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See detailLa mortalité de l'abeille domestique : entre communication médiatique et scientifique
Leclercq, Gil ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

A l’heure actuelle, plus personne n’ignore que nos populations d’abeilles domestiques subissent de lourdes pertes, chez nous comme dans de nombreux autres pays. Les médias ont axés leur communication sur ... [more ▼]

A l’heure actuelle, plus personne n’ignore que nos populations d’abeilles domestiques subissent de lourdes pertes, chez nous comme dans de nombreux autres pays. Les médias ont axés leur communication sur des messages très simples. On en retient surtout que les pesticides tuent nos abeilles. La conclusion au problème est dès lors évidente : il faut interdire les pesticides. Mais cette problématique est-elle si simple ? Ce message est-il le même que celui communiqué par les scientifiques ? Cette conférence permettra de faire le point sur les pertes en colonies d’abeilles domestiques. On s’intéressera plus particulièrement aux pertes de ces dernières années en Belgique, cartes et chiffres à l’appui. On y verra aussi comment chacun, qu’il soit citoyen, apiculteur, agriculteur,… peut aider à enrayer cette mortalité effrayante. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges of soil structure and earthworm community under different agricultural management
Lemtiri, Aboulkacem ULg; Alabi, Taofic; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

Conference (2013, April 11)

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See detailÉtude de la virulence des sérotypes 4 et 9 du virus de la peste équine dans deux modèles murins
De la Grandière de Noronha Cotta, Maria Ana ULg; Zonta, William ULg; Dal Pozzo, Fabiana ULg et al

Poster (2013, April)

Objectifs Le virus de la peste équine (African horse sickness virus ; AHSV) est un virus segmenté à ARN double brin, appartenant à la famille des Reoviridae et au genre Orbivirus. L’AHSV se différencie en ... [more ▼]

Objectifs Le virus de la peste équine (African horse sickness virus ; AHSV) est un virus segmenté à ARN double brin, appartenant à la famille des Reoviridae et au genre Orbivirus. L’AHSV se différencie en 9 sérotypes distincts et est transmis par la piqûre d’un vecteur, principalement Culicoides imicola. L’AHSV cause une sévère morbidité et un taux de mortalité qui peut atteindre 95 % chez les chevaux avec de lourdes conséquences économiques. L’établissement d’un modèle d’étude en souris est nécessaire pour plusieurs applications, comme l’investigation de la pathogénie de ce virus, l’étude de la virulence, l’étude d’efficacité de nouveaux vaccins. Méthodes Deux modèles murins, soit une lignée de souris déficientes en récepteur à l’interféron α (A129 KO ou IFNAR -/-), et une lignée immunocompétente (A 129 WT) ont été testées. Les virus de sérotypes 4 et 9 de l’AHSV ont été utilisés pour les inoculations des souris ; ces deux sérotypes ont été à l’origine des épidémies observées en Espagne en 1969 et à la fin des années 80 en Espagne et au Portugal. Le virus a été inoculé par voie sous-cutanée (SC) et/ou par voie intra-nasale (IN) et un groupe de souris témoin (mock-infected) a été utilisé pour les deux modèles testés. Des échantillons de sang ont été prélevés de chaque souris infectée et témoin à intervalles réguliers. Les organes (foie, rate, reins, poumon et cerveau) ont été prélevés à la fin de l’expérience pour la plupart des souris ou lors de l’euthanasie des souris qui présentaient des signes cliniques très prononcés. Tous les échantillons, sang et organes, ont été analysés par qRT-PCR avec comme cible le segment 7 codant la protéine VP7 de l’AHSV qui est la protéine de structure la plus conservée entre les différents sérotypes. Résultats Les deux sérotypes de l’AHSV ont été détectés par qRT-PCR jusqu’à 3 semaines post-infection (ce qui correspond à la fin de l’expérience) dans le sang des souris IFNAR -/- et A129 WT infectées par la voie SC. Le virus de sérotype 4 atteint des niveaux de virémie légèrement plus élevés par rapport au virus de sérotype 9. Les souris A129 WT infectées par la voie intra-nasale ne montrent à aucun moment de l’expérience de virémie détectable par la qRT-PCR. Le pic de virémie a été mesuré entre le jour 2 et le jour 4 post-infection pour les deux lignées de souris. Au pic de virémie, la quantité de ADNc correspondant au segment-7 viral, après quantification par qRT-PCR, était plus élevée chez les souris IFNAR -/-. Conclusions Les souris immunodéficientes (IFNAR -/-) présentent des caractéristiques cliniques et biologiques permettant l’établissement d’un modèle in vivo pertinent. Selon les premiers résultats obtenus, il semble que la voie sous-cutanée soit la voie à privilégier pour les expériences in vivo futures. La mise au point de ce modèle sur souris permet de disposer d’un outil efficace et nécessaire pour l’étude in vivo de l’AHSV, afin de caractériser in vivo la virulence de ce virus et de suivre l’évolution des populations virales pendant la multiplication virale in vivo. Remerciements Recherche financée par le service Recherche Contractuelle, Service Public Fédérale, Santé Publique, Sécurité de la Chaîne alimentaire et Environnement (RT 12/6262 INDEVIREQ 2.0) [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la diversité de l’entomofaune en cultures maraîchères dans l’est de la Chine
Polo Lozano, Damien ULg; Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg et al

