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Professor Aberra Melesse

Professor Aberra Melesse Ayenew is by profession an Animal Breeder with special interest in the characterization of indigenous livestock and poultry nutrition. He is married since 1996 and a father of three sons. He was born in Gondar (Dembia, Jenda Giorgis) on April 4, 1964. He completed his primary education at Jenda Missionary School and his junior and senior education at Atse Fassiledes School located in Gondar city. He joined Awassa Junior Agricultural College of Addis Ababa University in October 1980 and graduated with Diploma in Animal Science and Technology in June 1982. Because of his excellent academic performance, he was recruited by the Addis Ababa University and worked in the position of Technical Assistant for nearly two years at the Dairy Farm of the Awassa Agricultural College.

In August 1984, he won a Scholarship and left for Germany to pursue his education for a Masters degree at Leipzig University and completed his study in Animal Production in March 1990. He was re-employed on May 1990 at Awassa College of at a Lecturer position in the department of Animal Production and Rangeland Management. During this period of time he taught quite a large number of courses both to Diploma and BSc students. Later he was elected as a Head of the Department of General Agriculture were he dedicatedly served for three and half years.

He won a KAAD Scholarship and left for Germany in June 1996 to pursue his PhD study in Animal Breeding at Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. He completed his study in December 2000 and was reinstated as Assistant Professor at Debub (now Hawassa) University. He was elected in March 2001 to be Head of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences and served for nearly two years. He was then elected and assigned as Associate Dean of Awassa College of Agriculture in November 2002 and served for three and a half years. He was promoted to Associate Professor in October 2009 and to Professor of Animal Breeding in December 2014 (as accelerated promotion).

Main additional responsibilities, among others: Team Leader of Animal Breeding and Genetics Module (2010-2013); Chairman of Research and Publication Committee (2010-2013); Chairman of MSc program guideline preparation ad-hoc committee (2011-2012); Team leader and principal investigator of a research project “Phenotypic and genotypic characterization and genetic diversity studies of indigenous farming animals in southern Rift valley of Ethiopia for sustainable livestock development (2007-2013)”; Team leader and principal investigator of “Phenotypic characterization of local chickens found in southern regions of Ethiopia (2003-2007)”; Team Leader of a collaborative and multi disciplinary research project "Resource use systems in the semi arid areas of Southern Shoa, Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia (1993-1996)"; Member of PhD Program Launching Committee, Modular based Curriculum Development Committee and University Journal Launching Committee (2009-2012). Chairman of Academic Standards & Curriculum Standing Committee (2003-2006); Chairman of Scholarship Standing Committee (2002-2005); Member of Academic Commission (2001-2005); Chairman of Staff Recruiting Standing Committee (2003-2005); Member of NORAD Project Implementation Committee (NORPIC, 2001-2005); Major advisor of Master students in animal breeding, animal production and poultry nutrition. Currently he is advising 2 PhD students undertaking their study in Animal Breeding.

International Research Fellowship Awards: won a full fellowship grantfor experienced researchers from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and conducted his sabbatical based research as Research Guest Scientist at Hohenheim University, Germany (July 2013-November 30, 2014); Won a research fellowship grant from Food Security Centre and conducted his research work as Visiting Scholar at Hohenheim University, Germany (January-July 2010); An elected fellow of DAAD and carried out research as Visiting Researcher at Martin-Luther University, Halle-Saale, Germany (June-August 2007); Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at Langston University of Oklahoma, USA (September 2003-January 2004).

Research and Publications

His research activities mainly focus on the characterization of the indigenous animal genetic resources of Ethiopia in general and that of southern Ethiopia in particular. Moreover, he has carried out quite a number of researches in the area of poultry nutrition and assessment of unconventional feed resources (mainly on Moringa tree parts) that are suitable both to ruminant and monogastric animals. He has produced two peer reviewed teaching materials titled “Physiology of Animal Adaptations in Stressful Environments, 391 p and Poultry Production and Management in the Tropics, 411 p”. Both teaching materials are useful aids for both BSc and MSc students.

He has produced several publications in peer reviewed international reputable journal and many more mega articles are in the pipeline. During his early professional career, his research activities was very limited due to multiple responsibilities including department head and associate dean of the college (2001-2005) and published only few articles. Thus, almost all of his publications (over 50) appeared since 2009.

