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See detailReal-time monitoring of cell viability and cell density on the basis of a three dimensional optical reflectance method (3D-ORM): investigation of the effect of sub-lethal and lethal injuries
Brognaux, Alison ULg; Bugge, Jörg; Schwartz, Friedel et al

in Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (2013)

Cell density and cell viability have been followed on-line by using a three-dimensional optical reflectance method (3D-ORM) probe. This method has allowed to highlight the differences between a well-mixed ... [more ▼]

Cell density and cell viability have been followed on-line by using a three-dimensional optical reflectance method (3D-ORM) probe. This method has allowed to highlight the differences between a well-mixed and a scale-down bioreactor configured in order to reproduce mixing deficiencies during a fed-batch culture of E. coli. These differences have been observed both for the obscuration factor (OBF) and the coincidence probability (COP) delivered by the probe. These parameters are correlated to flow cytometry measurement based on the PI-uptake test and cell density based on optical density measurement. This first set of results has pointed out the fact that the 3D-ORM probe is sensitive to sub-lethal injuries encountered by microbial cells in process-related conditions. The effect of lethal injuries has been further investigated on the basis of additional experiments involving heat stress and a sharp increase of the OBF has been observed indicating that cells are effectively injured by the increase of temperature. However, further improvement of the probe are needed in order to give access to single-cell measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect and indirect use of GFP whole cell biosensors for the assessment of bioprocess performances: design of milliliter scale-down bioreactors
Brognaux, Alison ULg; Neubauer, Peter; Twizere, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Biotechnology Progress (2013), 29(1), 48-59

Substrate limitation responsive biosensors have been used for the development of a mini-bioreactor platform that can be used as a scale-down tool. Three green fluorescent protein (GFP) transcriptional ... [more ▼]

Substrate limitation responsive biosensors have been used for the development of a mini-bioreactor platform that can be used as a scale-down tool. Three green fluorescent protein (GFP) transcriptional reporters have been chosen in Escherichia coli, i.e., uspA::gfp, csiE::gfp and yciG::gfp. Our previous studies have shown that these kinds of promoters are induced in response to substrate limitation and are significantly repressed when cultures are carried out in heterogeneous bioreactors. This sensitivity to substrate limitation has been confirmed in the case of the csiE and yciG biosensors. A mini-scale-down platform is proposed as a high throughput tool to rapidly investigate the usefulness of a given microbial biosensor. This platform is composed of shake flasks able to operate in fed-batch mode either using the slow release or the intermittent feeding principle. Local heterogeneities were reproduced at the level of these mini-bioreactors (operating under the intermittent feeding principle) and caused a decrease in GFP expression as in conventional scale-down reactors. The presence of GFP in supernatants was also noted and seems to be correlated with the substrate limitation signal for the three cultivation systems considered in this work (i.e., chemostat, conventional and mini-bioreactors) and with membrane permeability. [less ▲]

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See detailHydrolysis of starches and flours by sorghum malt amylases for dextrins production
Ba, Khady ULg; Aguedo, Mario ULg; Tine, Emmanuel et al

in European Food Research & Technology (2013)

Corn and wheat starches as well as wheat and cassava flours were hydrolyzed using sorghum malt at 65 °C for 6 hours. During these reactions, dextrose equivalent (DE) values were followed under 3 ... [more ▼]

Corn and wheat starches as well as wheat and cassava flours were hydrolyzed using sorghum malt at 65 °C for 6 hours. During these reactions, dextrose equivalent (DE) values were followed under 3 concentrations of sorghum malt and of calcium chloride. Wheat flour presented the highest DE values and cassava flour had the highest hydrolysis yield. Thus, different dextrins were produced in a pilot plant and were analyzed by HPSEC and HPAEC-PAD for their molecular weight distribution and oligosaccharides composition respectively. The results indicated that oligosaccharides with broad molecular weight distributions were present in the dextrins produced and that the proportion of maltose was very high. [less ▲]

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See detailFermentation of Kivuguto, a Rwandese traditional milk : selection of microbes for a starter culture
Karenzi, E.; Dubois-Dauphin, R.; Mashaku, A. et al

in Sciences & technologie C (2012), 36

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See detailUtilisation des termites comme source de microorganismes dans la filière de production du bioéthanol de seconde génération
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2012, November 14)

