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See detailFeasability of forest conversion: ecological, social and economic aspects (FEFOCON)
Verheyen, Kris; Lust, Noel; Carnol, Monique ULg et al

Report (2006)

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See detailQuantitative approach to the conservation of a tropical seabird population in the western Indian Ocean
Monticelli, David; Ramos, J. A.; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

Poster (2006)

The roseate tern (Sterna dougalli) is an oceanic seabird species showing mainly a tropical distribution, with a relatively fragile status worldwide. It was still recently considered as a "near-threatened ... [more ▼]

The roseate tern (Sterna dougalli) is an oceanic seabird species showing mainly a tropical distribution, with a relatively fragile status worldwide. It was still recently considered as a "near-threatened" (IUCN red list) due to the strong decline in population trends over the last decades. For instance, the annual breeding population found on Aride Island, western Indian Ocean, has fluctuated between a high of 4,000 in the 1970's to a low of 60-1200 pairs from 2000 onwards. As a result, an intensive monitoring program was conducted on Aride between 1998 and 2006 in order to understand how environmental factors may affects this breeding population. This included the estimation of annual productivity (no of chicks fledged per pair), demographic parameters such as survival rate and recruitment (age-specific breeding probabilities), and their affecting co-factors (e.g. food availability, tick parasitism,...). We suggest that these three parameters (productivity, survival, recruitment) constitute the necessary basis to model the life-cycle of this population, and, ultimately, to provide local managers with conservations measures. [less ▲]

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See detailOut-of-plane displacement derivative measurement: comparison of results obtained by a shearographic interferometer using the separation of the polarization states and the finite element method
Rosso, Vanessa; Zhang, Lihong ULg; Michel, Fabrice ULg et al

in Mathieu, P. (Ed.) Proceedings of Photonics North Conference 2006 (2006)

An original experimental setup for shearography with metrological applications is presented herein. The simplicity and the efficiency of the setup are provided by a shearing device, a prism that separates ... [more ▼]

An original experimental setup for shearography with metrological applications is presented herein. The simplicity and the efficiency of the setup are provided by a shearing device, a prism that separates the TE and TM polarization modes with a coating and a thin glass plate attached on its face. The temporal phase shifting method is applied through the use of a liquid crystal variable retarder. The use of this shearing device enables an in-line and almost-common path configuration for the shearing interferometer, a path that leads to high stability of the interferometer and a low sensitivity to external disturbances. In order to prove the efficiency and the accuracy of this speckle shearing interferometer, the out-of-plane displacement derivative relative to the shearing interferometry direction of a centrally loaded steel plate has been measured by the shearographic interferometer and then compared with the out-of-plane displacement derivative computed from the displacement field provided by the finite element method. The results are in good agreement. [less ▲]

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See detailHet hulpgesprek
Faulx, Daniel ULg

Report (2006)

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See detailSuppression of pattern recognition receptor TLR4 sensing does not alter lung responses to pneumovirus infection
Faisca, Pedro; Bui Tran Anh, Dao; Thomas, Anne et al

in Microbes & Infection (2006), 8

Toll-like receptors (TLR) are an important component in the innate immune response to a wide variety of pathogens. Recently, a series of studies has addressed the hypothesis that TLR4 also participates in ... [more ▼]

Toll-like receptors (TLR) are an important component in the innate immune response to a wide variety of pathogens. Recently, a series of studies has addressed the hypothesis that TLR4 also participates in the host innate response against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the leading cause of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children. In most of the studies available, RSV, which is not a natural pathogen of mice, has been systematically used in mouse models of human bronchiolitis, with conflicting results. Pneumonia virus of mice (PVM), a member of the pneumovirus genus, shares many similarities with RSV. The serological and structural relationships that exist between them suggest that the immune response to these viruses may be similar in their respective natural hosts. To determine the role of TLR4 in host defense against PVM, TLR4-competent and TLR4-deficient mice were intranasally infected with PVM. Variation of body weight, pulmonary function values, histopathology, and pulmonary viral loads were analyzed. None of the investigated clinical, functional, histological and virological parameters was different between strains, which demonstrates that the sensitivity of the mouse to its natural pneumovirus infection is independent of the presence or absence of TLR4 sensing. [less ▲]

