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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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See detailUtilisation des termites comme source de microorganismes dans la filière de production du bioéthanol de seconde génération
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2012, November 14)

Les termites abritent une microflore symbiotique qui intervient dans la dégradation des fibres constitutives du bois, synthétisant des enzymes capables d’hydrolyser ses composants. Les sucres ... [more ▼]

Les termites abritent une microflore symbiotique qui intervient dans la dégradation des fibres constitutives du bois, synthétisant des enzymes capables d’hydrolyser ses composants. Les sucres fermentescibles libérés suite à cette hydrolyse sont utilisables dans le cadre de la production du bioéthanol de seconde génération. [less ▲]

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See detailDiversité de l’abeille & sélection de souches tolérantes à Varroa destructor
Leclercq, Gil ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

Présentation des 2 volets de recherche du projet "Selapis" (D31-1280) : la diversité de l'abeille et la sélection de souches tolérantes au Varroa

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See detailDiversity and breeding sites of mosquitoes (Diptera, Culicidae) potentially vectors of arboviruses in Belgian equestrian farms
Boukraa, Slimane ULg; De la Grandière de Noronha Cotta, Maria Ana ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 08)

This study aims to determine the potential importance of the livestock farms, especially equestrian, to welcome and favor the proliferation of certain species of mosquito responsible for transmission of ... [more ▼]

This study aims to determine the potential importance of the livestock farms, especially equestrian, to welcome and favor the proliferation of certain species of mosquito responsible for transmission of arboviruses. The study of biodiversity of Culicidae in the horse farms in Belgium is carried out on species sampled at 64 biotopes in six stations study. Five surveys were realized during 2011 (June, July, August and October) and one in 2012 (June). The morphotaxonomic and molecular study of mosquitoes collected showed the presence of ten species: Culisata annulata Schrank, 1776; Anopheles claviger s.s. Meigen, 1804; An. maculipennis s.s. Meigen, 1818; An. messae Falleroni, 1926; Culex pipiens molestus Forskal, 1775; Cx. pipiens pipiens Linné, 1758; Cx. torrentium Martini, 1925; Cx. hortensis hortensis Ficalbi, 1889; Cx. territans Walker, 1856 and Coquillettidia richardii Ficalbi, 1889. Among the 24893 individuals examined in 2011, Cx. pipiens sl and Cx. torrentium represent 68.00% and 22.38% respectively of total harvest. These last species with Cs. annulata, are dominants and ubiquitous in all the horse farms visited. The species of the genus Anopheles have strong ecological requirements and are therefore associated with some special habitats; other species however have a strong ability to adapt and therefore attend a wide variety of biotopes (Cx. pipiens, Cx. torrentium and Cs. annulata). At the horse farms, water troughs and ponds are the most favorable habitats for larval development of Culicidae. The species potentially vectors of arboviruses that can cause problems in epidemiological equestrian farms are Cx. pipiens sl, Cx. torrentium and Cs. annulata. [less ▲]

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See detailLaboratory and field preliminary tests of Metarhizium anisopliae formulated with neem oil (Suneem) against Anopheles gambiae sl adult emergence
Seye, Fawrou; NDIONE, Raymond; Touré, Mamour et al

Poster (2012, October 08)

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See detailLaboratory and field preliminary tests of Metarhizium anisopliae formulated with neem oil (Suneem) against Anopheles gambiae sl adult emergence
Seye, Fawrou; Ndione, Raymond; Touré, Mamour et al

Poster (2012, October 08)

Metarhizium anisopliae have shown great potential for the control of malaria vectors. However, their ability to control aquatic stages of anopheline vectors with conidial formulation is need. In ... [more ▼]

Metarhizium anisopliae have shown great potential for the control of malaria vectors. However, their ability to control aquatic stages of anopheline vectors with conidial formulation is need. In laboratory condition (25°C and 76%RH), we formulated M. anisopliae with emulsifian neem oil (Suneem 1%) before application on An. gambiae larvae at 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 % (v/v) to determine the LD90. We applied in semi-field environment, the LD90 of the formulation into artificial vats on the Anopheles gambiae sl larvae collected from many breeding sites at dry and rain seasons. In laboratory condition, the LD 50 was 4.4 x 10^6 spores/ml and the LD90 was not obtained 24 after exposure. The probite line equation was Y=1.61 x – 0.55 and R²= 0.9793. The LD 50 was 3.1 x 10^6 and the LD90 was 5.3 X 10^6 spores/ml 48 h after exposure. The probite line equation was then Y= 1.69 x + 1.79 and R²= 0.9757. Microscope magnifying revealed also the fungal attack via cuticle and mycelia germination one dead larvae and pupae. In semi-field environment, treatment revealed that, at 5.3 x 10^6 spores/ml, the formulation has a great emergence inhibition of mosquito adult formation. No significant difference was observed between dry and rain season application of M. anisopliae on the larvae. Therefore, a combination of M. anisopliae with Suneem may provide a more sustainable management strategy for malaria vectors control at the larval stages. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the virulence of african horse sickness virus serotypeS 4 and 9 in two mouse models
De la Grandière de Noronha Cotta, Maria Ana ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Caij, Ann Brigitte et al

