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Dr. Shivendra Kumar

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  • to generate and participate in the research project of Fish Nutrition and Physiology
  • application of novel molecular tools and methods in fish nutrition and physiology (Nutrigenomics):develop molecular biomarker in relation to essential nutrient deficiency in the diet of carp
  • emphasise the research on the formulation of low-cost fish feed and on the interaction of environmental changes with the nutrient requirement of fish
  • to develop artificial carp larvae feed from the first day after hatching
Dr. Shivendra Kumar recruited on the position of Senior Researcher in the Department of Fish Nutrition and Fish Physiology at NAIK – HAKI, Hungary in the frame of AQUAREDPOT FP7 project. He is involved in the research contributing for profound insight on metabolic utilization of nutrient and nutrient-gene interaction in fish. His research is based on gaining basic information regarding physiological and molecular aspect of nutrition for scientific sound improvement in fish feed. Evaluation of the utilization potential of alternative feedstuffs for partial or total replacement of fish meal and fish oil in the diets to reduce pressure on fisheries and decrease fish feeds dependence on this limited commodity is also a main concern. Understanding the interaction of multiple stressors in climate change scenario and its mitigation strategy through nutritional intervention is another priority research area.


Prior to the mentioned recruitment, Dr. Kumar was employed as Scientist (Fisheries) at Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, Bihar, India and involved in participatory research, research based extension and teaching of graduate students. He has started his academic career with 4 years Bachelor studies on Fisheries Science in India (Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, Bihar, India). After successful completion of BSc, he pursued MSc (2002-2004) in ‘Fish Nutrition and Biochemistry’ from Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE), Mumbai, India. His MSc dissertation work was on “Effect of gelatinization and exogenous amylase on growth and nutrient utilization in the diet of Labeo rohita fingerling” and won ‘Dr. N. R. Menon Best Post Graduate Thesis Award’ hosted by “PFGF, India”. After that, he started PhD in the same lab (CIFE, India) on ‘Metabolism and Immuno Modulation of Thermally Exposed Labeo rohita under Different Dietary Regime’ and awarded Ph.D in the year 2009. His Ph.D research was mainly focused on physiology of temperature regulation, stress physiology and Heat shock protein with the problem of poor initial growth of carp. Society of Biological Science and Rural Development (National Academy of Biological Sciences and Rural development) New Jhusi, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India awarded him with “Young Scientist Award (2013)” for his contribution in fisheries and aquaculture research.


Dr. Shivendra Kumar done the following main research activities within HAKI since 2014:

1. In the frame of the project, ‘Evaluation for potential of using processed animal protein (PAP) ingredients to replace fish meal in practical diets for European Catfish (Silurus glanis)’ he is aiming at to develop a cost-effective pond based practical feed for Silurus glanis and test the Processed Animal Protein (PAP) as protein supplement in place of fish meal for sustainable aquaculture feed and food production.



2. He is also taking part in a Nutritional Programming in Common Carp juvenile focusing on a crossover experiment with fish based (FF) and plant based (PP) feed. This experiment was aimed to investigate that “Does nutritional history of Common carp during early feeding stage impact the change in diet during juvenile stage?”


3. The third research is about weaning strategy with dry starter diet supplemented with vitamin (C & E). This experiment was designed to develop strategy for weaning common carp larvae with dry microencapsulated diet supplemented with vitamin C and E and replace live food (Artemia).


