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See detailRéponses de Cedrus atlantica aux changements climatiques passés et futurs
Demarteau, Maxime; François, Louis ULg; Cheddadi, Rachid et al

in Geo-Eco-Trop : Revue Internationale de Géologie, de Géographie et d'Ecologie Tropicales (2007)

This work addresses the responses of the Atlas Mountain Cedar tree (Cedrus atlantica Manetti) when faced with past and future climactic changes. The ecological study of this species proposes three ... [more ▼]

This work addresses the responses of the Atlas Mountain Cedar tree (Cedrus atlantica Manetti) when faced with past and future climactic changes. The ecological study of this species proposes three simulations based on reliable and precise data: - Simulation in 6000 B.P. with the GCM UBRIS-HadCM3M2 climatic data - Simulation in the year 2000 with NEW et al. climactic data (2002) - Simulation in the year 2100 with the ARPEGE Climactic Model data - following the IPCC's scenario A2 These simulations were realized using the CARAIB model, which simulates Carbon stocks in vegetation and Carbon flux between vegetation, soil and atmosphere. In part one, the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, which constitute the principal natural area of the Atlas Cedar tree are described in detail. The different data describing this species' distribution at three periods are summarized: 1) at the present time, 2) at Holocene period and 3) at the end of the Upper Pleniglacial period . The distribution of the species is specified. A map of the Cedar tree's actual distribution in Morocco was drawn from a series of population maps - scale 1/25,000- kept at the Moroccan Ministry of Forestry and Water conservation. So as to improve the sequential study of fossils of Cedar pollen was defined the percentage threshold at which samples containing pollen from the Cedrus atlantica are described as autochtonous or allochthonous. The study of 514 samples of Moroccan Cedar pollen permittted to define this threshold as 1% with minimal risk of error. The last part of the work is focused on modelling. It starts with a description of IBM and CARAIB models used in the three simulations. The data essential for these models are reviewed. Considering the climactic data for these three periods, climate is globally warmer in 6000 BP and in 2100 than today, with the problems of drought becoming more severe in the future. The analysis of the three simulations brings us to two conclusions. Cedrus antlantica is sensitive to climactic change and shows that, at three different periods, its potential distribution areas are quite different. At 6000 BP, the species sought refuge in the high mountains of North Africa. Today's distribution is well simulated in our model. Its good survival in Europe makes it an interesting species for reforestation. In 2100, if IPCC's A2 scenario is validated, modifications in the Cedar's potential and real area of distribution will be considerable. The tree will find little refuge in North Africa. On the other hand, the climate of the land between the Northern Alps and the South of Sweden, associated with a strong concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere may well provide it with an acceptable environment. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrosion patina or intentional patina: Contribution of non-destructive analyses to the surface study of copper based archaeological objects
Mathis, François ULg; Descamps, Sophie; Delange, Elisabeth et al

in Dillmann, Philippe; Piccardo, Paolo; Matthiesen, H. (Eds.) et al Corrosion of metallic heritage artefacts: Investigation, conservation and prediction of long term behaviour (EFC 48) (2007)

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See detailLes industries aurignaciennes et "aurignacoïdes" en Moldavie après 30.000 BP
Noiret, Pierre ULg

in Annales de l'Université "Valahia" Târgoviste, Section d'Archéologie et d'Histoire (2007), IX

The lithic inventories from several sites excavated in Romania and in the Moldovan Republic suggest the existence of a Late Aurignacien around 27,500 BP, then of an Epi-Aurignacian, more recent, since 21 ... [more ▼]

The lithic inventories from several sites excavated in Romania and in the Moldovan Republic suggest the existence of a Late Aurignacien around 27,500 BP, then of an Epi-Aurignacian, more recent, since 21,000 BP. If the first seems to be a late expression of the Typical Aurignacian, the second corresponds only to a resurgence of some Aurignacian-like techniques, without any direct filiation. This phenomenon is, anyway, observable throughout Central and Eastern Europe and its connections with the Epigravettian are still barely known. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Asian Crisis Exchange Risk Exposure of U.S. Multinationals
Muller, Aline ULg; Verschoor, Willem

in Managerial Finance (2007), 33(9), 710-740

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See detailSpeciation of five arsenic species (arsenite, arsenate, MMAAV, DMAAV and AsBet) in different kind of water by HPLC-ICP-MS
Ronkart, Sébastien ULg; Laurent, Vincent; Carbonnelle, Philippe et al

in Chemosphere (2007), 66(4), 738-745

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See detailHow does the age of hoverfly females affect their reproduction?
Almohamad, Raki; Verheggen, François ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2007), 72(3),

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See detailLa confrontation de l’offre et de la demande mondiales de céréales fixe désormais le prix payé au producteur européen
Burny, Philippe ULg

in Faculté universitaire des Sciences agronomiques de Gembloux; Centre wallon de Recherches agronomiques (Eds.) 40 ans Livre blanc Céréales-Gembloux février 2007 (2007)