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Published original articles

  1. Bangu Bekele, Aberra Melesse, Mohammed Beyhan and Kefyalew Berihun, (2015).The Effect of Feeding Stinging Nettle (Urtica Simensis S.) Leaf Meal on Feed Intake, Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Hubbard Broiler Chickens.Global Journal of Science Frontier Research. 15 (3): 1-20.
  2. Deneke Negassa, Aberra Melesse and Sandip Banerjee (2014). Phenotypic characterization of indigenous chicken populations in South-Eastern Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia. Animal Genetics Resources, 55: 101-113.
  3. Aberra Melesse (2014). Significance of scavenging chicken production in the rural community of Africa for enhanced food security. World’s Poultry Science Journal, 70: 593-606.
  4. Aberra Melesse, Sandip Banerjee, Admasu Lakew, Fekadu Mersha, Fsahatsion Hailemariam, Shemlis Tsegaye and Tafesse Makebo (2013). Morphological characterization of indigenous sheep in Southern Regional State, Ethiopia. Animal Genetic Resources, 52: 39-50.
  5. Aberra Melesse, Yoseph Getye, Kefyalew Berihun, Sandip Banerjee, (2013). Effect of feeding graded levels of Moringa stenopetala leaf meal on growth performance, carcass traits and some serum biochemical parameters of Koekoek chickens. Livestock Science, 157: 498-505.
  6. Mesba Alewi and Aberra Melesse (2013). Evaluating the growth performance of local Kei chickens and their F1-Crosses with Rhode Island Red and Fayoumi breeds in watershed areas of Guraghe Administrative Zone, Southern Ethiopia. Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems, 16: 39-50.
  7. Aberra Melesse, H. Steingass, J. Boguhn and M. Rodehutscord (2013). In vitro fermentation characteristics and effective utilizable crude protein in leaves and green pods of Moringa stenopetala and Moringa oleifera cultivated at low- and mid-altitudes. Journal of Animal Physiology & Animal Nutrition, 97: 537-546.
  8. Aberra Melesse, Girma Abebe, Roger Merkel, Arthur Goetsch, Lionel Dawson, Terry Gipson, Tilahun Sahlu, (2013). Effect of body condition score and nutritional flushing on the reproductive performances of Spanish and Spanish x Boer crossbred does. Ethiopian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 24: 141-153.
  9. Aberra Melesse, S. Banerjee, A. Lakew, F. Mersha, F. Hailemariam, S. Tsegaye, T. Makebo (2013). Eestablishing prediction equations using linear body measurements for live weight of sheep populations of southern Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Animal Production, 13: 83-102.
  10. Aberra Melesse, Maak, S., Pingel, H. and vonLengerken, G. (2013). Assessing the thermo-tolerance potentials of five commercial layer chicken genotypes under long-term heat stress environment as measured by their performance traits. Journal of Animal Production Advances, 3(8): 254-264.
  11. Aberra Melesse, Mesba Alewi and Yosef Teklegiorgis (2013). Evaluating the reproductive and egg production traits of local chickens and their F1 crosses with Rhode Island Red and Fayoumi breeds under farmers’ management conditions. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Sciences, 3(2): 379-385.
  12. Aberra Melesse, Worku Z. and Teklegiorgis Y. (2013). Assessment of the prevailing handling and quality of eggs from scavenging indigenous chickens reared in different agro-ecological zones of Ethiopia. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Science, 2(10): 1-8.
  13. Aberra Melesse, Eshetu Dotamo, Sandip Banerjee, Kefyalew Berihun and Mohammed Beyan (2013). Studies on carcass traits, nutrient retention and utilization of Koekoeck chickens fed diets containing different protein levels with iso-caloric ration. Journal of Animal Science Advances, 3(10): 532-543.
  14. Sandip Banerjee, Aberra Melesse, Eshetu Dotamo, Kefyalew Berihun and Mohammed Beyan (2013). Effect of feeding different dietary protein levels with iso-caloric ration on nutrients intake and growth performances of dual-purpose Koekoeck chicken breeds. International Journal of Applied Poultry Research 2 (2): 27-32.
