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See detailDeveloping a common Key Performance Indicators framework for biodiversity management in gypsum quarries throughout Europe for Eurogypsum
Pitz, Carline ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Marlet, Christine

Conference (2014, August)

This study aimed to establish a common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) framework to report biodiversity for the Gypsum Industry at the European level. An original approach of participatory process has ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to establish a common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) framework to report biodiversity for the Gypsum Industry at the European level. An original approach of participatory process has been developed in order to integrate the different opinions and to reach a consensus framework between different stakeholders’ groups: Eurogypsum stakeholders, European and local authorities, universities and consulting offices, European and local associations for the conservation of nature and stakeholders from the mining sector. The strategy is based on five main steps: (i) To build a stakeholders’ network; (ii) ) To build a framework proposal to be submitted to stakeholders by selecting a maximum set of indicators based on the literature and reaching an agreement on indicators with Eurogypsum (Focus Group); (iii) Reaching a consensus framework with all the stakeholders and evaluating feasibility by a Delphi Policy survey, by the analysis of the Environmental Impact Assessments of the Gypsum Industry and by visiting three quarries; (iv) Final validation with Eurogypsum; (v) Creating indicators’ Factsheets and a Eurogyspum report to the destination of the public. The resulting framework contains eleven indicators which are the most acceptable set of indicators for all the stakeholders. It answers to European legislation and strategies for biodiversity. It is intended to improve sustainability in the quarries and to help managing biodiversity, to allow setting up of appropriate reporting systems. It is a flexible framework adaptable given the local context of each gypsum quarry in order to prove if a No Net Loss has been reached at a quarry’s scale. [less ▲]

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See detailNo performance reduction at the present northern edge of Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. invasion range
Ortmans, William ULg; Chauvel, Bruno; Monty, Arnaud ULg et al

Conference (2014, May 05)

Plant populations at range edges may exhibit reduction of performances and fitness. In the case of biological invasions, such a reduction could be associated with a slowing down of the spread and explain ... [more ▼]

Plant populations at range edges may exhibit reduction of performances and fitness. In the case of biological invasions, such a reduction could be associated with a slowing down of the spread and explain the non-naturalization of a species outside its present invasion range. Common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) is an ideal model to investigate such processes, since it is invasive in France but not naturalized in northern countries, such as Belgium and the Netherlands. In this study, we test if the performances of ragweed populations vary among different invasion zones. Three populations were selected in each of four invasion zones in Western Europe: 1) French invasion area; 2) northern and 3) southern invasion edges; and 4) outside the invasion area (Belgium and Netherlands). Field performances (growth, reproduction, stress resistance) were recorded on 25 plants per population. Furthermore, the competition by the native flora was assessed around each plant. Generalized Linear Models were used to compare performance among invasion zones and populations, with competition as covariate. Regressions were also performed to assess the influence of climatic data on population performances. No evidence of decreasing performances was found at the edges of the invasion area, neither outside of it, suggesting that the invasion front has the potential to keep going northwards. Competition by native flora had a significant impact on stress resistance, but did not decrease reproduction or growth. These results are discussed in the light of other ongoing experiments in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailAlien plant species along watercourses in the Natura 2000 network
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Aimont, Hélène; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Conference (2014, May)

Natura 2000 is the centerpiece of EU nature and biodiversity policy. It is a European wide network of nature protection areas aiming at assuring the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and ... [more ▼]

Natura 2000 is the centerpiece of EU nature and biodiversity policy. It is a European wide network of nature protection areas aiming at assuring the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats. However, alien plants do not stop their spread at the border of protection areas and invasive plants are reported to threaten aquatic and riparian ecosystems. Our study aimed at assessing the plant invasion threat along watercourses within the Natura 2000 in Southern Belgium. A stratified random sampling, based on the natural region and the size of the watershed, was conducted. 187 sections of watercourses bank were visited between May and September 2013. For all recorded alien species, data were collected about local abundance, competitive impacts, regeneration potential and ecological conditions. 51 alien species were observed. Some were widespread (e.g. Impatiens glandulifera, with 17 % of linear banks invaded) whereas others were either rare or considered emergent alien species. Emergent species, showing low occurrence but high impact index, are appropriate target species for early detection programs and preventive management actions. Analyses showed that typical riparian species’ occurrence increased with the size of the watershed, indicating propagule pressure within protected areas through hydrochory. No link could be established between the presence of disturbance(s) and alien species in the considered N2000 sites. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de la flore spontanée de la carrière de Loën pour de futures restaurations
Pitz, Carline ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

This project aims to characterize the flora that spontaneously recolonize non recently exploited areas in one group quarry (Loën) from the point of view of species diversity and ecological functionality ... [more ▼]