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See detailLa thèse de Feynman, une nouvelle approche de la théorie quantique
Biémont, Emile ULg

Book published by Pearson Education, Paris (2007)

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See detailCrystal structure of trisodium iron diphosphate, Na2.88Fe(PO4)(2), a synthetic phosphate with hannayite-type heteropolyhedral chains
Hatert, Frédéric ULg

in Zeitschrift für Kristallographie. New Crystal Structures (2007), 222(1), 6-8

FeNa2.88O8P2, triclinic, P (1) over bar (no. 2), a 5.3141(6) b = 8.5853(9) angstrom, c = 8.7859(8) angstrom, alpha = 114.429(9)degrees, beta = 92.327(9)degrees, gamma = 106.08(1)degrees, V = 345.1 ... [more ▼]

FeNa2.88O8P2, triclinic, P (1) over bar (no. 2), a 5.3141(6) b = 8.5853(9) angstrom, c = 8.7859(8) angstrom, alpha = 114.429(9)degrees, beta = 92.327(9)degrees, gamma = 106.08(1)degrees, V = 345.1 angstrom(3),Z = 2, Rgt(F) = 0.028, wR(ref)(F-2) = 0.087, T = 293 K. [less ▲]

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See detailRapport final ARAPONIC - First spin-off n°315461
Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg

Report (2007)

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See detailDiagnosis of the sediment transport in the Belgian Coastal Zone
Mercier, Christophe ULg; Delhez, Eric ULg

in Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science (2007), 74(4), 670-683

Estimating the age of particles in marine environment constitutes an invaluable tool to understand the interactions between complex flows and sediment dynamics, particularly in highly energetic coastal ... [more ▼]

Estimating the age of particles in marine environment constitutes an invaluable tool to understand the interactions between complex flows and sediment dynamics, particularly in highly energetic coastal areas such as the Belgian Coastal Zone (Southern Bight in the North Sea). To this end, the Constituent Age and Residence time Theory-CART-introduced by Delhez, E.J.M., Campin, J.-M., Hirst, A.C., Deleersnijder, E. [1999a. Toward a general theory of the age in ocean modelling. Ocean Modelling 1, 17-27] for passive water constituents is extended to describe the sediment dynamics. It is then used in combination with a three-dimensional coupled hydrodynamic-sediment transport model to investigate sediment processes in the Belgian Coastal Zone focusing on two complementary aspects of the sediment dynamics: the internal sediment motion and redistribution within the Belgian coast; and the horizontal transport. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailNeonatal screening for sickle cell disease in Central Africa: a study of 1825 newborns with a new enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test
Mutesa, Léon; Boemer, François ULg; Ngendahayo, Louis et al

in Journal of Medical Screening (2007), 14(3), 113-116

Objectives To evaluate the feasibility of systematic neonatal screening for sickle cell disease in the region of Great Lakes in Central Africa using a new approach with limited costs. Methods Between July ... [more ▼]

Objectives To evaluate the feasibility of systematic neonatal screening for sickle cell disease in the region of Great Lakes in Central Africa using a new approach with limited costs. Methods Between July 2004 and July 2006, 1825 newborn dried blood samples were collected onto filter papers in four maternity units from Burundi, Rwanda and the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. We tested for the presence of haemoglobin C and S in the eluted blood by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test using a monoclonal antibody. All ELISA-positive samples (multiple of the median (MoM) >= 1.5) were confirmed by a simple molecular test. The statistica software version 7.1 was used to create graphics and to fix the MoM cut-off, and the chi(2) of Pearson was used to compare the genotype incidences between countries. Results Of the 1825 samples screened, 97 (5.32%) were positive. Of these, 60 (3.28%) samples were heterozygous for Hb S, and four (0.22%) for Hb C; two (0.11%) newborns were Hb SS homozygotes. Conclusions The lower cost and the high specificity of ELISA test are appropriate for developing countries, and such systematic screening for sickle cell anaemia is therefore feasible. [less ▲]

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See detailBreeding for Improved and Novel Starch Characteristics in Potato
Jacon, Géraldine ULg

in Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond (2007)

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See detailOutput-only modal analysis using blind source separation techniques
Poncelet, Fabien ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2007), 21(6), 2335-2358

The present study carries out output-only modal analysis using two blind source separation (BSS) techniques, namely independent component analysis and second-order blind identification. The concept of ... [more ▼]

The present study carries out output-only modal analysis using two blind source separation (BSS) techniques, namely independent component analysis and second-order blind identification. The concept of virtual source is exploited and renders the application of these BSS techniques possible. The proposed modal analysis method is illustrated using numerical and experimental examples. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite...un uterus didelphe associe a un hemi-vagin borgne
Loumaye, F.; Cheruy, Charlotte ULg; Cristinelli, S. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2007), 62(7-8, Jul-Aug), 480-3

