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See detailComparaison de la qualité des œufs de la race de poule locale Kabyle et de son croisement avec la souche industrielle Isa-Brown
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Ait Kaki, Asma ULg et al

Poster (2012, May 27)

La qualité de l’œuf de poule et les performances de ponte peuvent varier en fonction de la race. Dans les systèmes d’élevage extensifs à semi-intensifs des pays en développement, le croisement entre une ... [more ▼]

La qualité de l’œuf de poule et les performances de ponte peuvent varier en fonction de la race. Dans les systèmes d’élevage extensifs à semi-intensifs des pays en développement, le croisement entre une race de poule locale et une souche industrielle pourrait constituer une opportunité, délivrant un produit commercial alliant rusticité et performances zootechniques. Dans un contexte mondial d’érosion de la biodiversité avicole, ce type de croisement apporte une motivation économique à la conservation de la lignée parentale locale. Le but de cette étude est de comparer le taux de ponte et la qualité des œufs, en termes de composition, de la race de poule locale Kabyle (KAB) et de son croisement (ISAKAB) avec la souche industrielle Isa-Brown (ISA). Les analyses sur la qualité des œufs ont été réalisées durant trois périodes (semaines 35 à 36, 50 à 51 et 65 à 66). L’âge d’entrée en ponte était significativement supérieur pour la poule Kabyle par rapport au croisement ISAKAB (165,96 jours vs. 140,76 ; p<0,0001). Le nombre d’œufs pondus annuellement par la poule ISAKAB est significativement supérieur (194,20 vs. 173,44 ; p<0,05) Le rapport jaune/blanc était identique pour les deux races comparées, avec une moyenne globale de 0,56. Le poids de l’œuf était supérieur chez la poule ISAKAB (53,55 vs. 48,86 ; p<0,0001). Dès lors, les performances de ponte et la qualité des œufs de la poule Kabyle ont été améliorées par le croisement avec la souche Isa-Brown. [less ▲]

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See detailAviculture familiale au Bas-Congo, République Démocratique du Congo (RDC)
Moula, Nassim ULg; Detiffe, Nicolas; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Livestock Research for Rural Development (2012), 24(5),

La République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) souffre, à l’instar d’une majorité de pays africains, d’une précarité alimentaire conséquente. Le développement du secteur de l’élevage y est une pièce importante ... [more ▼]

La République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) souffre, à l’instar d’une majorité de pays africains, d’une précarité alimentaire conséquente. Le développement du secteur de l’élevage y est une pièce importante de la stratégie de lutte contre cette insécurité alimentaire, par l’apport de protéines de haute qualité aux populations pauvres ainsi que plus globalement par la création de richesses et la diversification du secteur agricole. A ce titre, le secteur avicole offre incontestablement, par son cycle de production court, une solution rapide et abordable par le plus grand nombre. Cette étude aborde les contraintes à la production de la poule locale au Bas-Congo. Plusieurs facteurs y sont identifiés, tels que les pathologies, l’alimentation, l’habitat et les prédateurs. L’amélioration de la situation économique et nutritionnelle des paysans de la Province du Bas-Congo peut être envisagée en améliorant le potentiel de production des poulets de race locale. Afin d’y arriver, une attention particulière doit être accordée à une alimentation équilibrée et une meilleure conduite générale de l’élevage, incluant un accès aux soins vétérinaires. L’amélioration génétique des races locales est également une voie envisageable, pour autant que l’adéquation entre l’animal et le cadre de son élevage soit respectée. [less ▲]

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See detailLes races de poules belges
Moula, Nassim ULg; Jacquet, Michel; Verelst, Andy et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2012), 156

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See detailLes races de poules belges de grande taille
Moula, Nassim ULg; Jacquet, Michel; Verelst, Andy et al

Poster (2011, December 09)

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See detailEvaluation comparative des statuts de races de poules locales : Algérie, Vietnam, Congo (RDC).
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Salhi, Abdellah et al

Conference (2011, December 09)

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See detailGestion des ressources génétiques animales par les éleveurs de dromadaires de la région d’Ansongo (Mali).
Traore, Bakary; Ouologuem, Bara; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2011, December 09)

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See detailImpact of liquidity constraint on the management of animal genetic resources by pastoralist herders.
Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg

Conference (2011, April 27)

The improvement of pastoral livelihoods in the context of a highly uncertain economic and climatic future implies a double need for conserving livestock biodiversity and reaching productivity gains. In ... [more ▼]

