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See detailRéviser les tarifs de cubage pour mieux gérer les forêts du Cameroun
Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Bois et Forêts des Tropiques (2013), 317(3), 35-49

Volume tables are routinely used by forest planners and managers, but generally with no regard for the conditions in which they are applied (geographical zone, diameter range), which can cause errors in ... [more ▼]

Volume tables are routinely used by forest planners and managers, but generally with no regard for the conditions in which they are applied (geographical zone, diameter range), which can cause errors in estimations of timber volumes. The aim of this study is to test the validity of currently available volume tables, including those used by the government, for three commercial tree species in the forests of south-eastern Cameroon, and if required to propose tables suited to the study zone. The three species concerned are sapelli, Entandrophragma cylindricum, tali, Erythrophleum suaveolens, and assamela Pericopsis elata. Dendrometric data were collected by destructive sampling of 43 trees that were evenly distributed across the diameter range. Stemwood volume was calculated through successive butt-log measurements and linear and non-linear volume tables were adjusted by means of the weighted least-squares method. The results show that the best volume tables for all three species are non-linear. The equations used by the forests authority until now significantly under-estimate standing timber volumes and the estimation errors increase with the size of the trees. The proposed volume tables, once validated, should in future produce more accurate estimations of standing timber in the study zone. Given the international challenges involving Cameroon (FLEGT and REDD+), it is essential that it should have effective tools for estimating standing timber volumes. It is therefore important for Cameroon’s forests authority to conduct a large-scale programme to revise its volume tables. [less ▲]

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See detailWho brings out the dead ? Necrophoresis in the red ant, Myrmica rubra
Diez, Lise; Le Borgne, Hélène; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Animal Behaviour (2013)

The division of labour plays a major role in the success of social insects. For instance, through social prophylaxis, the spread of pathogens within the colony can be reduced if corpse removal is the ... [more ▼]

The division of labour plays a major role in the success of social insects. For instance, through social prophylaxis, the spread of pathogens within the colony can be reduced if corpse removal is the concern of a specialized group of ants. However, in relatively small colonies, the number of dead individuals and the amount of waste may be too low to justify a specialized group of corpse carriers. We examined the corpse removal habits of the common red ant, Myrmica rubra. Ants acting as corpse carriers were not strictly specialized in corpse management, but split their time between disposing of the dead and foraging. Some corpse-carrying individuals, however, developed a short-term specialization by making several successive corpse transports. Corpse carriers limited cross-contamination by remaining mostly outside the nest and congregating near the nest entrance when resting inside. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatio-temporal patterns of wildlife-vehicle collisions in a region with a high-density road network
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lehaire, François ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

in Nature Conservation (2013), (5), 53-73

This paper is the first to report data on wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) in Wallonia, southern Belgium, characterised by one of the densest road network worldwide. With the collaboration of police we ... [more ▼]

This paper is the first to report data on wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) in Wallonia, southern Belgium, characterised by one of the densest road network worldwide. With the collaboration of police we identified 3965 accidents involving “free ranging animal” between 2003 and 2011. We observed that these accidents with free ranging animals result in 13% of cases in injuries for the drivers or passengers, and in less than 1% of cases in fatalities (death). 78% of these casualties involve wild animals, among which wild boar take the largest part (39% ). During the covered period we observed an annual increase of WVC of 21%. For wild boar and red deer, this increase was significantly correlated with hunting statistics, used as an index of population density. The temporal analysis demonstrated an increase of WVC during night time with peak of accidents at dusk and dawn. Monthly distribution revealed the role of breeding, dispersal and hunting in shaping temporal patterns of accidents. Spatial analysis, focusing on wild boar, roe deer, red deer and red fox demonstrated clustering of accidents for all these species, until scale between 20 to 70 km. Mapping of accidents via Kernel density analysis permitted us to highlight areas with high risk of WVC risk. Our study suggests that the problem of car accidents due to wildlife is an increasing concern in Wallonia but results on spatial and temporal patterns should help for setting up mitigation measures in the most sensible areas. Moreover we suggest that police data source should be used for nationwide analysis and for comparison between countries. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la ressource en teck, Tectona grandis L.f., des plantations privées du Sud-Bénin
Atindogbé, Gilbert; Fonton, Noël, Houédougbé; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

in Bois et Forêts des Tropiques (2013), (316(2)), 93-103

Private teak plantations in southern Benin have been established at an increasing rate in the last thirty years. To remedy the lack of reliable information on this resource, a methodological approach was ... [more ▼]

