His Inventions Could Save Lives in the World's Polluted Places
During almost two decades, Dr. Vladimir Vasilenko has being developing the theory and practice of application of infrared/red light and natural organic substances— humates in agriculture and food production and storage of perishable products. He possesses a unique knowledge, experience and technologies that have a real potential to bring a revolution to the market of healthy food and organic products. Thorough knowledge of the problems and his leadership abilities helped him to achieve the outstanding results.
Vladimir Vasilenko was born in the oldest Russian city- Novgorod in 1963 (www.novgorod.ru/english.php). His scientific career began in 1987 when he received his Master degree in Biology and Soil Science at St. Petersburg (former Leningrad) State University. He worked on his Doctorate at Timiriazev’s Institute of Plant Physiology and General Physics Institute of Russian Academy of Science He recieved a Ph.D. degree (Plant Physiology and Biochemistry) at Moscow (Lomonosov’s) State University in 1992 (www.msu.ru/en/).
Dr. Vasilenko has been a Research Associate of Nobel Prize Alexander Prokhorov (Nobel Prize for fundamental works on quantum electronics in 1964: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Prokhorov) in a period of his work at General Physics Institute of Russian Academy of Science, Moscow from 1990 till 1998. He travelled a lot during this time and conducted much research as a visiting scientist of Professor Harry Smith at the University of Leicester, England (www.le.ac.uk/biology/) in 1993 Centre de Cadarache, France (www.cad.cea.fr/fr/environnement/index.htm) in 1994 and New York State Agricultural Experiment Station of Cornell University, USA as a Visiting Scientist of Professsor Anwar A. Khan (www.nysaes.cornell.edu/hort/faculty/khan/khan_grads.html). He studied the effects of near infrared radiation, red light and natural growth substances on growth and development of plant and micro-organisms. Dr. Vasilenko presented the data of his research at seminars at Kennedy Space Centre of NASA in 1994 and 2000. He has also worked on his projects in private companies such as Crystal Heart Plant Raiser Ltd. (England), Wuhan Fermentation Equipment (China), Flora-Balt Ltd and PKP-GIT of QUANTUM MEDICINE ASSOCIATION, Russia (www.kvantmed.ru/engl/).
Dr. Vasilenko is well traveled and has scientific contacts in many organisations of the World including Canada, USA, the United Kingdom, China, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Poland, Japan and others. In 1998 Dr. Vasilenko settled with his family in Canada. He is now a citizen of that country. He has worked as a Research Associate of Prof. Emeritus R.Austin Fletcher and Prof. Mike Dixon of the Department of Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph, Ontario (www.envbio.uoguelph.ca/) from 1998 until 2002.
Dr. Vasilenko has 5 patents, 28 publications, and has presented papers at 9 symposia and conferences and shows, including First World Conference on Organic Seed (www.ifoam.org/events/reports/seed_conference.html) supported by FAO of the United Nations (Rome, Italy, July 2004) and CANADA BLOOMS (Toronto, March 2005). He has been awarded five grants and premia in the United Kingdom, France, USA, Russia, China and Canada.
His last position was Senior Scientist of CERES Environmental Solution Industries Incorporated ( August 2002- July 2005) www.perfectlynatural.com . Married with two children.
The technologies from Space to Earth
“TOMATOSPHERE” and NASA
Dr. Vasilenko’s inventions have many links with Space Biology. He presented his research data in seminars at Kennedy Space Centre, NASA, in 1994 and 2000 (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/). Dr. Vasilenko was a member of the working team of "Tomatosphere”- A National Education Event: Food for Sustaining Life in Space (website is http://www.tomatosphere.org/).
Dr. Vasilenko developed a red-light treatment for the tomato seeds using red and infrared light from part of the natural sunlight spectrum. This stimulates seedling growth and vigor. The researchers wanted to determine whether the red-light treatment would work on tomato seeds exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation in space to help ensure healthy plants for extended space exploration in the future. Dr. Vasilenko developed a special apparatus for treatment of HEINZ tomato seeds.
