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Avtar Krishan Handa

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Professor of Horticulture
Horticulture Room 319

Area of Expertise: Postharvest and Molecular Biology

Courses currently taught:

HORT/FS 54100, Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables

Awards & Honors

(2019) Foreign Fellow of the Horticulture Society of India. Horticulture Society of India.

(2012) Elected Fellow of American Association of Advancement of science.

(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.


Handa, A. K., & Mittal, S. Natural Dietary Supplement for the Prevention of Cancer and Infectious Diseases.

Handa, A. K. 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

Mattoo, A. K., & Handa, A. K. (2017). Achieving sustainable cultivation of tomatoes. Cambridge: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.

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.

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

De Freitas, S., Handa, A. K., Wu, Q., Park, S., & Mitcham, E. (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., Tiznado-Hernandex, M., & Mattoo, A. K. (2011). Fruit Development and Ripening: A Molecular Perspective. In Plant biotechnology for the 21st Century: Basic aspects and agricultural implications (-, 405-424). Elsevier Publishers.

Mattoo, A. 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 (698, 122-143). Austin, TX: Landes Bioscience.

Yimyong, S., Datsenka, T. U., Seraypheap, K., & Handa, A. K. (2011). Hot Water Treatment Delays Ripening-associated Metabolic Shift in äóÖOkrongäó» Mango Fruit during Storage. J. AMER. SOC. HORT. SCI, 136, 11-Jan.

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.

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