, Beyan M, Rischkowsky B. 2016. Cultivar-dependent variation in lentil (Lens culinaris L.) and implications for selecting food-feed varieties. International Conference on Pulses, Marrakesh, Morocco, 18-20 April, 2016. p. 158-159 (poster).
4.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Wegi T, Rischkowsky B. 2016. Variation in the straw traits of morphological fractions of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) and implications for selecting for food-feed varieties. International Conference on Pulses, Marrakesh, Morocco, 18-20 April, 2016. p. 159 (poster).
5.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Kassie G, Rischkowsky B. 2016. Determinants of farmers’ decision on utilizing cereal and legume residue as feed and soil mulch in the Ethiopian highlands. International Conference on Pulses, Marrakesh, Morocco, 18-20 April, 2016. p. 175-176 (poster).
6.Kiflay S, Wamatu J, Mekuriaw Y, Animut G, Alkhtib A, Rischkowsky, B., 2016. Participation of female-headed households in sheep fattening in Ethiopia. Tropentag 2016.
7.Asmare B, Wamatu J, Alkhtib A, Rischkowsky B, Demeke S, Ejeta T, Tegegne F. 2015. Determinants of the utilization of Desho grass (Pennisetum pedicellatum) for multiple-purposes in Ethiopia. XXIII International Grassland Congress, IGC 2015, New Delhi, India, 20-24 November 2015 (poster).
8.Alkhtib A, Kaysi Y, Muna M, Wamatu J. 2014. Status, challenges and opportunities for sustainable utilization of pulse crop residues in Ethiopia. Tropentag 2014, Prague, Czech Republic, 17 – 19, September 2014 (poster).
9.Alkhtib A, Ankoz O, Sharbai S, Karkotli M. 2008. Effect of replacement of corn by dried sugar beet pulp on fattening performance of Awassi lambs. Conference on the Animal Wealth, Aleppo, Syria, 17-20 October, 2008.
Publications: others
1.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Rischkowsky B. 2017. Urea treatment to improve the nutritive value of crop residues, a brief (https://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/80982)
2.Alkhtib A, Wamatu J, Rischkowsky B. 2017. Pulse crops with food-feed traits to support livestock productivity, a brief (https://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/80983)
3.Wamatu J, Alkhtib A, Alemu T, Mersha A, Wegi T, Kemal S, Rischkowsky B. 2017. Feeds and Forage Development: Africa RISING science, innovations and technologies with scaling potential from the Ethiopian Highlands, a brief (https://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/80068

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