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See detailAppropriation of decision support tools derived results in the private management of an irrigation scheme in Burkina Faso
Wellens, Joost ULg; Diallo, Mamadou; Nitcheu, Martial et al

Conference (2011, May 31)

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See detailPerformance of leaf wetness sensor used in winter wheat disease management
Mahtour, Abdeslam ULg; El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Hoffmann, Lucien et al

Poster (2011, May 26)

Wetness on crop leaves has particular epidemiological significance because many fungal diseases affect plants only when free moisture is present on leaves. The leaf wetness sensor detects the presence of ... [more ▼]

Wetness on crop leaves has particular epidemiological significance because many fungal diseases affect plants only when free moisture is present on leaves. The leaf wetness sensor detects the presence of wetness on a leaf’s surface, enabling researchers and producers to forecast disease and protect plant canopies, and consequently to optimize fungicide application and often reduce environmental load. This research project aimed at better understanding the leaf wetness duration and its influence in winter wheat disease. Measurement of surface wetness duration by three electronic flat-plate sensors (Model 237-Campbell Scientific, Inc) in wheat fields were compared with tactile and visual observations in replicated field experiments at the site of Arlon (Belgium) during the period May-July 2006 and April-July 2007. Performances of the sensor were evaluated against SWEB model outputs and visual observations of disease symptoms. On the field, dew-onset and dry-off of wetness on leaves were observed visually (with a flash light for dew-onset) at 15-minute intervals. Each sensor was placed close the flag leaf. For the three sensors, the two dew-onset and dry-off times measured in both 2006 and 2007 crop seasons gave a leaf wetness duration (LWD) which was on average one hour less than visual observations. In order to establish a relationship between the surface wetness periods and wheat foliar diseases, LWD was compared with the Septoria leaf blotch (SLB) development risk (main winter wheat disease). A minimal surface wetness duration favourable to infection for SLB was established. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévoir la septoriose : un modèle belge au Luxembourg
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Giraud, Frédéric; Tychon, Bernard ULg et al

in Phytoma : La Défense des Végétaux (2011), 642

Septoria leaf blight caused by Septoria tritici Roberge ex Desmaz. (anamorph of Mycosphaerella graminicola) is one of the most serious foliar diseases on winter wheat which farmers in Luxembourg. It need ... [more ▼]

Septoria leaf blight caused by Septoria tritici Roberge ex Desmaz. (anamorph of Mycosphaerella graminicola) is one of the most serious foliar diseases on winter wheat which farmers in Luxembourg. It need to take into account when deciding upon fungicide application during stem elongation. Management of S. tritici aims at keeping the top two leaf layers free from infection, as these leaves contribute most to grain yield. The model PROCULTURE has been developed to simulate the progress of the Septoria leaf blotch disease on winter wheat during the cropping season. The model has been validated in Luxembourg for 3-years (2000 to 2002) at distinct representative sites. Proculture forecasts have been shown to be correct in about 85% of all cases. This model has since 2004 been used in the Grand-Duchy of Luxemburg in order to find the optimum time of fungicide spray in fields. On average, no spray of fungicides or only one application is required to efficiently control Septoria leaf blotch. In the Oesling (north of G-D of Luxembourg), treatments based on the Septoria risk simulation model were recommended only once, in 2007. The climatic conditions of the Oesling tend to favour organic farming in a region where foliar disease pressure is very weak. [less ▲]

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See detailDesertification of arid Rangelands in Morocco
Mahyou, Hamid ULg; Tychon, Bernard ULg; Paul, Roger ULg et al

Conference (2011, February 24)

Rangeland or natural arid pastures of Morocco are ecosystems where there is a natural or seminatural vegetation composed of steppes, shrubs and grassland. They cover about 82% of the Moroccan arid lands ... [more ▼]

Rangeland or natural arid pastures of Morocco are ecosystems where there is a natural or seminatural vegetation composed of steppes, shrubs and grassland. They cover about 82% of the Moroccan arid lands. These areas represent livelihoods for thousands of people and protect the country from desertification. Despite the importance of the rangelands and the threat of desertification, it is surprising that up to date there is no comprehensive assessment of their condition and their evolution, hindering any plan for desertification alleviation. However, the available information on selected pilot areas shows that these rangelands are threatened by desertification. It’s associated with biodiversity loss and contributes to climate change. The leading causes of land degradation are the human actions combined with climate. The establishment of a comprehensive surveillance system based on remote sensing, biophysics and socio-economic data must be envisaged to provide policymakers with an operational tool adapted to the spatio-temporal monitoring of desertification. [less ▲]

