Dr Anowarul Bokshi


I have a passion for research on horticultural crops especially on vegetables. I have an interest in pre and postharvest disease management and study on postharvest physiology.

Research interests

I am interested in disease management using non-conventional methods such as application of natural products as well as chemicals of non-fungicidal actions. I am also interested in the study of postharvest physiology of horticultural crops for the facts and factors of degradation of nutrients.

To pursue these interests my research involves control of cucurbit field and storage diseases by the application of chemicals that induces systemic resistance in the plant. My colleageus and I assess plant resistance through bioassay as well as quantify the resistance inducing compounds increased during the phenomenon.

I am currently involve with a number of projects researching on disease management and postharvest physiology as below:

  • Managing mildews: prevention using systemic acquired resistance (SAR) in greenhouse and field cucurbits (completed)
  • Increasing sales of baby leaf spinach and rocket through nutrition and quality labeling for the consumer (ongoing)


Anowarul Bokshi’s career began with completing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons) from Bangladesh Agricultural University.

He began his research career (1985) as Scientific Officer (Horticulture) at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangladesh, where his worke focused on the cultural management of a number of vegetable crops. Since migrating to Australia in 1996, he became a Research Scientist with Sydney Postharvest Laboratory at Food Science Australia researching on postharvest disease management of horticultural products. He had this position until March 2006, and in this period he finished his M.Sc.Agr. and PhD with the University of Sydney. He did his Masters and PhD research on pre and postharvest disease control of vegetable crops through induction of systemic acquired resistance (SAR) by using chemicals of low residual effects. He has continued his research on SAR techniques for disease control after joining to the University of Sydney in March 2006 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Currently he works as a Research Fellow with Gordon Rogers and Jenny Jobling, studying postharvest physiology in addition to SAR techniques of disease management.

Recent publications

  • Bokshi, A.I., Jobling, J. and McConchie, R. 2008. A single applications of Milsana® followed by Bion® assist in the control of powdery mildew in cucumber and overcome yield losses. The Journal of Horticultural science & Biotechnology, 83: 701-706.
  • Bokshi. A.I., Morris, S.C., McDonald, K., and McConchie, R.M. 2007. Environmentally-safe control of postharvest diseases of melons (Cucumis melo) by integrating heat treatment, safe chemicals and systemic acquired resistance New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science, 35: 179-186.
  • Bokshi, A.I., Morris, S.C., McConchie, R. and Deverall, B.J. 2006. Pre-harvest application of INA, BABA or BTH to control post-harvest storage diseases of melons by inducing systemic acquired resistance (SAR). Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 81:700-706.
  • Bokshi. A.I., Morris, S.C., McDonald, K., and McConchie, R.M. 2005. Application of INA and BABA control pre and postharvest diseases of melons through induction of systemic acquired resistance. Acta Horticulturae, 694: 416-419.
  • Bokshi, A.I.,Morris, S.C., An Li, Feng, Z., McDonald, K. and McConchie, R. 2005. Evaluation of conventional fungicides, heat treatment and safe compounds in hot solutions for the control of postharvest diseases of melons. Acta Horticulturae, 694: 411-415.
  • Bokshi, A.I., Morris, S.C. and Deverall, B.J. 2003. Effect of benzothiadiazole and acetylsalicylic acid on β-1,3-glucanase activity and disease resistance in potato. Plant Pathology, 52: 22-27.