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Dr. Prabhakar Tamboli

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor

Environmental Science & Technology 1426 Animal Science/Agricultural Engineering Building 9375 Chesapeake Street College Park, Maryland 20742


Dr. Tamboli was a Senior Agriculturalist at the World Bank, Washington, D.C., where he worked on projects in 30 countries in Africa and Asia. He also has held positions as a Soil Fertility expert at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and as a professor and Associate Dean at Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University at Jabalpur (M.P.), and was involved in designing and implementing All India Agronomic Trials throughout India. Under the technical cooperation mission in (TCM) of USAID and Indian Counsel of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Research Focus:

  • Role of crop production in elevating humans out of poverty in developing countries

  • basic principles of plant and soil science underlying the international production of food crops and world food security

  • Role of multinational agencies such as the World Bank in the promotion of sustainable crop production using environmentally-sound technologies will also be discussed


  • Ph.D., Agronomy, Iowa State University Ames, Iowa USA

  • M.S., Soil Science, I.A. R. I., New Delhi, India

  • B.S., Chemistry, Biology, Victoria College, Gwalior, India

Awards & Honors:

  • Department of Environmental Science and Technology

  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellow for Ph. D. Program

  • Gamma, Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, member of Honor of High Scholarship, Outstanding Achievement Award (University of Maryland Chapter)

  • Lifetime honored member of Who’s Who Biltmore

  • Society of the Sigma Xi, Iowa State University Chapter

  • Chief Adviser to Asian Agri-History Foundation

  • Member of Editorial Board of the Science Domain Journal


ENST 100 International Crop Production-Issues and Challenges in the 21st Century (3 credits).

This course examines the role of crop production in elevating humans out of poverty in developing countries. It will introduce students to the basic principles of plant and soil science underlying the international production of food crops and world food security. The role of multinational agencies such as the World Bank in the promotion of sustainable crop production using environmentally-sound technologies will also be discussed. 

Achievements in Teaching: 

  • Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Environmental Science and Technology

Collaboration with India:

  1. March 2006 and July 2006: An MoU between the Agricultural University of Hisar and India’s Department of Natural Resources was signed in March 2006. A delegation of four senior faculty members of the college (Dr. Miller, Dr. Amal, Mr. Dave and Dr. Tamboli) visited the Hisar campus and have created a UPA work plan for long-term collaboration in the areas of distance learning, animal and plant biotechnology and fruit/vegetable production and processing. Funding for this collaboration is being sought from the USDA (US-India Knowledge Initiative) and the World Bank.

  2. October 2006: Dean Dr. Chen-i Wei visited HAU campus; Dr. Mote, President, met with Dr. Kidwai, the Governor of Haryana (India)

  3. March 2007: A delegation from HAU, comprised of Dr. J.C. Katyal, Vice Chancellor and Dr. Dala, registrar, visited our campus.

  4. March 2007: An MoU between the Maha Phule Krishi Vidyalay Tahuri, India and the University of Maryland was signed for collaboration between these two universities.

  5. November 2007: Assisted in organizing a two-day workshop, “India and the US: Common Challenges and Opportunities”.

International Training Program:

The International Training Program (ITP) is a unique entity within The International Programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources otherwise known as IPAN. IPAN was established in 1998 when the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recognized the importance of international involvement and sought to encourage and facilitate research, outreach, and education efforts across the globe. IPAN offers short term customized training programs designed to meet the needs of developing countries in managing their growth and utilization of natural resources.

  1. July, 1996: The Project for Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management was initiated in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. The objective of the project is to develop human resource capacity in developing countries through the partnership with multinational donor agencies like the UNDP, FAO and the World Bank.

  2. February 20, 1997: The President William E. Kirwan formally launched the Project at the Headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, DC; the announcement of the new training center was made in the International Magazine.

  3. April 10, 1997: Visit of the senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ukraine.

  4. January 24, 1997: A MoU was signed between the offices of Continuing Education and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to jointly conduct training courses on food security in developing countries.

  5. October 5 to 19, 1997: A three-week training workshop, “Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis”, took place. The participants were five senior officials from Malawi, two from Uganda, two from Zambia, and one each from Mali, Kenya, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

  6. August 23 to September 19, 1998: A three-week training workshop, “Food Security in Drought-Prone Environments”, took place. About 20 participants from various African countries were in attendance.

