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Dr Farina Khattak

Dr Farina KhattakCommercial Research Scientist/Study Director,
Monogastric Science Research Centre,
Department of Agriculture, Horticulture and Engineering Sciences, Central Faculty.

Qualifications:

  • Post doc in Poultry Nutrition (2008) – Scottish Agricultural college, UK.
  • PhD in Poultry Nutrition (1997) - University of Aberdeen, UK.
  • M.Sc (Hons) Animal Husbandry with specialization in Poultry Nutrition (1992) - N.W.F.P Agricultural University, Pakistan.
  • B.Sc (Hons) Animal Husbandry (1990) - N.W.F.P Agricultural University, Pakistan.

Research Interests

Being a poultry nutritionist, my research focuses on four primary areas:

1) Nutritive evaluation of feedstuffs to expand and improve poultry feed resources,

2) Exploring the role of nutritional interventions to improve production, gut health, carcass quality and welfare indicators such as foot pad and hock scores, feather pecking etc.in broilers, laying hens and turkeys.

3) Advancing the understanding of the application of exogenous feed additives to improve nutrient utilization, modulate gut health, reduce feed cost and minimize nutrients excretion into the environment.

4) Use of chicken infection models to investigate host-pathogen interactions to advance our understanding of infections such as Campylobacter, coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis in developing strategies to improve gut health by encouraging the development of a beneficial microbial community.

Poultry research is carried out at Allermuir Avian Innovation & Skills Centre, Bush Estate, Edinburgh. Click here to find out more about Poultry research facility at SRUC.

Research Projects

I am extensively involved in planning, executing, analysing and reporting commercial nutritional projects. I work closely with several national and international poultry feed ingredient companies/institutions/industries. Majority of my research is funded through industry research grant.

  • VETAGRO funded research to test the efficacy of Vetagro feed products to improve zootechnical performance and gut health in broilers (2020).
  • FERMENTATIONEXPERTS funded research to investigate the efficacy of fermented rapeseed meal additive in broilers challenged with Campylobacter jejuni (2020).
  • HOCKLEY INTERNATIONAL funded research to investigate the effect of litter treated with Hockley ammonia binder on broiler performance, litter conditions and NH3 levels (2019).
  • DSM funded research to investigate the effect of different new generation enzymes on growth performance and nitrogen digestibility in broilers; to evaluate the efficacy of increasing dosages of novel enzymes in wheat-based diets on growth performance of male broiler chickens under mild challenge conditions; to investigate the effect of enzyme supplementation on production performance of laying hens in first phase of production; and to examine the effect of Ronozyme HiStarch in broilers fed diets differing in the proportion of raw and extruded corn (2018-2020).
  • ELANCO-funded research to evaluate the efficacy of a new Bacillus subtilis strains on post-hatch broiler performance (2018-2019).
  • NEOVIA funded project to Investigate efficacy of different feed and water additives in broilers challenged with Campylobacter (2018).
  • DUPONT (DANISCO ANIMAL NUITRITION) funded research investigating the efficacy of new enzyme combination on AMEn and N retention of turkeys; Effect of new probiotic on broiler performance challenged with Necrotic enteritis (2016).
  • AKESO BIOMEDICAL funded research projects: Investigating efficacy and dose effectiveness of several novel non-antibiotic feed additives in broilers challenged with Campylobacter and study its effect on growth performance, litter coccidial oocysts and caecal microbial profile (2015-2017).
  • PEN & TEC CONSULTING collaborated projects to deliver EFSA compliant regulatory studies.
  • EVONIK funded research investigating effect of different levels of tryptophan on productive performance, egg quality, blood biochemistry and caecal microbiota of hens housed in enriched colony cages under commercial stocking density (2015-2016).
  • AB AGRI-funded research to evaluate a new protein concentrate of cereal origin on the basis of cost/value and performance when fed to broilers (2015).
  • BIOMIN-funded research examining Biomin enzymes in turkey feeds and its effect on zootechnical performance (2015)
  • ABN- funded research to test alternative protein sources in broilers diets (2015).
  • TECNESSENZE-funded research to investigate the effects of natural blend of essential oil on growth performance, blood biochemistry, cecal morphology and carcass quality of broiler chickens (2013).
  • ZINPRO- funded research to investigate the effect of dietary zinc source and level on growth performance and carcass defects in broilers (2012).
  • 2 SISTERS FOOD GROUP-funded research to determine the effect of DHA supplementation on bird performance and DHA recovery from the carcass (2012).
  • AB VISTA-funded research investigating efficacy of phytase on the production performance of end of lay hens (2011).
  • FLAVEX INTERNATIONAL funded research investigating the role of novel water additive in improving performance and gut-health in Campylobacter-challenged birds (2011).
  • DUPONT (DANISCO ANIMAL NUTRITION) funded projects: To investigate the performance of turkeys and broilers fed diets containing an exogenous enzyme combination, novel proteases and probiotics at different dosages on the nutrient digestibility and retention and growth performnace (2008-2013):
  • ABN-funded research to investigate the potential performance differences between different feed additives used in broiler feed; and investigating the effects of super dosing phytase on broiler performance in diets with either low phytate levels or high phytate levels (2010-2013).
  • KEMIN -funded research in layers, broilers and turkeys: Investigating if multi-enzyme complexes can improve growth performance? (2010-2012)
  • KERRY INGREDIENTS AND FLAVOURS funded research to determine apparent metabolisable energy (AME) of diet containing different exogenous enzymes.(2010).