Selected Research Publications

  1. Kumar, S., et al. (2015)Metabolic fitness and growth performance in tropical freshwater fish, Labeo rohita are modulated in response to dietary starch type (gelatinized vs non-gelatinized) and water temperature. Aquaculture Nutrition (Accepted)
  2. Xavier, B., Kumar, S., et al. (2015) Mixed feeding schedule of low and hhigh protein in the ddiet of Labeo rohita (Hamilton) fingerlings: effect on growth performance, haemato-immunological and stress responses. Aquaculture Nutrition (Online in early view).
  3. Gupta, S.K., Kumar, S., et al. (2015) Effects of dietary microbial levan on growth performance, RNA/DNA ratio and some physio-biochemical responses of Labeo rohita (Hamilton) juveniles. Aquaculture Nutrition (Online in early view).
  4. Yengkokpam, S., Kumar, S, et al. (2014) Compensatory growth, feed intake and body composition of Labeo rohita fingerlings following feed deprivation. Aquaculture Nutrition 20: 101-108
  5. Kumar, S., et al. (2013) Short term exposure to higher temperature triggers the metabolic enzyme activities and growth of fish Labeo rohita fed with high protein diet. Aquaculture Nutrition19: 186 -98
  6. Kumar, S., et al. (2011) High dietary protein combat the stress of Labeo rohita fingerlings exposed to heat shock. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 37 (4): 1005 – 1019.
  7. Mohapatra, S., Kumar, S., et al. (2011) Haemato-immunology and histo-architectural changes in Labeo rohita fingerlings: effect of dietary aflatoxin and mould inhibitor. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry37:177–186
  8. Andrews, S.R., Kumar, S., et al. (2011) Yeast extract, brewer’s yeast and spirulina in diets for Labeo rohita fingerlings affect haemato-immunological responses and survival following Aeromonas hydrophila challenge. Research in Veterinary Science91:103–109
  9. Kumar V., Kumar, S., et al. (2010) Nucleic acid content changes of a tropical freshwater fish Labeo rohita fed gelatinized and non-gelatinized starch diet. Journal of World Aquaculture Society, 41 (S2): 270-77
  10. Kumar V., Kumar, S., et al. (2010) Modulation of key enzymes of glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, amino acid catabolism, and TCA cycle of a tropical freshwater fish Labeo rohita fed gelatinized and non-gelatinized starch diet. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 36 (3): 491-499
  11. Kumar V., Kumar, S., et al. (2009) Non-gelatinized starch influence the deposition of n-3 fatty acids in the muscle of a tropical freshwater fish Labeo rohita. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition93 (5): 659-668
  12. Kumar, S., et al. (2009) Modulation of key metabolic enzyme of Labeo rohita (Hamilton) juvenile: Effect of dietary starch type, protein level and exogenous α-amylase in the diet. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 35: 301-315
  13. Andrews, S.R., Kumar, S., et al. (2009) Haematological modulation and growth of Labeo rohita fingerlings: effect of dietary mannan oligosaccharide, yeast extract, protein hydrolysate and chlorellaAquaculture research. 41: 61-69
  14. Kumar V., Kumar, S., et al. (2008) Gelatinized to non-gelatinized starch ratio in the diet of Labeo rohita: Effect on digestive and metabolic response and on growth. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition92 (4): 492-501
  15. Kumar, V., Kumar, S., et al. (2007) Immunomodulation of Labeo rohita juveniles due to dietary gelatinized and non -gelatinized starch. Fish and Shellfish Immunology23: 341-353.
  16. Jha, A.K., Kumar, S., et al. (2007) Haemato-immunological responses to dietary yeast RNA, ω-3 fatty acid and β-carotene in Catla catla juveniles. Fish and Shellfish Immunology. 23: 917-927.
  17. Prusty, A.K. Kumar, S., et al. (2007) Effect of dietary tannin on growth and haemato-immunological parameters of Labeo rohita (Hamilton) fingerlings. Animal Feed Science and Technology 136: 96-108
  18. Chettri, J.K., Kumar, S.,et al. (2007) Comparative performance of Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) and 5 Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) in the diet of larvae and post larvae of giant freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii: Effect of dose and route of administration on growth and survival. Aquaculture. 270: 240–248
  19. Kumar, S, et al. (2006) Non-gelatinized corn supplemented with a-amylase at sub-optimum protein level enhances the growth of Labeo rohita (Hamilton) fingerlings. Aquaculture research 37: 284-292.
  20. Kumar, S, et al. (2006) Studies on digestibility and digestive enzyme activities in Labeo rohita (Hamilton) juveniles: Effect of microbial α–amylase supplementation in non-gelatinized or gelatinized corn based diet at two protein level. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 32: 209-220.
  21. Kumar,S., et al. (2006) Non-gelatinized Corn Supplemented with Microbial α- amylase at Sub-optimmal Protein in the Diet of Labeo rohita (Hamilton) Fingerlings Increases Cell Size of Muscle. Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 1 (2): 102-111 Academic, Journals Inc., USA.
  22. Kumar, P., Kumar, S., et al. (2006) Effect of dietary source and level of chitin on growth and survival of M. rosenbergii post larvae. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 22: 1-7.
  23. Misra, S., Kumar, S., et al. (2006) Pre- and post-challenge immuno-haematological changes in Labeo rohita juveniles fed gelatinised or non-gelatinised carbohydrate with n-3 PUFA. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 21: 346-356.
  24. Kumar, S, et al. (2005) Effect of dietary carbohydrate on hematology, respiratory burst activity and histological changes in Labeo rohita juveniles. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 19: 331-334.
  25. Choudhury D, Kumar, S, et al. (2005) Haemato-immunological responses to dietary ribonucleic acid and chitin in rohu (Labeo rohita. H) juveniles. Fish and Shellfish Immunology19: 281-291. 
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Experimetal Setup for Silurus Glanis (1) Experimental fish at the end of experiment (1)
Dissection of experimental fish to collect target organ for analysis (1)  
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Investigation of the status of liver and collection for biochemical analysis (2) Working with cDNA (2)
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Experimental fish (Common carp) at the end of experiment(2) qPCR Anaalysis(2)
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Larvae experiment (3) Common carp larvae (3)