Jayesh Samtani

Assistant Professor and Small Fruit Extension Specialist

Education

  • Ph.D., Horticulture, 2008, Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
  • M.S., Horticulture, 2003, Dept. of NRES, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
  • B.S., Horticulture, 2001, College of Horticulture, Mahatma Phule Agriculture University

Experience: 

  • Small Fruit Production Specialist, Department of Horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Present)
  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California-Davis (2008-2012)

Awards:

  • Graduate Teaching Award. Presented by North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) in 2007.

Integrated weed management in small fruit production

Chemical and non-chemical alternatives to methyl bromide fumigation

Sustainable berry crop production and management practices

New berry varieties and genotype evaluation in field and protected environment.    

Integrated pest management program

Methyl bromide alternatives program

Developing educational programs to support extension agents and growers in Virginia and North Carolina

Small fruits for the urban gardens 

Select journal publications:

Conway M. and J.B. Samtani. 2016. Evaluation of Blackberry Cultivars in Virginia. Acta Horticulturae 1133:135-140. Proc. XI Int. Rubus and Ribes Symp. 

Samtani, J.B., J.E. Appleby, J.B. Masiunas. 2015. Comparative Leaf Phenology of White Oak and Northern Red Oak. Horticulturae 1:44-54.  

Samtani J.B., J.S. Rachuy, B. Mou, and S.A. Fennimore. 2014. Evaluation of Tribenuron-methyl on Sulfonylurea-Resistant Lettuce Germplasm. Weed Technology 28:510-517.

Milller, T.C., J. B. Samtani, and S.A. Fennimore. 2014. Mixing Steam with Soil Increases Heating Rate Compared to Steam Applied to Still Soil. Crop Protection 64:47-50.

Chen, Y., and J.B. Samtani. 2013. Workshop Introduction: Good Genes from Asia – Contributions and Opportunities of Asiatic Origin Crops to U.S. Horticulture. HortScience 48:1072.

Fennimore, S., R. Serohijos, J. Samtani, H. Ajwa, K Subbarao, F. Martin, O. Daugovish, D. Legard, G. Browne, J. Muramoto, C. Shennan and K. Klonsky. 2013. TIF film, substrates and nonfumigant soil disinfestation maintain fruit yields. California Agriculture 67: 139-146.

Rainbolt, C.M., J.B. Samtani, S.A. Fennimore, C. Gilbert, K.V. Subbarao, J.S. Gerik, A. Shrestha, and B. Hanson. 2013. Steam as a Preplant Soil Disinfestant Tool in California Cut-flower Production. HortTechnology 23:207-214. 

Samtani, J.B., J.B. Weber, and S.A. Fennimore. 2012. Tolerance of strawberry cultivars to oxyfluorfen and flumioxazin herbicides. HortScience 47: 848-851.

Samtani, J.B., C. Gilbert, J. Ben Weber, K.V. Subbarao, R.E. Goodhue, and S.A. Fennimore. 2012. Effect of Steam and Solarization Treatments on Pest Control, Strawberry Yield, and Economic Returns Relative to Methyl Bromide Fumigation. HortScience 47:64-70. 

Samtani, J.B., H. A. Ajwa, J.B. Weber, G.T. Browne, S. Klose, J. Hunzie, and S.A. Fennimore. 2011. Evaluation of non-fumigant alternatives to methyl bromide for weed control and crop yield in California strawberries (Fragaria ananassa L.). Crop Protection 30:45-51.  

Samtani, J.B., H.A. Ajwa, R.E. Goodhue, O. Daugovish, Z. Kabir, and S.A. Fennimore. 2010. Weed Control Efficacy and Economics of 1,3-Dichloropropene and Chloropicrin Applied at Reduced Rates under Impermeable Film in Strawberry Beds. HortScience 45:1841-1847.

Samtani, J.B., J.B. Masiunas, and J.E. Appleby. 2010. White Oak and Northern Red Oak Leaf Injury from Exposure to Chloroacetanilide Herbicides. HortScience 45:696-700.  