Committees and Other Bodies

Teaching

PhD Students

  • Allison Craig. Supervisor. “Strategic Use of Carbohydrases in Broiler Diets to Increase Productivity by Improving Gut Health”
  • Marwa Hussein. Co-Supervisor. “Sensitivity of ideal protein nutrition to gut health”.

MSC Research Supervision

  • Lyndsey Cassidy. Supervisor. The Influence of the hatch window on yolk sac utilisation in commercial and non-commercial broiler breeder chicks.
  • Ernst Beitler. Supervisor.“The effect of different fibre sources in the diet on production performance of Lohmann Brown Classic laying hens”
  • Scott Dewart. Supervisor. The effect of different levels of dietary Tryptophan on production and feather pecking behaviour of laying hens
  • Andrew Scott, Supervisor. “to investigate the effect of an extended bleeding time on the carcass and meat quality of broilers”
  • Alla Levchenko. Supervisor. To investigate the effect of different dietary fiber components on digesta osmolality and excreta moisture level of broiler chickens.
  • Mark McConville. Supervisor. Evaluation of the effects of diets varying in amino acid contents and supplementing with or without protease on growth performance and nutrient digestibility in broilers
  • Naser Asheen. Co supervisor “Evaluation of the effects of reducing crude protein content and supplementing with crystalline amino acids on growth performance and litter quality in turkey”.