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See detailComputation of the sensitivity matrix used for Elasto-plastic material parameter identification by inverse methods
Cooreman, Steven; Bouffioux, Chantal ULg; Lecompte, David et al

in Congress on theoretical and applied Mechanics, Mons, Belgium, May 2006 (2006)

Inverse methods offer a powerful tool for the determination of the elasto-plastic material properties. Contrary to standard tests, these methods can deal with heterogeneous stress and strain-fields which ... [more ▼]

Inverse methods offer a powerful tool for the determination of the elasto-plastic material properties. Contrary to standard tests, these methods can deal with heterogeneous stress and strain-fields which have a larger information contents and hence allow the simultaneous identification of several material parameters. Moreover, it is expected that the obtained material parameters are more accurate, since these heterogeneous deformation fields are much closer to those occurring in real (metal) forming operations. The principle of the inverse method for the identification of material parameters presented in this paper is to compare an experimentally measured strain field to that computed by a Finite Element (FE) model. The material parameters in the FE model are iteratively tuned in such a way that both strain fields match each other as closely as possible. One of the building blocks in this identification procedure is the updating algorithm for the material parameters in the FE model. The key problem of this updating algorithm is the determination of the sensitivity matrix, which expresses the sensitivities of the strains with respect to the material parameters. This paper presents an analytical method for the calculation of this sensitivity matrix in case of simple tensile tests. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of floral transition in maize
Van Kerkhoven, Fabrizio ULg; Jennès, Nicolas; Périlleux, Claire ULg

in Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part A : Molecular & Integrative Physiology (2006), 143(4), 170

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See detailValuer van der munte - Muntplacaat
Adam, Renaud ULg; Boffa, Sergio

in Bousmanne, Bernard; Thieffry, Sandrine; Wijsman, Hanno (Eds.) Filips de Schone (1478-1506) : schatten van de laatste hertog van Bourgondië : [tentoonstelling : Brussel, Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, Nassaukapel, van 3 november 2006 tot 27 januari 2007] : catalogus (2006)

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See detailLe domaine de chasse de Bombo-Lumene : un espace naturel en péril aux frontières de Kinshasa
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Lanata, F.

in Parcs & Réserves (2006), 61(2), 4-8

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See detailSTRATEGY FOR THE QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF CROP SYRUP CONTAINING ISOMALTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES KNOWN AS EMERGING PREBIOTICS
Goffin, Dorothée ULg

Conference (2006)

Isomaltooligosaccharides (IMOs) are non-digestible oligosaccharides, considered as prebiotics and therefore aim to selectively feed probiotics indigenous to the human colon. Recent data obtained in human ... [more ▼]

