John Byrd, Jr.

Extension/Research Professor

Specialty: Weed Science

Mailing Address:

Box 9555
Mississippi State, MS

Physical Address:

312 Dorman Hall
Mississippi State, MS

Phone: (662) 325-4537


  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • M.S., North Carolina State University
  • B.S., Clemson University

Research/Extension Assignments:

  • Invasive weeds
  • Weed management in turf and rights of way
  • Weed management in forage production systems

Teaching Assignments:

  • APM Senior Seminar
  • Graduate student research credit hours

Society Memberships:

  • Weed Science Society of America
  • National Association of County Agricultural Agents
  • Southern Weed Science Society
  • Mississippi Weed Science Society
  • Mississippi Vegetation Management Association
  • Mississippi Association of County Agricultural Agents
  • Mississippi Exotic Pest Plant Council
  • Southeastern Exotic Pest Plant Council
  • Gamma Sigma Delta


Byrd, J.D., V.L. Maddox, and J.M. Taylor. 2013. An Easy, Effective Way to Control Perennial Woody Weeds in Home Landscapes. MSU-ES Information Sheet. Download
Bryson, C.T., K.N. Reddy, J.D. Byrd. 2012. Growth, development, and morphological differences among native and nonnative prickly nightshades (Solanum spp.) of the Southeastern United States. Invasive Plant Science and Management 5(3):341-352. Download
Cerdeira, A.L., C.L. Cantrell, F.E. Dayan, J.D. Byrd, S.O. Duke. 2012. Tabanone, a new phytotoxic constituent of Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica). Weed Science 60(2):212-218. Download
Bryson, C.T., L.J. Krutz, G. Ervin, K.N. Reddy, J.D. Byrd. 2010. Ecotype variability and edaphic characteristics for cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) populations in Mississippi. Invasive Plant Science and Management 3:199-207. Download
Maddox, V.L., J.D. Byrd, and B. Serviss. 2010. Identification and control of invasive privets (Ligustrum spp.) in the Middle Southern United States. Invasive Plant Science and Management 3(4):482-487. Download
Hutto, K.C., J.M. Taylor, J.D. Byrd. 2007. Evaluation of 2,4-D and 2,4-D mixtures for path rush control in bermudagrass. Weed Technology 21(3):768-770. Download
Bryson, C.T, A.M. Fox, J.D. Byrd Jr. 2006. Wetland nightshade (Solanum tampicense) growth response to temperature, and winter survival, in relation to potential spread. Weed Technology 20(3):778-783. Download
Hutto, K.C., R.L. King, J.D. Byrd, D.R. Shaw. 2006. Implementation of hyperspectral radiometry in irrigation management of creeping bentgrass putting Greens. Crop Science 46:1564-1569. Download