  15. Aberra Melesse and Berihun K. (2013). Chemical and mineral compositions of pods of Moringa stenopetala and Moringa oleifera cultivated in the lowland of Gamogofa Zone. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Science, 2(1): 33-38.
  16. Aberra Melesse, S. Maak and G. von Lengerken (2012). Productive and physiological adaptive responses of Naked-neck chickens and their F1 crosses with commercial chicken breeds to high environmental temperature. Ethiopian Journal of Sciences, 35(2):107-116.
  17. Melesse A., S. Banerjee, A. Lakew, F. Mersha, F. Hailemariam, S. Tsegaye and T. Makebo (2013). Variations in linear body measurements and establishing prediction equations for live weight of indigenous sheep populations of southern Ethiopia. Scientific Journal of Animal Science, 2(1): 15-25.
  18. Aberra Melesse, H. Steingass, J. Boguhn, M. Schollenberger and M. Rodehutscord (2012). Altitudinal and seasonal variations in nutritional composition of leaf and green pod fractions of Moringa stenopetala and Moringa oleifera. Agroforestry Systems, 86: 505-518.
  19. Yibrehu Emshaw, Aberra Melesse and Getnet Assefa (2012). The effect of dietary inclusion of mango fruit (Magnifera indica L.) waste on feed intake, growth and feed efficiency of Cobb-500 broiler chickens. Ethiopian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 22 (1): 73-83.
  20. Mesba A., Melesse A. and Teklegiorgis Y. (2012). Crossbreeding effect on egg quality traits of local chickens and their F1 crosses with Rhode Island Red and Fayoumi chicken breeds under farmers’ management conditions. Journal of Animal Science Advances, 2(8): 697-705.
  21. Zemene Worku, Aberra Melesse and Yosef T/Giorgis (2012). Assessment of village chicken production system and the performance of local chicken populations in West Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Journal of Animal Production Advances, 2(4): 199-207.
  22. Aberra Melesse, Workinesh Tiruneh and Tegene Negesse (2012). Nutrient composition and effects of feeding different levels of Moringa stenopetala leaf meal on carcass traits of Rhode Island Red dual-purpose grower chicks. Ethiopian Journal of Animal Production, 12 (1): 27-50.
  23. Aberra Melesse, (2012). In vitro evaluation of utilizable crude protein using ruminal fluid in leaves, whole and seeds-removed pods of Moringa stenopetala and Moringa oleifera grown in the rift Valley of Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 22 (1): 62-72.
  24. Aberra Melesse (2012). The feeding value of deseeded pods from Moringa stenopetala and Moringa oleifera as evaluated by chemical analyses and in vitro gas production. Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences, 21: 537-550.
  25. Aberra Melesse (2012). Assessing the feeding values of leaves, seeds and seeds-removed pods of Moringa stenopetala using in vitro gas production technique. African Journal of Biotechnology, 11 (51): 1342-11349.
  26. Aberra Melesse, S. Maak, R. Schmidt and G. von Lengerken (2011). Effect of long-term heat stress on some performance traits and plasma enzyme activities in Naked-neck chickens and their F1 crosses with commercial layer breeds. Livestock Science, 141: 227-231.
  27. Aberra Melesse and Tegene Negesse (2011). Phenotypic and morphological characterization of indigenous chicken populations in southern region of Ethiopia. Animal Genetic Resources, 49:19-31.
  28. Aberra Melesse, S. Maak and G. von Lengerken (2011). Effects of genetic group × ambient temperature interactions on performance and physiological responses of Naked-neck chickens and their F1 crosses with Lohmann White and New Hampshire laying hens. Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences, 20 (4): 599-612.
  29. Aberra Melesse (2011). Comparative assessment on chemical compositions and feeding values of leaves of Moringa stenopetala and Moringa oleifera using in vitro gas production method. Ethiopian Journal of Appllied Science and Technology, 2(2): 31-41.