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See detailSoil Organic Carbon mapping of partially vegetated agricultural fields with imaging spectroscopy
Bartholomeus, Harm; Kooistra, Lammert; Stevens, Antoine et al

in International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (2011), 13(1), 81-88

Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is one of the key soil properties, but the large spatial variation makes continuous mapping a complex task. Imaging spectroscopy has proven to be an useful technique for mapping ... [more ▼]

Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is one of the key soil properties, but the large spatial variation makes continuous mapping a complex task. Imaging spectroscopy has proven to be an useful technique for mapping of soil properties, but the applicability decreases rapidly when fields are partially covered with vegetation. In this paper we show that with only a few percent fractional maize cover the accuracy of a Partial Least Square Regression (PLSR) based SOC prediction model drops dramatically. However, this problem can be solved with the use of spectral unmixing techniques. First, the fractional maize cover is determined with linear spectral unmixing, taking the illumination and observation angles into account. In a next step the influence of maize is filtered out from the spectral signal by a new procedure termed Residual Spectral Unmixing (RSU). The residual soil spectra resulting from this procedure are used for mapping of SOC using PLSR, which could be done with accuracies comparable to studies performed on bare soil surfaces (Root Mean Standard Error of Calibration = 1.34 g/kg and Root Mean Standard Error of Prediction = 1.65 g/kg). With the presented RSU approach it is possible to filter out the influence of maize from the mixed spectra, and the residual soil spectra contain enough information for mapping of the SOC distribution within agricultural fields. This can improve the applicability of airborne imaging spectroscopy for soil studies in temperate climates, since the use of the RSU approach can extend the flight-window which is often constrained by the presence of vegetation. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévision des rendements agricoles. Guide d'utilisation.
Bronne, Charles-Emmanuel; Wellens, Joost ULg; Midekor, Akoly Agblévi et al

Learning material (2011)

Manuel présentant une méthode, développée par l'Université de Liège, de prévision de la production agricole. Cette méthode se base sur l'utilisation de différents programmes informatiques, et a pour but ... [more ▼]

Manuel présentant une méthode, développée par l'Université de Liège, de prévision de la production agricole. Cette méthode se base sur l'utilisation de différents programmes informatiques, et a pour but de prévoir le rendement agricole à partir de données météorologiques, agrométéorologiques, et NDVI (télédétecté). Elle est appliquée dans ce manuel sur les cultures du coton et du maïs au Burki Faso. [less ▲]

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See detailSite-specific Septoria Leaf Blotch Risk Assessment in Winter Wheat using Weather-Radar Rainfall Estimates
Mahtour, Abdeslam ULg; El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Delobbe, Laurent et al

in Plant Disease (2011), 10.1094/PDIS-07-10-0482

The Septoria leaf blotch prediction model PROCULTURE was used to assess the impact on simulated infection rates when using rainfall estimated by radar instead of rain gauge measurements. When comparing ... [more ▼]

The Septoria leaf blotch prediction model PROCULTURE was used to assess the impact on simulated infection rates when using rainfall estimated by radar instead of rain gauge measurements. When comparing infection events simulated by PROCULTURE using radar- and gauge-derived data, the probability of detection (PODs) of infection events was high (0.83 on average), and the false alarm ratio (FARs) of infection events was not negligible (0.24 on average). For most stations, FARso of infection events decreased to 0 and PODso increased (0.85 on average) when the model outputs for both datasets were compared against visual observations of disease symptoms. An analysis of 148 infection events over three years at four locations showed no significant difference in the number of infection events of simulations using either dataset, indicating that, for a given location, radar estimates were as reliable as rain gauges for predicting infection events. Radar also provided better estimates of rainfall occurrence over a continuous space than weather station networks. The high spatial resolution provides radar with an important advantage that could significantly improve existing warning systems. [less ▲]

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See detailRegional-based typology of the main fungal diseases affecting winter wheat in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Giraud, Frédéric; Delfosse, Philippe et al

in Phytopathology (2011), 101

Despite its small territory size, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (GDL) has several microclimates that result in a variability of disease severity between the South (Gutland) and the North (Oesling ... [more ▼]

