Jayesh Samtani

Assistant Professor and Small Fruit Extension Specialist

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

Jayesh Samtani
1444 Diamond Springs Road
Virginia Beach, VA


  • 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.


  • 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).


  • Graduate Teaching Award. Presented by North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), 2007.
  • Team State Award, Virginia Strawberry Association Newsletter, by Virginia Association of Extension Ag. Agents, 2017.
  • Third Prize, Poster Award in Agriculture and Natural Resources Category, Virginia Cooperative Extension Annual Conference, 2014.
  • Third Prize, Poster Award in Applied Research Category, Virginia Coopertive Extension Annual Conference, 2019.
  • 2019 Class of Leaders, Forty under 40, Fruit + Vegetable Industry.
  • Outstanding Extension Materials Award, Leaflet Category, American Society for Horticultural Science, Extension Division.

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 home gardens. 

Select journal publications

Samtani, J.B., C.R. Rom, H. Friedrich, S.A. Fennimore, C.E. Finn, A. Petran, R.W. Wallace, M.P. Pritts, G. Fernandez, C. Chase, C. Kubota, and B. Bergefurd. 2019. The Status and Future of the Strawberry Industry in the United States. HortTechnology 29:11-24.

C. Shennan, J. Muramoto, S. Koike, G. Baird, S. Fennimore, J. Samtani, M. Bolda, S. Dara, O. Daugovish, G. Lazarovits, D. Butler, E. Rosskopf, N. Kokalis-Burrelle, K. Klonsky and M. Mazzola. 2018. Anaerobic soil disinfestation is a potential alternative to soil fumigation for control of some soil borne pathogens in strawberry production. Plant Pathol. doi:10.1111/ppa.12721.

Lewers, K., P. Castro, J. Enns, S.C. Hokanson, G.J. Galletta, D.T. Handley, A.R. Jamieson, M.J. Newell, J.B. Samtani, R.D. Flanagan, B.J. Smith, J.C. Snyder, J.G.Strang, S.R. Wright, and C. Weber 2017. 'Flavorfest' Strawberry. HortScience 52:1627-1632.

Samtani, J. B., J. Derr, M. Conway, and R. Flanagan. 2017. Evaluating Soil Solarization for Weed Control and Strawberry (Fragaria xananassa Duch.) Yield in Annual Plasticulture Production. Weed Technology 31(3), 455-463.

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 chapters

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

Christman, J. and J.B. Samtani. 2019. A Survey of Strawberry Production Practices in Virginia. SPES-150P.

Samtani, J.B. and G. M. Milteer. 2019. Supermarkets as alternative market for Virginia grown berries. SPES-121 NP. 

Samtani, J.B. 2018. Frost/freeze protection in strawberry. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication. SPES 56-NP.

Samtani, J.B. and J.F. Derr. 2018. Weed management in small fruit crops. HORT 286-NP.

Arancibia, R.A., C, Cahoon, T. Kuhar, D.B. Langston, J. A. Parkhurst, M.S Reiter, S.L.Rideout, J. Samtani, A. Straw, L.K. Strawn. 2018. Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 456-420

Samtani, J.B., C. Johnson, R. Flanagan III, K. Starke, B. Poling, and R. Martin. 2017. Mixed infection of strawberry mottle virus and strawberry mild yellow edge virus in the Southeastern United States. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication. HORT 268P.

Landis, Z, and J.B. Samtani. 2017. Shoppers Guide for Berry Plants in the Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication. HORT 270-NP.

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. 

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.

Current Graduate Students

Danyang Liu Ph.D. Student

Current Laboratory Staff

Dr. Aman Rana Research Specialist
John Christman Research Intern