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Te-tzu Chang

Te-Tzu Chang, Taiwanese plant geneticist (Shanghai 03 April 1927 - Tamsui Village, Northern Taiwan 24 March 2006)

Authored over 250 articles

Regarded as world authority on rice genetics and conservation

Developed a new variety of dwarf rice (1962) and other rice varieties


The management of rice genetic resources. Genome 31:825-31, 1989

The Ethnobotany of rice in Island Southeast Asia (1988)

Preservation of crop germplasm. Iowa State J. Res. 59:365-78, 1985

Principles of genetic conservation. Iowa State J. Res. 59(4):325-48, 1985

With G.C. Loresto & J.C. O’Toole. Genetic analysis of root characters in rice. SABRAO J. 15:103-16, 1983

The origin, evolution, cultivation, dissemination and diversification of Asian and African rices. Euphytica 25:425-441, 1976

The rice cultures. Philos. Trans. Royal Soc. London B275:143-57, 1976

With S.K. DeDatta & W.R. Coffman. Breeding methods for upland rice (1975)

Studies on the inheritance of grain shape of rice. Taiwan Agric. Res. 23:9-15, 1974

With G.C. Loresto & O. Tagumpay. Screening rice germplasm for drought resistance. SABRAO J. 6(11):9-16, 1974

With J.C. Zadoks & C.F. Konzak. Decimal code for the growth stages of cereals. Weed Res. 14:415-31, 1974

Field experiments with rice in the tropics with emphasis on variety testing. SABRAO Newsletter 3:59-69, 1971

Genetic basis of adaptability. Intl. Rice Comm. Newsl. 16(4):4-12, 1967

With E. A. Bardenas. The morphology and varietal characteristics of the rice plant. Techn. Bull. Intern. Rice Rep. Inst. 4, 1965 

Varietal differences in lodging resistance. Intl. Rice Comm. Newsletter 13(4):1-11, 1964


John Scott Award (1969)

International Service in Agronomy Award, American Society of Agronomy (1980)

Rank Prize in Agronomy and Nutrition, Rank Prize Foundation (1988)

Frank N. Meyer Award and Medal in Plant Germplasm (1990)

Foreign Member, US National Academy of Sciences (1994)

Genus Changii Prasad, Strömberg, Leaché et al. 2011 (Phytolith)