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See detailPotato Tuber Phospholipids Contain Colneleic Acid In The 2-Position
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Williams, Td.; Marlier, M. et al

in FEBS Letters (2003), 538(1-3),

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See detailBasalt weathering laws and the impact of basalt weathering on the global carbon cycle
Dessert, C.; Dupre, B.; Gaillardet, J. et al

in Chemical Geology (2003), 202(3-4), 257-273

This study attempts to characterise the chemical weathering of basalts and to quantify the flux of carbon transferred from the atmosphere to the ocean during this major process at the surface of the Earth ... [more ▼]

This study attempts to characterise the chemical weathering of basalts and to quantify the flux of carbon transferred from the atmosphere to the ocean during this major process at the surface of the Earth. To this aim, we have compiled different published chemical compositions of small rivers draining basalts. Basaltic river waters are characterised by relatively high Na-normalized molar ratios (Ca/Na: 0.2-3.9; HCO3/Na: 1-10; Mg/Na: 0.15-6) in comparison with those usually observed for river draining silicates. The data also show the climatic influence on basalt weathering and associated CO2 consumption. Runoff and temperature are the main parameters controlling the chemical weathering rate and derived CO2 consumption during basaltic weathering. From these relationships and digital maps, we are able to define the contribution of basalts to the global silicate flux. Taking account of this result, we estimate that the CO2 flux consumed by chemical weathering of basalts is about 4.08 x 10(12) mol/year. The fluxes from the islands of Indonesia and regions of central America represent around 40% of this flux. The global flux of CO2 consumed by chemical weathering of basalts represents between 30% and 35% of the flux derived from continental silicate determined by Gaillardet et al. [Chem. Geol. 159 (1999) 3]. Finally, it appears that volcanic activity not only acts as a major atmospheric CO2 source, but also creates strong CO2 sinks that cannot be neglected to better understand the geochemical and climatic evolution of the Earth. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDas „Gelobte Land“ von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart – ein Überblick
Pontzen, Alexandra ULg; Bertrams, Oliver; Stähler, Axel

Part of book (2003)

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See detailComparaison empirique des estimateurs des taux d'erreur en analyse discriminante
Glele Kakai, R.; Piraux, F.; Fonton, N. H. et al

in Revue de Statistique Appliquée (2003), LI(3), 61-74

Monte Carlo experiments are performed to compare twenty estimators or error rates in discriminant analysis in the case of two populations and linear classification rule. Several distributions (normal, chi ... [more ▼]

Monte Carlo experiments are performed to compare twenty estimators or error rates in discriminant analysis in the case of two populations and linear classification rule. Several distributions (normal, chi-square and beta) have been considered. Estimators eOS (for actual and expected error rate) and eB (for optimal error rate) are the best, except for distributions very different from normal distributions. The e632 estimator is the best non parametric estimator. This estimator is better than parmetric estimators for distributions very different from normal distributions. [less ▲]

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See detailAvantages sélectifs d'un phénotype hétérochronique. Eco-éthologie des populations pédomorphiques du Triton alpestre, Triturus alpestris (Amphibia, Caudata)
Denoël, Mathieu ULg

Book published by Cahiers d'Ethologie (2003)

Facultative paedomorphosis is a polyphenism that has important evolutionary implications in promoting morphological differentiation and habitat use variation, and has occurred in several urodele species ... [more ▼]