Selected Publications

  • Craig AD, Khattak F, Hastie P, Bedford MR, Olukosi OA. (2020). The similarity of the effect of carbohydrase or prebiotic supplementation in broilers aged 21 days, fed mixed cereal diets and challenged with coccidiosis infection. PLoS One. 2020;15(2):e0229281. Published 2020 Feb 24. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.02292811,4.
  • A. D. Craig, F. Khattak, P. Hastie, M. R. Bedford & O. A. Olukosi. (2020) Xylanase and xylo- oligosaccharide prebiotic improve the growth performance and concentration of potentially prebiotic oligosaccharides in the ileum of broiler chickens, British Poultry Science, 61:1, 70-78, DOI: 10.1080/00071668.2019.1673318.
  • Farina Khattak, Ariane Helmbrecht. (2019). Effect of different levels of tryptophan on productive performance, egg quality, blood biochemistry, and caecal microbiota of hens housed in enriched colony cages under commercial stocking density, Poultry Science, Volume 98, Issue 5, May 2019, Pages 2094–2104, https://doi.org/10.3382/ps/pey562
  • Craig AD, Bedford MR, Hastie P, Khattak F, Olukosi OA. (2019). The effect of carbohydrases or prebiotic oligosaccharides on growth performance, nutrient utilisation and development of small intestine and immune organs in broilers fed nutrient-adequate diets based on either wheat or barley. J Sci Food Agric.;99(7):3246–3254. doi:10.1002/jsfa.9537
  • F Khattak, V Paschalis, M Green, J G M Houdijk, P Soultanas, J Mahdavi. (2018). TYPLEX® Chelate, a novel feed additive, inhibits Campylobacter jejuni biofilm formation and cecal colonization in broiler chickens. Poultry Science, 97 (4): 1391–1399, https://doi.org/10.3382/ps/pex413.
  • Arbab Sikandar, Hafsa Zaneb, Muhammad Younus, Saima Masood, Asim Aslam, Farina Khattak, Saima Ashraf, Muhammad Shahbaz Yousaf and Habib Rehman. Effect of sodium butyrate on performance, immune status, microarchitecture of small intestinal mucosa and lymphoid organs in broiler chickens. (2017). Asian-Australas J Anim Sci Vol. 30, No. 5:690-699. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.16.0824
  • Gulbeena Saleem, Rukhshanda Ramzaan, Farina Khattak, Raheela Akhtar. (2016). Effects of acetic acid supplementation in broiler chickens orally challenged with salmonella pullorum. Turk J Vet Anim Sci. 40: 434-443
  • F. Khattak, M. A. Shahzad, T. N. Pasha and G. Saleem. (2016). Comparative evaluation of commercially available supplementary sources of inorganic phosphorous in broiler feed. The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences.26 (6):1576-1581.
  • F. Khattak; A. Ronchi; P. Castelli; N. Sparks. (2014). Effects of natural blend of essential oil on growth performance, blood biochemistry, cecal morphology, and carcass quality of broiler chickens, Poultry Science 2014 93: 132-137
  • Khattak, F. M., Acamovic, T., Sparks, N., Pasha, T. N., Mussart, H. J., Zafar, H, Zulfiqar, A. (2012) Comparative Efficacy of Different Supplements Used to Reduce Heat Stress in Broilers. Pakistan Journal Of Zoology. 44 (1): 31-41 ·
  • Z. Hayat, G. Cherian, T. N. Pasha, F. M. Khattak, and M. A. Jabbar (2010). Sensory evaluation and consumer acceptance of eggs from hens fed flax seed and 2 different antioxidants. Poultry Sci. 89(10): 2293-2298. ·
  • Z. Hayat, G. Cherian, T. N. Pasha, F. M. Khattak, and M. A. Jabbar (2010). Oxidative stability and lipid components of eggs from flax-fed hens: Effect of dietary antioxidants and storage. Poultry Sci. 89 (6):1285-1292.
  • Z. Hayat, G. Cherian, T. N. Pasha, F. M. Khattak, and M. A. Jabbar (2009). Effect of feeding flax and two types of antioxidants on egg production, egg quality, and lipid composition of eggs. J. Appl. Poult. Res. 18 (3): 5541-551
  • T.N. Pasha., A. Mahmood, F. M. Khattak, M.A. Jabbar .and A. D. Khan. (2008) Effect of feed supplemented with different sodium bentonite treatments on broiler performance. Turkish J.Vet & Ani Sci . 32 (4): 245-248.
  • T.N. Pasha, F.M. Khattak, D.R. Khan, and M.A. Jabbar. (2008). Effect of storage time on the rancidity and metabolizable energy of rice polishing in poultry. Asian Astralasian J. of Ani Sci. 21 (3): 420-425.
  • Farooq M. U., Pasha T. N., Khattak F. M., Jabbar M. A. and Khan, A. D. (2007). Effectiveness of sodium bentonite and two commercial products as aflatoxin absorbents in diets for broiler chickens. Ani. Feed Sci. & Tech. 132:103-110.