Tomatosphere was a great opportunity for students to learn about the exciting world of science, space exploration, food and nutrition. This wonderful project was created for Canadian schools in order to help students learn about green plants and survival in space and on Mars. Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau took 200,000 treated tomato seeds into outer space on December 2000 and, as a result of this, students in 3000 Canadian classrooms had the opportunity to plant the seeds and compare them with seeds that never left earth. Watching these seeds grow helped to answer questions about the supply of life support requirements to space missions - food, water, oxygen and the need to consume carbon dioxide exhaled by crew members.
"Food availability and life support are major limiting factors in extended space exploration," says Prof. Mike Dixon, Plant Agriculture, who is leading the project with research associate Vladimir Vasilenko. "Plants will be needed to provide a source of fresh, nutritious food and to produce a vital life-support system. Scientists need to know if space travel affects plant germination and plant growth before these extended missions can take place."
“We are interested in your research and find that there is much common ground between our studies” – Dr. John Sager, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Florida, an excerpt taken from an invitation letter to Dr. Vasilenko.
Dr. Vasilenko and Canadian Austronaut Bob Thirsk (left), University of Guelph, 2000.
Vasilenko's inventions and technologies
New natural products bring the most to your seeds, plants and soil and safe the freshness of the food
Seed enhancement with Natural factors:
The inventor offers innovative technology for seed enhancement using inexpensive natural materials. These technologies have been recently developed as a result of 15 years of research conducted by Dr. Vladimir Vasilenko on vegetable, ornamental, cereal, tobacco and other seeds for with a variety of uses. For example, his seed enhancement technology may be a perfect match for the principles of organic seed production and may also be useful for conventional seed technologies.
This seed enhancement technology pays special attention to both properties of chemical compositions and coloring of the seed. It can make film coating more efficient. Treating the seed with the light directly prior to coating is also beneficial (click on the images to enlage them). It allows consumers to avoid or decrease usage of artificial chemical protectants (e.g fungicides, etc.) when coating, in turn minimizing risk to the environment and people. Dr. Vasilenko’s technology makes it possible to replace pesticide usage in film coating and pelleting processes with short-term light sterilization that is as effective as pesticide treatments but much cheaper and safer. The ingredients of organic-mineral compositions are also able to provide anti-bacterial and anti-fungal protection to the seed (http://doctorhumate.tripod.com/seedpower/index.html). Dr. Vasilenko has just completed a full-scale commercial trials at Dutch company-INCOTEC (www.incotec.com).
New Organic and Mineral Fertilizers and Soil Ammendments
PERFECTLY Natural is the next generation in environmental friendly fertilizers. Only PERFECTLY Natural products contain 100% food/feed-grade ingredients, guaranteeing cleanliness and safety. Each fertilizer and soil amendment has been scientifically formulated to “get to the root of the problem”. These products promote the growth of beneficial soil bacteria allowing plants to process nitrogen and helping to make soil nutrients more readily available to the plant. Research at leading universities has proven PERFECTLY Natural products outperform other organics and even rival many synthetic products. Customers also report that PERFECTLY Natural makes their gardens more vibrant and healthier than any other product on the market. As an example, PERFECTLY Natural Tomato Fertilizer 1-2-10 provides tomatoes with strong healthy root system and an abundance of fruits, and the added calcium can protect tomatoes from blossom end rot. Dr. Vasilenko has created and tested this formulation on HEINZ tomatoes using the OMRI certified humic acids of U-Mate International Inc. (www.humate.com). He has also created several formulations of humate- based products (www.growingedge.com/magazine/back_issues/view_article.php3?AID=140164 ) for an application in hydroponics. The present stage of his work in this area are related to this company and it's President Dennis Yellowhorse Jones. Because his oustanding research with U-Mate international Inc since 2000, Dr. Vasilenko has been awarder the title "Dr.Humate (http://doctorhumate.tripod.com).
Last year (2005) “PERFECTLY Natural” Weed & Grass Killer was successfully launch in the U.S. through Wal-Mart (79.6% sell-through in less then seven weeks). As municipalities across Canada and USA continue to pass legislation banning chemical pesticides, PN Weed Killer will quickly begin replacing Roudnup on retailer’s shelves. PN Weed & Grass Killer is the family and environmentally-friendly herbicide for all weed clean-up and edging application. Ingredients are all natural products. The weed killer gives a visible effects within 1 hour of application. The inventors are Dr. Vasilenko and Dr. Papadatos. Patent pending.
