Dr. Frank Idan


Dept: Animal Science
NCB 3rd Floor, Right Wing

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Climate-smart livestock feeding systems Greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in livestock using fodder tree leaves Development of tools for measuring e...~more

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Dr. Frank Idan is a highly accomplished academic and professional in the field of Animal and Feed Science, currently serving as a Lecturer in the Department of Animal Science at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. His academic journey took him across continents, culminating in his attainment of a Ph.D. in Grain Science, with a specialization in Feed Processing and Technology. He earned this prestigious degree from Kansas State University (KSU), located in the picturesque city of Manhattan, USA.

His undergraduate and postgraduate years were spent at two esteemed institutions: the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, where he acquired a Bachelor's degree with honors in Agriculture, and the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, where he earned his Master's degree in Animal Science with a specialization in Nutrition. Dr. Idan's pursuit of knowledge didn't stop at traditional academic degrees. He holds distinctions in both Financial Management and Business Administration and Management, achieved from the Institute of Commercial Management in Bournemouth, UK.

At KNUST, he instructs various undergraduate and postgraduate courses such as Feed Analysis and Agricultural By-Product Management, Principles of Animal Nutrition, Poultry Production and Management, Defense Mechanisms in Plants and Animals, Advanced Livestock Management and Production in Agroforestry Systems, Advanced Monogastric Nutrition, Animal Production and Health Management, Dairy/Meat Production and Processing, Nutrition of Farm Animals, Biotechnological Approaches in Animal and Crop Production, and Climatic and Environmental Issues in Agriculture.

Dr. Idan's academic prowess extends to his involvement in international conferences. He actively participated in the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, presenting at the International Scientific Forum in 2017 and 2018. His recent achievement includes making an oral presentation on the topic "New (or alternative) feedstuffs in the time of increasing feed costs” in a roundtable discussion organized by the World Poultry Science Association. In 2022, he presented a paper on the “Growth performance, intestinal morphometry, and blood serum parameters of broiler chickens fed diets containing increasing levels of wheat bran with or without exogenous multi-enzyme supplementation during the grower and finisher phases” at the 26th World’s Poultry Congress Organized by the French Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association at the Palais des congrès de Paris in France on 07-11 August 2022.

His research endeavors continue to flourish, primarily focusing on mitigating the impact of mycotoxins in poultry diets through innovative grain-cleaning approaches. He also explores the use of underutilized calcium sources to enhance bone mineralization, growth performance, and egg quality in poultry. Additionally, he investigates the incorporation of non-conventional feeds in swine and poultry diets to address the global feed crisis. Others include Climate-smart livestock feeding systems; Greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in livestock using fodder tree leaves; and the Development of tools for measuring enteric GHG in Livestock.

Dr. Idan's scholarly contributions extend to publications in various peer-reviewed journals, boasting 14 publications to his name and over twelve conference papers. Dr. Frank Idan's multidimensional career encompasses academic excellence, pioneering research, and influential leadership, making him a standout figure in agriculture, nutrition, and feed science.


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