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See detailSTUDY OF BACTERIAL DIVERSITY IN AN AGRICULTURAL SOIL
Stroobants, Aurore ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

Poster (2012, August 19)

Bacterial growth in soil is dependent on soil characteristics. In this experiment, we have studied the evolution of bacterial diversity during a winter wheat crop and the impacts caused by the tillage and ... [more ▼]

Bacterial growth in soil is dependent on soil characteristics. In this experiment, we have studied the evolution of bacterial diversity during a winter wheat crop and the impacts caused by the tillage and residue incorporation. Three growth stages of wheat was chosen for this work : germination, tillering and booting. The analyse of bacterial diversity in these conditions was performed by the Next Generation Sequencing technology. Results obtained by this method indicate that the soil is composed, in average, by 38,02 (±4,81)% Proteobacteria; 19,71(±3,88)% Actinobacteria; 7,77(±1,44)% Firmicutes; 6,94(±1,58)% Fibrobacteres/Acidobacteria group; 5(±3,21)% Bacteroidetes/Chlorobi group; 3,89(±1,36)% Chloroflexi; 2,96(±0,67)% Planctomycetes; 2,87(±1,58)% Verrucomicrobia; 1,42(±0,41)% Cyanobacteria and 15,38(±2,64)% others. The tillage influences mostly the Deltaproteobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, Actinobacteridae, Bacteroidetes/Chlorobi group and Verrucomicrobia. Residue incorporation has an impact on Betaproteobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, Actinobacteridae, Acidimicrobidae, Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes/Chlorobi group. The wheat growth stages affect especially Betaproteobacteria, Deltaproteobacteria, Actinomycetales, Acidibacteria, Fibrobacteres and Bacillales. The results will be presented and discussed on the poster. [less ▲]

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See detailIMPACT OF DEPTH AND SOIL COMPACTION ON BACTERIAL DIVERSITY IN SOIL
Stroobants, Aurore ULg; Degrune, Florine; Olivier, Claire et al

Poster (2012, August 19)

Bacteria are the most abundant and diverse microorganisms in soils. The amount of bacteria in soils can reach 10^10 cells per gram of soil. These organisms are involved in various processes in ... [more ▼]

Bacteria are the most abundant and diverse microorganisms in soils. The amount of bacteria in soils can reach 10^10 cells per gram of soil. These organisms are involved in various processes in agroecosystems such as nutrient cycling, contributing to plant nutrition, plant health and soil structure. The knowledge about this diversity is limited because only one percent of these organisms can be cultured by laboratory methods. During the last decades, many molecular-based techniques have been developed to assess the diversity of bacterial communities. The aim of this study was to determine the quantity and diversity of bacteria in two agricultural soils with differents soil management practices (tillage and no tillage) at different depths (10, 30 and 45 centimeters) and different compaction levels (high and low). Quantity was evaluated by real time PCR and diversity was analysed by the DGGE (Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis) technique. The results show that soil management has an impact on bacterial quantity at 45 centimeters and quantity is higher in till soil. Compaction level affects the bacterial quantity in till soil, quantity is higher in low compaction. And finally, depth influences the bacterial quantity in till and no till soil. In both soils, quantity decreases with the depth. The results will be presented and discussed on the poster. [less ▲]

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

Poster (2012, August)

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

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

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See detailIdentification of bacteria community associated with earthworm gut
Lemtiri, Aboulkacem ULg; Alabi, Taofic; Bodson, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2012, July 26)

The role of earthworms in soil fertility and transformation of organic waste was regulary cited to be of first importance. Associated to these macro-invertebrates, a large diversity of micro-orgnisms are ... [more ▼]

The role of earthworms in soil fertility and transformation of organic waste was regulary cited to be of first importance. Associated to these macro-invertebrates, a large diversity of micro-orgnisms are found indirectly in their closed environment or directly in their gut. Functional aspects of these interactions and symbiosis in relation with soil characteristics and fertility rates are poorly developed. Here, the micro-organisms diversity and potential related functions of earthworm gut were investigated using a proteiomic approach for both protein and micro-organism identifications. Microbial community investigation was detected by proteomic approach based on bidimensional electrophoresis coupled with mass spectrometry using Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation – time of flight (Maldi-Tof). Diversity of gut associated bacterial communities was discussed. Indeed, application of particular crop production practices such as crop residue management at the field level could regulate the gut bacterial communities in earthworm but also microbials in soils. Agricultural systems had to consider the microbial and associated organisms in the soil to enhance fertlility and crop production in sustainable ways. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of soil management on earthworm diversity according to differential plowing and plant residue incorporation
Lemtiri, Aboulkacem ULg; Alabi, Taofic; Zirbes, Lara ULg et al

Poster (2012, July 02)