Despite its small territory size, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (GDL) has several microclimates that result in a variability of disease severity between the South (Gutland) and the North (Oesling). Septoria leaf blotch disease of wheat is an important disease in the GDL. Over 2003–2009, the severity was strong in Gutland (51% on average over the last two upper leaves at the late milk growth stage) and low in the Oesling (16% for the same leaves). For the years 2006, 2008 and 2009, the disease severity was less than 6% in the Oesling while it exceeded 40% in the Gutland. The second fungal disease that has become economically important is the wheat leaf rust. Over the same period, the Gutland and the Oesling showed consistently the highest and lowest disease severity respectively. In 2003 and 2007, the Gutland showed the highest disease severity with 66% and 57% respectively, whereas the lowest severity (<1%) was observed in the Oesling. Another important disease is wheat powdery mildew. The 2003 and 2009 cropping seasons showed the highest disease severity with 15% and 40%, respectively, in the Oesling whereas less than 1% severity was registered in the Gutland. Fusarium head blight was also present in the eastern part of the Gutland showing the highest prevalence and severity in 2007 and 2008 (8.5% and 8.3% respectively). These prevalence and severity percentages were significantly higher compared to the Oesling (% prevalence % severity, p = 0.049 and p = 0.012, respectively, Tukey’s test). [less ▲]

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See detailSITE – SPECIFIC MONITORING FOR DISEASE FORECASTING IN WINTER WHEAT.
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Giraud, Frédéric; Delfosse, Philippe et al

in Journal of Plant Pathology [=JPP] (2011), 93(Supplement 1), 19-20

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See detailFirst report of the breakdown of the YR17 resistance gene to wheat stripe rust in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Giraud, Frédéric; Tychon, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Plant Pathology [=JPP] (2011), 93(1), 243

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See detailDune rehabilitation using a mechanical fixation technique : effect on sediment fluxes and on the quantitative and qualitative recovery of the herbaceous groundcover.
Tidjani, Adamou Didier; Bielders, Charles; Ambouta, Karimou et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2011)

This research shows the potentialities of mechanical windbreaks to rapidly stabilize dunes in the north sahelian area (Niger) thanks to the recovery of herbaceous groundcover.

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See detailSensitivity of simulated surface wetness duration to meteorological variations in three different regions of Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
Mahtour, Abdeslam ULg; El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Hoffmann, Lucien et al

Poster (2010, November 23)

Surface wetness duration (SWD) is an important factor influencing the occurrence of winter wheat diseases. For this reason, SWD is extremely important for the management of crop protection activities. In ... [more ▼]

Surface wetness duration (SWD) is an important factor influencing the occurrence of winter wheat diseases. For this reason, SWD is extremely important for the management of crop protection activities. In order to understand the SWD variability and its influence on winter wheat disease, the objective of this study was to (i) determine the sensitivity of our model on varying input plant parameters and (ii) to evaluate the influence of simulated SWD to meteorological variations in three different climatic regions of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (EVERLANGE, OBERCORN and SCHIMPACH). In this work, an agrometeorological model known as the Surface Wetness Energy Balance (SWEB) was applied for the simulation of SWD. The model was previously applied in another study for winter wheat cultivars and was adapted for use with agrometeorological data easily available from standard meteorological monitoring stations. Based on weather data and simulated SWD data, sensitivity analyses were performed to compare the effects of relative humidity, air temperature, wind speed and net radiation on wetness duration over one growing season (March-July) at three test sites. The results indicated that the sensitivities were very similar at three sites and there was no spatial trend (i.e. difference between locations) in the sensitivities. However, the model is most sensitive to relative humidity and differences between 0.5 and 25 h (per month) SWD were found when increasing/decreasing relative humidity by 10%. The model was least sensitive to changes in air temperature, showing differences of only 0.5–2 h (per month) in SWD. Intermediate sensitivity is found for rainfall, net radiation and wind speed. Among the input plant parameters values, SWD was most sensitive to the maximum fraction of canopy allowed as wet surface area, leaf area index, maximum water storage per unit area and least sensitive to crop height. The sensitivity to parameter values was less important compared to the sensitivity to the meteorological variable relative humidity. [less ▲]

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See detailSensitivity of simulated surface wetness duration to meteorological variations in three different regions of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
Mahtour, Abdeslam; El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Hoffmann, Lucien et al

Poster (2010, November 22)

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See detailRouille brune du blé, un modèle pour évaluer les risques
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Giraud, Frédéric; Tychon, Bernard ULg et al

in Phytoma-la défense des végétaux (2010), 637

L’article présente un outil de prévision de la rouille brune au G.-D. de Luxembourg. De 2000 à 2003, cette maladie apparaissait à la fin de l’épiaison, mais depuis 2003, elle apparaît de plus en plus tôt ... [more ▼]