Poster (2012, September)

Objectives African horse sickness is an infectious disease caused by a double stranded positive RNA virus which belongs to the family Reoviridae, genus Orbivirus. The virus has nine known antigenically ... [more ▼]

Objectives African horse sickness is an infectious disease caused by a double stranded positive RNA virus which belongs to the family Reoviridae, genus Orbivirus. The virus has nine known antigenically distinct serotypes and is transmitted by a culicoides biting midge, principally Culicoides imicola. African horse sickness causes severe morbidity and mortality up to 95 % in horses with severe economic losses. The establishment of an experimental mouse model is needed for the investigation of the pathogenesis of this infection. Methods Two mouse models, interferon-α receptor knock-out mice and immunocompetent mice, were tested. The used virus for mice inoculations belonged to the two serotypes which caused epidemics in Europe, serotypes 4 and 9. The virus was inoculated by subcutaneous route and/or by intra-nasal route. Samples of whole blood were taken for each infected and knock-out mice at regular intervals. The organs (liver, spleen, kidney, lung and brain) were taken at the end of experience of when the most affected mices were euthanasied. All these samples were tested by a qRT-PCR targeting African horse sickness genome segment 7. Results The results demonstrate the potential of the immunodeficient mouse model for both clinical and biological features. Both serotypes of African horse sickness were detected by qRT-PCR until three weeks post-infection (corresponding with the end of the experience) in blood. Conclusions The setting up of this mouse model has developed a tool for efficient in vivo study to characterize the in vivo virulence of this virus, to monitor the evolution of viral populations during in vivo replication cycles and to test the competence or vectorial capacity of indigenous Culicoides. Acknowledgement Research supported by the Belgium Federal Public Service, Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. [less ▲]

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See detailLivestock farms in Belgium shelter they the mosquitoes (Diptera, Culicidae) potentially vectors of arboviruses?
Boukraa, Slimane ULg; Zimmer, Jean-Yves ULg; Simonon, Grégory et al

Poster (2012, August 23)

Although no major arbovirus which mosquitoes are responsible for its transmission has been recorded in Belgium in recent decades, environment and climate change, current and future, could favor the ... [more ▼]

Although no major arbovirus which mosquitoes are responsible for its transmission has been recorded in Belgium in recent decades, environment and climate change, current and future, could favor the emergence of vector-borne diseases in the country, by inducing changes on Culicidae populations. This study aims to determine the potential importance of agricultural environments, and especially livestock farms, to welcome and favor the proliferation of certain species of mosquito responsible for transmission of arboviruses. A taxonomic inventory was conducted in 2008 (III, VI and X) and 2009 (V and IX) in ten cattle farms, and in 2010 (X) in ten stables located in Belgium. The harvest of mosquitoes is based on larval sampling at the level of 14 biotopes such as water troughs, used tires, abandoned utensils and temporary puddles or not. The morphotaxonomic study of larvae and genitalia has allowed to identify eight species in 18 study stations. These are Anopheles claviger Meigen, 1804 ; A. maculipennis s.l. Meigen, 1818 ; Culiseta annulata Schrank, 1776 ; Cs. morsitans Theobald, 1901 ; Culex modestus Ficalbi, 1889 ; Cx. torrentium Martini, 1925 ; Cx. territans Walker, 1856 and Cx. pipiens s.l. L., 1758. Of the 1843 individuals examined in 2009, Cx. pipiens s.l. represents 79.98% of the total harvest; however, Cx. modestus represents only 0.92%. Used tires form the most favorable habitat for larval development of Culicidae. Therefore, despite the low diversity of mosquito observed within the livestock environments, they represent a significant risk for the reproduction of some potential vectors of arboviruses. In addition, some larval habitats constitute very favorable sites for proliferation of mosquito, causing a real problem of nuisance for animals of farms. [less ▲]

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See detailPathogenicity test of the fungus Aspergillus clavatus on aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum (Aphididae)
Seye, Fawrou; Bawin, Thomas ULg; Delvigne, Frank ULg et al

Poster (2012, August 19)