  7. October 26 to November 14, 1998: A three-week training workshop, “Monitoring and Evaluation of Agricultural Development Projects”, took place. About 10 senior officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture attended this training.

  8. May 15 to May 26, 2000: A two-week training workshop, “Agricultural Research Management”, took place. Sixteen senior officials from the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture.

  9. June 4 to June 29, 2001: A three-week training workshop was organized on the topic of “Agricultural Research Management, Research & Extension Linkages, Privatization of Extension, Monitoring and Evaluation and Management Information Systems”, took place. Five officials from Africa and two senior officials from India attended.

  10. During the period of 1999 and 2005: Several one-day field visits were organized for about 30 officials from the World Bank, Washington, DC on nutrient management in the Chesapeake Bay area, including topics such as fisheries, aquaculture, and improved management practices in the watershed.

  11. May 18-24 2003: A special training program, “Modernization of Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education”, was organized for ten senior officials from the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture.

  12. June 12-16, 2006: A customized training program, Agricultural Nutrient Management and Water Quality Issues”, was organized for 22 senior officials from the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture.

Select Publications:

  1. Prabhakar Tamboli, and Rattan Lal.. in book  published  by International Union of Soil Scientists ( IUSS)  entitled“ Global Soil Proverbs: Cultural Language of the Soil” Ed: Jae E Yang; M.B. Kirkham; Rattan Lal; Sigbert Huber. 2019
  2. Tamboli P.M. “Will Organic Farming Alone Feed the future Global Population? – Exploiting Synergies of Lessons from Vrikshayurveda and Modern Agriculture” By CL Laxmipathi Gowda and PM Tamboli. Proceedings of National Symposium held from March 6-8,2017. Asian Agri History Foundation Page 15-27.
  3. Tamboli P.MEditorial: “Innovative techniques in Agriculture”. October 19, 2017.
  4. Tamboli P.M.. and  Nene Y.L. “ Modernizing Higher Agricultural Education System in India to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century”, Proceedings, 11th Agricultural Science Congress, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, India, 2014.
  5. Tamboli P.M.. and  Nene Y.L. “ Modernizing Higher Agricultural Education System in India to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century” Journal of Asian Agri-History Foundation, Volume 17 Number 3, July-September 2013. P 251.
  6. Bhupat M Desai, Errol D’Souza, John Mellor, Vijay Paul Sharma, Prabhakar Tamboli” Agricultural Policy, Instrument and Implementation: A Review and the Road Ahead” Economic & political Weekly- Vol XLVI No 53. December 31,2011
  7. J Challa, P K Joshi, Prabhakar Tamboli: Revitalizing Higher Agricultural Education in India “ Economic and Political Weekly-Volume XLVI Nos 26&27, June 25, 2011
  8. Prabhakar Tamboli, Wanted: Knowledge Initiatives in Agriculture” Journal of 3SENSEX, Vol 2 No 2, July 2008
  9. Prabhakar Tamboli, “Seeking Knowledge initiatives in Agriculture-Staving Off a Collapse” ESS journal March 2008
  10. Tamboli P.M. and Nene Y .L. “ Science in India with Special Reference to Agriculture” Journal of Asian Agri-History Vol 9, No 1,2005 ( 27-49_
  11. Jitendra  S, P. Mahadeo Tamboli, J C Engilish, Ratan Lal and A B Stewart” Conserving Soil Moisture and Fertility in the Warm Seasonal Dry  Tropics” The World Bank Technical Paper #221, 1993