Isomaltooligosaccharides (IMOs) are non-digestible oligosaccharides, considered as prebiotics and therefore aim to selectively feed probiotics indigenous to the human colon. Recent data obtained in human subjects, support the involvement of dietary oligosaccharides in physiological processes in the different intestinal cell type and also outside the gastrointestinal tract (e.g. hormone production, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism). IMOs consists of glucose monomers linked by at least one α-1-6, or in a lower proportion α -1-3 (nigerose family) or α -1-2 (kojibiose family) glucosidic linkages. In our case they are produced enzymatically from corn starch. It results in a very complex mixture with molecules characterized at the same time by their DP value (from 2 to ~20), linkages types (α-1-2, 3 or 6) and the proportion and position of each type of linkage (only α -1-6 or combined types). The challenge of this study was to find a qualitative and quantitative method to characterize the syrups. In a subsequent study, every unidentified peak could be determined by NMR or Mass spectrometry. Three different chromatographic methods have been tested and compared over their selectivity, sensibility, robustness, applicability and their quantitative power. The HPLC-RID (Refractive Index Detector) used with a Prevail Carbohydrate column (Alltech), adapted for carbohydrates with a certain value of DP, appear to be poorly selective due to the obligation of working in isocratic conditions. The HPLC-ELSD (Evaporating Light Scattering Detector) used with the same column gave a very good separation upon the DP as the Prevail accepts a wide range of solvant changing and even a separation of the different DP 2 molecules. The sensibility was also improved due to the stability of the baseline. The quantitative analysis is a bit more awkward due to the relatively limited linear portion of the calibration curve. High-performance Anion Exchange Chromatography coupled with Pulsed Amperometric Detection (HPAEC-PAD) appeared to deserve a special mention, since it provides selective separation and sensitive detection. In fact, this technique is the only chromatographic one to separate with effectiveness homologue molecules having a difference only in their DP (up to high DPs) or linkage types. This is due to the separation mode based on the difference in ionic force of the sugars in alkaline conditions (mainly due to the DP and the structure of the molecule). However, during the detection, the electrochemical behavior of carbohydrates can be affected by molecular weight as well as by structural differences giving rise to different response factors; as a consequence, HPAEC-PAD is not generally considered as suitable for quantitative studies of complex mixtures of oligosaccharides. In this work a methodological approach is presented in order to get a quantitative response through a rigorous methodology for our IMOs. It also opens the way to the theoretical determination of the response factor for the homologue molecules in relation with their structure and DP. [less ▲]

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See detailInternal control of the magnetospheric processes at Jupiter and Saturn
Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Krupp, N.; Woch, J. et al

Conference (2006)

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See detailRadiographic and ultrasonographic findings of emphysematous cystitis in four nondiabetic female dogs
Petite, A.; Busoni, Valeria ULg; Heinen, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2006), 47(1), 90-93

The urinary bladder of four dogs with emphysematous cystitis was assessed radiographically. Ultrasonography was also performed using a 7.5-MHz microconvex probe in dorsal recumbency and in a standing ... [more ▼]

The urinary bladder of four dogs with emphysematous cystitis was assessed radiographically. Ultrasonography was also performed using a 7.5-MHz microconvex probe in dorsal recumbency and in a standing position. Ultrasonographically there were bright echoes and reverberations typical of gas in all dogs. This was entrapped in the bladder wall as it appeared in the same location in recumbent and standing positions. Bladder size was reduced and bladder content was echogenic in all dogs. In only one out of the four dogs was a gas stripe seen in the bladder on radiographs. Proteus mirahilis was isolated from the urine of all patients. Diabetes was ruled out on the basis of urine and blood analysis. A small amount of gas can be difficult to detect on radiographs. Ultrasonography appears to be a more sensitive technique for detection of gas within the bladder at an early stage of emphysematous cystitis. Prevalence of emphysematous cystitis may be underestimated if only radiographs are made. [less ▲]

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See detail‘Migrants aveugles’ : luttes de classement et contrôle social dans la Chine des réformes économiques
Florence, Eric ULg

in Une criminologie de la tradition à l’innovation. En hommage à Georges Kellens (2006)

Ce chapitre traite des représentations des migrants d’origine rurale à la fin des années 1980 et au début des années 1990, période au cours de laquelle la question des migrations commence à occuper une ... [more ▼]

Ce chapitre traite des représentations des migrants d’origine rurale à la fin des années 1980 et au début des années 1990, période au cours de laquelle la question des migrations commence à occuper une place de premier plan dans le débat public. Sur la base d’une analyse détaillée de la presse quotidienne et hebdomadaire, de magazines scientifiques et d’ouvrages issus de la littérature de reportage publiés entre 1986 et 1991, l’auteur montre qu’une lutte se déroule autour de la représentation des migrations ; elle s’articule principalement autour de deux axes : l’Etat et l’économie de marché. L’enjeu de cette lutte est la légitimité de la présence des migrants en ville et elle touche à la redéfinition de la hiérarchie sociale et spatiale. [less ▲]

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