Facultative paedomorphosis is a polyphenism that has important evolutionary implications in promoting morphological differentiation and habitat use variation, and has occurred in several urodele species throughout the world. Several hypotheses based on life-history theory have been proposed to explain the wide range of habitats where facultative paedomorphosis occurs, suggesting multiple causes. In populations experiencing facultative paedomorphosis, some individuals metamorphose and mature (metamorphs), while others attain sexual maturity while still retaining traits of larval somatic morphology (paedomorphs). The paedomorphic process by which the development of somatic and reproductive organs is shifted between related individuals is assumed to significantly contribute to macro-evolutionary processes. Indeed, it implies large phenotypic variations in the absence of deep genetic changes. A way to explain the importance of these developmental heterochronies is to show their adaptive value in the micro-evolutive stage. The aim of this thesis is to determine the advantages gained by an individual that adopts a paedomorphic developmental pathway rather than a metamorphic one. To do this, we studied five factors: habitat use; resource partitioning; age and size structures; sexual compatibility; and the effect of environmental factors. The ecological and ethological characteristics of several mixed populations (composed of both paedomorphic and metamorphic individuals) of the Alpine newt Triturus alpestris (Amphibia, Salamandridae) were investigated from 1997 to 2000. These populations were located in France, Italy and Greece. The habitats occupied by dimorphic populations of the Alpine newt are highly variable. We have found the two morphs in syntopy in deep permanent lakes, and in small shallow and temporary ponds. Aquatic habitats were surrounded by various terrestrial habitats. As a result, it was not possible to correlate any particular environment type with the maintenance of the polymorphism in natural populations. The only common trait of the paedomorphic populations was that they were located at the southern margin of the range of the species (Italy, the Balkan peninsula, and southeastern France). Such a restriction of the distributional range of paedomorphosis suggests that this trait is maintained by genes which are shared only by these populations. Such a restriction may be due to Holocene colonizations from Pleistocene refugia, in which case paedomorphosis may have appeared in these refugia during the last glaciations. Nevertheless, as long as the phylogeny of the group remains uncertain, we cannot reject the possibility of an earlier origin of paedomorphosis. The two morphs primarily differed in space use and feeding habits. These differences were particularly marked in deep alpine aquatic habitats, where the paedomorphs occupy deep waters devoid of competitors, such as fish. In such waters, the paedomorphs were more abundant on the bottom and in the water column, whereas the metamorphs mainly occupied the water surface and shore. The paedomorphs primarily ingested plankton, while the metamorphs mainly foraged on terrestrial prey that had fallen on the water surface. Although these feeding habits depend on newt habitats - plankton being more abundant in the water column, and terrestrial prey at the water surface - the trophic spectrum in each habitat still differed. While the energetic values of the prey eaten by the two morphs strongly differed, by ingesting a large number of planktonic organisms, the paedomorphs attained similar or even larger caloric intake rates than metamorphs. The paedomorphs' superior body condition suggests that they may have higher long-term success than the metamorphs. Differences in body condition may also reflect the terrestrial life habit of the metamorphs, since metamorphosed individuals are able to avoid competition with reproductive adults and larvae by leaving the water. In the paedomorphic populations, several size-structured cohorts of larvae coexist, and competition among these cohorts is lowered by size-selective predation, since small larvae catch smaller prey than larger larvae and paedomorphs. Although this difference in diet was in part due to gape-size limitation, the gilled individuals also size-selected prey among a range of catchable items. Resource partitioning then favoured the coexistence of the two adult morphs, and their gilled descendants, which coexist with them. The two morphs also differed in feeding performance. Whereas the paedomorphs were better predators than metamorphs on water fleas, metamorphs were more adept at capturing large terrestrial invertebrates (flies). These differences in feeding performances were caused by the morphological particularities of the two morphs. Paedomorphs had a fish-like feeding structure with a unidirectional water flow passing through the oral cavity, and then being expelled through gill slits on the posterior side of the head. In contrast, metamorphs had a smaller oral cavity and a bidirectional water flow due to closed gill slits. Although the metamorphic structure produces less suction, it allows for catching bigger prey because of a larger gape-size (biting rather than sucking). Our measures of feeding performances confirmed the data from natural populations, with each of the morphs preferentially eating their predicted prey. The particular use of micro-habitats by the two morphs is also in agreement with optimality models predicting predation in the more profitable patches. In the Alpine newt, paedomorphosis can be produced by two main processes: neoteny and progenesis. In some populations, the two morphs reached sexual maturity at the same age (neoteny); in other populations, sexual maturity was reached earlier by paedomorphs (progenesis). Progenesis was observed in unstable water habitats. Pond drying suppressed the possibility of late maturation, which is characteristic of a neotenic developmental pathway. On the other hand, the precocious sexual maturation of paedomorphs favoured the fast colonization of new habitats, owing to a high intrinsic rate of natural increase. Neoteny was typical of permanent waters with harsh constraints on growth. By forgoing metamorphosis, larvae also avoid the cost of changing of structure (decrease in body weight in our experiments). Progenetic paedomorphosis appears then as a major trait that can be selected due to the advantages of earlier maturation. The two morphs are sexually compatible; thus, metamorphs can "exchange" genes with paedomorphs at each generation. While the two morphs markedly differ in their secondary sexual characteristics, females did not show any preference related to these characteristics. The absence of sexual isolation between the morphs shows that they are not involved in a sympatric speciation process. The maintenance of the polymorphism is more advantageous than the formation of two isolated species. Paedomorphosis occurs in aquatic habitats where total drying can occur, and where the maintenance of facultative paedomorphosis is maintained by metamorphs that have paedomorphic genes but do not (permanently) express them. In such habitats, the sexual isolation of the two morphs would lead to the extinction of paedomorphosis in the event of pond drying or similar catastrophe. Because the environment can modify the ontogenetic pathway, paedomorphosis in the Alpine newt can be considered a polyphenism. Indeed, restricting the amount of water or food available induces paedomorphs to metamorphose. The marking of individual paedomorphs in a natural population proved that metamorphosis also occurs in the field. However, salamander density and progressive drying of aquaria did not have any apparent effect on paedomorph metamorphosis. When the possibility of a short migration across dry land was given, paedomorphs moved towards an available water basin and maintained their larval somatic characters during the migrations. By being able to migrate on land towards permanent water, paedomorphs are able to retain a feeding morphology that favors them in microhabitats where plankton is abundant. Facultative paedomorphosis in the Alpine newt allows populations to cope with environmental variability, and is adaptive in allowing precocious maturation or a larger use of resources in spatially heterogeneous environments. Thus, it is not surprising that paedomorphosis can evolve in such dissimilar environments as lowland temporary ponds and highland deep lakes. In such places, paedomorphosis appears to be the best solution as long as fish predation is relaxed. The introduction of fish throughout Europe is thus a serious problem, and has resulted in the extinction of several large paedomorphic populations. If this trend is not stopped rapidly, paedomorphosis in the Alpine newt - and in other species - will belong to the past. [less ▲]