The improvement of pastoral livelihoods in the context of a highly uncertain economic and climatic future implies a double need for conserving livestock biodiversity and reaching productivity gains. In situ conservation through participative genetic improvement programs is a tool of choice for these sustainable development pursuits. In this regard, selection criteria chosen by pastoralist breeders can be classified in two broad categories : productivity-seeking or risk-alleviating. The latter aim was an important motive for the constitution of the present indigenous breeds while the former is often a rationale for their neglect. Understanding the balance can help finding the way to sustainable biodiversity management. As the basis of pastoral livelihood systems, livestock shoulders many roles, among which that of savings may be considered central. Credit facilities lacking in these remote areas, breeders would thus sell part of their productive capital to invest in its improvement. The present model consists in a theoretical inquiry for the possible consequence of this polyvalence of livestock, productive capital and mobilizable saving, on the choice between the two above-mentioned breeding aims under liquidity constraint. A major outcome of the proposed model is the existence of a threshold herd size effect on investment in risk-control. This effect does not bear on investment in productivity and is no longer observed if credit constraint is relaxed. This threshold is thus proposed to entail the presence of an “erosion trap” for biodiversity and further recalls the difficulty to design a breeding program for a group of breeders with very diverse endowments. As a result, appropriate credit programs should be considered as an important key to adoption of breeding schemes for in situ conservation, and thus both their efficiency and viability. [less ▲]

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See detailImmune depression of the SJL/J mouse, a radioresistant and immunologically atypical inbred strain.
Glineur, Stéphanie ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg et al

in Immunobiology (2011), 216(1-2), 213-217

As the inbred mouse strain SJL/J displays increased resistance to several pathogens and as its immune system shows multiple specificities, it is tempting to infer a causal link between these observations ... [more ▼]

As the inbred mouse strain SJL/J displays increased resistance to several pathogens and as its immune system shows multiple specificities, it is tempting to infer a causal link between these observations. The first question that comes to mind is whether adaptive immunity plays a role, and a way to answer this question is to see if the resistance phenotype persists when adaptive immunity is depressed. Although it has long been known that irradiation causes repression of leukopoiesis in mice, the technical data available in the literature are of no help in the case of strain SJL/J, because it displays exceptional radioresistance. Here we show that exposure of SJL/J to ∼9Gy, an intensity corresponding to the lethal dose 50 for the species Mus musculus, leads to serious but reversible alteration of leukopoiesis. This conclusion stems from an examination of the effects, 1-11 days post-exposure, of whole-body gamma-ray irradiation on leukocyte populations in the thymus and peripheral blood of young adult females. Immunodepression was most severe 4 days post-exposure. As in other strains, leukocyte populations displayed differential radiosensitivity, B (CD19(+)) cells being most sensitive, T (CD4(+)/CD8(+)) cells moderately sensitive, and natural killer (NK1.1(+)) cells most resistant. Surprisingly, however, the helper/inducer T lymphocytes proved more resistant than the cytotoxic/suppressor T lymphocytes, contrarily to what is observed in other strains. The procedure described will make it possible to refute or establish reliably the existence of causal links between SJL-specific phenotypic traits and immune aberrations and to elucidate further the respective roles of innate and acquired immunity in determining the resistance of this strain to an array of viral diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Ri chicken breed and livelihoods in North Vietnam: characterization and prospects
Moula, Nassim ULg; Do Duc, Luc ULg; Pham Kim, Dang et al

in Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics (2011), 112(1), 57-69

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See detailComparative study of egg quality traits in two Belgian local breeds and two commercial lines of chickens
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Decuypere, Eddy et al

in Archiv Für Geglügelkunde = European Poultry Science = Revue de Science Avicole Européenne (2010), 74(3), 164-171

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See detailSurra-induced lymphopenia is directly triggered by a membrane-associated parasite protein
Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Cornet, Anne ULg; Cornet, François et al

Conference (2009, May 24)

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See detailA non-cytosolic protein of Trypanosoma evansi induces CD45-dependent lymphocyte death.
Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Cornet, Anne ULg; Cornet, François ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2009), 4(5), 5728

In a recent study dealing with a mouse model of Trypanosoma evansi-associated disease, a remarkable synchrony between the parasitaemia peak and the white-blood-cell count nadir was noticed. The present ... [more ▼]

In a recent study dealing with a mouse model of Trypanosoma evansi-associated disease, a remarkable synchrony between the parasitaemia peak and the white-blood-cell count nadir was noticed. The present study was designed to establish whether there is a direct causal link between the parasite load during its exponential phase of growth and the disappearance of peripheral blood leukocytes. In vitro experiments performed with trypanosomes and purified peripheral blood mononucleated cells revealed the existence of a lymphotoxin embedded in the T. evansi membrane: a protein sensitive to serine proteases, with a molecular mass of less than 30 kDa. Lymphocytes death induced by this protein was found to depend on the intervention of a lymphocytic protein tyrosine phosphatase. When lymphocytes were exposed to increasing quantities of a monoclonal antibody raised against the extracellular portion of CD45, a transmembrane protein tyrosine phosphatase covering over 10% of the lymphocyte surface, T. evansi membrane extracts showed a dose-dependent decrease in cytotoxicity. As the regulatory functions of CD45 concern not only the fate of lymphocytes but also the activation threshold of the TCR-dependent signal and the amplitude and nature of cytokinic effects, this demonstration of its involvement in T. evansi-dependent lymphotoxicity suggests that T. evansi might manipulate, via CD45, the host's cytokinic and adaptive responses. [less ▲]