“In my 20 years of conducting research and based on the trials held at North Carolina State university, I have yet to see a product that acts more quickly…” – Dr. Yelverton of NCSU about Dr. Vasilenko’s PERFECTLY Natural weed & grass killer.
Near Infrared Light and Cold Pasteurization
Dr. Vladimir Vasilenko, being a Senior Scientist of CERES, Inc., has developed and filed two United States Patent Applications for a proprietary Cold Pasteurization (CP) and Shelf life extension technology that maintains the healthful qualities of various beverages and fresh produce. CP is a gentle process that retains higher levels of various beverages natural nutrients, enzymes and vitamins. It has been shown by the author that infrared light has an enormous impact on reducing bacterial growth and propagation and, as a result, the treated materials (water and juices and beverages) become free of infections in a very ecologically-friendly way. "Cold pasteurization and sterilization" or CP of food (dairy products, beverages, juices, etc.) with infrared radiation saves the natural quality of the products (vitamins, flavour, structures). The high penetration ability of infrared radiation allows treatment of liquid products (milk, juices, beverages) in plastic pipe-work and therefore could reduce the process time. It could be used for in-pack sterilization as well because near infrared light can easily penetrate the glass. Commercial application of CP technology is being evaluated in the following beverage categories: 1) Carbonated Soft Drinks, 2) Beer, 3) Milk, 4) Juices, 5) Other: Water, Dairy products, Wine and Solid food and packaging materials”
An early research shows the effect of near infrared light on pasteurization of beer has been ( www.mbaa.com/TechQuarterly/Articles/2001/38_4_211.pdf ) fulfilled by Vasilenko in 1997-2000. The trials at SILLIKER Lab. (South Holland, IL: www.silliker.com ) has shown that a low power laser infrared light was able to kill up to 99.9% and more of five important pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms such as E.coliO157:H7, Listeria, Penicillium, Leuconostoc and Asaia.
New technology increases Shelf Life of Fresh Produce:
According to the Food Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), crop output is projected to be 70 percent higher in 2030 than the current output. Fruits and vegetables will play an important role in providing essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber to the world, feeding populations in both developed and developing countries. However, post-harvest losses of fruits and vegetables are difficult to predict; the major agents producing deterioration are those attributed to physiological damage and combinations of several organisms.
In general, it is estimated that between 49 to 80% goes to consumers in the production of a particular commodity, and the difference is lost during the varied steps that comprise the harvest-consumption system. So, annual losses of fresh produce on the market is estimated close to a hundred billion dollars.
"Vegetation enhancement light"- VEGELI is the family of supplementary lighting systems designed by Dr. Vladimir Vasilenko ( This is a low power supplementary lighting system for household fridges and grocery departments of food stores http://vegeli.bravehost.com ). The “VEGELI” light properties are: Quality enhancement by maintaining an activity of certain metabolic processes which delay senescence and boost a cellular (turgor) pressure of green vegetables and fruits directly on the shelves; Enhancement of resistance to bacterial and fungi diseases (for example, blue mold growth suppression is another benefit of Vegeli-lamps); Kills spoilage and pathogenic micro-organisms such as the following bacteria: E-coli, Lysteria, Salmonella, Bacillus, etc. and fungi: Aspergillus (mold) Penicillum, and yeast.
Infrared and Red light Increases the Shelf life of Vegetables and Fruits in a Household Fridge.
Near infrared and red light of Light can be used in new non-destructive methods of “vegetation enhancement” and “sterilization” of vegetables and fruits and subsequently increase their shelf life. Near IR radiation is able to penetrate to a specific depth (depends upon optical density of a sample) in the plant tissues and activates some important physiological processes such as respiration in the cells. Infrared light increased shelf life of such produces as Carrots, Lettuce Iceberg, Tomato, Mango, Spinach, Green Beans, Pear and Brussel Sprouts from 4 to 10 days and more (see the chart below). Red light acts mainly through the pigment system of plants (chlorophyll and phytochrome) which help to support a number of physiological processes (such as respiration) related with “life” of detached organs of plants (fruits, leaves) for a certain period of time. Six months of trials conducted by Dr. Vasilenko in 2003 show the following results:
Effect of “VEGELI” light on shelf life of fresh produce:
Carrot (16 days & more !)