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See detailUnequal Lovers at the laboratory. Non-destructive analyses of a sixteenth century Netherlandish painting
Oger, Cécile ULg; Allart, Dominique ULg; Fraiture, Pascale et al

in Townsend, Joyce; Eremin, Katherine; Adriaens, Annemie (Eds.) Conservation Science 2002. Papers from the Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland 22-24 May 2002 (2003)

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See detailOntologie et phénoménologie dans la pensée de Saussure
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Bouquet, Simon (Ed.) Saussure (2003)

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See detailOnychomycosis under the microscope
PIERARD, Gérald ULg; ARRESE ESTRADA, Jorge ULg; PIERARD-FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg et al

Book published by Janssen Pharmaceutica (2003)

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See detailPolitique et structures mises en place en Région wallonne pour la gestion et la promotion de la qualité
Burny, Philippe ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2003)

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See detailVTT benchmark: Application of the restoring force surface method
Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Lenaerts, V.; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2003), 17(1), 189-193

The restoring force surface method is an efficient and reliable technique for the identification of non-linear mechanical systems. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate its utility for the ... [more ▼]

The restoring force surface method is an efficient and reliable technique for the identification of non-linear mechanical systems. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate its utility for the identification of the VTT benchmark. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling tracer injection and well-aquifer interactions: A new mathematical and numerical approach
Brouyère, Serge ULg

in Water Resources Research (2003), 39(3),

[1] A new mathematical and numerical approach is presented to model solute exchange between a well and the surrounding aquifer for the interpretation of field tracer tests. On the basis of water and ... [more ▼]

[1] A new mathematical and numerical approach is presented to model solute exchange between a well and the surrounding aquifer for the interpretation of field tracer tests. On the basis of water and tracer mass balance equations integrated over the volume of water in the well, the approach allows for finite volumes of tracer fluid and water flush. It deals with tracer mixing and capturing in the well bore, local distortion of the flow field around the well, and possible tracer back-migration into the well. A numerical solution, implemented in the three-dimensional finite element groundwater flow and transport simulator SUFT3D, is proposed that allows for modeling nonuniform distributions of tracer mass fluxes along the well screens related to variations in aquifer hydraulic conductivity. Showing its ability to reproduce concentration evolutions monitored in a well during field tracer experiments, considering various injection conditions, validates the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailLas metástasis del goce. Seis ensayos sobre la mujer y la causalidad
Žižek, Slavoj; Willson, Patricia ULg

Book published by Ediciones Paidós (2003)

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See detailAn X-ray Rietveld, infrared, and Mossbauer spectral study of the NaMn(Fe1-xInx)(2)(PO4)(3) alluaudite-type solid solution
Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Hermann, Raphaël ULg; Long, Gary J. et al

in American Mineralogist (2003), 88(1), 211-222

Several compounds of the NaMn(Fe1-xInx)(2)(PO4)(3) solid solution were synthesized by solid state reaction in air; pure alluaudite-like compounds were obtained for x = 0.00 to 1.00. X-ray Rietveld ... [more ▼]