Didelphys uterus with imperforated obstructed hemivagina is a rare condition. Most often, it is diagnosed a few months after the menarche. Hematocolpos, hematometria and sometimes hematosalpinx are ... [more ▼]

Didelphys uterus with imperforated obstructed hemivagina is a rare condition. Most often, it is diagnosed a few months after the menarche. Hematocolpos, hematometria and sometimes hematosalpinx are responsible for pelvic pain and dysmenorrhea. Symptoms can be delayed when a fistulisation from the hematocolpos to permeable contralateral vagina is present. Sometimes, diagnosis is not made before adulthood during an infection of the hematocolpos. Useful additional exams include pelvic ultrasound and, in some cases, MRI, which is the best exam to precisely describe the type of malformation. An ipsilateral agenesia of the kidney is always associated. Hysterography can usually demonstrate the fistulous courses. Treatment consists in a large resection of the vaginal septum in order to allow a permanent drainage of the hemiuterus. A laparoscopy should be performed to check for the presence of associated tubal or pelvic damage. [less ▲]

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See detailBase-dependent electron photodetachment from negatively charged DNA strands upon 260-nm laser irradiation
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Tabarin, Thibault et al

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (2007), 129(15), 4706-4713

DNA multiply charged anions stored in a quadrupole ion trap undergo one-photon electron ejection (oxidation) when subjected to laser irradiation at 260 nm (4.77 eV). Electron photodetachment is likely a ... [more ▼]

DNA multiply charged anions stored in a quadrupole ion trap undergo one-photon electron ejection (oxidation) when subjected to laser irradiation at 260 nm (4.77 eV). Electron photodetachment is likely a fast process, given that photodetachment is able to compete with internal conversion or radiative relaxation to the ground state. The DNA [6-mer](3-) ions studied here show a marked sequence dependence of electron photodetachment yield. Remarkably, the photodetachment yield (dG(6) > dA(6) > dC(6) > dT(6)) is inversely correlated with the base ionization potentials (G < A < C < T). Sequences with guanine runs show increased photodetachment yield as the number of guanine increases, in line with the fact that positive holes are the most stable in guanine runs. This correlation between photodetachment yield and the stability of the base radical may be explained by tunneling of the electron through the repulsive Coulomb barrier. Theoretical calculations on dinucleotide monophosphates show that the HOMO and HOMO-1 orbitals are localized on the bases. The wavelength dependence of electron detachment yield was studied for dG(6)(3-). Maximum electron photodetachment is observed in the wavelength range corresponding to base absorption (260-270 nm). This demonstrates the feasibility of gas-phase UV spectroscopy on large DNA anions. The calculations and the wavelength dependence suggest that the electron photodetachment is initiated at the bases and not at the phosphates. This also indicates that, although direct photodetachment could also occur, autodetachment from excited states, presumably corresponding to base excitation, is the dominant process at 260 nm. Excited-state dynamics of large DNA strands still remains largely unexplored, and photo-oxidation studies on trapped DNA multiply charged anions can help in bridging the gap between gas-phase studies on isolated bases or base pairs and solution-phase studies on full DNA strands. [less ▲]

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See detailElectron photodetachment dissociation of DNA anions with covalently or noncovalently bound chromophores
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Rosu, Frédéric ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2007), 18(11), 1990-2000

Double stranded DNA multiply charged anions coupled to chromophores were subjected to UV-Vis photoactivation. in a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. The chromophores included noncovalently bound ... [more ▼]

Double stranded DNA multiply charged anions coupled to chromophores were subjected to UV-Vis photoactivation. in a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. The chromophores included noncovalently bound minor groove binders (activated in the near UV), noncovalently bound intercalators (activated with visible light), and covalently linked fluorophores and quenchers (activated at their maximum absorption wavelength). We found that the activation of only chromophores having long fluorescence lifetimes did result in efficient electron photodetachment from the DNA complexes. In the case of ethidium-dsDNA complex excited at 500 nm, photodetachment is a multiphoton process. The MS3 fragmentation of radicals produced by photodetachment at lambda = 260 nm (DNA excitation) and by photodetachment at lambda > 300 nm (chromophore excitation) were compared. The radicals keep no memory of the way they were produced. A weakly bound noncovalent ligand (m-amsacrine) allowed probing experimentally that a fraction of the electronic internal energy was converted into vibrational internal energy. This fragmentation channel was used to demonstrate that excitation of the quencher DABSYL resulted in internal conversion, unlike the fluorophore 6-FAM. Altogether, photodetachment of the DNA complexes upon chromophore excitation can be interpreted by the following mechanism: (1) ligands with sufficiently long excited-state lifetime undergo resonant two-photon excitation to reach the level of the DNA excited states, then (2) the excited-state must be coupled to the DNA excited states for photodetachment to occur. Our experiments also pave the way towards photodissociation probes of biomolecule conformation in the gas-phase by Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET). [less ▲]

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