Private teak plantations in southern Benin have been established at an increasing rate in the last thirty years. To remedy the lack of reliable information on this resource, a methodological approach was designed to quantify and characterise private teak plantations and gain a better understanding of the private owners involved in teak production in Benin. The method involves “snowball sampling” among three categories of players: forestry service agents, village chiefs and the owners of teak plantations or their representatives. The data collected are the socio-economic profiles of the owners, an overall description of their plantations and dendrometric characterisations of these plantations. In order to assess its performance, the snowball sampling technique was tested by the quadrant method. Snowball sampling identified 1,002 owners and 861.10 ha of Tectona grandis L.f. plantations. Almost 69 % of the plantations were less than 6 years of age, of which 12.4 % were young plantations and 56.7 % coppice. Stands more than 20 years of age accounted for only a very small proportion of these teak resources (0.2 %). With a very low overall afforestation rate, estimated at 3.58 %, and a snowball sampling detection rate of 68.6%, the total area planted with teak was estimated at 1,255.3 ha, within confidence limits of 1,084.5 ha and 1,574.2 ha. The geodatabase built up during the snowball sampling campaign in the Toffo municipality is clearly a promising start for the development of a network of players involved in teak production. The value of snowball sampling in the context of small-scale sylviculture warrants its application to the other municipalities concerned. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse de l'évolution de la surface de la forêt wallonne par interprétation d'images aériennes : un outil complémentaire à l'inventaire forestier régional
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Alderweireld, Matthieu ULg; Lecomte, Hugues et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2013), (125), 27-35

L'analyse des images aériennes vient en complément des données recueillies par l'inventaire permanent des ressources forestières. L'objectif est d'obtenir des données plus fréquemment actualisées en ce ... [more ▼]

L'analyse des images aériennes vient en complément des données recueillies par l'inventaire permanent des ressources forestières. L'objectif est d'obtenir des données plus fréquemment actualisées en ce qui concerne les proportions et les surfaces de mises à blanc, l'âge d'exploitation et les surfaces de plantation. [less ▲]

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See detailLiDAR derived ecological integrity indicators for riparian zones: Application to the Houille river in Southern Belgium/Northern France
Michez, Adrien ULg; Piégay, Hervé; Toromanoff, François ULg et al

in Ecological Indicators (2013), 34(0), 627-640

Riparian zones are central landscape features providing several ecosystem services and are exceptionally rich in biodiversity. Despite their relatively low area coverage, riparian zones consequently ... [more ▼]

Riparian zones are central landscape features providing several ecosystem services and are exceptionally rich in biodiversity. Despite their relatively low area coverage, riparian zones consequently represent a major concern for land and water resource managers confirmed within several European directives. These directives involve effective multi-scale monitoring to assess their conditions and their ability to carry out their functions. The objective of this research was to develop automated tools to provide from a single aerial LiDAR dataset new mapping tools and keystone riparian zone attributes assessing the ecological integrity of the riparian zone at a network scale (24 km reach). Different metrics were extracted from the original LiDAR point cloud, notably the Digital Terrain Model and Canopy Height Model rasters, allowing the extraction of riparian zones attributes such as the wetted channel (0.89 m; mean residual) and floodplain extents (6.02 m; mean residual). Different riparian forest characteristics were directly extracted from these layers (patch extent, overhanging character, longitudinal continuity, relative water level, mean and relative standard deviation of tree height). Within the riparian forest, the coniferous stands were distinguished from deciduous and isolated trees, with high accuracy (87.3 %, Kappa Index). Going further the mapping of the indicators, our study proposed an original approach to study the riparian zone attributes within different buffer width, from local scale (50 m long channel axis reach) to a network scale (ca 2 km long reaches), using a disaggregation/re-agraggation process. This novel approach, combined to graphical presentations of the results allow natural resource managers to visualise the variation of upstream-downstream attributes and to identify priority action areas. In the case study, results showed a general decrease of the riparian forests when the river crosses built-up areas. They also highlighted the lower flooding frequency of riparian forest patches in habitats areas. Those results showed that LiDAR data can be used to extract indicators of ecological integrity of riparian zones in temperate climate zone. They will enable the assessment of the ecological integrity of riparian zones to be undertaken at the regional scale (13000 km, completely covered by an aerial LIDAR survey in 2013). [less ▲]