Les termites abritent une microflore symbiotique qui intervient dans la dégradation des fibres constitutives du bois, synthétisant des enzymes capables d’hydrolyser ses composants. Les sucres ... [more ▼]

Les termites abritent une microflore symbiotique qui intervient dans la dégradation des fibres constitutives du bois, synthétisant des enzymes capables d’hydrolyser ses composants. Les sucres fermentescibles libérés suite à cette hydrolyse sont utilisables dans le cadre de la production du bioéthanol de seconde génération. [less ▲]

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See detailImplementation of structured metal packing for the design of biofilm reactor : analysis by high energy X-ray tomography and application to the production of lipopeptides by Bacillus subtilis
Zune, Quentin ULg; Soyeurt, Delphine; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 08)

1. Whereas multi-species biofilm reactors are commonly used for treatments of water and gas effluents, new strategies are arising for the development of mono-species biofilm reactors in order to produce ... [more ▼]

1. Whereas multi-species biofilm reactors are commonly used for treatments of water and gas effluents, new strategies are arising for the development of mono-species biofilm reactors in order to produce high added value molecules. Thus, it is required to design new bioreactors able to promote the growth of the biomass on the form of a biofilm and to identify the key physico-chemical parameters involved in order to optimize the bioprocess. 2. Aim of this study was to investigate a pilot-scale biofilm reactor comprising a metal structured packing promoting growth of Bacillus subtilis as a biofilm for the production of lipopeptides, high added value compounds with high surface active properties. 3. In this work, the mechanical stirring system of a 20L stirred tank bioreactor has been removed and replaced by a metal structured packing positioned in the headspace of the vessel above a liquid phase. The culture medium is continuously recirculated on the packing thanks to a peristaltic pump and air supply is performed just above the liquid phase under the packing. High energy X-ray tomography was used to estimate non-invasively the biofilm distribution inside the packing and permitted to define parameters that affect scale-up. Performances of the biofilm reactor were compared with a submerged culture in a stirred tank reactor in terms of lipopeptides production. 4. After 72 hours of fermentation, 94 % of the total biomass adheres onto the metal packing on the form of a biofilm. The colonization of this latter has been visualized non-invasively by X-ray tomography directly inside the packing and shows a conical repartition of the biofilm mass (about 25% of the total volume of the packing) as well as the presence of clogging. However, unlike the submerged culture, no foam formation appeared during fermentation and surfactin yield reaches 345,4 ± 32,8 mg / L for the biofilm reactor against 277,3 ± 34,4 mg / L in the stirred tank reactor. 5. In conclusion, this experimental setting leads to a major technological progress avoiding foam formation and increasing surfactin production. Nevertheless, significant improvements are required at the level of the biofilm distribution in thin layers inside the packing in order to increase mass transfer and lipopeptides recoveries. Further investigations will be devoted to the optimization of the physico-chemical parameters involved in biofilm distribution. [less ▲]

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See detailImplementation of structured metal packing for the design of biofilm reactor : analysis by high energy X-ray tomography and application to the production of lipopeptides by Bacillus subtilis
Zune, Quentin; Soyeurt, Delphine; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 08)

1. Whereas multi-species biofilm reactors are commonly used for treatments of water and gas effluents, new strategies are arising for the development of mono-species biofilm reactors in order to produce ... [more ▼]