L’article présente un outil de prévision de la rouille brune au G.-D. de Luxembourg. De 2000 à 2003, cette maladie apparaissait à la fin de l’épiaison, mais depuis 2003, elle apparaît de plus en plus tôt (GS45 stade gonflement). Cette apparition précoce est probablement liée à des températures printanières supérieures par rapport à la normale 1971-2000. Une analyse des données météorologiques nocturnes et des données d’observation de la maladie sur quatre sites expérimentaux (Everlange, Christnach, Burmerange et Reuler) entre 2000 et 2003 a révélé une forte corrélation positive entre la prédiction de la maladie basée sur le critère d’au moins 12 heures consécutives avec une température comprise entre 8 et 16°C et une humidité supérieure à 60% et la maladie observée sur la F1 (R = 0.93 ; P < 0.05) et sur la F2 (R = 0.87 ; P < 0.05). Les sorties de ce modèle qui a été développé sur base d’une approche stochastique ont été utilisées dans les bulletins d’avertissements diffusés conjointement par le Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann et l’Université de Liège-Campus d’Arlon à partir de 2004. La mise en application de ce modèle a montré un taux de réussite oscillant entre 80 et 85% pour la simulation de la rouille brune au G.-D. de Luxembourg. L’effort se poursuit pour spatialiser les sorties du modèle sur tout le territoire luxembourgeois et faciliter son utilisation par tous les vulgarisateurs agricoles. [less ▲]

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See detailKnowledge-based approaches for degradation mapping in arid rangeland
Mahyou, Hamid ULg; Tychon, Bernard ULg; balaghi, Riad

Poster (2010, September 28)

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See detailBulletin agrométéorologique - Situation au 1er septembre 2010
Tychon, Bernard ULg; Djaby, Bakary ULg; Denis, Antoine ULg et al

in Bulletin Agrométéorologique (2010), 8(4), 1-4

La période d’avril à août 2010 fut marquée par une forte alternance de périodes sèches et humides avec des épisodes froids succédant à des vagues de chaleur. La période sèche de mi-juin à mi-juillet fut ... [more ▼]

La période d’avril à août 2010 fut marquée par une forte alternance de périodes sèches et humides avec des épisodes froids succédant à des vagues de chaleur. La période sèche de mi-juin à mi-juillet fut particulièrement remarquable et la fin de cette période s’est accompagnée de températures très élevées accentuant encore les besoins en eau des plantes. Les cultures à système racinaire superficiel ou situées dans des terrains peu profond ont largement souffert de cette période. Cependant le mois d’août très pluvieux a permis à la plupart des cultures de printemps de récupérer leur retard de croissance. Les rendements prévus par nos modèles sont bons pour les cultures de betterave sucrière, pomme de terre et maïs. [less ▲]

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See detailWheat Yield Estimates at NUTS-3 level using MODIS data: an approach based on the decreasing curves of green area index temporal profiles
Kouadio, Amani Louis ULg; Duveiller, Gregory; Djaby, Bakary ULg et al

in Cawkwell, Fiona (Ed.) Proceedings of RSPSoc2010 Annual Conference. 1st-3rd September 2010, Cork, Ireland (Nottingham: RSPSoc) (2010, September)

Wheat is the most widely-grown food crop in the world and the most important cereal crop traded on international markets. An early prediction of its yield prior to harvest at regional, national and ... [more ▼]

Wheat is the most widely-grown food crop in the world and the most important cereal crop traded on international markets. An early prediction of its yield prior to harvest at regional, national and international scales can play a crucial role in global markets, policy and decision making. Many models for yield forecasting are available with varying levels of complexity and empiricism. The use of remote sensing technology for monitoring crop condition and predicting crop yields at regional scales have been studied extensively during these last decades. Earth observation data, owing to their synoptic, timely and repetitive coverage, have been recognized as a valuable tool for yield and production forecasting. At field level, studies on crop breeding showed that a close correlation exists between green leaf area during maturation and grain yield in wheat. Thus, the onset and rate of senescence appeared as important factors for determining grain yield of this crop. The aim of this research is to explore a simplified approach for wheat yield forecasting at the European NUTS-3 administrative level, based on metrics derived from the senescence phase of green area index (GAI) estimated from remote sensing data. This study takes advantage of considerable recent improvements in sensor technology and data availability through the opportunity of applying medium/coarse spatial resolution data for deriving crop specific GAI time series by selecting pixels whose ground-projected instantaneous field of view is constituted by a high cover fraction of winter wheat. This approach is tested on 2 crop growing season over a 300 by 300 km study site comprising Belgium and northern France within the framework of the GLOBAM (GLObal Agricultural Monitoring systems by integration of earth observation and modelling techniques) project. The validation of such an approach will involve the comparison with official wheat yield data at NUTS-3 level. [less ▲]

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