Regional Director for Southeast Asia
Juan Boo is a senior research fellow of the Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Food Security (ITAFoS), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He obtained his B. Agric. Sc. from the University of Malaya, his M.Sc. from James Cook University of Northern Queensland, Australia and his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada.
After serving as a research scientist at the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) for 20 years, Juan Boo joined the Department of Animal Science, UPM, as an associate professor, teaching animal nutrition in 1997. He was later appointed as a research fellow at the Institute of Bioscience (IBS), at UPM and subsequently to his current position at ITAFoS. His earlier research focused on animal nutrition including energy and protein metabolism of ruminants and utilization of local feed resources. More recently, he is looking at feed additives for enteric methane mitigation, biological and physical treatments for better utilization of local feed resources, and identification of prebiotics and probiotics from local resources for the enhancement of animal production. Juan Boo works closely with many international researchers on yak nutrition, control of odors from pig and poultry production, antibiotics and antibiotic residues in livestock production. He has authored and coauthored more than 200 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
In addition to serving as an editorial board member in national and international journals, Juan Boo also initiated the “Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries” (SAADC, established 2007) and the “Asian-Australasian Dairy Goat Network” (AADGN, established in 2012). He continues to serve in a leadership role in both organizations.
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