  30. Misba Alawi, Aberra Melesse and Tadelle Dessie (2011). On-farm growth performance evaluation of local chickens and their F1 crosses with Rhode Island Red and Fayoumi breeds. Ethiopian Journal of Animal Production, 11:31-47.
  31. Aberra Melesse (2011). Performance and physiological responses of Naked-neck chickens and their F1 crosses with commercial layer breeds to long-term high ambient temperature. Global Veterinaria, 6 (3): 272-280.
  32. Aberra Melesse, S. Maak, R. Schmidt and G. von Lengerken (2011). Effect of long term heat stress on key enzyme activities and T3 levels in commercial layer hens. International Journal of Livestock Production, 2 (7): 107-116.
  33. Aberra Melesse, Workinesh Tiruneh and Tegene Negesse (2011). Effects of feeding Moringa stenopetala leaf meal on nutrient intake and growth performance of Rhode Island Red chicks under tropical climate. Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems, 14: 485-492.
  34. Shewangizaw Wolde, Tegene Negesse and Aberra Melesse (2011). The effect of dietary protein concentration on nutrient utilization efficiency of growing Rhode Island Red chicken, in southern Ethiopia. Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems, 14: 271-278.
  35. Shewangizaw Wolde, Tegene Negesse and Aberra Melesse (2011). Effects of dietary protein concentration on feed intake, weight gain and carcass traits of Rhode Island Red chicken in Wolaita, southern Ethiopia. Journal of Science and Development, 1 (1): 53-64.
  36. Fisseha Moges, Aberra Melesse and Tadelle Dessie (2010). Assessment of village chicken production system and evaluation of the productive and reproductive performance of local chicken ecotype in Bure district, North West Ethiopia. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 5 (13):1739-1748.
  37. Aberra Melesse S. Maak and G. von Lengerken (2010). Effect of long-term heat stress on egg quality traits of Ethiopian naked neck chickens and their F1 crosses with Lohmann White and New Hampshire chicken breeds. Livestock Research for Rural Development, 22, Article #71.
  38. Aberra Melesse, M. Bulang and H. Kluth (2009). Evaluating the nutritive values and in vitro degradability characteristics of leaves, seeds and seedpods from Moringa stenopetala. Journal of the Science of Food & Agriculture, 89 (2): 281-287.
  39. Fisseha Moges, Aberra Melesse and Tadelle Dessie (2009). Assessment of the prevailing handling, transportation, marketing and quality of eggs collected from scavenging hens in Bure district, North-West Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Animal Production, 9 (1): 209-227.
  40. Asrat Tera, Tegene Negesse and Aberra Melesse (2009). The effect of partial substitution of plant protein by fishmeal prepared out of cooked and sun dried fish offal on feed intake and carcass traits of Rhode Island Red chicks. SINET: Ethiopian Journal of Sciences, 32 (1): 75-80.
  41. Asrat Tera, Tegene Negesse, and Aberra Melesse (2008). Effect of rate of inclusion of fishmeal prepared by cooking and sun drying of fish offal on nutrient retention of growing Rohde Island Red chicks. Ethiopian Journal of Sciences, 31 (2): 151-156.
  42. Asrat Tera, Tegene Negesse, Aberra Melesse and Yosef T/Giorgis (2008). Effect of inclusion rate of cooked and sun-dried fish offal meal on feed intake, growth and feed efficiency of growing Rohde Island Red chicks. East African Journal of Sciences, 2 (2): 111-118.
  43. Aberra Melesse, S. Maak and G. von Lengerken (2005). The performance of naked neck and their F1 crosses with Lohmann White and New Hampshire chicken breeds under long-term heat stress conditions. Ethiopian Journal of Animal Production, 5 (1): 91-106.
  44. Maak, S., A. Melesse, R. Schmidt, and G.von Lengerken (2003). Effect of long-term heat exposure on peripheral concentrations of heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) and hormones in laying hens with different genotypes. British Poultry Science, 44: 133-138.

