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Tao LiTao is a scientist and a senior crop modeler at IRRI. He is currently leading its group of crop modellers and also developing a rice growth crop simulation model called ORYZA2000. He also coordinates the AgMIP Rice Team – a global rice modeling network of rice modeling groups in the world.

His current researches mainly focuses on development of rice cropping system models (ORYZA2000, APSIM-ORYZA and DSSAT-ORYZA) development; quantification of the impacts of abiotic stress (drought, salinity, heat and chill, and submergence) on rice growth and yield through both field experiments and crop modeling; evaluation on the impact of climate change; and rice varietal and agronomic technical disseminations on rice production using crop modeling techniques.

As the head of the crop modeling group at IRRI, he governs the group's daily research activities and supervises research groups and scholars. At the same time, he also coordinates relevant modeling research activities among research groups at IRRI and takes care of ORYZA2000 modeling studies. He also takes lead in collaborating with other international organizations.

As the coordinator of the AgMIP Rice Team, he also coordinates the daily research activities on model comparison and improvement, and prediction of rice production under current and changing climate conditions to serve global food security.


  • Crop and ecosystem modeling
  • Cropping system and management
  • Quantification of impacts of climate change and abiotic stress on rice production
  • Computer multiple language programming
  • GIS spatial analysis and application program development


  • MSc in Crop Science (Ecological Agriculture), Wageningen University, the Netherlands (1999)
  • PhD in Soil Science, University of Alberta, Canada (2005)


  • Scientist, Crop Modeler, IRRI (2009-present)
  • Associate Researcher, University of Alberta, and Alberta Research Council, Canada (2005-2008)
  • Assistant Scientist, Institute of Desert Research, Chinese Academy of Science (1986-1997)


  • Tao Li, Yongsheng Feng, Xiaomei Li. The K-model. It is a long-term soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics model (2005-2008)
  • Tao Li, Yongsheng Feng, Jason Cathcart, Tom Goddard, Tony Brierley, Michael Bock, Len Kryzanowski. The Alberta Soil Quality Assessment Model (ASQA) (2005-2007)
  • Tao Li. Analysis of ORYZA2000 simulation outputs (2010)
  • Tao Li. Autocalibration of ORYZA2000 (2012)


  • Tao Li, Improving ORYZA2000 to enhance its capabilities on simulating rice response to abiotic stress (2009-present)
  • Tao Li and Robert Grant, Integrating the nitrogen scheme into CLASS 2.7 (Canadian LAnd Surface Scheme) (2006-2007)
  • Tao Li and Robert Grant, Extending ECOSYS for modeling landscape N2O emission (2000-2005)


  1. Li T, Li XM, Feng Y S, 2012. Comparing predictions of long-term soil carbon dynamics under various cropping management systems using K-model and CENTURY. Int J Agric & Biol Eng, 5, 15-30.
  2. Tao Li, Olivyn Angeles, Manuel Marcaida, Emmali Manalo, 2012. The modeling study using ORYZA2000. In: T. Barik, S.N. Jena, D.K. Bastia and B. Behera (Eds.), Practical manual on crop simulation modeling, volume – I, pp124-181. Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar.
  3. Sudhir -Yadav, T. Li, E. Humphreys, Gurjeet Gill, S.S. Kukal, 2011. Evaluation and application of ORYZA2000 for irrigation scheduling of puddle transplanted rice in north west India. Field Crops Research, 122, 104-117
  4. Li, T; Feng, YS; Li, XM, 2009. Predicting crop growth under different cropping and fertilizing management practices. Agricultural And Forest Meteorology, 149, 985-998

Tao LiDr. Tao Li
Scientist-Crop Modeler

International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna

+63 2 580 5600
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