in Entomologie Faunistique = Faunistic Entomology (2013), 66

Within the framework of research aimed at developing biological control in vegetable crops in Shandong province in China, a pest and associated auxiliary entomophagous insects monitoring was conducted to ... [more ▼]

Within the framework of research aimed at developing biological control in vegetable crops in Shandong province in China, a pest and associated auxiliary entomophagous insects monitoring was conducted to determine entomological groups of agricultural interest and compare them to the situation in Belgium. The diversity and abundance of the entomofauna were assessed in potato and zucchini fields between May 9th and June 13th, 2011, using yellow traps and in situ observations on host plants. A total of 36 466 and 34 806 insects were trapped or observed on the plants in zucchini and potato fields, respectively. Ten orders and more than sixty families in each crop were identified. Aphids widely predominated in the traps and exerted a strong pressure on both crops early in the season. Other families of pests have been identified but no specific pest of these two crops and the investigated region is among the collections. [less ▲]

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See detailLaboratory and semi-field environment tests for the control efficacy of Metarhizium anisopliae formulated with neem oil (suneem) against Anopheles gambiae s.l. adult emergence
Seye, Fawrou; Ndione, Raymond Demba; Touré, Mamour et al

in Academia Journal of Biotechnology (2013), 1(3), 46-52

Metarhizium anisopliae was evaluated previously in Suneem formulation against malaria vector adults. However, their ability to control aquatic stages is not yet evaluated. In laboratory conditions: the ... [more ▼]

Metarhizium anisopliae was evaluated previously in Suneem formulation against malaria vector adults. However, their ability to control aquatic stages is not yet evaluated. In laboratory conditions: the lethal dose (LD90) of the formulation was determined on Anopheles gambiae larvae collected from breeding sites and evaluated into artificial vats at dry and rainy seasons. In laboratory conditions, the LD90 was 5.3 × 106 spores/ml in 48 h. In semi-field environment, the formulation had a great emergence inhibition of mosquito adult (P < 0.0001). The emergences rate at day 8 were 2.25 ± 0.03, 28.00 ± 1.07 and 97.25 ± 1.56 % in dry season for the oil formulation (OF), Suneem (S), and water control respectively. In rainy season, the emergences were 1.25 ± 0.15, 30.25 ± 1.23 and 98 ± 0.76 % respectively. No significant difference was observed between dry and rainy seasons (P=0.3). Therefore, M. anisopliae formulated with Suneem may provide a more sustainable management strategy for malaria vectors control at larval stages. [less ▲]

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See detail11. Perspectives - 2. La culture en association de froment et de pois: une opportunité pour réduire l'abondance des pucerons en été
Lopes, T.; Bodson, Bernard ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc - Céréales (2013, February 27)