This project aims to characterize the flora that spontaneously recolonize non recently exploited areas in one group quarry (Loën) from the point of view of species diversity and ecological functionality. Plant communities will be compared with observed plant communities characterized in longest abandoned quarries in the same regions (same pool of potential species) and known plant communities of the dry grassland habitats reference. The project will establish the potential for restoration of dry grasslands in the study site and established for the quarry studied the basic principles of future restoration plans. [less ▲]

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See detailVariation des traits fonctionnels le long d’un gradient de cuivre et cobalt : contribution du remplacement d’espèces et de la variabilité intraspécifique
Delhaye, Guillaume; Violle, Cyril; Seleck, Maxime ULg et al

Conference (2014, April)

Les collines cuprocobaltifères du Katanga sont des lieux privilégiés pour étudier la variation des traits fonctionnels le long de gradients de stress métallique. Nous avons étudié la variation de six ... [more ▼]

Les collines cuprocobaltifères du Katanga sont des lieux privilégiés pour étudier la variation des traits fonctionnels le long de gradients de stress métallique. Nous avons étudié la variation de six traits à l’échelle des espèces et de la communauté le long d’un gradient de cuivre et cobalt. D’autres paramètres tels que la concentration en phosphore et l’humidité du sol covarient positivement avec la teneur en métal du sol. Les contributions relatives du remplacement d’espèces et de la variabilité intraspécifique à la variabilité totale des traits dans les communautés ont été déterminées. A l’échelle de la communauté, la hauteur et la surface foliaire diminuent alors que les valeurs des quatre autres traits augmentent le long du gradient. Les espèces montrent des réponses variées, généralement non significatives. Pour tous les traits, le remplacement d’espèce est le moteur principal de la variation au sein des communautés. La concentration en métal du sol implique des réponses variées sur les différents traits et les différentes espèces. Nous montrons que la concentration croissante en métal privilégie le remplacement d’espèce par rapport à la variation intraspécifique et que les espèces répondent par différentes stratégies de tolérance à la concentration en métal du le sol. La variation des traits à l’échelle des communautés est essentiellement le reflet d’un changement dans les abondances des différentes formes de vie. Les espèces à xylopodes sont dominantes sur sol pauvre en métal alors que les annuelles sont dominantes sur sol très enrichi. [less ▲]

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See detailLa carte blanche : Enjeux de la Politique agricole commune en Wallonie : une volonté de découpler nature et agriculture ?
Jacquemart, Anne-Laure; Dendoncker, Nicolas; Dufrêne, Marc ULg et al

Article for general public (2014)

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See detailVers une synthèse de la conception et une définition des zones dans le gradient urbain-rural
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(1), 61-74

The increasing footprint of urbanization on landscapes justifies the study of cities and the zones surrounding them. Paradoxically, the concepts relating to these zones remain unclear. Scientists from ... [more ▼]

The increasing footprint of urbanization on landscapes justifies the study of cities and the zones surrounding them. Paradoxically, the concepts relating to these zones remain unclear. Scientists from different disciplines diverge when defining these zones or their limits; they even often mention the zones without any definition. This practice excludes comparison between studies. By means of bibliographic research, the variety of terms used to describe the different zones composing the urban-rural gradient has been evidenced, as well as the characteristics of the zones themselves. They have been evaluated according to their relative importance and according to a series of criteria. Finally, new definitions for the different zones have been proposed in order to enable their identification in the field. [less ▲]

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See detail3. Lutte contre les mauvaises herbes
Henriet, François; Jaunard, Delphine; Gilleman, Alice ULg et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc céréales (2014, February 26)

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See detailSpeciation slowing down in widespread and long-living tree taxa : insights from the tropical timber tree genus Milicia (Moraceae)
Daïnou, Kasso ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Duminil, Jérôme et al

in Heredity (2014)

The long generation time and large effective size of widespread forest tree species can result in slow evolutionary rate and incomplete lineage sorting, complicating species delimitation. We addressed ... [more ▼]

The long generation time and large effective size of widespread forest tree species can result in slow evolutionary rate and incomplete lineage sorting, complicating species delimitation. We addressed this issue with the African timber tree genus Milicia that comprises two morphologically similar and often confounded species: M. excelsa, widespread from West to East Africa, and M. regia, endemic to West Africa. We combined information from nuclear microsatellites (nSSRs), nuclear and plastid DNA sequences, and morphological systematics to identify significant evolutionary units and infer their evolutionary and biogeographical history. We detected five geographically coherent genetic clusters using nSSRs and three levels of genetic differentiation. First, one West African cluster matched perfectly with the morphospecies M. regia that formed a monophyletic clade at both DNA sequences. Second, a West African M. excelsa cluster formed a monophyletic group at plastid DNA and was more related to M. regia than to Central African M. excelsa, but shared many haplotypes with the latter at nuclear DNA. Third, three Central African clusters appeared little differentiated and shared most of their haplotypes. Although gene tree paraphyly could suggest a single species in Milicia following the phylogenetic species concept, the existence of mutual haplotypic exclusivity and nonadmixed genetic clusters in the contact area of the two taxa indicate strong reproductive isolation and, thus, two species following the biological species concept. Molecular dating of the first divergence events showed that speciation in Milicia is ancient (Tertiary), indicating that long-living tree taxa exhibiting genetic speciation may remain similar morphologically. [less ▲]