1. Whereas multi-species biofilm reactors are commonly used for treatments of water and gas effluents, new strategies are arising for the development of mono-species biofilm reactors in order to produce high added value molecules. Thus, it is required to design new bioreactors able to promote the growth of the biomass on the form of a biofilm and to identify the key physico-chemical parameters involved in order to optimize the bioprocess. 2. Aim of this study was to investigate a pilot-scale biofilm reactor comprising a metal structured packing promoting growth of Bacillus subtilis as a biofilm for the production of lipopeptides, high added value compounds with high surface active properties. 3. In this work, the mechanical stirring system of a 20L stirred tank bioreactor has been removed and replaced by a metal structured packing positioned in the headspace of the vessel above a liquid phase. The culture medium is continuously recirculated on the packing thanks to a peristaltic pump and air supply is performed just above the liquid phase under the packing. High energy X-ray tomography was used to estimate non-invasively the biofilm distribution inside the packing and permitted to define parameters that affect scale-up. Performances of the biofilm reactor were compared with a submerged culture in a stirred tank reactor in terms of lipopeptides production. 4. After 72 hours of fermentation, 94 % of the total biomass adheres onto the metal packing on the form of a biofilm. The colonization of this latter has been visualized non-invasively by X-ray tomography directly inside the packing and shows a conical repartition of the biofilm mass (about 25% of the total volume of the packing) as well as the presence of clogging. However, unlike the submerged culture, no foam formation appeared during fermentation and surfactin yield reaches 345,4 ± 32,8 mg / L for the biofilm reactor against 277,3 ± 34,4 mg / L in the stirred tank reactor. 5. In conclusion, this experimental setting leads to a major technological progress avoiding foam formation and increasing surfactin production. Nevertheless, significant improvements are required at the level of the biofilm distribution in thin layers inside the packing in order to increase mass transfer and lipopeptides recoveries. Further investigations will be devoted to the optimization of the physico-chemical parameters involved in biofilm distribution. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of glycerol on Pseudomonas fluorescens BTP1 freeze-dried
Mputu Kanyinda, Jean-Noël ULg; Pierart, C.; Weekers, F. et al

in International Journal of Biotechnology and Biochemistry. (2012), 8(2), 245-258

The storage stability of freeze-dried powders was studied by parameters such as loss of viability on the Plate Count Agar (PCA). Powder with glycerol (PG) contains 8.4x1010cfu/g before storage 1 ... [more ▼]

The storage stability of freeze-dried powders was studied by parameters such as loss of viability on the Plate Count Agar (PCA). Powder with glycerol (PG) contains 8.4x1010cfu/g before storage 1.1x1010cfug after 3 months at 4°C and 6.0x108cfu/g after 3 months at 20°C. The concentration of soluble proteins (mg/g) decrease during storage at 4°C from 3.77 to 0.80 after 90 days; and the ratios of unsaturated to saturated fatty acids (C18:3/C16:0 and C18:2/C16:0) decrease respectively from 0.05 to 0.04 and 0.007 to 0.004 after 3 months at 4°C. This ratio characterises the membrane fluidity. Powder without glycerol (PS) contains 1.1x1010 cfu/g before storage and 1.4 x 108 cfu/g after 3 months at 4°C and 1.4 x 107 cfu/g after 3 months at 20°C. The concentration of soluble proteins (mg/g) decrease during storage at 4°C from 4.08 to 0.42 after 90 days, the glutathione concentration decrease during storage at 4°C from 2.2 to 1.4. The beneficial effect of glycerol on fatty acid composition during freezedrying is shown and the ratios of unsaturated to saturated fatty acids (C18:2/C16:0 and C18:3/C16:0) decrease respectively from 0.019 to 0.004 and 0.054 to 0.036 after 90 days storage at 4°C. Analysis by flow cytometry was used to assess the physiological state in which cells are at the end of freeze-drying. We found 13.5% live cells, 36.1% dead cells and 50.4% cells in an intermediate state for powder with glycerol (PG) after freeze-drying. These results shows that glycerol play an important role in Pseudomonas fluorescens BTP1 desiccation during freeze-drying, by maintaining a degree of viability after freeze-drying and during storage. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of optical trajectography device for the lagangian study of turbulent flow inside a stirred tank used in pharmaceutical industry
Collignon, Marie-Laure ULg; Delafosse, Angélique ULg; Delvigne, Frank ULg et al

Poster (2012, September 10)

Stirred tanks are devices that are widely used in various process steps of the pharmaceutical industry. The performance of these processes (animal cell culture, crystallization, flocculation …) strongly ... [more ▼]