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See detailTree allometry in Central Africa: Testing the validity of pantropical multi-species allometric equations for estimating biomass and carbon stocks
Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Gillet, Jean-François et al

in Forest Ecology & Management (2013), (305), 29-37

There is a lot of uncertainty in the amount and spatial variations of above-ground biomass in Africa, partly because very few allometric equations are available. The aim of this study was to assess the ... [more ▼]

There is a lot of uncertainty in the amount and spatial variations of above-ground biomass in Africa, partly because very few allometric equations are available. The aim of this study was to assess the validity of using pan-tropical multispecies allometric equations developed by Chave et al. (2005) for estimating the above-ground biomass of trees in Central Africa and/or to develop site-specific equations. The study was conducted in lowland tropical forests of South-eastern Cameroon, at the edge between evergreen and semi-evergreen forests. Data of above-ground woody biomass were obtained from destructive sampling of 138 trees belonging to 47 taxa across a huge range of diameter (5.30–192.50 cm) and wood specific gravity (0.284–1.152 g cm 3). A set of local site-specific multi- and single-species models relating above-ground biomass to tree diameter and wood specific gravity were fitted to the data. The best model was selected using information criterion. Both tree diameter and wood specific gravity were important predictor to consider for the estimation of above-ground biomass at tree scale. Single-species models were not necessarily better than multi-species models including wood specific gravity as a predictor. The best local multi-species model had the same structure and parameters as the pan-tropical equation developed by Chave et al. (2005) for moist forests. The estimates from the pan-tropical multi-species equation were nearly as good as those of the local multi-species equation. Using wood specific gravity from the global data base only slightly increased the estimation errors, because for the study taxa wood specific gravity was highly correlated to wood specific gravity from the global data base. In this study, we showed that the pantropical multi-species allometric equation developped for moist forests can be used to produce accurate estimates of biomass and carbon stocks from diameter measurement in forest inventory and wood specific gravity from global data base at species level. These findings are especially timely given the urgent need to quantify biomass and carbon stocks in the tropics, and given the spatial extent of moist forests in Central Africa. [less ▲]

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See detailG-Cube 2.0 : Un logiciel de cubage et de constitution de lots de bois
Handerek, Daphné ULg; Quevauvillers, Samuel ULg; Hebert, Jacques ULg et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2013), (124), 20-27

G-Cube, le logiciel de cubage et de constitution de lots de bois développé par Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, fait peau neuve. Cette version 2.0 voit arriver des nouveautés parmi lesquelles : la géolocalisation ... [more ▼]

G-Cube, le logiciel de cubage et de constitution de lots de bois développé par Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, fait peau neuve. Cette version 2.0 voit arriver des nouveautés parmi lesquelles : la géolocalisation des arbres cubés, le croisement des données avec des listes de prix personnelles ou standardisées, ou encore l’abandon de l’environnement Excel au profit d’une interface autonome. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Projet Léopard du Parc W : un Echange de Savoir Intra-Africain au Service de la Conservation de la Nature
Marchal, A.; Marchal, J.; Ouedraogo, M. et al

in Parcs & Réserves (2013), 67(4), 18-25

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See detailGame species monitoring using road–based distance sampling in association with thermal imagers: a covariate analysis
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Bouché, Philippe; Lehaire, François ULg et al

in Animal Biodiversity and Conservation (2012), 35(2), 253-265

Monitoring of game species populations is necessary to adequately assess culling by hunters in areas where natural large predators are absent. However, game managers have to control several species and ... [more ▼]

Monitoring of game species populations is necessary to adequately assess culling by hunters in areas where natural large predators are absent. However, game managers have to control several species and they often lack of an efficient and convenient survey design method. Monitoring several species at that same time over large areas could thus be cost– and time–effective. We tested the influence of several factors during monitoring of three common game species, (wild boar, roe deer and red fox, using road–based distance sampling in association with thermal imagers. This pilot survey based on 20 night counts in five contrasting sites studied the effect of several covariates (species, thermal imaging, observer, group size, and habitat type) on the detection probabilities. No differences were observed between thermal imagers and group sizes , but we found differences between observers . Expected differences were also observed between species and between habitat type. Our results show that the detectability of low cost thermal imaging equipment is similar to that of more expensive methods, highlighting new possibilities for the use of thermal imagery by game managers. Although adjustments should be made to the study design our findings suggest that large–scale multi–species monitoring could be an efficient method for common game species. [less ▲]

