Principal Scientist, Division of Bioenergetics and Environmental Science, National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology(NIANP)
Raghavendra Bhatta completed his B. V. Sc in 1988 and M. V. Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1998) in Animal Nutrition from the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore. He was awarded University Gold Medals both in masters and doctorate programme and was recipient of Indian Council of Agricultural Research Jr. Res. Fellowship and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Sr. Res. Fellowships. He commenced his professional career as Technical Manager with Mysore Feeds Limited, Bangalore wherein he got acquainted with animal feed industry. He joined the Agricultural Research Services of ICAR in 1993 as Scientist at Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar, Rajasthan. He has worked extensively on the nutrition of grazing sheep and goat and top feeds of semi-arid region containing plant secondary metabolites in the feeding of small ruminants at CSWRI. Since, 2003 he is working at the National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP), Bangalore. Dr. Bhatta was awarded the prestigious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) post doctoral fellowship (2004-2006) for the study on ‘Estimation and regulation of methane emission from ruminants’ at the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, Japan. He has also completed 3-months International Training Programme of National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) in the area of ‘Mitigation strategies for methane production from livestock’ at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Laboratory at Texas, USA in 2011. In 2006, he has chaired the technical session at ‘International symposium on recent advances in ruminant nutrition’ at the XII AAAP conference at Busan, South Korea. He was invited to present a theme paper at the Greenhouse Gases and Animal Agriculture (GGAA) Conference at Banff, Canada in 2010, sponsored by the Japan International Research Centre for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), Japan.
He has more than 19 years of research experience in the field of ruminant nutrition with specialization in manipulation of rumen fermentation using plant secondary metabolites, development of inventory on enteric methane emission and mitigation strategies