  12. Tamboli P.M. “ The World Bank Experience in Supporting Agricultural Research For Development and Challenges Faced  by  Indonesia’s Agricultural Research and Development Agency”Seminar Proceedings  1991
  13. Tamboli P.M., W E Larson & M Amemiya “ Influence of Aggregate Size on Soil Moisture Retention” Iowa Academy  of Science, Vol 71, 1964
  14. Tamhane, R.V., and P.M. Tamboli. 1955, Investigations into the physical and chemical properties of soils of Malwa, under Tractor cultivation. A paper presented in the fortieth Indian Science Congress Lucknow, Part III Abstr. 1955. pp. 139.
  15. Tamhane, R.V., and P.M. Tamboli. 1955. Effect of tractor ploughing in black soils of Malwa. Jour of Indian Soc. of Soil Sci. Vol. Ill No. 1955. pp. 51.
  16. Tamboli, P.M. and V.K. Misra. 1963. Phosphate requirement of soils of Madhya Pradesh. Jour, of Indian Soc. of Soil Sc. Vol. 11 No. 2, 1963.
  17. Tamboli, P.M. and H.P. Singh. 1963. Fertility status of Alluvial soils of M.P. Papers presented in 50th Science Congress held in 1963 at New Delhi.
  18. Tamboli, P.M. and H.P. Singh. 1962. Soil fertility status of extension Block Morar in Gwalior District, M.P. Bull. NO. 26 of National Institute of Science of India 1964, paper read at symposium of fertility of Indian soils held at Madras, in August 1962.
  19. Tamboli, P.M. and Y.P. Bali. 1958. Investigations on the suitability of soils for irrigation. Jour, of Vik. Univ. Vol. Ill, No. 3, pp. 169.
  20. Tamboli, P.M. 1955. Soil structure. Jour, of College of Agri. Gwalior 1955/56 pp. 75.
  21. Tamboli, P.M. and Y.P. Bali. 1957. Reconnaissance soil survey of Guna Dist. M.P. Jour, of Coll. of Agril. Gwalior Vol. II, No. I pp. 41
  22. Tamboli, P.M. and Y.P. Bali. 1957. What doses land revenue classification mean. Journal of College of Agriculture, Gwalior. Vol. I, pp. 25.
  23. Tamboli, P.M. 1957. Soils of District Raipur (MP) and their fertility status. Journal of College of Agriculture, Raipur. Vol. I, pp. 62.
  24. Sastry, B.D. and P.M. Tamboli. 1961. A preliminary study of the soils of Khandwa (Nimar) district (MP) . Journal Vol. VI, 1961/62 pp. 26.
  25. Tamboli, P.M. 1961. Soils survey and some problems of irrigated agriculture in Chambai Commanded Area in M.P. Government Report.
  26. Tamboli/ P.M. 1961. A paper presented in seminar on irrigation drainage and water logging problems held in September 1961-%in Bombay, India.
  27. Tamboli/ P.M. and J.N. Dubey. 1964* Effect of Molybdenum and Cobalt upon leaf liness and carbohydrate formation in Tri folium alexandrinum, Inoculated with rhizobium. A paper presented at symposium held by Indian Soc. Soil Sci. on trace elements in soils, plant a and animal husbandry at Ludhiyana in May 1964. Published in Journal of Ind Soc. Soil Sci. Vol 12 No. 4 p. 37.
  28. Tamboli/ P.M. and N.K.S. Pathak. 1964. Studies of saline and alkali soils of M.P. State. Journal of Indian Soc. of Soil Sci. Vol 12.
  29. Tamboli/ P.M. and V.K. Mishra- 1965. Utility of soil survey and soil testing in increasing crop production in Raipur District of M.P. Paper read at the symposium held by Indian Society of Soil Science at Jaipur on 8 May 1965.
  30. Bhagat, T.D. and P.M. Tamboli. 1966. Effects of some agricultural implements on physical, chemical and biological properties of soils of Jabalpur. Indian Journal of Soil Science. Vol 14/ p. 77.
  31. Verma, L.N., P.M. Tamboli and J.N. Dubey. 1966. Bacteria/ actinomycetes and fungi in soils of Upper Narmada Valley. Indian Journal of Microbiology. Vol VI, No. 1.
  32. Tamboli, P.M. and V.K. Mishra. 1966. Use of phosphatic fertilizers for increasing crop production in Madhya Pradesh. A paper read at the 53rd Indian Science Congress. Jan 1966.