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See detailDevelopment of a test to assess the Banana Bunchy Top Virus transmissibility through direct analysis of its aphid vector Pentalonia nigronervosa
De Clerck, Caroline ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013), 78(1), 49-54

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See detailImpact de substances informatives utilisées pour le contrôle des pucerons de céréales sur la diversité et l’abondance de l’entomofaune non cible
Bayendi-Loudit, Sandrine ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg

in Entomologie Faunistique = Faunistic Entomology (2013), 65

Wheat is one of the most cultivated cereals in the world. However, this crop is under attack by many pests and pathogens. In order, to avoid the massive use of the chemicals, other cropping systems ... [more ▼]

Wheat is one of the most cultivated cereals in the world. However, this crop is under attack by many pests and pathogens. In order, to avoid the massive use of the chemicals, other cropping systems semiochemicals can be adopted for a better management of the pests. This study aims to evaluate the use of three semiochemicals ((E)-β-farnesene (EBF), garlic extract and (Z)-3-hexenol) and paraffin on the entomofauna of wheat. This study was conducted at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech’s experimental farm for nine weeks. Two techniques were used for collecting insects: yellow traps and visual monitoring. The collected insects were sorted, counted and classified taxonomically to the family or species level. This study highlighted the presence of a great diversity of families with EBF treatment and a better proportion of pest and beneficial insects with the smallest quantity of Aphididae. The latter are the most abundant pests on the entire field whatever the considered treatment. The main encountered pests are from Curculionidae, Cecidomyiidae and Chloropidae. Although Chrysomelidae was not high, some damages were observed at the field. [less ▲]

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See detailSymbiont Diversity in Reticulitermes santonensis (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): Investigation Strategy Through Proteomics.
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Millet, Catherine ULg; Tarayre, Cédric ULg et al

in Environmental entomology (2013), 42(5), 882-7

The complex microbial community living in the hindgut of lower termites includes prokaryotes, flagellates, yeasts, and filamentous fungi. Many microorganisms are found in the termite gut, but only a few ... [more ▼]

The complex microbial community living in the hindgut of lower termites includes prokaryotes, flagellates, yeasts, and filamentous fungi. Many microorganisms are found in the termite gut, but only a few are thought to be involved in symbiotic association to participate in cellulose digestion. Proteomics provides analyses from both taxonomical and functional perspectives. We aimed to identify symbiont diversity in the gut of Reticulitermes santonensis (Feytaud), via complementary electrospray ionization associated to ion trap tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis associated to matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry analysis. One specific challenge to the study of lower termites is the relatively few data available on abundant symbiotic flagellates. Analysis based on LC-MS/MS revealed few protein families showing assignments to eukaryotes and the taxonomic origin of highly represented actins could not be established. Tubulins proved to be the most suitable protein family with which to identify flagellate populations from hindgut samples using LC-MS/MS, compared with other protein families, although this method targeted few prokaryotes in our assay. Similarly, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis associated to matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry did not succeed in identifying flagellate populations, but did permit the identification of most of the prokaryotic components of the symbiotic system. Finally, fungi and yeasts were identified by both methods. Owing to the lack of sequenced genes in flagellates, targeting tubulins for LC-MS/MS could allow fingerprints of flagellate populations to be established. Experimental and technical improvements might increase the efficiency of identification of prokaryotic populations in the near future, based on metaproteomic development. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative analyses of salivary proteins from three aphid species
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Harmel, Nicolas; Mazzucchelli, Gabriel ULg et al

in Insect Molecular Biology (2013), under publication

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See detailInfluence of Garlic Intercropping or Active Emitted Volatiles in Releasers on Aphid and Related Beneficial in Wheat Fields in China
Haibo, Zhou; Chen, Julian; Yong, Liu et al

in Journal of Integrative Agriculture (2013), 12(3)

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See detailVariation in the transmission of barley yellow dwarf virus-PAV bydifferent Sitobion avenae clones in China
Yu, Wenjuan; Zhaohuan, Xu; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Virological Methods (2013), 194