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See detailRealized niche of eight endemic plant species of Katangan Copperbelt (D.R. Congo): implications for copper species conservation
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Seleck, Maxime ULg; Lebrun, Julie et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

South of the Katanga province (D.R. Congo), a unique vegetation grows on soils developed on 100 Cu-Co outcrops among the most important in the world (katangan Copperbelt). These outcrops form of isolated ... [more ▼]

South of the Katanga province (D.R. Congo), a unique vegetation grows on soils developed on 100 Cu-Co outcrops among the most important in the world (katangan Copperbelt). These outcrops form of isolated hills in the landscape hosting vegetal communities evolving along the mineralization gradient. More than 600 metallophytes can be found in these communities with some 32 strict endemics solely known from mineralized soils. These species present physiological and biological adaptations allowing them to tolerate toxic levels of metals in soils. The unique characteristics of most endemics are seriously threatened by the intense mining activities in the region thus also threatening the high genetic potential to be used in development of polluted soils’ restoration strategies. In an effort to characterize the ecology of these species, we model ecological niches of eight endemic species along copper-cobalt gradients. For each species, three sites were prospected and transects set. Along these, five plots where the species occurred were selected: at both the extremities of the gradient and at 1st quartile, median and 3rd quartile. In each plot, individuals of the particular species were counted and composite soil samples collected. Available EDTA Cu-Co values were determined and niches modeled for both metals through the kernel density method in R 3.0.1 (package ‘vioplot’). Results show that ecological niches of the selected endemics are distributed between Cu-soil values of 50 and 11 000 mg.kg-1 and between Co values between four and 1500 mg.kg-1. Six species occur in the lower 100 mg.kg-1concentrations of Co. As for the Cu gradient, two species present ecological optimums over 3000 mg.kg-1. This variation of ecological niches along the gradients indicates a need of adequacy between species conservation strategies and soils’ metal contents. Four of the eight studied species should be conserved on soils contaminated with some 500 mg Cu.kg-1 and 30 mg Co.kg-1. For others, precise conservation actions need to be undertaken. [less ▲]

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See detailA diachronic analysis of the dynamic of two cities: Kisangani and Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo): How do the extension and/or of the densification of these cities impact the urban internal and peripheral ecosystems?
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

The dynamics of two cities between two years (2002 and 2010 for Kisangani; 2002 and 2008 for Lubumbashi, both part of the Democratic Republic of Congo) have been examined in order to estimate how their ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of two cities between two years (2002 and 2010 for Kisangani; 2002 and 2008 for Lubumbashi, both part of the Democratic Republic of Congo) have been examined in order to estimate how their extension and/or of the densification have impacted the urban internal and peripheral ecosystems. This study singularizes itself from the subjective ones by its quantified and objective approach based on landscape ecology. This discipline assumes that the landscape pattern description is important because, according to its central hypothesis called “pattern-process paradigm”, the ecological processes influence landscape structure and vice versa. Composition metrics, which are commonly used in landscape ecology, describe the pattern among other things in quantifying the presence and the number of patches from the various classes within the landscape. For each city two SPOT 5 images were classified with a oriented-object supervised approach; then built area proportion index, a composition landscape metric, has been evaluated in order to 1) identify the extent of each area (urban, suburban, rural) within the urban-rural gradient, 2) quantify the dynamic of the different areas in the urban-rural gradient during the last decade and 3) quantify the effect of a decade of urban and suburban growth on ecosystems. The similarities and differences between these cities, relevance and gaps in the method have then been identified and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the noxious Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. going to invade Belgium?
Ortmans, William ULg; Chauvel, Bruno; Mahy, Grégory ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. is an invasive species from North America, causing a health crisis in Europe due to its highly allergenic pollen. In France, there is a zone where the A. artemisiifolia ... [more ▼]

Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. is an invasive species from North America, causing a health crisis in Europe due to its highly allergenic pollen. In France, there is a zone where the A. artemisiifolia populations are naturalized and invasive. Outside this area, populations are more rare and do not seem to expand. We tested if the performances of A. artemisiifolia are varying with competition level, and among geographical zones. The results show that populations from Belgium and Netherlands are not less efficient than invasive populations for the measured traits. [less ▲]