Stirred tanks are devices that are widely used in various process steps of the pharmaceutical industry. The performance of these processes (animal cell culture, crystallization, flocculation …) strongly depend on the physico-chemical and hydrodynamic environment present locally in these tanks. To fully describe this local environment, an Eulerian - Lagrangian approach must be adopted in order to establish history of conditions met by a particle as a cell, a crystal or a floc. This approach implies to determine the trajectory followed by the particle. To this aim, the Chemical Laboratory of Liege University has developed a prototype of optical trajectography device. The objective of this paper is to present the device, developments that were necessary for its use and the results obtained. The device is composed of two cameras modeled by a pinhole model which record the position of a bead that has a size equal to 490 µm and that perfectly follows local flow structures. The measured trajectory has been validated by comparing average time velocity fields deduced from it to those measured, in the same operating conditions, by particle image velocimetry (P.I.V.). [less ▲]

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See detailOptimizing red sorghum malt quality when Bacillus subtilis is used during steeping to control mold growth
Bwanganga Tawaba, Jean-Claude ULg; Bera, François ULg; Thonart, Philippe ULg

in Journal of the Institute of Brewing (2012), 118(3), 295-305

Previous work having shown that Bacillus-subtilis-S499-based biocontrol treatments applied without aeration at the steeping stage of red sorghum malting offered good mould reduction but yielded malts with ... [more ▼]

Previous work having shown that Bacillus-subtilis-S499-based biocontrol treatments applied without aeration at the steeping stage of red sorghum malting offered good mould reduction but yielded malts with low levels of key hydrolytic enzymes, we attempted to raise these levels by aerating the steeping liquor, varying the steeping time (from 8 to 40 h) and temperature (from 25 to 35°C), and combining a biocontrol treatment with prior steeping in 0.2% NaOH. Aeration proved particularly important whenever B. subtilis cells were present in the steep liquor. The optimal temperatures for α- and β-amylase were 30 and 25°C, respectively. By increasing the steeping time it was possible to improve the α-amylase activity, but the -amylase activity peaked sharply between 16 and 20 h, depending on the steeping medium. A good compromise was steeping in biocontrol medium for 14 to 16 h at 30°C. Combination steeping treatments (0.2% NaOH for 8 h followed by biocontrol for 8 h) yielded malts of a quality approaching that afforded by dilute alkaline treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution and identification of molecular interactions between tomato roots and bacterial biofilms
Debois, Delphine ULg; Jourdan, Emmanuel ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

Conference (2012, September 05)

Some non pathogenic microorganisms evolving in the root micro-environment can trigger a positive effect on plant, increasing host defense against disease or/and directly inhibiting growth of pathogen in ... [more ▼]

Some non pathogenic microorganisms evolving in the root micro-environment can trigger a positive effect on plant, increasing host defense against disease or/and directly inhibiting growth of pathogen in soil (1). To initiate both phenomena leading to biocontrol activity, microorganisms use plant exudates to grow on roots and to produce in-situ active compounds. In Bacilli, cyclic lipopeptides of the surfactin, iturin and fengycin families represent important antibiotics involved in biocontrol (2). Recent studies in microbiology allowed a better understanding of plant microorganism interactions but few has been done at the molecular level. In this study, MALDI MS imaging has been used to study the nature of the secreted lipopeptide molecules, their relative quantity and their distribution in the root’s environment. Disinfected tomato seeds were first germinated at 28°C in sterile conditions for germination. Seedlings were then placed in Petri dish on ITO glass slide recovered with a thin layer of plant nutritive solution (Hoagland) containing 1,75% of agar and treated with freshly-grown cells of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S499. Petri dishes were finally incubated vertically in phytotron at 28°C with a 16h photoperiod. Different root age / time of incubation were studied: 13 / 3; 13 / 7; 21 / 14 and 39 / 32. Control tomato root (without bacterial treatment) of the same ages were also analyzed (13 / 0; 21 / 0 and 42 / 0. For MALDI imaging experiments, the ITO slide was removed from the agar and dried in a dessiccator under vacuum. The matrix solution (α-cyano-hydroxycinnamic acid, 5mg/mL in ACN/0.2% TFA 70/30) was applied with an ImagePrep automated sprayer (Bruker Daltonics). An UltraFlex II TOF/TOF and a Solarix FT-ICR mass spectrometers were used to record molecular cartographies. The average mass spectra recorded around the tomato root (2-3 mm on both sides of the root) showed that lipopeptides were major compounds detected on the agar. The relative intensity of lipopeptides families varied with respect to the age of the root/biofilm system. In the 13/3 system, 3 homologues of surfactins were essentially detected (C13, C14 and C15), with very few iturins and fengycins. Their localizations were identical, whatever the considered homologue. Then the production of iturin and fengycin families increases in older systems (13/7 and 21/14) and a novel homologue of surfactin is detected (C12). Some variations in localizations within families may be observed (around the root or at the close vicinity of it in function of the considered homologue or alkali adduct). Then for the oldest system we studied, iturins and fengycins are not detected anymore and the localization of surfactins is less precise. In the 39/32 system, we also detected unknown compounds at 986.6, 1000.6, 1014.7 and 1028.7 m/z. The mass range of these compounds allied to the mass difference between two consecutive ion peaks let us think that these unknown compounds could be a new lipopeptide family. Investigations are in progress to identify these new secondary metabolites of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution and identification of molecular interactions between tomato roots and bacterial biofilms
Debois, Delphine ULg; Jourdan, Emmanuel ULg; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg et al

