Pratima Acharya Adhikari

Pratima Acharya Adhikari

Associate Professor

Website: Adhikari Lab

Mailing Address:
325 Wise Center Drive
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Ph.D., The University of Georgia
M.S., University of Manitoba
B.S./D.V.M., Tribhuvan University

Courses Taught:
  • PO 4313/6313 Management of Commercial Layers
  • PO 3011/3021/4031/4041 Undergraduate Seminar in Poultry Science
  • PO 8443 Advanced Poultry Nutrition (Graduate Level)
  • PO 4413/6413 Poultry Nutrition (Co-Instructor)
  • PO 4844/6844 Avian Anatomy and Physiology (Co-Instructor)

  • Utilizing several feed additives, including enzymes, probiotics, and prebiotics in the performance and gut integrity of laying hens
  • Dietary interventions against Salmonella Enteritidis in laying hens and pullets
  • Investigating new hen housing systems in welfare and production of layers, especially cage-free operations
  • Molecular approach to determining the host-pathogen relations in E. coli and Salmonella challenged birds

  • Working directly with the Mississippi and surrounding poultry industry to help improve the laying hen production and sustainability through nutrition and health management
  • Attend and participate in workshops and industry meetings, as well as national and international scientific poultry meetings
  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals, as well as newsletters and popular press journals

Graduate Students


Poudel, I., M. W. Shilling, C. D. McDaniel, and P. Adhikari. 2021. Effect of feeding ratios of fine and coarse calcium particles in egg production and egg strength in laying hens. Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. 283: 115153.

Sharma, M. K., A. S. Kiess, B. Loar and P. Adhikari. 2021. Housing environment and hen strain alter the egg production, egg quality as well as cloacal and eggshell microbiology in laying hens. Poult. Sci. 101:101595.

Adhikari, B., S. R. Jun, Y. M. Kwon, A. S. Kiess, P. A. Adhikari. 2020. Effects of housing types on cecal microbiota of two different strains of laying hens during the late production phase. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 7:331 Download

Adhikari, P., A. Kiess, R. Adhikari, R. Jha. 2020. An approach to alternative strategies to control avian coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis. Journal of Applied Poultry Research 29(2):515-534. Download

Adhikari, P., S. Yadav, D. Cosby, N. Cox, J. Jendza, W. K. Kim. 2020. Research note: Effect of organic acid mixture on growth performance and Salmonella Typhimurium colonization in broiler chickens. Poultry Science 99:2645-2648 Download

Fancher, C. A., L. Zhang, A. S. Kiess, P. A. Adhikari, T. T. Dinh, A. Theradiyil Sukumaran. 2020. Avian pathogenic Escherichia coli and Clostridium perfringens: Challenges in no antibiotics ever broiler production and potential solutions. Microorganisms 8(10):1533. Download

Sharma, M. K., T. Dinh, P. Acharya Adhikari. 2020. Production performance, egg quality, and small intestine histomorphology of the laying hens supplemented with phytogenic feed additive. Journal of Applied Poultry Research. Download

Adhikari, P., C. H. Lee, D. E. Cosby, N. A. Cox, W. K. Kim. 2019. Effect of probiotics on fecal excretion, colonization in internal organs and immune gene expression in the ileum of laying hens challenged with Salmonella Enteritidis. Poultry Science Journal 98(3):1235-1242.  Download

Kumar, S., P. Adhikari, B. Oakley, W. K. Kim. 2019. Changes in cecum microbial community in response to total sulfur amino acid (TSAA: DL-methionine) in antibiotic-free and supplemented poultry birds. Poultry Science Journal 98(11):5809-5819.  Download

Adhikari, P., D. E. Cosby, N. A. Cox, W. K. Kim. 2018. Effect of dietary fructooligosaccharide supplementation on internal organs Salmonella colonization, immune response, ileal morphology and ileal immunohistochemistry in laying hens challenged with Salmonella enteritidis. Poultry Science Journal 97(7):2525-2533.  Download

Adhikari, P., D. E. Cosby, N. A. Cox, J. H. Lee, W. K. Kim. 2017. Effect of dietary bacteriophage supplementation on internal organs, fecal excretion and ileal immune response in laying hens challenged by Salmonella Enteritidis. Poultry Science Journal 96:3264-3271.  Download

Adhikari, P., D. E. Cosby, N. A. Cox, W. K. Kim. 2017. Colonization of mature laying hens with Salmonella Enteritidis by oral or intracloacal inoculation. Journal of Applied Poultry Research 26:286-294. Download

Adhikari, P., D. E. Cosby, N. A. Cox, W. K. Kim. 2017. Effect of dietary supplementation of nitrocompounds in Salmonella colonization and ileal immune gene expression in laying hens challenged with Salmonella Enteritidis. Poultry Science Journal 96 (12) 4280-4286. Download

Adhikari, P., W. K. Kim. 2017. Overview of prebiotics and probiotics: Focus on performance, gut Health and immunity - A Review. Annals of Animal Science Journal 17:949-966.  Download

Adhikari, P., J. M. Heo, C. M. Nyachoti. 2016. Standardized total tract digestibility of phosphorus in camelina (Camelina sativa) meal fed to growing pigs without or phytase supplementation. Animal Feed Science and Technology 214:104-109.  Download

Adhikari, P., J. M. Heo, C. M. Nyachoti. 2015. True and standardized total tract phosphorus digestibility in canola meals from Brassica napus black and Brassica juncea yellow in growing pigs. Journal of Animal Science 93:209-216.  Download