Several compounds of the NaMn(Fe1-xInx)(2)(PO4)(3) solid solution were synthesized by solid state reaction in air; pure alluaudite-like compounds were obtained for x = 0.00 to 1.00. X-ray Rietveld refinements indicate the presence of Na+ at the A1 and A2' sites, Mn2+ at the M1 site, and Fe2+, Fe3+, and In3+ at the M2 site. The presence of small amounts of In3+ at the M I site, and Mn2+ at the M2 site, indicates a partially disordered distribution between these cations. A good correlation was also established between the M1-M2 bond distance and the beta angle of the alluaudite-like compounds. The disordered distribution of Fe2+, Fe3+, and In3+ at the M2 site is confirmed by the broadness of the infrared absorption bands. The Mossbauer spectra, measured between 90 and 295 K, were analyzed in terms of a model that takes into account the next-nearest neighbor interactions around the M2 crystallographic site. In all cases these spectra reveal the unexpected presence of small amounts of Fe2+ at the M2 site, an amount that decreases as the In3+ content increases. The Fe2+ and Fe3+ isomer shifts are typical of the alluaudite structure and vary with temperature, as expected from a second-order Doppler shift. The derived iron vibrating masses and Mossbauer lattice temperatures are within the expected range of values for iron cations in an octahedral environment. The Fe2+ and Fe3+ quadrupole splittings are also typical of the alluaudite structure and the temperature dependence of the Fe2+ quadrupole splitting was fit with the model of Ingalls (1964), which yielded a ground state orbital splitting of ca. 380 to 570 cm(-1) for the Fe2+ sites. [less ▲]

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See detailUne recherche-action pour développer les capacités de compréhension de l’écrit en 1re accueil … Premier bilan
Schillings, Patricia ULg; Poncelet, Débora

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2003)

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See detail« Comment servir le souverain ». A propos d’un traité pseudo-platonicien inédit
Bauden, Frédéric ULg; Ghersetti, Antonella

in Quaderni di Studi Arabi (2003), 20-21

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See detailChlamydomonas reinhardtii as a eukaryotic photosynthetic model for studies of heavy metal homeostasis and tolerance
Hanikenne, Marc ULg

in New Phytologist (2003), 159(2), 331-340

The green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a useful model of a photosynthetic cell. This unicellular eukaryote has been intensively used for studies of a number of physiological processes such as ... [more ▼]

The green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a useful model of a photosynthetic cell. This unicellular eukaryote has been intensively used for studies of a number of physiological processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, nitrogen assimilation, flagella motility and basal body function. Its easy-to-manipulate and short life cycle make this organism a powerful tool for genetic analysis. Over the past 15 yr, a dramatically increased number of molecular technologies (including nuclear and organellar transformation systems, cosmid, yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) and bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) libraries, reporter genes, RNA interference, DNA microarrays, etc.) have been applied to Chlamydomonas . Moreover, as parts of the Chlamydomonas genome project, molecular mapping, as well as whole genome and extended expressed sequence tag (EST) sequencing programs, are currently underway. These developments have allowed Chlamydomonas to become an extremely valuable model for molecular approaches to heavy metal homeostasis and tolerance in photosynthetic organisms. [less ▲]

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See detailThéorie générale des obligations et sous-traitance
Kohl, Benoît ULg

in La sous-traitance (2003)

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See detailQuantification of the role of mechanical parameters on the bone response around loaded titanium implants
Vandamme, Katleen; Geris, Liesbet ULg; Duyck, Joke et al

in European Cells and Materials (2003), 5(2), 96-97

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See detailRhinitis/Bronchopneumonia syndrome in Irish Wolfhounds.
Clercx, Cécile ULg; Reichler, I.; Peeters, Dominique ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2003), 17(6), 843-9

This study describes the clinical, immunologic, genetic, and pathologic features of Irish Wolfhounds with rhinitis/bronchopneumonia syndrome. The dogs examined were from Belgium, The Netherlands, UK ... [more ▼]

This study describes the clinical, immunologic, genetic, and pathologic features of Irish Wolfhounds with rhinitis/bronchopneumonia syndrome. The dogs examined were from Belgium, The Netherlands, UK, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland. Signs included transient to persistent mucoid or mucopurulent rhinorrhea, cough, and respiratory dyspnea. Radiographic, rhinoscopic, and bronchoscopic findings were variable. Analysis of ciliary ultrastructure was performed in 5 affected dogs, but no characteristic primary ciliary defects (primary ciliary dyskinesia) were detected. Serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) concentrations of IgA, IgG, and IgM were determined in some affected dogs and clinically normal Irish Wolfhounds. Serum IgA concentration was below the reference range in 5 of 8 affected dogs tested, whereas BALF IgA concentration was above the normal range in 2 affected adult dogs. The CD4 to CD8 lymphocyte subset ratio (CD4:CD8) in peripheral blood was tested in 3 affected dogs and was within the normal range. BALF CD4:CD8 was tested in 1 affected dog and was higher than the normal range. Decreased neutrophil phagocytosis was observed in 1 of the 4 dogs tested. Analysis of pedigrees of the Belgian, Canadian, German, and Swiss dogs revealed common ancestry, suggesting a heritable syndrome. [less ▲]

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