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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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See detailThe detection and characterization of broad-leaved forest canopy gaps: a regeneration perspective
Bonnet, Stéphanie ULg; Bauwens, Sébastien; Lehaire, François ULg et al

Poster (2012, September)

Canopy gaps are areas of high regeneration potential and, in uneven-aged forest, gaps are therefore places of particular care for the forest manager. Nevertheless the cartography and characterization of ... [more ▼]

Canopy gaps are areas of high regeneration potential and, in uneven-aged forest, gaps are therefore places of particular care for the forest manager. Nevertheless the cartography and characterization of canopy gaps are complex issues. This paper addresses the fundamental question of the canopy gap definition: what is the minimal area, the maximal height of vegetation, type of regeneration, etc? From a regeneration point of view, canopy gaps can be defined as holes in the forest cover where light conditions are suitable for recruitment. As an active sensor, LiDAR has made it possible to tackle the problems of shadows and penetration into the canopy, typical of aerial images. This study investigates the cartography and characterization of forest canopy gaps as areas of natural regeneration. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing and Harmonizing Lying Deadwood Volume with Regional Forest Inventory Data in Wallonia (Southern Region of Belgium)
Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg et al

in Open Forest Science Journal (2012), 5

Using lying deadwood or coarse woody debris (CWD) is on the rise among national and local forest inventories. We compared two generally recommended methods for lying deadwood: line intersect sampling and ... [more ▼]

Using lying deadwood or coarse woody debris (CWD) is on the rise among national and local forest inventories. We compared two generally recommended methods for lying deadwood: line intersect sampling and fixed area sampling. We assessed both methods in plots of the regional forest inventory of Wallonia (southern region of Belgium) and we developed bridging functions that converts CWD volume estimates to estimates that would have been obtained with different thresholds. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) patches in southeastern Cameroon: remnants of a long and rich Human-rainforest relationship?
Bourland, Nils ULg; Cerisier, François; Livingstone Smith, Alexandre et al

Poster (2012, June 23)

Pericopsis elata is one of the most valuable African timber species. This IUCN Red Listed tree suffers from a lack of regeneration, thus its current presence provokes questioning. Our work aimed at ... [more ▼]

Pericopsis elata is one of the most valuable African timber species. This IUCN Red Listed tree suffers from a lack of regeneration, thus its current presence provokes questioning. Our work aimed at understanding its origins so as to help securing its future. This study, lead away from engineering works, was conducted in four different sites located within the natural distribution area of the species and taking into account the different growing conditions were the species occurs. Our observations are based on an analysis of charcoal elements and pottery fragments discovered in subsurface layers of soils as well as current botanical and pedological surveys. Evidence of past human activities we found led to the assumption that this part of the Congo Basin was much more inhabited than previously thought. Some of the results obtained for P. elata could apply for other long lived light demanding species growing in the same environment [less ▲]

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See detailPericopsis elata (Harms) Meeuwen in Cameroon: Ecological Check-up of an Endangered Timber Species
Bourland, Nils ULg; Kouadio, Yao Lambert; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2012, June 20)

Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae – assamela, afrormosia, kokrodua) is a high valued timber species of the moist semi deciduous African forests. Because of logging which started more than 50 years ago, it is ... [more ▼]

Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae – assamela, afrormosia, kokrodua) is a high valued timber species of the moist semi deciduous African forests. Because of logging which started more than 50 years ago, it is considered as threatened and included on both IUCN Red List and CITES Appendix II. Nevertheless, there is still little information available on the species ecology: essential biological parameters controlling its population dynamics remain unknown. Our study first aims at improving the knowledge of its main ecological parameters, then at assessing the impact of selective logging on its populations in a forest management unit in Cameroon (ca 120,000 ha). After inventorying the species (sampling rate of 1.2%), 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 (leaf shedding and flushing, flowering, ripe and unripe fruiting). The population structure followed a bell-shaped curve. Mean annual diameter increments in both environments did not differ significantly between unlogged and logged areas (0.29±0.06 0.31±0.04 cm for unlogged and logged areas, respectively). P. elata is a deciduous species that flowers at the end of the main dry season (Marsh-April). The minimum reproduction and effective flowering diameters were, respectively, 32 and 37 cm. Fruit maturation took place during 7 months (the seed rain occurs in December-January), but all unripe fruits abort 3 years out of 5. 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. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une définition unique des zones périurbaines? L’apport de l’écologie du paysage pour la segmentation du gradient urbain-rural.
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2012, June 06)