Peer reviewed publications in Proceedings and Workshops

  1. Aberra Melesse and Sandip Banerjee (2015). The effect of feeding grade levels of Moringa stenopetala leaf meal on feed intake, growth, carcass characteristics and meat quality traits of Arsi-Bale goats. In: Proceedings of National Research Conference on the theme, “Best-fit research outputs and practices for improved livelihoods and sustainable development in Ethiopia”, June 22-24, Hawassa Ethiopia.
  2. Aberra Melesse and Ajebu Nurfeta (2015). Effect of substituting wheat bran for green pod of Moringa stenopetala on feed intake, digestibility and growth performances of Adilo sheep fed natural grass hay as a basal diet. In: Proceedings of National Research Conference on the theme, “Best-fit research outputs and practices for improved livelihoods and sustainable development in Ethiopia”, June 22-24, Hawassa Ethiopia.
  3. Aberra Melesse, Mohammed Beyan and Kefyalew Berihun (2015). The effect of feeding stinging nettle (Urtica simensis) leaf meal on the feed intake, growth performance and carcass characteristics of Hubbard Broiler chickens. In: Proceedings of National Research Conference on the theme, “Best-fit research outputs and practices for improved livelihoods and sustainable development in Ethiopia”, June 22-24, Hawassa Ethiopia.
  4. Aberra Melesse, Girma Abebe, Roger Merkel, Arthur Goetsch and Tilahun Sahlu (2013). Effect of body condition score and short-term nutritional flushing on the reproductive performances of Spanish female goats and their crosses with male Boer goats. In: Proceedings of Agricultural development within the rural-urban continuum; Tropentag, September 17-19, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany.
  5. Aberra Melesse, Yoseph Getye and Kefyalew Berihun (2013). Effect of feeding graded levels of Moringa Stenopetala leaf meal on carcass traits and some serum biochemical parameters of Koekoek chickens. In: Proceedings of Agricultural development within the rural-urban continuum; Tropentag, September 17 - 19, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany.
  6. Ajebu Nurfeta, Abebe Berecha and Aberra Melesse (2013). The effects of Tagasaste (Chymancytisus palmensis) leaf meal supplementation on feed intake, growth performance and carcass characteristics of Rhode Island Red chicks. In: Proceedings of Agricultural development within the rural-urban continuum; Tropentag, September 17-19, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany.
  7. Aberra Melesse (2012). Evaluation of the chemical compositions and feeding values of leaves, seeds and seeds-removed dried pods of M. stenopetala using in vitro gas production technique. In: Proceedings of 19th annual conference of Ethiopian Society of Animal Production, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dec. 15-17 (pp 227-288).
  8. Zemene Worku, Aberra Melesse and Yosef T/Giorgis (2011). Assessment of village chicken production system and the performance of local chicken populations in Goncha Siso Enesie district, North-East Ethiopia. In: Proceedings of 19th annual conference of Ethiopian Society of Animal Production, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dec. 15-17 (pp 203-216).
  9. Mekonnen G/Egziabher, Aberra Melesse and Tadelle Dessie (2010). Characterization of smallholder poultry production and marketing system of Dale, Wonsho and Loka Abaya districts of Southern Ethiopia. In: Proceedings of the 5th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture and the 18th Annual Meeting of Ethiopian Society of Animal Production, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Oct. 25-28.
  10. Aberra Melesse and Tegene Negesse (2010). Investigating the feeding value of Moringa (Moringa stenopetala) tree leaves on the growth performance and health of Rhode Island Red chicks. In: Proceedings of Annual Research Review Workshop of Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia, July, 2-3.
  11. Aberra Melesse, M. Bulang, H. Kluth and M. Rodehutscord (2008). Evaluating the nutritive values and in vitro degradability characteristics of tree fractions from Moringa stenopetala. In: Proceedings of Annual Research Review Workshop of Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia, May, 16-17.
  12. Aberra Melesse and Tegene Negesse (2008). Studies on the characterization of local chicken genetic resources in Southern Ethiopia. In: Proceedings of Annual Research Review Workshop of Hawassa University, Ethiopia, May, 16-17.
  13. Aberra Melesse, G. Abebe, R. Merkel and A. Goetsch (2004). Effects of flushing on reproductive performance of female meat type goats. In: Proceedings of Annual Research Review Workshop of Debub University, Awassa, Ethiopia, April, 4-5.
  14. Aberra Melesse, S. Maak, and G.v. Lengerken (2001). Effect of long-term heat exposure on the levels of Heat-Shock protein 70 (HSP70) in mononuclear blood cells of laying hens with different genetic background. Poster presented on IX European Symposium on the quality of eggs and egg products and poultry meat (Kusadasi, Turkey, Sept. 9-12).
  15. Aberra Melesse (2000). Auswirkungen dauerhafter Wärmebelastung auf den Spiegel von Hitze-Schock-Protein 70 (HSP 70) in mononukleären Blutzellen von Legehennen. Vortragstagung der DGfZ und GfT, Kiel, Sept. 20-21.
  16. Aberra Melesse, S. Maak, F. Schneider; G. von Lengerken, L. Schueler (2000).Effect of chronic constant heat stress on the activity of plasma enzymes and hormones in crossbred hens. In: Proceedings of XXI World’s Poultry Congress in Montreal, Canada, Aug. 20-24.
  17. Aberra Melesse (1999). Untersuchungen zur Wirkung langzeitiger Temperaturbelastung auf Leistungsmerkmale und physiologische Parameter beim Huhn. Vortragstagung der DGfZ und GfT, Giessen, Sept. 15-16.
  18. Aberra Melesse, S. Maak and G. von Lengerken (1998). Effect of long-term heat stress on the activity of plasma enzymes and egg production traits in different chicken lines. In: Proceedings of 10th Europ. Poult. Conf. Jerusalem, Israel, June 21-26.
  19. Aberra Melesse (1996). Preliminary assessment of primary and secondary school’s educational systems in southern Ethiopia. In: ISOS, University of Kassel, Witzenhausen, Germany.
  20. Aberra Melesse and Tegene Negesse (1995). Resource use systems in the semi-arid areas of southern Shoa, Ethiopia: A case study of livestock situation from Zeway area. In: Proceedings of Annual Research Report. Awassa College of Agriculture, Awassa, Ethiopia, July12-13.

