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Avtar Krishan Handa

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Professor of Horticulture
765.494.1339
765.494.0391
Horticulture Room 319

Area of Expertise: Postharvest and Molecular Biology

Courses currently taught:

HORT/FS 54100, Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables

Awards & Honors

(2004) Ellected Fellow. World Inovation Foundation.

(2004) Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 8th Edition. Marquis Who's Who.

(2003) Best biotechnology research in the USA. Roper Survey.

(2003) Highly Cite Author in Plant and Animal Sciences. Institute of Scientific Information.

(2003) The 2003 Biotechnology award Nominee. World Technology Network.

(2003) Who's Who in Agriculture Higher Education. AcademicKeys.com.

(2002) Highly Cited. Institute of Scientific Information.

Patents

Handa, A. K., & Mittal, S. (2013). Natural Dietary Supplement for the Prevention of Cancer and Infectious Diseases. U.S. Patent No. pending. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Handa, A. K. (2002). Improvement of fruit quality by inhibiting production of lipoxygenase in fruits. U.S. Patent No. 6355862. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Yi, L. Y., Goyal, R., Fatima, T., Minocha, R., Minocha, S. C., Handa, A. K., & Mattoo, A. K. (in press). Enhanced flux of substrates into polyamine biosynthesis but not ethylene in fruit from tomato lines engineered with yeast S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase. Amino Acids.

Kausch, K. D., Sobolev, A. P., Goyal, R. K., Fatima, T., Laila-Beevi, R., Saftner, R. A., . . . Mattoo, A. K. (2012). Methyl jasmonate deficiency alters cellular metabolome, including the aminome of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) fruit. Amino Acids, 42, 843-856.

Ezin, V., Vodounon, C. A., De la Pena, R., Ahanchede, A., & Handa, A. K. (2012). Gene expression and phenotypic characterization of flooding tolerance in tomato. J. Evol. Biol. Res., 4, 59-65.

De Freitas, S. T., Handa, A. K., Wu, Q., Park, S., & Mitcham, E. J. (2012). Role of pectin methylesterases in cellular calcium distribution and blossom-end rot development in tomato fruit. Plant J, 71, 824-835.

Handa, A. K., Nambeesan, S., Tesfaye, M., Laluk, K., AbuQamarynan, S., & Mattoo, A. K. (2011). Polyamine spermidine is an upstream negator of ethylene-regulated pathogenesis of Botrytis cinerea in tomato leaf . Proc. IIIrd IS on Tomato Diseases. Acta Hort, 914, 109-112.

Kausch, K. D., Soboley, A. P., Goyal, R. K., Fatima, T., Laila-Beevi, R., Saftner, R. A., . . . Mattoo, A. K. (in press). Methyl jasmonate deficiency alters cellular metabolome, including the aminome of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) fruit. Amino Acids.

Mattoo, K., Shukla, V., Fatima, T., Handa, A. K., & Yachha, S. K. (2011). Genetic Engineering to Enhance Crop-Based Phytonutrients (Nutraceuticals) to Alleviate Diet-Related Diseases. In Bio-Farms for Nutraceuticals: Functional Food and Safety Control by Biosensors (Vol. 698, pp. 122-143). Austin, TX: Landes Bioscience.

Yimyong, S., Datsenka, T. U., Handa, A. K., & Seraypheap, K. (2011). Hot Water Treatment Delays Ripening-associated Metabolic Shift in ‘Okrong’ Mango Fruit during Storage. J. AMER. SOC. HORT. SCI., 136, 1-11.

Handa, A. K., Tiznado-Hernandex, M. E., & Mattoo, A. K. (2011). Fruit Development and Ripening: A Molecular Perspective. In Plant biotechnology for the 21st Century: Basic aspects and agricultural implications (Vols. -, pp. 405-424).

Nambeesan, S., AbuQamar, S., Laluk, K., Mattoo, A. K., Mickelbart, M. V., Ferruzzi, M. G., . . . Handa, A. K. (2011). Polyamines Attenuate Ethylene-Mediated Defense Responses to Abrogate Resistance to Botrytis cinerea in Tomato. Plant Physiology, 57, DOI: 10.1104.