L'avènement de l'agriculture, la sédentarisation de l'homme dans des villages, l'extension de ces derniers au point de devenir des villes de taille sans cesse croissante sont autant de phénomènes ... [more ▼]

L'avènement de l'agriculture, la sédentarisation de l'homme dans des villages, l'extension de ces derniers au point de devenir des villes de taille sans cesse croissante sont autant de phénomènes augmentant l'emprise de l'homme sur les ressources naturelles et participant à la dynamique paysagère (Mazoyer et Roudart, 1997). Le phénomène n'est pas négligeable: aujourd'hui, le nombre de personnes vivant dans ce qu'on désigne sous le terme de "ville" a dépassé celui des personnes vivant en dehors (United Nations, 2007). Il convient donc d'étudier en profondeur les conséquences de ce processus qu'est l'urbanisation et de les quantifier (Alberti, 2008). En particulier, la périurbanisation, caractérisée par une expansion diffuse de la ville dans un milieu mitoyen gardant son caractère rural, est au cœur des préoccupations de part sa position stratégique entre des espaces fortement et nettement moins anthropisés (Hervoët, 2001). Toute étude scientifique doit commencer par la délimitation du système étudié (Grimm et al., 2003). Paradoxalement, une synthèse bibliographique récente démontre qu'il n'existe pas de consensus sur le nombre de zones rencontrées dans ce gradient ni sur les définitions et caractéristiques de chacune de ces zones. L'article conclu qu'en vue d'une identification spatiale des zones à l'aide de la télédétection, il est préférable d'utiliser préférentiellement les caractéristiques morphologiques qu'il convient de traduire sous forme d'indices de structure spatiale permettant l'implémentation pratique des définitions données aux zones (André et al., en préparation). Suite à cette constatation, la présente contribution présente une méthode de segmentation du gradient urbain-rural qui s'appuie sur des éléments et indices paysagers décrivant la composition et la structure paysagères. Ces indices illustrent sous forme quantifiable les caractéristiques morphologiques les plus couramment citées pour décrire les différentes zones situées dans le gradient. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une définition unique des zones périurbaines?
Andre, Marie ULg; Bogaert, Jan ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg et al

in Guinand, Sandra (Ed.) Journées APERAU 2012. Penser et Produire la Ville au XXIème Siècle. Modernisation écologique, qualité urbaine et justice spatiale. (2012, June 06)

A l'heure où les villes ne cessent d'augmenter leur emprise sur les paysages mondiaux, l'étude des espaces qui les ceinturent, couramment appelés "zones périurbaines" et le phénomène de leur extension ... [more ▼]