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See detailHost-parasite interactions in trypanosomiasis: On the way to an anti-disease strategy.
Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Buscher, Philippe; Desmecht, Daniel ULg

in Infection and Immunity (2009), 77(4), 1276-1284

African trypanosomiasis (AT) is a family of parasitic conditions affecting both man and livestock, impairing development in sub-Saharan Africa, throughout the 10 million km(2) habitat zone of the common ... [more ▼]

African trypanosomiasis (AT) is a family of parasitic conditions affecting both man and livestock, impairing development in sub-Saharan Africa, throughout the 10 million km(2) habitat zone of the common vector, Glossina spp. ... [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigations on Surra-induced lymphopoenia in a murine model
Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Cornet, Anne ULg; Cornet, et al

Conference (2009, March)

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See detailPerformances zootechniques de la poule Ardennaise, une race ancienne pour le futur ?
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2009), 153(1), 66-75

Nowadays, Belgian poultry breeding is characterized by a strong biodiversity that is nevertheless greatly endangered. The present work aims at evaluating the zootechnical potential of an ancient poultry ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, Belgian poultry breeding is characterized by a strong biodiversity that is nevertheless greatly endangered. The present work aims at evaluating the zootechnical potential of an ancient poultry breed originating from the Franco-Belgian Ardennes region, the Ardennaise. This breed shows an important phenotypic variation, with 10 different varieties being recognized. This study evaluates the Ardennaise production performances and is divided into three parts: (1) the analysis of the growth and the consumption indices over a twelve weeks period, (2) the comparison of the growth over seventeen weeks in four varieties, (3) the study of eggs number and eggs weight over 70 weeks laying. The results indicate that the Ardennaise breed constitutes a good dual purpose breed that could be interestingly submitted to selection. Its use in industrial crosses for egg composition amelioration is also proposed. Lastly, this works shows the importance of extending the here developed evaluation protocol to other Belgian endangered poultry breeds to motivate the necessary conservation programs. [less ▲]

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See detailL’Ardennaise: statut de la race et de ses variétés.
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2009), 153

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See detailEvaluation of the Production Performances of an Endangered Local Poultry Breed, the Famennoise
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in International Journal of Poultry Sciences (2009), 8(4), 389-396

The Famennoise is a Belgian poultry breed which is greatly endangered. Like most of the local breeds in this situation, the Famennoise remains largely unknown and is representative of the continuous loss ... [more ▼]

The Famennoise is a Belgian poultry breed which is greatly endangered. Like most of the local breeds in this situation, the Famennoise remains largely unknown and is representative of the continuous loss of genetic diversity that is threatening the future of animal production. From preliminary results, egg production traits in this breed showed valuable economic assets. The present study is, thus, aimed at assessing its production performances with the prospect that it might be conserved for future valorization. Egg production as well as growth traits were estimated. Both aspects showed exploitable performances. In absence of past selection for these traits, eggs presented a mean weight of 55.433.03 g, so being in the middle class of marketable eggs, a yolk to albumen ratio of 50.75.02%, an eggshell resistance (maximal force of breakage of 36.033.3 N) equal to commercial strains and superior to already valorized local breeds. In broilers, a mean weight 980.6716.62 g was reached at 8 weeks, 1815.9036.55 g at week 12 and 2191.9048.31 g at week 15. The Famennoise is, therefore, suggested for use as a dual-purpose breed with a good potential of selection for both productions. It could further serve in crosses for improvement of commercial strains. In conclusion, it appears to be highly urgent to screen endangered local poultry breeds for economically exploitable traits which would motivate conservation programs of biodiversity, before this extraordinary scientific and economic potential get irremediably lost. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of Egg Composition and Conservation Ability in Two Belgian Local Breeds and One Commercial Strain
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in International Journal of Poultry Sciences (2009), 8(8), 768-774

The study was conducted to evaluate the egg quality of two Belgian local chicken breeds (the Ardennaise and the Famennoise) and to compare it with a commonly bred commercial strain (Lohmann brown). Two ... [more ▼]

The study was conducted to evaluate the egg quality of two Belgian local chicken breeds (the Ardennaise and the Famennoise) and to compare it with a commonly bred commercial strain (Lohmann brown). Two criteria were used to describe egg quality: egg composition (measured through yolk to albumen ratio) and its stability during conservation (measured through pH). Egg weight, size, composition as well as albumen pH were measured on 140 eggs. Measurements were performed at days 0, 7, 14 and 21 after laying. The egg weight was highest in the Lohmann strain (62.86 g), followed by the Famennoise breed (55.51 g) and lowest in the Ardennaise (50.31 g). Yolk to albumen ratio was significantly higher in the Ardennaise (0.53) when compared with the Famennoise (0.49) and Lohmann breeds (0.43). Albumen pH at laying was lowest in the Lohmann when compared with the local breeds. However, no statistical differences among the three breeds could be detected for this parameter at days 14 or 21 postlaying. The high pH in local breed eggs is often reported to be caused by a lower conservation ability. The present results suggest some physiologically higher pH at laying not resulting from defaults in conservation. As a measure of egg freshness, pH must be adapted by the various poultry breeds. [less ▲]

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