Eugene K. (Gene) Blythe

Eugene K. (Gene) Blythe

Research Professor

Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture

South MS Branch Experiment Station

Mailing Address:
PO Box 193
Poplarville, MS 39470
Mailing Address:
810 Highway 26 West
Poplarville, MS 39470
Research/Extension Assignments:
  • Applied production research to support an expanding ornamental horticulture industry in Mississippi and the Gulf States region
  • Commercial plant propagation
  • nursery production systems
  • Evaluation of ornamental plants for performance in specific regions
  • Application of nontraditional statistical methods in horticultural research

  • Ph.D., Auburn University
  • M.B.A., California State Polytechnic University
  • B.S., California State Polytechnic University
  • B.S., California State Polytechnic University

Society Membership:
  • International Plant Propagators’ Society (Past President of the Western Region)
  • American Society for Horticultural Science


  • Li, T., G. Bi, R. L. Harkess, G. C. Denny, E. K. Blythe, X. Zhao. 2018. Nitrogen rate, irrigation frequency, and container type affect plant growth and nutrient uptake of encore azalea 'Chiffon'. HortScience 53(4):560-566. Download
  • Blythe, E. K., B. Demirci, F. Goger, N. Tabanca. 2017. Characterization of volatiles and polar compounds of jiaogulan tea [Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino] by hyphenated analytical techniques. Asian Journal of Chemistry 29(6):1285-1290. Download
  • Chater, J. M., D. J. Merhaut, J. E. Preece, E. K. Blythe. 2017. Rooting and vegetative growth of hardwood cuttings of 12 pomegranate (Punica Granatum l.) cultivars. Scientia Horticulturae 221:68-72. Download
  • Craft, J., C. M. Baldwin, J. D. McCurdy, B. R. Stewart, H. W. Philley, E. K. Blythe, M. Tomaso-Peterson. 2017. Maintaining soil physical properties in athletic fields using alternative technology. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 13(1):636-641.
  • Tucker, M. A., C. M. Baldwin, H. W. Philley, S. B. Wait, E. K. Blythe. 2017. Tall fescue and bermudagrass cultivar response to water stress at the germination growth stage. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 13:353-357. Download
  • Ali, A., N. Tabanca, B. Demirci, E. K. Blythe, C. Baser, I. A. Khan. 2016. Chemical composition and biological activity of essential oils from four nepeta species and hybrids against Aedes aegypti (L.) (Diptera: Culicidae). Records of Natural Products 10(2):137-147. Download
  • Blythe, E. K., N. Tabanca, B. Demirci, M. Tsikolia, J. R. Bloomquist, U. R. Bernier. 2016. Lantana montevidensis essential oil: Chemical composition and mosquito repellent activity. Natural Product Communications 11(11):1713-1716.
  • Craft, J. M., C. M. Baldwin, W. H. Philley, J. D. McCurdy, B. R. Stewart, M. Tomaso-Peterson, E. K. Blythe. 2016. Impact of dry-injection cultivation to maintain soil physical properties for an ultradwarf bermudagrass putting green. HortScience 51(9):1171-1175. Download
  • Hodges, B., C. Baldwin, B. R. Stewart, M. Tomaso-Peterson, J. McCurdy, E. Blythe, H. Philley. 2016. Quantifying a daily light integral for establishment of warm-season cultivars on putting greens. Crop Science 56(5):2818-2826. Download
  • Zhao, X., G. Bi, R. Harkess, J. J. Varco, E. K. Blythe. 2016. Spring Nitrogen Uptake, Use Efficiency, and Partitioning for Growth in Iris Germanica 'Immortality'. HortScience 51(5):563-566. Download
  • Zhao, X., G. Bi, R. L. Harkess, E. K. Blythe. 2016. Effects of different NH4:NO3 ratios on growth and nutritional status in iris germanica 'immortality'. HortScience 51(8):1045-1049. Download
  • Zhao, X., G. Bi, R. L. Harkess, J. J. Varco, T. Li, E. K. Blythe. 2016. Nitrogen fertigation rates affect stored nitrogen, growth and blooming in iris germanica 'immortality'. HortScience 51(2):186-191. Download
  • Ali, A., N. Tabanca, B. Demirci, E. K. Blythe, Z. Ali, K. H. C. Baser, I. A. Khan. 2015. Chemical Composition and Biological Activity of Four Salvia Essential Oils and Individual Compounds against Two Species of Mosquitoes. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 63(2):447-456. Download
  • Baldwin, C. M., E. K. Blythe, D. Brede, J. Mayer, R. Golembewski. 2015. Glyphosate Tolerance of Two Perennial Ryegrass Cultivars from Fall Applications and at Seedling Growth Stages. HortScience 50(2):304-309. Download
  • Blythe, E. K., C. Pounders, M. Anderson, E. Watts, B. Watts. 2015. Survey of 575 Daylily Cultivars for Severity of Daylily Rust in a Southern Mississippi Landscape. HortTechnology 25(4):551-564. Download
  • Blythe, E. K., N. Tabanca, B. Demirci, U. R. Bernier, N. M. Agramonte, A. Ali, K. H. C. Baser, I. A. Khan. 2015. Composition of the Essential Oil of Pink Chablis™ Bluebeard (Caryopteris clandonensis' Durio') and its Biological Activity Against the Yellow Fever Mosquito Aedes aegypti. Natural Volatiles and Essential Oils 2(1):11-21. Download