Samtani, J.B., J.B. Masiunas, and J.E. Appleby. 2008. Injury on White Oak Seedlings from Herbicide Exposure Simulating Drift. HortScience 43:2076-2080.

Samtani, J.B., G.J. Kling, H.M. Mathers, and L. Case. 2007. Rice hulls, Leaf-waste Pellets and Pine Bark as Herbicide Carriers for Container-grown Woody Ornamentals. HortTechnology17:289-295.

Book chapter:

S.A. Fennimore, B.D. Hanson, L.M. Sosnoskie, J.B. Samtani, A. Datta, S.Z. Knezevic, M.C. Siemens. 2014. Automation Field Applications of Automated Weed Control: Western Hemisphere. In Automation: the future of weed control in cropping systems. Ed. Stephen Young and Francis Pierce. Pp. 151-169.

Samtani, Jayesh B., Reza Rafie, Tony Wolf and Keith Yoder. 2015. "Fruits in the Home Garden", pp. 413-442. Master Gardener Handbook: A Guide to Gardening in Virginia. Publication no. 426-600.

Select extension publications:

Conway, M.A. and J.B. Samtani. 2016. Evaluation of Blackberry Varieties in Virginia. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication HORT-226P.

Samtani, J. B., R. Rafie, and T. Wolf. 2016. "Small Fruits in the Home Garden". Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 426-840.

Samtani, J. B. and M. Kushad. 2015. A Longer Marketing Life for Blackberry and Raspberry Fruit. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 423-701.

Reiter, M., S. Rideout, T. Kuhar, H. Wilson, J. Freeman, J. Parkhurst, A. Straw, J.B. Samtani, G. Gu, C. Mullins, T. Hines, C. Waldenmaier, H. Doughty, and J. Mason. 2015. Commercial vegetable production recommendations Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 456-420 

Fennimore, S., O. Daugovish, H. Ajwa, J. Samtani, M. Othman, K. Subbarao, J. Hunzie, J. Weber, , J. Rachuy, and F. Martin. 2012. Fumigant and Non-fumigant Strategies for Control of Soil Pests In Strawberry. California Strawberry Commission, Annual Production Research Report 2010-11. Pp. 91-97.

Fennimore, S., O. Daugovish, H. Ajwa, J. Samtani, M. Othman, K. Subbarao, J. Hunzie, J. Weber, J. Rachuy, and F. Martin. 2012. Weed Management in Strawberry. California Strawberry Commission, Annual Production Research Report 2010-11. Pp. 83-88.

Fennimore, S., O. Daugovish, H. Ajwa, J. Samtani, J. Weber, J. Rachuy, and G. Browne. 2011. Weed Management in Strawberry. California Strawberry Commission, Annual Production Research Report 2009-10. Pp. 123-133.

Samtani, J.B., J.B. Masiunas, and J.E. Appleby. 2011. Common Farm Herbicides may cause Leaf Tatters on Oaks. Tree Care Industry Magazine XXII (2): 22-23.

Samtani, J.B., J.B. Masiunas, and J.E. Appleby. 2006. Leaf Tatters. The Illinois Steward 15(4):28-29.

Samtani, J.B., J.B. Masiunas, and J.E. Appleby. 2005. The Cause of Leaf Tatters in the Midwest. Illinois Forestry Development Council News 6(3):4-5.

Samtani, J.B., J.B. Masiunas, and J.E. Appleby. 2005. Shining the Spotlight on Leaf Tatters. Wisconsin Urban and Community Forests 13(2):7-8.

Current graduate students:

Sanghamitra Das Ph.D. Candidate
Roy Flanagan OMALS Student
Mikel Conway    
OMALS Student
 Danyang Liu 
Ph.D. Student

 

Current Laboratory Staff

Jillian Rajevich    
Research Specialist 
Zachary Landis Research Intern

Jayesh B. Samtani, Professional Lecturer, Small Fruit Production Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC, Department of Horticulture.

Jayesh Samtani
  • 757-363-3901
  • jsamtani@vt.edu
  • 1444 Diamond Springs Road
    Virginia Beach, VA
    23455