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See detailThe voluntary Code of conduct on invasive alien plants in Belgium: results and lessons learned from the AlterIAS LIFE+ project
Halford, Mathieu ULg; Heemers, L.; van Wesemael, D. et al

in EPPO Bulletin (2014), 44(2), 1-11

Voluntary approaches have been recently used in the horticultural sector to deal with the introduction and spread of invasive alien plants. In Belgium, the first Code of conduct has been developed within ... [more ▼]

Voluntary approaches have been recently used in the horticultural sector to deal with the introduction and spread of invasive alien plants. In Belgium, the first Code of conduct has been developed within the frame of the AlterIAS project, a LIFE+ “Information & Communication” project aiming at raising the awareness of horticulture professionals and gardeners on the invasive plants issue. The Belgian Code was prepared in consultation with representatives from the ornamental sector, public authorities and the scientific community. The Code was promoted throughout the country with a specific communication campaign entitled “Plant different”. Thanks to communication efforts, a positive dynamic of involvement was observed over time. Surveys were performed to assess the changes of attitudes and the perception of the Code by the target audience of the project. Positive results were achieved for horticulture professionals. However, the Code will require more time to be widely adopted by the ornamental sector in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailCarrières & Biodiversité - Les pelouses sèches
Harzé, Mélanie ULg; Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Halford, Mathieu ULg et al

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See detailCarrières & Biodiversité - Les plantes invasives
Halford, Mathieu ULg; Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Harzé, Mélanie ULg et al

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See detailCarrières & Biodiversité - Les plans d'eau
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Harzé, Mélanie ULg; Halford, Mathieu ULg et al

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See detailCarrières & Biodiversité - Les falaises et éboulis
Seleck, Maxime ULg; Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Harzé, Mélanie ULg et al

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See detailCarrières & Biodiversité - Les arènes minérales
Piqueray, Julien; Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Halford, Mathieu ULg et al

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See detailLe patron urbain, un facteur influençant l'impact de l'urbanisation sur les écosystèmes: les cas de Kisangani et de Lubumbashi (RDC)
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in PACODEL (Ed.) Colloque international Territoires périurbains: développement, enjeux et perspectives dans les pays du sud (2013, December 19)

Les dynamiques et patrons paysagers de deux villes entre deux années (Kisangani entre 2002 et 2010 ; Lubumbashi entre 2002 et 2008, en République Démocratique du Congo) ont été étudiés afin d’évaluer leur ... [more ▼]

Les dynamiques et patrons paysagers de deux villes entre deux années (Kisangani entre 2002 et 2010 ; Lubumbashi entre 2002 et 2008, en République Démocratique du Congo) ont été étudiés afin d’évaluer leur influence sur l’impact de l’extension et/ou densification de ces villes, et plus particulièrement de leur zone périurbaine, sur leurs écosystèmes internes et périphériques. En effet, le patron paysager occupe une place fondamentale dans l’hypothèse centrale de l’écologie du paysage, appelée pattern-process paradigm puisqu’il influence les processus écologiques et inversement. Sa description et son analyse sont donc particulièrement importantes (Bogaert et al. 2004; Coulson et al. 1999). Les indices de composition, communément utilisés en écologie du paysage, décrivent entre autres le patron en quantifiant la présence et le nombre de taches issues des différentes classes du paysage (Alberti 2008). D’autre part, les villes ne cessant d'augmenter leur emprise sur les paysages dont elles font partie, l'étude des espaces qui les ceinturent, le phénomène de leur extension dans les régions rurales ainsi que les schémas conceptuels de leur morphologie et dynamique interne sont plus que jamais des sujets d'actualité (Bhatta et al., 2010; Borsdorf et al., 2002; De Blij, 1977; Gaston, 2010; Halleux, 2006). Paradoxalement, les scientifiques de différentes disciplines peinent à donner une définition, des caractéristiques et des limites acceptées par tous aux notions se rattachant aux différentes zones présentes dans le gradient urbain-rural. Cette étude se distingue des autres, généralement subjectives, par son approche quantifiée et objective. Pour chacune des deux villes, deux images SPOT 5 ont été classifiées sur base d’une approche orientée-objet (Definiens 2013). Ensuite, des indices de composition paysagère ont été évalués afin 1) d’identifier l’étendue de chaque zone (urbaine, périurbaine, rurale) au sein du gradient urbain-rural en utilisant les définitions de zones proposées par André et al. (sous presse), 2) de décrire ces différentes zones en quantifiant les caractéristiques morphologiques les plus couramment citées avant d’en borner les valeurs (André et al. 2012) et 3) de quantifier la dynamique des différentes zones au cours de la dernière décade. Ensuite, les similarités et différences entre ces villes ainsi que la pertinence et les faiblesses de la méthode ont été identifiées et discutées. Les résultats de cette étude ont pour ambition de contribuer à une meilleure compréhension et prise en compte du rôle du patron paysager dans la résistance potentielle des écosystèmes naturels à l’extension et/ou la densification d’une ville donnée. [less ▲]

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