Lettuce ( ~10 days !)
Mango ( 4-6 days)
Pear ( 7 days & more)
Spinach ( 6 days)
Tomato ( 8-10 days !)
Two hours (1+1 hrs/ day) exposure of fresh produce with near infrared radiation in fridge crispers results in a shelf life increase for a period from 2 days up to 2 weeks and more (click on the chart to see the datailes). Red light possesses some positive effect on shelf life of mostly green vegetables and can be used as an additional light to near infrared radiation in new models of a refrigerato. The International patent application has been made in 2004 (http://v3.espacenet.com/textdoc?DB=EPODOC&IDX=WO2004100684&F=0&QPN=WO2004100684)
Shelf life of cut flowers and VEGELI lighting systems.
The VEGELI project introduces a new approach to address the issue of cut flowers and produce shelf life loss. VEGELI light is a light composed of light emitting diodes (LED) assembled in a special irradiating panel. Experimentation on different kinds of cultivars of roses have been performed at CERES Inc. in order to formulate conclusions with respect to the ability of new lighting systems to lessen some of the costs associated with lost revenue due to spoiled goods. The application of VEGELI light resulted in an increased shelf life of tested cultivars of roses in four different trials. Average for all cultivars and trials (24 days storage period): VEGEL light increased visual quality scores to 15%. This means VEGEL lights can provide an average 2-3 extra days of longevity for cut roses while on the shelf. However, VEGELI light was able to increase the shelf life of white roses from 7 to 12 days and the shelf life of red roses from 3 days to one week. The loss of revenue from the shortened shelf life of cut flowers, etc., can be minimized through an application of a special supplementary lighting system, the “VEGELI”.
Take an advantage of the huge market opportunities:
Light, Water and Natural organics are three building blocks used by Dr. Vasilenko in his numerous inventions. The principles of this conception and some results obtained in the research of Dr. Vasilenko have been published in the following magazines and newsletters: Acres USA- A Voice for Eco- Agriculture (June 2002, Vol. 32:6); The Growing Edge (September/October 2002, Vol. 14:1); Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses ( May/June 2002, issue 64); TQ of Master Brewers Association of the Americas (2001, Vol. 38: 4) and Greenhouse Canada (2000, 2001, 2002) and others.
The proposed shelf life technology is applicable to the 40 billion ($US) market in fresh produce world trade. Most manufacturer brands of refrigeration (both commercial and household type) and storage equipment would be potential customers for the new shelf life technology that may ultimately come from 1 to 5 billion dollars ($US) per year in sales of the equipment. Additional benefits from licensing of the patents are expected as well.
The research and data collection that has been undertaken through the VEGELI project will enable Dr. Vasilenko to introduce another product - a lighting system for the commercial market that will benefit companies, science, and wholesale and retail businesses of cut flowers and fresh produce.
Dr. Vasilenko possesses a unique ability to take the practical advantages from his academic research and make the path from scientific inventions to lucrative technologies and products much shorter. Here is the list of his research and activity in the area of development of new products and technologies:
Research and Theoretic concepts:
· “Interaction between red light and growth retardants in the plants” (Ph. D. thesis, 1992);
· Effect of near infrared radiation upon seed germination and physiological process of growth and photosynthesis of green plants;
· Synergism and interaction between red light and fulvic acids in the processes of seed germination, plant growth and development;
· Effect of environmental factors on production and utilization of carbon monoxide (CO) by plants;
· Application of coherent radiations in plant breeding technologies;
· Principles of application of humic substances in hydroponics; and
· Development of selective and environmental friendly herbicides.
Products and Technologies:
· Seed enhancement technology with light and humic substances;
· Formulations of new organic- mineral fertilizers for vegetables, trees & shrubs and for indoor plants;
· New technology of storage of fresh produce and other perishable products based on application of near infrared and red light (Patent pending);
· Cold pasteurization of juices, beverages and water based on the usage of infrared light (Patent pending);
· New organic fast-acting weed killer (Patent pending).
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Vladimir VASILENKO, Ph. D.,
10 Spring Street,
P.O. Box 582, Maxville, ON KOC ITO,
Telephone: +613- 527-7745;