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Ted Leininger at old growth baldcypress-tupelo swamp; Sky Lake, MS.

Theodor D. Leininger

Project Leader/Research Plant Pathologist
P.O. Box 227
Stoneville, MS 38776-0227
Phone: 662-336-4801

Research Interest

I have studied the production, protection and sustainable management of bottomland hardwoods for more than 20 years. In addition to my research and development of biofuels feedstock crop production systems for eastern cottonwood and black willow, I and my cooperators are developing disease resistance in American sycamore to be grown in plantations for pulpwood, biofuels feedstocks, and other natural products. I helped refine and promote the use of an eastern cottonwood-oak interplanting method developed by the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research to the point where the method has been used from 2007 to 2014 to plant more than 12 million hardwood trees on nearly 20,000 acres of formerly unproductive agricultural land in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.


  • Virginia Tech., Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, 1988
  • Duke University, Forestry, Plant Pathology, 1981
  • Albright College, Biology, Forestry, 1980

Professional Organizations

  • Louisiana Tech University, School of Forestry, Adjunct Faculty (2011 - Current
  • University of Mississippi, Department of Pharmacognosy, Adjunct Faculty (2011 - Current
  • Mississippi State University, College of Forest Resources, Adjunct Faculty (2008 - Current
  • Society of American Foresters, Forest Science, Associate Editor, Applied Research (2008 - Current

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Research Highlights


Estimating impacts of extreme rainfall events for local watersheds

Many future climate scenarios project impacts of climate variability on water quantity and quality. However, these scenarios may not be accurate and do not have flexibility for local and small watershed analyses. They are not able to answer questions such as: what will happen to stream flow, water quality, and water availability for a given local watershed if extreme rainfall events such as very dry summers and wet winters occur in the next ten years? This information is crucial to state and local water resource managers and stakeholders for implementing adaptive management practices on crop and forest lands.   


New research sheds light on fate of the imperiled pondberry plant

Some consider pondberry to be the rarest shrub in the southeastern U.S. as it is found in only 36 populations distributed in six states. Forest Service researchers discovered that pondberry prefers to grow in partial sunlight rather than the heavy shade characteristic of dense forests. Active forest management practices that provide suitable light availability could help pondberry thrive and perhaps even resist other environmental stresses such as soil flooding.


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