A l'heure où les villes ne cessent d'augmenter leur emprise sur les paysages mondiaux, l'étude des espaces qui les ceinturent, couramment appelés "zones périurbaines" et le phénomène de leur extension dans les régions rurales sont plus que jamais des sujets d'actualité. Les conséquences et enjeux s'y jouant varient selon les régions du monde mais d'aucuns s'accordent à dire que le phénomène de périurbanisation mène en général à la formation de ghettos sociaux, au renforcement des inégalités sociales, à la dégradation visuelle des paysages, ainsi qu'à des conflits humains dus à la multiplication des acteurs y vivant ou y pratiquant une activité. Plus précisément, dans le domaine de l'écologie, ces zones peuvent être à l'origine d'invasions par des espèces exotiques, comme à l'origine de la perte, de la fragmentation ou du rétrécissement des milieux et paysages ouverts, des grandes étendues d'habitats non fragmentés, d'espaces destinés aux compensations écologiques ou même de lieux récréatifs. Ces derniers processus diminuent la qualité de la biodiversité à ces endroits. Paradoxalement, les notions de "rural", de "périurbain" et d'"urbain" restent assez floues; les scientifiques de différentes disciplines peinant à leur donner une définition et des limites acceptées par tous. Il n'est pas rare également certaines études mentionnent une de ces zones sans la définir, la signification exacte étant sous-entendue. Les problèmes causés par l'absence fréquente de définition des zones étudiées sont les suivants: • L'interprétation et la classification d'images satellites, de laquelle découle un grand nombre d'informations pour les planificateurs du territoire et les scientifiques, nécessite une définition claire de ce qui est considéré comme une zone urbaine, périurbaine ou rurale ainsi que des critères et seuils qui délimitent ces classes d'occupation du sol les unes des autres; • Il n'y a pas de comparaison possible entre études portant sur le même sujet car les localisations et natures des sites peuvent être différents; • Dans le domaine scientifique, il est difficile de déterminer si une précision faible dans un résultat obtenu dans une zone (péri)urbaine est dû à de mauvaises mesures qui peuvent être améliorées ou si c'est la définition de la zone qui pose problème. Dans cette étude, différents termes, définitions et caractéristiques se rapportant aux zones urbaines, périurbaines et rurales ont été examinés et comparés sur base de critères tels que leur type ainsi que leurs forces et faiblesses, dans une optique d'analyse de l'évolution d'un paysage. Les causes aux différences observées, la pertinence et les lacunes des différentes définitions et caractéristiques ont été discutées. Enfin, la contribution potentielle d'indices paysagers a été examinée. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une définition unique des zones périurbaines?: l'apport de l'écologie du paysage pour la segmentation du gradient urbain-rural
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Guinand, Sandra (Ed.) Journées APERAU 2012. Penser et Produire la Ville au XXIème Siècle. Modernisation écologique, qualité urbaine et justice spatiale. (2012, June 06)

L'avènement de l'agriculture, la sédentarisation de l'homme dans des villages, l'extension de ces derniers au point de devenir des villes de taille sans cesse croissante sont autant de phénomènes ... [more ▼]

L'avènement de l'agriculture, la sédentarisation de l'homme dans des villages, l'extension de ces derniers au point de devenir des villes de taille sans cesse croissante sont autant de phénomènes augmentant l'emprise de l'homme sur les ressources naturelles et participant à la dynamique paysagère (Mazoyer et Roudart, 1997). Le phénomène n'est pas négligeable: aujourd'hui, le nombre de personnes vivant dans ce qu'on désigne sous le terme de "ville" a dépassé celui des personnes vivant en dehors (United Nations, 2007). Il convient donc d'étudier en profondeur les conséquences de ce processus qu'est l'urbanisation et de les quantifier (Alberti, 2008). En particulier, la périurbanisation, caractérisée par une expansion diffuse de la ville dans un milieu mitoyen gardant son caractère rural, est au cœur des préoccupations de part sa position stratégique entre des espaces fortement et nettement moins anthropisés (Hervoët, 2001). Toute étude scientifique doit commencer par la délimitation du système étudié (Grimm et al., 2003). Paradoxalement, une synthèse bibliographique récente démontre qu'il n'existe pas de consensus sur le nombre de zones rencontrées dans ce gradient ni sur les définitions et caractéristiques de chacune de ces zones. L'article conclu qu'en vue d'une identification spatiale des zones à l'aide de la télédétection, il est préférable d'utiliser préférentiellement les caractéristiques morphologiques qu'il convient de traduire sous forme d'indices de structure spatiale permettant l'implémentation pratique des définitions données aux zones (André et al., en préparation). Suite à cette constatation, la présente contribution présente une méthode de segmentation du gradient urbain-rural qui s'appuie sur des éléments et indices paysagers décrivant la composition et la structure paysagères. Ces indices illustrent sous forme quantifiable les caractéristiques morphologiques les plus couramment citées pour décrire les différentes zones situées dans le gradient. [less ▲]

