Tea Research and Extension Station
Agency overview
Formed1903 (as Tea Manufacture Experiment Station)
2003 (as TRES)
JurisdictionTaiwan (ROC)
HeadquartersYangmei, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Parent agencyCouncil of Agriculture

The Tea Research and Extension Station (TRES; Chinese: 行政院農業委員會茶業改良場; pinyin: Xíngzhèngyuàn Nóngyè Wěiyuánhuì Cháyè Gǎiliáng Chǎng) is the research and development center of Taiwan tea where scientists and tea masters conduct study, research and experiment to improve tea plantations, to develop new and better cultivars, to manufacture and educate the industry and consumers in Taiwan. It is located on a 20 hectare site in Yangmei District, a region in which the slightly acidic soil not well suited for other agriculture has seen tea become a major crop.[1] It is the only professional institution for the study and testing of tea in Taiwan,[2] and is affiliated to the governmental Council of Agriculture.[3]


The center was originally established in 1903 as Tea Manufacture Experiment Station. In 1968, it was reorganized as Taiwan Tea Experiment Station. In 1999, it was reorganized again as Taiwan Tea Experiment Station. In 2003, it was renamed to Tea Research and Extension Station. The station has developed hybrid tea varieties such as Taiwan Tea No. 18 to boost Taiwanese black tea production[4]

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See also


  1. ^ "Yangmei City Office-Tea Research and Extension Station". Yangmei City Office. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Soil and Water Conservation Bureau-Outdoor Classrooms". Soil and Water Conservation Bureau. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  3. ^ Li-hua, Chung (6 November 2006). "Tea researchers seek new name for Taiwan Tea No. 1". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  4. ^ Chu, Owen (8 April 2005). "Black tea makes comeback in central Taiwan's Yuchih". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 15 March 2012.