Pea aphid is a pest of many cultivated and wild plants, but also a vector of several viral diseases. To control this pest, the most widely used methods are physical, chemical and more recently an ... [more ▼]

Pea aphid is a pest of many cultivated and wild plants, but also a vector of several viral diseases. To control this pest, the most widely used methods are physical, chemical and more recently an integrated approach that includes biological control. With the use of pathogenic agents against insects, the use of entomopathogenic fungi is one of the most promising. The present study demonstrated the possibility of using an entomopathogenic fungus Aspergillus clavatus against aphids. In laboratory conditions (8/16 photoperiod, average temperature 25°C), the insects were in contact with different concentrations ranging from 10^2 to 10^4 spores/cm2 deposited on filter paper in Petri dishes, or applied directly to young plants with doses ranging from 10^4 to 10^6 spores/ml. In 24 hours, mortality was 0 to 31.5% in Petri dishes. For treatment plants, the cumulative mortality in 5 days was 55 to 79%. Microscopic observations showed that the aphids were infected by contact and fungus has a mycosis effect. From these preliminary results, investigations should be made to study the action of the fungus on the reproduction of aphids. Therefore, A. clavatus could be introduced along with other fungi found in the literature as a biological control agent against aphids. [less ▲]

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See detailVolatile organic compounds released by barley roots attract wireworms
Barsics, Fanny ULg; Fiers, Marie ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2012, August)

Wireworms, the soil dwelling larvae of click beetles, are pests of many crops worldwide. Alternatives to insecticide treatments are needed for integrated management strategies. Our work consists in ... [more ▼]

Wireworms, the soil dwelling larvae of click beetles, are pests of many crops worldwide. Alternatives to insecticide treatments are needed for integrated management strategies. Our work consists in elucidating the role of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) root-emitted volatile organic compounds (VOC) on the orientation behaviour of Agriotes sordidus Illiger wireworms (Fig. 1). Using dual choice olfactometers, we have evaluated the attractiveness of baits ranging from barley roots themselves to one isolated root-emitted volatile organic compound. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk of introduction of alphaviruses responsible for American equine encephalitides in Belgium
De la Grandière de Noronha Cotta, Maria Ana ULg; Dal Pozzo, Fabiana ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2012, August)

Arthropod-borne viruses are a threat for human and animal healths in regards with their dissemination out of their endemic area. The arboviruses reviewed here belong to the family Togaviridae genus ... [more ▼]

Arthropod-borne viruses are a threat for human and animal healths in regards with their dissemination out of their endemic area. The arboviruses reviewed here belong to the family Togaviridae genus Alphavirus and are small enveloped positive sense RNA viruses. They are considered as exotic equid pathogens in Europe and can cause severe diseases in humans in the context of an epidemic. Arboviruses have complex epidemiologic features characterised by interactions between viruses, vectors, reservoir or susceptible host species, and environment. A bibliographic search was performed to identify the mean factors that influenced past outbreaks in America and the presence of potential vectors/vertebrate hosts that could play a role in the transmission cycle in Belgium. Three equine arboviruses, currently considered as the main current threats of emergence/introduction in Western Europe, were chosen as model for this study: Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), Western equine encephalitis virus (WEEV) and Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV). In conclusion, taking into consideration the globalisation (increase of international exchanges) and climate warming, the analysis of the different features of the arbovirus cycles are essential to a balanced risk expertise in the Belgian context. Research supported by the Belgium Federal Public Service, Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. [less ▲]

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See detailTermites artificially-fed on unusual diet and resulting enzymatic switches
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Matteotti, Christel et al

Poster (2012, August)

Wood-feeding termites as Reticulitermes santonensis generally feed on cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin. However, these opportunistic insects are also able to degrade other carbohydrates, such as ... [more ▼]

Wood-feeding termites as Reticulitermes santonensis generally feed on cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin. However, these opportunistic insects are also able to degrade other carbohydrates, such as starch. The production of putative endogenous α - amylase has been previously shown in R. flavipes, as the disappearance of the major symbiotic flagellates from the hindgut. Here, we compared enzymatic activities (CMCase, MCCase, xylanase, amylase, α- and β-glucosidase) between different fractions of the digestive tract of starch-, cellulose-, and wood-fed termites. Main compounds of the artificial diets, namely starch or MCC, resulted in differential enzymatic activity. Even the substitution of wood by artificial diets itself seemed to induce changes in enzymatic activities, regardless of the main substrate in the diet, as we observed strong midgut α-glucosidase activity only for artificially-fed termites. Preliminary assays to isolate and characterize enzymes were performed using proteomic methods. [less ▲]

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