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See detailEcology of Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae), a Timber Species Considered as Endangered, in Southeastern Cameroon
Bourland, Nils ULg; Kouadio, Yao Lambert; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Biotropica (2012), 44(6), 840-847

Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) is a tall tree of high commercial value of the moist semi-deciduous African forests. As a result of logging which started decades ago, it is considered as threatened and ... [more ▼]

Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) is a tall tree of high commercial value of the moist semi-deciduous African forests. As a result of logging which started decades ago, it is considered as threatened and included on both IUCN Red List and CITES Appendix II even though essential biological parameters controlling its population dynamics remain unknown. This study aims at improving the knowledge of the species ecological parameters and at assessing the impact of selective logging on its populations in an 118,052 ha forest in Cameroon. After inventorying the species in 1,432 ha, mortality and growth were assessed over continuous 5- and 2-year periods in unlogged and logged areas, respectively. Phenology was monitored in the unlogged forest during 5 years. The population structure followed a bell-shaped curve. Mean annual diameter increments in both environments did not differ significantly between unlogged and logged areas. P. elata is a deciduous species that flowers at the end of the main dry season. The minimum reproduction and effective flowering diameters were, respectively, 32 and 37 cm. Fruit maturation took place during 7 months. With a minimum logging diameter of 90 cm, the recovery rate computed over a 30-year period was greater than 100%. Selective logging harvested only 12.1% of the total number of seed trees and had little influence on the species biological parameters. Securing sufficient regeneration as a post-logging action is probably the most important consideration for achieving long-term sustainability. Implications for the conservation status of the species are discussed at the regional level. [less ▲]

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See detailLes équations allométriques pantropicales sont-elles valides en Afrique centrale
Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Ernst, Gaëtan; Bouissou, Christina et al

Scientific conference (2012, October 24)

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See detailL'anthropisation du paysage et ses impacts sur les écosystèmes forestiers
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Andre, Marie ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2012, October 24)

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See detailFeasibility study for elephant inventory with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Bouché, Philippe ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, October 04)

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See detailFour Ws and one H: Movement ecology of wild boar
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

Conference (2012, October 04)

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See detailOverview of animal related-accidents in one of the world’s densest road network region
Lehaire, François ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2012, October)

With its 4.7 km/km² of public roads, Southern Belgium (Wallonia) has one of the densest road network of Western Europe. This network as well as the observed increase in main game species populations (red ... [more ▼]

With its 4.7 km/km² of public roads, Southern Belgium (Wallonia) has one of the densest road network of Western Europe. This network as well as the observed increase in main game species populations (red deer, roe deer and wild boar) make Wallonia an interesting region for studying the patterns of traffic accidents caused by animals. Moreover, compared to most of European countries, no statistics are available for this area. To shed light on the current situation of wildlife roadkills, the police database of traffic accident statement was thoroughly investigated. Those statements concern accidents that occurred between 2006 and 2010. Each record includes date, time, species involved and information about the location of the accident event. Based on this dataset, we have analysed (i) composition and percentage of involved species, (ii) the consequence (material damages / bodily injuries), (iii) the spatial (type of roads, proximity to landscape features, ‘hot spot’ map) and (iv) temporal (daily, weekly and seasonal) distribution of animal-related accidents. In conclusion future research perspectives are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailCreation of a Canopy Height Model from mini-UAV Imagery
Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Bonnet, Stéphanie ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

Poster (2012, September 12)

The arrival of mini-UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), these small autonomous aircrafts, has opened the doors to a new environmental data acquisition’s approach. In forestry, low-altitude imagery from UAV can ... [more ▼]

The arrival of mini-UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), these small autonomous aircrafts, has opened the doors to a new environmental data acquisition’s approach. In forestry, low-altitude imagery from UAV can be used to characterize forest ecosystem structure through a Canopy Height Model (CHM). In this research, authors developed a new workflow for acquiring low-altitude aerial images with a mini-UAV and used them for the construction of a high resolution Canopy Height Model. An accuracy analysis is performed and shows that individual dominant tree height can be measured from (UAV-photo-) CHM with a precision of 2 meters. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors influencing wild boar presence in agricultural landscape: a habitat suitability modelling approach
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

Conference (2012, September 04)

The wild boar (Sus scrofa L.) population has increased in most parts of Europe during the last three decades. As a consequence, population distribution ranges have shifted to more agricultural areas ... [more ▼]