Conference (2012, September)

Some non pathogenic microorganisms evolving in the root micro-environment can trigger a positive effect on plant, increasing host defense against disease or/and directly inhibiting growth of pathogen in ... [more ▼]

Some non pathogenic microorganisms evolving in the root micro-environment can trigger a positive effect on plant, increasing host defense against disease or/and directly inhibiting growth of pathogen in soil (1). To initiate both phenomena leading to biocontrol activity, microorganisms use plant exudates to grow on roots and to produce in-situ active compounds. In Bacilli, cyclic lipopeptides of the surfactin, iturin and fengycin families represent important antibiotics involved in biocontrol (2). Recent studies in microbiology allowed a better understanding of plant microorganism interactions but few has been done at the molecular level. In this study, MALDI MS imaging has been used to study the nature of the secreted lipopeptide molecules, their relative quantity and their distribution in the root’s environment. Disinfected tomato seeds were first germinated at 28°C in sterile conditions for germination. Seedlings were then placed in Petri dish on ITO glass slide recovered with a thin layer of plant nutritive solution (Hoagland) containing 1,75% of agar and treated with freshly-grown cells of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S499. Petri dishes were finally incubated vertically in phytotron at 28°C with a 16h photoperiod. Different root age / time of incubation were studied: 13 / 3; 13 / 7; 21 / 14 and 39 / 32. Control tomato root (without bacterial treatment) of the same ages were also analyzed (13 / 0; 21 / 0 and 42 / 0. For MALDI imaging experiments, the ITO slide was removed from the agar and dried in a dessiccator under vacuum. The matrix solution (α-cyano-hydroxycinnamic acid, 5mg/mL in ACN/0.2% TFA 70/30) was applied with an ImagePrep automated sprayer (Bruker Daltonics). An UltraFlex II TOF/TOF and a Solarix FT-ICR mass spectrometers were used to record molecular cartographies. The average mass spectra recorded around the tomato root (2-3 mm on both sides of the root) showed that lipopeptides were major compounds detected on the agar. The relative intensity of lipopeptides families varied with respect to the age of the root/biofilm system. In the 13/3 system, 3 homologues of surfactins were essentially detected (C13, C14 and C15), with very few iturins and fengycins. Their localizations were identical, whatever the considered homologue. Then the production of iturin and fengycin families increases in older systems (13/7 and 21/14) and a novel homologue of surfactin is detected (C12). Some variations in localizations within families may be observed (around the root or at the close vicinity of it in function of the considered homologue or alkali adduct). Then for the oldest system we studied, iturins and fengycins are not detected anymore and the localization of surfactins is less precise. In the 39/32 system, we also detected unknown compounds at 986.6, 1000.6, 1014.7 and 1028.7 m/z. The mass range of these compounds allied to the mass difference between two consecutive ion peaks let us think that these unknown compounds could be a new lipopeptide family. Investigations are in progress to identify these new secondary metabolites of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics of African traditional beers brewed with sorghum malt: a review
Lyumugabe, F.; Gros, J.; Nzungize, J. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2012), 16(4), 509-530

Traditional sorghum beers are produced in several countries of Africa, but variations in the manufacturing process may occur depending on the geographic localization. These beers are very rich in calories ... [more ▼]

