Please note, this "book" has been translated into English from its Russian form.  Any small grammatical flaws that occur are simply the result of this translation

  1. Introduction

  2. The Theory Behind Humates

  3. The Effects of Humates on Crops

  4. The Effects of Humates on the Quality of Produce

  5. The Protective Effects of Humates

  6. The Effects of Humates on Soil

  7. The Use of Humates With Chemical Fertilizers

  8. The Use of Humates With Organic Fertilizers

  9. The Use of Humates in Poultry and Stock Farming

  10. Conclusion



Dear reader,

You have just finished the last page of this book. Probably, some chapters you may have found basic, but  this book is intended for a wide group of readers. I am confident that every person involved with growing, whether growing flowers on the balcony, or working in the garden or owning  a  big plantation will find something useful within this publication.

We have been through a checkered history in my Country regarding many fields of scientific achievement, so please have some thought on the fortunes of serious discoveries relevant to this field. In the middle of the 20th century, which will soon become part of history, the young Ukrainian scientist Lydia Khristeva made a serious discovery, watching a simple trial, included in practice of all students studying soils, which has the potential to tremendously change life and go a long way to solving the food shortage problem on earth.  Please note that much of this happened in my country as it passed through the devastation, fire, hunger and ruins of World War II. Nevertheless, as a problem of the times in this country, she received little acknowledgement and support for her ideas, which would have had significant results at a time when they were needed.  That happens at times when politicians do not hear the voice of scientists, and when eminent academics do not pay due attention to new ideas and findings, which appear outside of their own areas of interest.  Imagine if we had just a small percentage of the funds used in the last half of this century for useless melioration, or of the funds used in the building of giant industrial fertilizer production works…if those funds could have been applied and aimed in a timely fashion to the ideas of Lydia Khristeva, Tatiana Kukharenko , Valentina Larina and Dmitry Orlov, just to name but a few.  The agriculture of Russia and other countries could have become more productive and would not have had the same problems of fertility.  It would have been of immense help to me as author of this book as I would have had easier access to knowledge instead of collecting small pieces of information  on Humates in scarcely known publications, obscure sources and even in newspaper articles.

    The knowledge on Humates touched on in this publication  is only “the tip of the iceberg”. We need to seriously study not only humates, but their combinations with other macro and micro fertilizers of organic and non organic origin used for every type of plant and soil.  I am confident that various types of specific preparations for plants, animals and humans will be created on the base of humic acids. We are at the beginning of the need to start creating food abundance and humic acids are the main way to serve this agricultural need  of the 21st  century.                               


Lastly ladies, gentlemen, fellow scientists, students and anyone else taking the care to read this book, it would be remiss of me to ignore the assistance, time taken and practical advice from others, most importantly my wife, a distinguished scientist in her own right Dr. Svetlana Kourtchenko.  Special thanks to Mr. Graeme McRae who arranged and financed my research trip to New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, interpreters Natalia Jaffarian and Andrei U. Ageyev.  To my American partners at TeraVita LLC for having the faith in me to set-up the industrial production in the USA.  Of course thanks to everyone I have had the opportunity to meet and share with and, last but not least, to the memory of the late Dr. Lydia Khristeva and Dr. Valentina Larina, without whose inspired discoveries, I would not have had the interest to continue my research in this area of study though all the difficult times.

Thank you again all.

Dr. Boris Levinsky

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