The wild boar (Sus scrofa L.) population has increased in most parts of Europe during the last three decades. As a consequence, population distribution ranges have shifted to more agricultural areas. These newly colonized areas are characterized by highly fragmented forest cover and a preponderance of crop fields and grasslands, thus increasing the risk of problematic interactions with farming activities and small game species. Although plasticity of wild boar to various environmental conditions is well known, understanding the ecological patterns that promote the density distribution of the species within agricultural areas remains of importance for adapted management strategies within these landscapes. Inside a recently occupied area (between 10-30 years of wild boar regular presence) of southern Belgium, we studied the relation between occurences of wild boar population, estimated by hunting bag and crop damages, with a set of environmental, anthropic and landscape variables. We used Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) approach to analyze the data. Considering the main factors known to favour wild boar distribution, we hypothesized that crop fields providing cover and food, deciduous forest (providing mast) and water stream density are the main factors influencing the wild boar density distribution. The results are used to derive a habitat suitability map of wild boar distribution in northern Wallonia where wild boar recently starts to spread. [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnosing structure and composition typologies in uneven-aged broad-leaved forests: a comparison of classification methods
Bonnet, Stéphanie ULg; Brostaux, Yves ULg; Claessens, Hugues ULg et al

Poster (2012, September)

Structure and composition of forest stands are crucial factors for forest planning and biodiversity management. In Belgium, typologies of structure and composition exist to support planning in uneven-aged ... [more ▼]

Structure and composition of forest stands are crucial factors for forest planning and biodiversity management. In Belgium, typologies of structure and composition exist to support planning in uneven-aged broadleaved forests (typically dominated by oak and beech). The principle of these typologies is to classify irregular stands with the percentage of small, medium, large, and very large trees (regarding dbh), and the percentage of basal area of oak and beech. This paper investigates the potential of LiDAR data processed with classification methods (k-nn, K-Means, CART, etc.) to allocate a forest structure and composition type. For this purpose several supervised and unsupervised classification methods are compared, as well as the impact of leaf-on (summer) and leaf-off (winter) data to discriminate the forest types. [less ▲]

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See detailTraitement phytosanitaire des bois d'emballage par micro-ondes
Leyman, Michaël; Hebert, Jacques ULg; Jourez, Benoît ULg et al

Report (2012)

Only two treatments of wood packaging material are approved in the International Standard of Phytosanitary Management (ISPM) 15: fumigation with methyl bromide and heat treatment. Methyl bromide ... [more ▼]

Only two treatments of wood packaging material are approved in the International Standard of Phytosanitary Management (ISPM) 15: fumigation with methyl bromide and heat treatment. Methyl bromide fumigation is being phased out, which makes heat treatment the only sanitation method available for the industry. Other treatments are however about to be approved. One of these is the microwave irradiation treatment (MIT). According to the FAO, the target organisms are eradicated if 60°C (or more) is maintained during 60 seconds throughout the profile of the wood (i.e. 60°C/60s). A study was funded by the SPW - Service Publique de Wallonie (DGO3) – in collaboration with the ULg - Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech - to identify, using pallet boards, the treatment program needed to achieve 60°C/60s. A 4m-long industrial 2.45GHz tunnel oven delivering a maximum power of 28.8 kW was used to make the experiments. Temperature was measured with a VarioCAM® infrared camera. The three most relevant results of this study are : (i) Reaching at least 63.2 °C (Populus sp.) or 64.8°C (Pinus sylvestris L.) on the upper surface of 22mm-thick boards warrants 60°C/60s throughout the profile of the wood, whatever its moisture content, density and initial temperature; (ii) Using a Gompertz distribution, the upper surface temperature needed to achieve 99.9968% mortality (Probit 9) of the most microwave-resistant life stage of Hylotrupes bajulus L. (i.e. the >150mg larvae) was estimated to be 47°C and 55°C, respectively for wood with >20% and <20% moisture content; (iii) From a technical point of view, MIT can be integrated into an automatic assembly line of pallets. The profitability of the MIT is difficult to estimate and depends on timber and oven characteristics, cost of energy, etc. Nevertheless, the treatment costs seem to be similar as for conventional heat treatment. However, if the drying of the timber is required (apart from a sanitary treatment), the profitability of the MIT could be doubtful. This study contributes to a better knowledge of the MIT and will help the Belgian National Plant Protection Organization to implement treatment guidelines and programs in order to comply with ISMP15. [less ▲]

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