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See detailAnthropogenic effect on landscapes: spatial structure, ecological impact, entropy
Vranken, Isabelle ULg; Bogaert, Jan ULg; Visser, Marjolein

Poster (2012, February 10)

Structural and thermodynamic applications of entropy related to spatial heterogeneity under growing anthropogenic pressure have been examined. 16 zones from classified LANDSAT TM scenes presenting ... [more ▼]

Structural and thermodynamic applications of entropy related to spatial heterogeneity under growing anthropogenic pressure have been examined. 16 zones from classified LANDSAT TM scenes presenting different anthropogenic effect intensities have been used. Anthropogenic effects, compositional and configurational entropy have been measured. The scatter plot shows bell curves with maximal entropy at intermediate anthropogenic effects. Distinction of natural and anthropogenic classes shows opposed tendencies according to class and compositional/configurational type. These results have been interpreted as spatial transformation processes, energy production and release, and linked to the habitat heterogeneity and intermediate disturbance hypotheses. [less ▲]

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See detailAphid predators sampling in agrosystems in Belgium between 2009 and 2011
Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg; Joie, Emilie ULg et al

Poster (2012, February 10)

The Multicolored Asian ladybird, Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), was imported in 1997 in Belgium to control aphid populations. Few years ago after its introduction, this exotic ... [more ▼]

The Multicolored Asian ladybird, Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), was imported in 1997 in Belgium to control aphid populations. Few years ago after its introduction, this exotic insect was well adapted to temperate climate conditions and spread out all over ecosystems in Europe causing decline of other aphidophagous species. In arboreal habitats, H. axyridis is the most dominant Coccinellids but we are still lacking information about this occurrence in agrosystems. An aphidophages sampling between 2009 and 2011 was realized in four agrosystems such as broad bean, wheat, corn and potato. Nevertheless H. axyridis populations rise (5 times) from 2009 to 2011 in 2011, H. axyridis is the third most observed aphidophages after Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer) and Coccinella septempunctata (Linné). H. axyridis is the dominating species in corn with 70.83±6.60 individuals per 100m². [less ▲]

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See detailModelling realized niche of metallophyte species along copper and cobalt gradients on Katanga copper hills
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Seleck, Maxime ULg; Guillaume, Arielle et al

Poster (2012, February 10)

In South Central Africa were identified more than 650 plant species tolerant to heavy metals, several of which endemic to Katanga and critically endangered by mining activities. These metallophyte are ... [more ▼]

In South Central Africa were identified more than 650 plant species tolerant to heavy metals, several of which endemic to Katanga and critically endangered by mining activities. These metallophyte are distributed over a hundred hills containing high copper and cobalt concentrations (20 to 10000 mg/kg for copper and 2 to 1000 mg/kg for cobalt). To understand the response of metallophyte to heavy metals, the ecological niches of 80 cupro-cobaltophytes were modeled with general additive models (GAM). Results show that (1) three groups of species were identified according to their optimum along a metal concentrations gradient and (2) a positive relationship exists between niche amplitude and optimum copper concentration. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of Chrysoperla carnea larvae for biological control of immature stages of Leptinotarsa decemlineata
Sablon, Ludovic ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Verheggen, François ULg

Poster (2012, February 10)

In laboratory assays, we demonstrated predation of Chrysoperla carnea lacewing larvae against eggs, first and second larval instars of Colorado potato beetle (CPB). When looking at the daily consumption ... [more ▼]

In laboratory assays, we demonstrated predation of Chrysoperla carnea lacewing larvae against eggs, first and second larval instars of Colorado potato beetle (CPB). When looking at the daily consumption, we found that prey consumption by the third larval instar was 3-fold higher compared to the two first instars. Partial or total consumption of prey was also numbered. Different proportions of partial/total consumption were found and these depend on the lacewing larval stage. This study provides new perspectives for possible use of C. carnea as a biological agent to control CPB. Nevertheless, additional work has to be conducted under semi-natural and field to completely evaluate this predatory potential. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling the disturbed argillite - Strain localization
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg

Scientific conference (2012, February 09)

The excavation process creates a damaged zone around the galleries composing underground structures. The prediction of the extension but especially of the fracturing structure in this zone remains an ... [more ▼]

The excavation process creates a damaged zone around the galleries composing underground structures. The prediction of the extension but especially of the fracturing structure in this zone remains an unresolved issue in the context of underground storage. Disturbed argillite and damage (fracturing) can be numerically modeled by the development of strain localization bands. Within the framework of classical finite elements, the strain localization depends on the mesh while the second gradient method overcomes this difficulty. This method is implemented in the finite element code Lagamine and is used to model biaxial compression tests performed in laboratory. [less ▲]

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See detailMadame Bovary, celle que l'on n'attendait pas.
Saint-Amand, Denis ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

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See detailBarrett's metaplasia, dysplasia and esophageal ademnocarcinoma: an inadequate antitumour immunity?
Somja, Joan ULg; Demoulin, Stéphanie ULg; Herman, Ludivine et al

Conference (2012, February 09)

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See detailBall milling control: the reconciliation of macroscopic SensoMag® data with microscopic optical information.
Leroy, Sophie ULg; Köttgen, Axel ULg; de Haas, Bernard et al

Poster (2012, February 08)

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See detailCerebrospinal Fluid Collection Tubes: a critical issue for Alzheimer Disease diagnosis
Perret-Liaudet, Armand; Pelpel, Mathieu; Tholance, Yannick et al

in Clinical Chemistry (2012), 58

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See detailThe Voice of Occupy: Did Western Capitalism Fail?
Dodeigne, Jérémy ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