Earthworms are largely distributed in terrestrial ecosystems and their abundance and diversity in soils are significantly affected by biotic (macro- and micro-organisms) and abiotic factors: soil ... [more ▼]

Earthworms are largely distributed in terrestrial ecosystems and their abundance and diversity in soils are significantly affected by biotic (macro- and micro-organisms) and abiotic factors: soil properties (pH, texture, structure…); agricultural management system and climate change. Here, tillage effect of earthworm population combined with crops residual management was investigated and correlated with soils properties. From wheat experimental field plots, the diversity of earthworm according to the field crop management was assessed. Application of particular crop production practices such as the integration of different levels of crop residues, diverse parts of wheat straws, at the field level regulate earthworm diversity and population abundance. Indeed, tillage reduced earthworm population with a 35% rate also corresponding to changes in soil properties. Agricultural practices had to be adapted to include consideration on macro-invertebrate abundance and diversity to maintain efficient soil fertility and allow sustainable crop production [less ▲]

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See detailSelection and cultivation of hydrolytic microorganisms extracted from the digestive tract of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis (3DV.1.55)
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg; Matteotti, Christel ULg et al

Poster (2012, June 21)

Biofuel production can be based on the use of fermentable substrates issued from the hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass stemming from agricultural residues and by-products. However, such substrates are ... [more ▼]

Biofuel production can be based on the use of fermentable substrates issued from the hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass stemming from agricultural residues and by-products. However, such substrates are not easy to degrade. Enzymes (cellulases, xylanases, etc.) can be used for this purpose and pre-treatments can increase their action by providing more available extremities. The digestive tract of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis contains various microorganisms (bacteria, molds, protists) able to degrade the wood components. These microorganisms act as consortia, leading to a better hydrolysis than in the cow rumen. Our purpose is the isolation of microorganisms from termite guts in order to evaluate their potential for hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials. This approach led us to isolate and to study a bacteria (Bacillus sp.) displaying a xylanase activity, a mold (Aspergillus sp.) displaying a cellulase activity and a chrysophyte (protist) displaying an amylase activity. [less ▲]

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See detailInteraction network of antimicrobial peptides of Arabidopsis thaliana, based on hith-throughput yeast two-hybrid screening
Damon, Coralie ULg; Dmitrieva, Joelia Borisnova; Muhovski, Yordan et al

in Plant Physiology & Biochemistry (2012)

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See detailChanges in termites feeding diets for gut micro-organisms selection and further cultivation
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg; Matteotti, Christel ULg et al

Poster (2011, October 02)

Termites gut may overcome important dietary perturbations, initial diversity acting as key point buffering effects on host, although termites possess their own enzymatic system. Some artificial diets ... [more ▼]

Termites gut may overcome important dietary perturbations, initial diversity acting as key point buffering effects on host, although termites possess their own enzymatic system. Some artificial diets permitted a simplification of the lower termites gut symbiotic system, which could be used as first step in symbionts isolation and cultivation. Preliminary assay of cultivation actually gave encouraging results. Proteomic proved to be suitable tool to investigate such a complex system. Nevertheless, for some symbionts very few genes are sequenced, which should lead to more targeted proteomic studies. Protein chromatography will allow to split up the proteome and more accurate analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailScreening of a soil metatranscriptomic library by functional complementation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutants.
Kellner, Harald ULg; Luis, Patricia; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Microbiological Research (2011), 166(5), 360368

Metatranscriptomics applied to environmental transcripts provides unique opportunities to reveal microbial activity in the environment and to discover novel enzymes of potential use in biotechnological ... [more ▼]

Metatranscriptomics applied to environmental transcripts provides unique opportunities to reveal microbial activity in the environment and to discover novel enzymes of potential use in biotechnological applications. Here, by functional complementation of a pho5(-) mutation (affecting a repressible acid phosphatase) and a his3(-) mutation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we identified fungal genes encoding an acid phosphatase and an imidazoleglycerol-phosphate dehydratase in a metatranscriptomic library, which was obtained by reverse-transcribed polyA fraction of total RNA extracted from the organic layer of a sugar maple forest soil, constructed in the modified yeast secretion vector pTEF-MF-SfiI A/B. Yeast transformants exhibiting phosphatase activity were identified in a colony-staining assay and transformants with his3(-)-complementing genes were detected by plating on histidine-deficient medium. In each screen one DNA insert was found and sequenced. The sequenced his3(-)-complementing gene showed strong similarity to a basidiomycete imidazoleglycerol-phosphate dehydratase (76% identity to a Phaffia rhodozyma enzyme). The candidate showing phosphatase activity was found to produce phosphatase extracellularly, the enzyme showing highest activity at pH 4 and between 40 and 50°C when 4-nitrophenyl phosphate was used as substrate. The sequenced insert showed strong similarity to a basidiomycete acid phosphatase (60% identity to Postia placenta). [less ▲]

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