  • Monday, T. A., W. G. Foshee, III, E. K. Blythe, G. R. Wehtje, C. H. Gilliam. 2015. Yellow Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) Control and Tomato Response to Application Methods of Drip-Applied Herbicides in Polyethylene-Mulched. Tomato Weed Technology 29(3):625-632. Download
  • Tabanca, N., B. Demirci, A. Ali, Z. Ali, E. K. Blythe, I. Khan. A. 2015. Essential Oils of Green and Red Perilla frutescens as Potential Sources of Compounds for Mosquito Management. Industrial Crops and Products 65:36-44. Download
  • Witcher, A. L., E. K. Blythe, G. B. Fain, K. J. Curry. 2015. Suitability of Whole Pine Tree Substrates for Seed Propagation. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 33(1):20-28. Download
  • Ali, A., N. Tabassum, M. Kurkcuoglu, A. Duran, E.K. Blythe, I.A. Khan, and K.H. Baser. 2014. Biting deterrence and larvicidal activity of essential oils of two subspecies of Tanacetum argenteum (Lam.) Wild and individual constituents against Aedes Aegypti. Journal of Medical Entomology, Vol. 51:824-830. Download
  • Cochran, D., R.L. Harkess, P.R. Knight, M. Tomaso-Peterson, E.K. Blythe, and C.H. Gilliam. 2014. Evaluation of a Commercial Extract of Giant Knotweed on Drought Tolerance of Impatiens. HortScience, Vol. 49(8):1034-1040. Download
  • Sakhanokho, H.F., M.N. Islam-Faridi, E.K. Blythe, B.J. Smith, K. Rajasekaran, and M.A. Majid. 2014. Morphological and cytomolecular assessment of intraspecific variability in scarlet eggplant (Solanum aethiopicum L.). Journal of Crop Improvement, Vol. 28:437-453. Download
  • Werle, C., A.M. Bray, J.B. Oliver, E.K. Blythe, and B.J. Sampson. 2014. Ambrosia beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) captures using colored traps in southeast Tennessee and south Mississippi. Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Vol. 49:373-382. Download
  • Bowerman, J.R., J.D. Spiers, E.K. Blythe, E.D. Coneva, K.M. Tilt, and D.A. Marshall. 2013. Cutting type affects rooting percentage of vegetatively propagated sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum). Journal of Environmental Horticulture, Vol. 31:253-258. Download
  • Boyer, C.R., J.J. Griffin, B.M. Morales, and E.K. Blythe. 2013. Use of root-promoting products for vegetative propagation of nursery crops. Bulletin published at Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service; Publication MF3105, December 2013. Download
  • Monday, T.A., W.G. Foshee, III, E.K. Blythe, W.A. Dozier, L.W. Wells, J.L. Sibley, and J.E. Brown. 2013. Nitrogen requirements of sweet potato following a crimson clover cover crop. International Journal of Vegetable Science, Vol. 19:78-82. Download
  • Sakhanokho, H.F., C.T. Pounders, and E.K. Blythe. 2013. Alginate encapsulation of Begonia microshoots for short-term storage and distribution; ID No. 341568. Scientific World Journal. Download
  • Tabanca, N., U.R. Bernier, A. Ali, M. Wang, B. Demirci, E.K. Blythe, S.I. Khan, K.H. Baser, and I.A. Khan. 2013. Bioassay-guided investigation of two Monarda essential oils as repellents of yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Vol. 61:8573-8580. Download
  • Bowerman, J.R., J.D. Spiers, E.D. Coneva, K.M. Tilt, E.K. Blythe, D.A. Marshall. 2012. Propagation of Vaccinium arboreum by stem cuttings for use as a rootstock for commercial blueberries. HortScience 47(9):S15.
  • Spiers, J.D., J.R. Bowerman, E.D. Coneva, K.M. Tilt, E.K. Blythe, D.L. Marshall. 2012. Type of stem cutting affects asexual propagation of sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum). HortScience 47(9):S329-S330.
  • Copes, W.E., E.K. Blythe. 2009. Chemical and hot water teatments to control rhizoctonia AG-U infesting azalea stem cuttings. HortScience 44:1370-1376.
  • Foshee, III, W.G., R.T. Boozer, E.K. Blythe, D.L. Horton, J. Burkett. 2008. Management of plum curculio and catfacing insects on peaches in Central Alabama: Standard crop stage-based vs. integrated pest management-based approaches. International Journal of Fruit Science 8(3):188-199. Download
  • Blythe, E.K., D.J. Merhaut. 2007. Grouping and comparison of container substrates based on physical properties using exploratory multivariate statistical methods. HortScience 42:353-363.
  • Blythe, E.K., D.J. Merhaut. 2007. Testing the assumption of normality for pH and electrical conductivity of substrate extract obtained using the pour-through method. HortScience 42:661-669.
  • Blythe, E.K., J. Sibley, K.M. Tilt, J.M. Ruter. 2007. Methods of auxin application in cutting propagation: A review of 70 years of scientific discovery and commercial practice. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 25(3):166-185. Download
  • Blythe, E.K., J. Sibley. 2007. Sodium cellulose glycolate as a thickening agent for liquid auxin formulations can enhance rooting of stem cuttings. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 25(3):126-130. Download