Seminars and presentations

  1. Aberra Melesse (2013). Is it feasible to mitigate methane gas emissions from tropical ruminant animals? A global challenge to food security in developing countries. Paper presented at “FSC in Dialog”, Hohenheim University, Germany, November 12, 2013.       
  2. Aberra Melesse (2013). Chemical compositions and feeding values of leaves and seeds of M. stenopetala. Paper presented at Annual Conference of Association of Ethiopians Educated in Germany, February 2, 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  3. Aberra Melesse, (2010). Mechanisms of Animal Adaptations to Stressful Tropical Environments. Professional seminar presented to University students and Professors of Hohenheim University. Hohenheim University, Germany; May 3.
  4. Aberra Melesse, H. Steingass, J. Boguhn, M. Rodehutscord (2010). The multi-purpose benefits of Moringa tree parts: study of its chemical compositions. Paper presented at DAAD Alumni Workshop on Environment and Resource Protection. Arbaminch University, Ethiopia, 31 July-13 August.
  5. Aberra Melesse, Steingass, H., Boguhn, J., Rodehutscord, M. (2010). Chemical compositions and in vitro fermentations characteristics of Moringa stenopetala and Moringa oleifera. Closing Seminar: Hohenheim University, Germany; June 25.
  6. Aberra Melesse, Steingass, H., Boguhn, J., Rodehutscord, M. (2010). The multi-purpose benefits of Moringa tree parts: study of its chemical compositions. DAAD Alumni Workshop on Environment and Resource Protection (International Summer School). Arbaminch University, Arbaminch, Ethiopia; 31 July-13 August.
  7. Aberra Melesse (2006). The role of Scientific Research for Development. Paper presented at Higher Education Expansion and Reform Program: Challenges and Chances for KAAD-Alumni Seminar in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nov. 25-26.
  8. Aberra Melesse (2004). Challenges and opportunities of poultry production in Ethiopia. Paper presented at DAAD Alumni Workshop: Challenges and opportunities. Debub University, Awassa, Ethiopia, August 8-10.

Mega publications under review

  1. Aberra Melesse, H. Steingass, M. Schollenberger, J. Holstein and M. Rodehutscord. Nutrient compositions and in vitro methane gas production profiles of leaves and whole pods of twelve tropical multi-purpose tree species cultivated in Ethiopia.
  2. Aberra Melesse, H. Steingass, M. Schollenberger and M. Rodehutscord. Screening of common tropical grass and legume forages for low methane gas production in vitro.
  3. Aberra Melesse, H. Steingass, M. Schollenberger and M. Rodehutscord. Nutrient compositions and in vitro methane gas production profiles of fruit byproducts, crop residues and leaves of root and herbaceous crops.
  4. Aberra Melesse, H. Steingass, M. Schollenberger and M. Rodehutscord. Nutrient compositions and methane production potentials of some common Ethiopian agro-industrial byproducts and cereal-based concentrate feeds estimated using an in vitro gas technique.
  5. Aberra Melesse, H. Steingass, M. Schollenberger and M. Rodehutscord. Testing of tropical feed resource combinations as potential supplements to ruminants for low methane gas production in vitro.
  6. Aberra Melesse, Sandip Banerjee, Degnet H/Meskel, Aster Abebe, Amsalu Sisay. The effect of supplementing air-dried Moringa stenopetala leaf to natural grass hay on feed intake and growth performances of Arsi- Bale goats.
  7. Aberra Melesse, Sandip Banerjee, Degnet H/Meskel, Aster Abebe, Amsalu Sisay. Carcass and meat quality characteristics of Arsi-Bale goats supplemented with different levels of air-dried Moringa stenopetala leaf.
  8. Aberra Melesse, Temesgen Alemu, Sandip Banerjee, Kefyalew Berihun. Assessing the partial substitution of roasted soybean seed with sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) leaf meal in feed intake and growth performances of broiler chickens.
  9. Aberra Melesse, Temesgen Alemu, Sandip Banerjee, Kefyalew Berihun. The effect of partial substitution of roasted soybean seed with graded levels of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) leaf meal on carcass characteristics of broiler chickens.

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