Recent Conference Proceedings

  • M. A. Hussein, F. Khattak, L. Vervelde, S. Athanasiadou and J. G. M Houdijk. 2019. Sensitivity of resilience to amino acid nutrition: reassessing the ideal protein concept? . British Poultry Abstracts., Vol. 15, NO. 1, 1–45: https://doi.org/10.1080/17466202.2019.1703348
  • F. Khattak, G. Kanbur and J. G. M. Houdijk. 2019. Re-used litter impacts on post-hatch broiler performance, litter quality and caecal morphology. . British Poultry Abstracts., Vol. 15, NO. 1, 1–45: https://doi.org/10.1080/17466202.2019.1703348
  • J. G. M. Houdijk and F. Khattak (2019). Phytogenic benefits on growth performance on clean and re-used litter for broilers. British Poultry Abstracts., Vol. 15, NO. 1, 1–45: https://doi.org/10.1080/17466202.2019.1703348
  • Akinci, F. Khattak, N. Sparks and O. Hanotte. 2019. The effect of the host nutritional status and coccidiosis infection on chicken productivity. British Poultry Abstracts., Vol. 15, NO. 1, 1–45: https://doi.org/10.1080/17466202.2019.1703348
  • Akinci, F. Khattak, N. Sparks and O. Hanotte. 2019. Effect of Emeria tenella challenge and dietary restriction on growth performance, caecal lesion scores and faecal oocysts in broilers (2019).The 22nd European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN), Gdańsk (Poland).
  • F. Khattak and AL. Heffron. (2019). Efficacy of a new Bacillus subtilis strain on post-hatch broiler performance. The 22nd European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN), Gdańsk (Poland).
  • Farina Khattak Simon Williams, Jafar Mahdavi and Jos Houdijk. ( 2017). The effects of TYPLEXTM chelate on broiler growth performance, litter coccidial oocysts and caecal microbial profile. PSA. Florida.
  • Craig, A. D, Khattak, F, Hastie, P, Bedford, M.R and Olukosi, O.A. Xylanase, β-glucanase or xylo- oligosaccharide supplementation may improve the utilisation of carbohydrate fractions in the ileum of broilers challenged with sub-clinical coccidiosis (2019). WPSA (UK Branch) Annual Meeting
  • Craig, A, Khattak, F, Hastie, P, Bedford, M and Olukosi, O. (2019). Carbohydrases or prebiotic oligosaccharides influenced growth performance and the expression of genes related to immune function in 28 day old broilers raised on clean or dirty litter. IPSF 2019, USA
  • O. A. Olukosi, F. Khattak, P. Hastie, M. Bedford (2018). Xylanase and xylo-oligosaccharide have a positive effect on bodyweight and indicators of immune function in broilers at 28 days of age. European Poultry congress. Dubrovnik.
  • Craig, A. D, Bedford, M. R, Hastie, P, Khattak, F and Olukosi, O. A. (2018). Xylanase effect on growth partly explained by effect on pre-caecal flow of carbohydrate fractions in broilers British Poultry Abstracts, 14:1, 1-35, DOI: 10.1080/17466202.2018.1553427
  • Craig, A, Khattak, F, Hastie, P, Bedford, M and Olukosi, O. (2019). Xylanase, β-glucanase or xylo-oligosaccharide supplementation may improve the utilisation of carbohydrate fractions in the ileum of broilers challenged with sub-clinical coccidiosis. WPSA (UK Branch) Annual Meeting
  • F. Khattak, M. R. Bedford, G. Gonzalez Ortiz and O. A. Olukosi. (2016). Correlating feed conversion ratio and chemical components of wheat and the influence of xylanase and wheat on nutrient utilisation and whole body energetics in broilers. Proceedings of XXV World’s Poultry Congress Beijing, China.
  • Farina Khattak, Zafar Hayat, Krysta Morrissey and Vicky Sandilands. (2015). Fiber enrichment in layers diets: recent trends. Invited Speaker at International Poultry Nutrition conference, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Luke Barnard, Farina Khattak and Luis Romero. 2015. A value-based approach to determine the optimal dose of an E. Coli phytase in terms of p replacement and improvements in broiler performance. Proceedings of 20th European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition, Prague, Czech Republic

Dr Farina Khattak

Commercial Research Scientist/Study Director

Address: Monogastric Science Research Centre, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush EH25 9RG, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Telephone: 01292 525 220

E-mail: farina.khattak@sruc.ac.uk