  33. Tamboli, P.M. and M.J.S. Tulsi. 19 67. A study of the use of basic slag as liming material in acidic soils of MP. Indian Journal of Soil Science.
  34. Tamboli, P.M. and Y.D. Tiwari. 1966. Soil moisture studies in heavy black soils of Jabalpur (MP). A paper presented at the symposium held at Ranchi in June 1966.
  35. Tamboli, P.M. and M.J.S. Tulsi. 1966. Response to paddy with and without amm. sulphate. Planter’s Journal and Agriculturist, Aug. 1966.
  36. Verma, L.N., J.N, Dubey, and P.M. Tamboli. 1967. Interaction of actinomycetes and azotobacters in soiis. J.N. Agri. Univ. Res. Journal Vol. I.
  37. Dubey, J.N. and P.M. Tamboli. 1967. A method of analysis of soil bluegreen alage.
  38. Gupta, S. K., T.A. Singh, J.P. Mahajan, and P.M. Tamboli. 1967. Germination of oil seeds as affected by solute concentration.
  39. Gupta, S.K., T.A. Singh, J.P. Mahajan, and P.M. Tamboli. 1967. Fate of applied phosphorus in some soils of Madhya Pradesh.
  40. Gupta, S.K., T.A. Singh, J.P. Mahajan, and P.M. Tamboli. 1967. These three papers were presented at the Annual Meeting of Ind. Soc. of Soil Sco. held in May 1967 at Jabalpur.
  41. Tamboli, P.M and Y.P. Bali. 1957. Soils of Madliya Pradesh (with a soil map) Dept, of Agriculture, MP. Bulletin No. I 1957/58 (Hindi version in Kisani Samachar, June 1957)
  42. Tamboli, P.M. and Y.P. Bali. 1958. Soil testing service in M.P. with 12 photographs. (Hindi version in Kisani Samachar, March 1958)
  43. Tamboli, P.M. 1958. Pre/irrigation soil survey of Chambal Commanded area in M.P. (a 35 pages report containing analytical data and a soil map showing irrigation suitability classes)
  44. Tamboli, P.M. and Y.P. Bali. 1959. Report on fertilizer trials and soil survey in M.P. under the Indo U.S. operational agreement No.4, 1956-58. (a 73 pages report) Dept, of Agriculture M.P. Publication No. II.
  45. Tamboli, P.M., Y.P. Bali, N.K.S. Pathak, S.S. Yadav. 1959. A report of soil survey of Govt, farms of Madhya Pradesh (Gwalior, Bhind, Jora, Baroda, Vidisha and Khargone) alongwith the soil map. Dept, of Agriculture M.P. Bulletin.
  46. Tamboli, P.M., A.O. Khare, N.K.S. Pathak. 1959. report on fertilizer trails under Model Agronomic experiment scheme (1956–59) Kharif).
  47. Tamboli, P.M. 1957. Three decades of research in the field of Agriculture work done at Agril. Research Institute, Gwalior from 1916 to 1952.
  48.  Tamboli, P.M. 1957. Report o£ work done at Agricultural Research Institute, Gwalior from 1952 to 1956.
  49. Tamboli, P.M. and V.K. Mishra, H.P. Singh. 1962. Soils of Madhya Pradesh and their fertilizer needs. Fertilizer News Nov. 1962.
  50. Tamboli, P.M., N.K.S. Pathak. 1962. Irrigation water, its properties and chemical analysis (Hindi version in Kisani Samachar, Jan 1962 pp. 11) .
  51. Tamboli, P.M. 1964. Use of Urea in Madhya Pradesh. Japan Urea Center News, Dec. 64. (Hindi version in Kisani Samachar).
  52. Shuman, F.H. and P.M. Tamboli. 1964. Freedom form hunger and N.P.K. go together. Fertilizer News, May 1964.
  53. Motiramani, D.P., P.M. Tamboli, V.K. Mishra. 1965. Liming of acid soil of M.P. (J.N. Krishi Vishwa Vidhyala Technical leaflet 1965).
  54. Tamboli, P.M. and V.K. Mishra. 1966. Increase in crop production through soil testing in Raipur. Fertilizer News. April 1966.
  55. Motiramani, D.P., P.M. Tamboli, V.K. Mishra, S.M. Gorantiwar. 1967. Changes in the fertilizer status of Madhya Pradesh soils. Fertilizer News. Vol 12, No. 7, July 1967 p. 18.
  56. Tamboli, P.M. 1967. Organic manures green manure and their long term effect.
  57. Tamboli, P.M. and B.R, Tembhare. 1967. Fertilizer guide for Madhya Pradesh. 1967.