40 Under 40, Class of 2019

Jayesh B. Samtani


Virginia Tech

Job Title

Assistant Professor and Small Fruit Extension Specialist


Samtani has been working in strawberry research and outreach for over 10 years. His focus has been on evaluating alternatives to preplant methyl bromide fumigation, particularly looking at steam, soil solarization, biosolarization and anaerobic soil disinfestation strategies to assist both conventional and organic berry growers. Additionally, his Extension program has influenced grower adoption of berry cultivars. Samtani also works with nurseries and chemical companies to evaluate products valuable to berry production systems.

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