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See detailDeveloppement of an original aerial-based inventory method: first steps towards the use of mini Unmanned Areal Vehicle in elephant inventory
Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Bouché, Philippe ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, May 22)

This research aims at developping a new methodology for counting large mammals by means of an unmanned aerial vehicle. Test flights have been performed in the game ranch of Nazinga (Burkina Faso) during ... [more ▼]

This research aims at developping a new methodology for counting large mammals by means of an unmanned aerial vehicle. Test flights have been performed in the game ranch of Nazinga (Burkina Faso) during the month of february 2012. Aerial images shows that elephant detection is quite feasible. The systems still requires a lot of improvements in order to be able to cover bigger surfaces for a given pixels resolution. Nevertheless, this method seems very promissing and could advantageously replace traditionnal aerial-based inventory. [less ▲]

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See detailHarmonized Growth Models and Simulations of the Evolution of Pure Stands of Norway spruce, Larches and Douglas-fir for Southern Belgium (Wallonia).
Perin, Jérôme ULg; Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Cerisier, François ULg et al

Poster (2012, March 02)

In order to compare different silvicultural scenarios we have undertaken the development of a software that can simulate stand evolution in regards to their species composition, site characteristics and ... [more ▼]

In order to compare different silvicultural scenarios we have undertaken the development of a software that can simulate stand evolution in regards to their species composition, site characteristics and silvicultural operations. As a first approach we limited the scope of our work to even-aged and pure coniferous stands of the three most important coniferous species in Wallonia (southern part of Belgium): Norway spruce (Picea abies), douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziensii) and larches (Larix sp.). This presentation introduces carried out simulations and compare their outcomes. First we gathered data sets from the permanent regional inventory, from observation networks and experimental plots throughout Wallonia. Then we adjusted, for these species, harmonized and distance-independent models of dominant-height growth, tree diameter growth, mortality, and the distribution of tree diameter frequency before the first thinning. Next we implemented those models in the Capsis platform, and we simulated, for the three species, the evolution of virtual stands using different scenarios. On one hand the evolution was performed without thinning, and on the other hand we applied silvicultural scenarios that are commonly used in Wallonia. As a result these models highlight, for example, the great juvenile growth and sensibility to stands density of larches whereas Norway spruce behaves the opposite. Further work is however needed to predict and simulate wood quality and value. Once this will be achieved we will attempt to optimize silvicultural scenarios for the three species. [less ▲]

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See detailCould current Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) patches in southeastern Cameroon be reasonably linked to past anthropogenic activities ?
Bourland, Nils ULg; Cerisier, François ULg; Livingstone Smith, Alexandre et al

Poster (2012, March 01)

Pericopsis elata is one of the most valuable African timber species. This IUCN Red Listed tree suffers from a lack of regeneration, thus its current presence provokes questioning. Our work aimed at ... [more ▼]

Pericopsis elata is one of the most valuable African timber species. This IUCN Red Listed tree suffers from a lack of regeneration, thus its current presence provokes questioning. Our work aimed at understanding its origins so as to help securing its future. This study, lead away from engineering works, was conducted in four different sites located within the natural distribution area of the species and took into account the different growing conditions were the species occurs. Our observations were based on an analysis of charcoal elements and pottery fragments discovered in subsurface layers of soils as well as on current botanical and pedological surveys. Discovered evidence of past human activities led to the assumption that this part of the Congo Basin was much more inhabited than previously thought. Some of the results obtained for P. elata could apply for other long lived light demanding species growing in the same environment. [less ▲]

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