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See detailInfluence of lignin in Reticulitermes santonensis: symbiotic interations investigated through proteomics
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg et al

in Symbiosis (2013)

The gut of lower termites is populated by numerous microbial species belonging to prokaryotes, fungi, yeasts and protists. These micro-organisms are organized in a complex symbiotic system, interacting ... [more ▼]

The gut of lower termites is populated by numerous microbial species belonging to prokaryotes, fungi, yeasts and protists. These micro-organisms are organized in a complex symbiotic system, interacting together and with the insect host. Their likely ability to degrade ligno-cellulosic compounds could lead to improvements in second generation biofuels production. Lignin elimination represents a critical point as this polymer significantly interferes with industrial process of cellulose. Although host produces its own lignin-degrading enzymes, some symbionts may participate in digestion of lignin and its degradation products in termite gut. Here, we compared gut proteomes from R. santonensis after rearing on artificial diets composed of cellulose with and without lignin. The effect of lignin in artificial diets on different parts of the digestive tract was compared through liquid chromatography associated with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) experiments. Enzymatic assays were performed to characterize activities present in R. santonensis digestive tract after feeding on artificial diets. Microscopic observations of microbial communities provided some information on population balances after feeding experiment. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect and indirect use of GFP whole cell biosensors for the assessment of bioprocess performances: design of milliliter scale-down bioreactors
Brognaux, Alison ULg; Neubauer, Peter; Twizere, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Biotechnology Progress (2013), 29(1), 48-59

Substrate limitation responsive biosensors have been used for the development of a mini-bioreactor platform that can be used as a scale-down tool. Three green fluorescent protein (GFP) transcriptional ... [more ▼]

Substrate limitation responsive biosensors have been used for the development of a mini-bioreactor platform that can be used as a scale-down tool. Three green fluorescent protein (GFP) transcriptional reporters have been chosen in Escherichia coli, i.e., uspA::gfp, csiE::gfp and yciG::gfp. Our previous studies have shown that these kinds of promoters are induced in response to substrate limitation and are significantly repressed when cultures are carried out in heterogeneous bioreactors. This sensitivity to substrate limitation has been confirmed in the case of the csiE and yciG biosensors. A mini-scale-down platform is proposed as a high throughput tool to rapidly investigate the usefulness of a given microbial biosensor. This platform is composed of shake flasks able to operate in fed-batch mode either using the slow release or the intermittent feeding principle. Local heterogeneities were reproduced at the level of these mini-bioreactors (operating under the intermittent feeding principle) and caused a decrease in GFP expression as in conventional scale-down reactors. The presence of GFP in supernatants was also noted and seems to be correlated with the substrate limitation signal for the three cultivation systems considered in this work (i.e., chemostat, conventional and mini-bioreactors) and with membrane permeability. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical composition of silage residues sustaining the larval development of the Culicoides obsoletus/Culicoides scoticus species (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae)
Zimmer, Jean-Yves ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Losson, Bertrand ULg et al

in Veterinary Parasitology (2013), 191(1-2), 197-201

Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are biological vectors of bluetongue virus (BTV). Bluetongue is a viral disease that affects domestic and wild ruminants. Since its recent emergence in northern ... [more ▼]

Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are biological vectors of bluetongue virus (BTV). Bluetongue is a viral disease that affects domestic and wild ruminants. Since its recent emergence in northern Europe, this disease has caused considerable economic losses to the sheep and cattle industry. The biotopes, and more particularly the chemical characteristics which are suitable for larval development of the main vector species, are still relatively unknown. This study shows that the larvae of biting midges belonging to the species Culicoides obsoletus and Culicoides scoticus are able to breed in different types of silage residue (maize, grass, sugar beet pulp and their combinations). The chemical composition of substrates strongly influences the presence of the immature stages of these biting midges. Higher lignin and insoluble fibre contents seem to favour their presence and could play the role of a physical support for semi-aquatic larvae. In contrast, higher concentrations of magnesium and calcium are negatively correlated with the presence of these two species. These data will help to locate and monitor the breeding sites of these species and could contribute to the control of these insects on farms. [less ▲]

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