Traditional sorghum beers are produced in several countries of Africa, but variations in the manufacturing process may occur depending on the geographic localization. These beers are very rich in calories, B-group vitamins including thiamine, folic acid, riboflavin and nicotinic acid, and essential amino acids such as lysine. However, the traditional sorghum beer is less attractive than Western beers because of its poorer hygienic quality, organoleptic variations and shorter shelf life. Research into the microbiological and biochemical characteristics of traditional sorghum beers as well as their technologies have been performed and documented in several African countries. This review aims to summarize the production processes and compositional characteristics of African traditional sorghum beers (ikigage, merissa, doro, dolo, pito, amgba and tchoukoutou). It also highlights the major differences between these traditional beers and barley malt beer, consumed worldwide, and suggests adaptations that could be made to improve the production process of traditional sorghum beer. [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 detailHoneydew volatile emission acts as a kairomonal message for the Asian lady beetle Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)
Leroy, Pascal; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Sabri, Ahmed ULg et al

in Insect Science (2012), 19(4), 498-506

The Asian lady beetle Harmonia axyridis Pallas is considered as an invasive species in most territories where it has been introduced. Because aphid honeydew acts as an attractant for many aphid predators ... [more ▼]

The Asian lady beetle Harmonia axyridis Pallas is considered as an invasive species in most territories where it has been introduced. Because aphid honeydew acts as an attractant for many aphid predators and parasitoids, the objectives of this work were to collect and identify the volatile compounds released from the aphid excretory product to evaluate how these semiochemicals could affect the H. axyridis foraging behavior. Twelve volatile chemicals were identified from the Megoura viciae Buckton honeydew including four alcohols, three ketones, three aldehydes, a pyrazine and a monoterpene. The volatiles 3-methyl-1-butanol and 3-methyl-butanal were highlighted as the two most abundant semiochemicals released from the M. viciae honeydew. Vicia faba L. plants treated with crude honeydew attracted more than 80% of the tested individuals with 40% of attracted beetles located on the plant. Four volatile compounds (3-hydroxy-2-butanone, 3-methyl-butanal, 3-methyl-1-butanol and limonene) were also highlighted to attract more than 75% of the coccinellids toward the odor source and to locate about 35% of them on the plants. Limonenewas the most efficient attractant since 89% of the H. axyridis responded to this odor. The use of the identified semiochemicals aswell as the composition of an artificial honeydew could certainly be helpful to control the dispersal of the Asian lady beetle H. axyridis. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of surfactin for plant resistance induction by Bacillus isolates
Cawoy, Hélène ULg; Mariutto, Martin; Jourdan, Emmanuel et al

Conference (2012, June 27)

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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 detailInvestigating the factors for fermentative biohydrogen improvement: original bioreactors design and hydrogen partial pressure effect
Beckers, Laurent ULg; Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Hamilton, Christopher ULg et al

in WHEC 2012, Toronto June 3rd - 7th (2012, June 05)

The anaerobic production of hydrogen from biomass offers the potential production of usable biogas from a variety of renewable resources. However, in order to produce hydrogen at high yields and ... [more ▼]

The anaerobic production of hydrogen from biomass offers the potential production of usable biogas from a variety of renewable resources. However, in order to produce hydrogen at high yields and production rates the biotechnological process needs to be further optimized and efficient bioreactors must be designed [1]. At the CWBI, a continuous horizontal rotating cylinder bioreactor has been designed and investigated to produce biohydrogen from glucose by the strain Clostridium butyricum [2] at good yields (1,9molH2•molglucose-1) and production rates (48,6mmolH2•Lmilieu-1.molhexose-1•h-1). This reactor has an internal volume of 2.3L and a small working volume (300ml) (fig.1). It enhances the hydrogen production rates (by about three times more than a completely stirred bioreactor) by partially immobilizing the bacteria on the porous support. Moreover, the rotating cylinder design enables efficient H2 gas transfer from the liquid phase increasing hydrogen yields by about 25% compared to a completely stirred bioreactor [3-4]. Other original bioreactors, such as a trickle bed, have been built with the same aim of lowering the hydrogen partial pressure and led to similar results. Our work shows the importance of a good liquid to gas transfers in the biohydrogen-producing reactors to reach higher performances. [less ▲]

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