Shanthanu (Shan) Krishna Kumar, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Tree Fruit
Office: 203 Tyson
Lab: 210 Tyson

University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Fruit Crop Physiology
  • Apple and Peach Production
  • Crop Load Management
  • Plant Growth Regulators
  • Post-harvest physiology


  • Ph.D. Cornell University (2023)
  • M.Sc. University of Guelph (2018)
  • B.Tech. Dalhousie University (2015)
  • B.Tech. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (2014)


The biochemical and physiological basis for hard cider apple fruit quality
Plants People Planet, Karl, Adam Duerr, Zakalik, David Lior, Cook, Brittany Sarah, Krishna Kumar, Shanthanu, Peck, Gregory Michael, 2023

Classifying cider apple germplasm using genetic markers for fruit acidity
Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Kumar, Shanthanu Krishna, Wojtyna, Nathan, Dougherty, Laura, Xu, Kenong, Peck, Gregory, 2021

Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa subsp. sativa) as an Emerging source for value-added functional food ingredients and nutraceuticals
Molecules, Vasantha Rupasinghe, H. P., Davis, Amy, Kumar, Shanthanu K., Murray, Beth, Zheljazkov, Valtcho D., 2020

Changes in the volatile profile of ‘Fantasia’ nectarines [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch, var. nectarina] treated with an enhanced freshness formulation (EFF) containing hexanal
Horticulture Environment and Biotechnology, Krishna Kumar, Shanthanu, Hern, Tom, Liscombe, David, Paliyath, Gopinadhan, Sullivan, J. Alan, Subramanian, Jayasankar, 2020

Pre-harvest application of hexanal formulation enhances shelf life and quality of ‘Fantasia’ nectarines by regulating membrane and cell wall catabolism-associated genes
Scientia Horticulturae, Kumar, Shanthanu Krishna, El Kayal, Walid, Sullivan, J. Alan, Paliyath, Gopinadhan, Jayasankar, Subramanian, 2018

Enhancement of post-harvest shelf life of nectarines (Prunus persica (L.) Batsch var. nectarina) using hexanal, Krishna Kumar, Shanthanu, 2018

Postharvest technologies in tender fruits: Peach, nectarine, plum, and apricot, Subramanian, Jayasankar, Krishnakumar, Shanthanu, Shinde, Ranjeet, El Kayal, Walid, 2018

Active and intelligent packaging for reducing postharvest losses of fruits and vegetables, Shinde, Ranjeet, Rodov, Victor, Krishnakumar, Shanthanu, Subramanian, Jayasankar, 2018