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See detailRole of western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla Savage & Wyman, 1847) on the dynamics of tropical logged forest ecosystems
Haurez, Barbara ULg; Petre, Charles-Albert ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

Poster (2012, February 08)

The western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla Savage & Wyman) (WLG) which is considered as a critically endangered species by IUCN, could play a fundamental function in seeds dispersal of several ... [more ▼]

The western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla Savage & Wyman) (WLG) which is considered as a critically endangered species by IUCN, could play a fundamental function in seeds dispersal of several plant species. This could be related to its frugivorous diet, its stomach capacity and the long gut retention time of the ingested food, its extensive daily path length, and its ability to swallow seeds of variable sizes. In addition, this animal tends to deposit most of ingested seeds in suitable habitats (especially logging gaps and old logging roads) for light-demanding plant development. This research will be conducted within the moist evergreen forest of Central Gabon in a logging concession granted to the company CEB Precious Woods. A preliminary study was undertaken as a Master thesis. It was aiming at obtaining a first insight of interactions between WLG and timber exploitation in Central Gabon and at assessing the extent to which they may benefit of each other. WLG abundances were estimated in unlogged and logged sites in the concession, and nesting behavior described. Seeds dispersed during the study period (February-May) by WLG were identified through fecal analysis. Relatively high WLG abundances were observed in the concession. WLG were found to nest preferentially in open areas and to frequently use old logging road network for nesting and feeding. Sixteen species were observed to be dispersed by WLG. Seeds of the most abundant species, Santiria trimera, were subjected to four treatments: (1) passed seeds, (2) passed seeds in fecal matrix, (3) seeds surrounded by fresh pulp and (3) seeds extracted from fresh fruits. The germination successes of S. trimera were significantly higher after gut passage partly thanks to fruit pulp removal. Our PhD study aims to characterize the functional ecology of WLG in tropical forests dynamics, especially regarding logging biotopes. Our research will be organized in three parts: (1) the survey of gorilla populations in the study area coupled with the characterization of their nests and habitats, (2) the study of dispersed species and of the effect of passage through gorilla gut on seed germination, (3) the estimate of dispersal distances for the species Santiria trimera (Burseraceae) by using molecular markers. Data for the second and third parts will be collected in one site selected thanks to the results of the survey for its high gorilla density, to assess the following assumptions: (1) gorillas favor the regeneration of many plant species, including timber trees; (2) they improve the genetic diversity and limit the genetic structure by widening the genetic pool and dispersing diasporas on large distances. If these hypotheses are accepted, sylvicultural practices may be adapted so as to take advantage from the presence of gorilla population. [less ▲]

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See detailmigrations congolaises en Belgique et géographies religieuses
Demart, Sarah ULg; Melice, Anne ULg; Meiers, Bénédicte ULg

Conference (2012, February 08)

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See detailPrevention of group B streptococcal neonatal disease revisited. The DEVANI European project
Rodriguez-Granger, J.; Alvargonzales, J. C.; Berardi, A. et al

in European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases : Official Publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology (2012)

The purpose of this paper was to present the current knowledge on the prevention of group B streptococcus (GBS)neonatal infections and the status of prevention policies in European countries and to ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper was to present the current knowledge on the prevention of group B streptococcus (GBS)neonatal infections and the status of prevention policies in European countries and to present the DEVANI pan-European program, launched in 2008. The aim of this program was to assess the GBS neonatal infection burden in Europe, to design a new vaccine to immunize neonates against GBS infections, to improve the laboratory performance for the diagnosis of GBS colonization and infection, and to improve the methods for the typing of GBS strains. The current guidelines for GBS prevention in different countries were ascertained and a picture of the burden before and after the instauration of prevention policies has been drawn. After the issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, many European countries have adopted universal screening for the GBS colonization of pregnant women and intrapartum prophylaxis to colonized mothers. Nevertheless, some European countries continue advocating the risk factor approach to GBS prevention. Most European countries have implemented policies to prevent GBS neonatal infections and the burden of the disease has decreased during the last several years. Nevertheless, further steps are necessary in order to develop new strategies of prevention, to improve microbiological techniques to detect GBS colonization and infection, and to coordinate the prevention policies in the EU. [less ▲]

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See detailBruxelles : les défis territoriaux d'une mini-ville mondiale
Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

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See detail50 Years of contrasted residue management in an agricultural crop: Impacts on the soil carbon budget and on soil heterotrophic respiration.
Buysse, Pauline ULg; Roisin, Christian; Aubinet, Marc ULg

Conference (2012, February 08)

Within the context of Climate Change, crop management exerts a strong influence on the soil carbon (C) balance. This study aims (1) to estimate the C loss by soil heterotrophic respiration (SHR) in ... [more ▼]

Within the context of Climate Change, crop management exerts a strong influence on the soil carbon (C) balance. This study aims (1) to estimate the C loss by soil heterotrophic respiration (SHR) in different residue management treatments through the establishment of their soil C budgets and (2) to compare these estimations with field SHR measurements. Three contrasted treatments were considered: Residue Export (RE), Farm Yard Manure addition (FYM) and Residue Restitution after harvest (RR). They were established in 1959 and continuously applied since then at an experimental field located in the Hesbaye region in Belgium. The soil C budget was calculated for each treatment on the basis of total soil organic C content measurements and C input data compiled since the beginning of the experiment. This allowed estimating the C loss by SHR in the different treatments. SHR measurements were performed in 2010 and 2011 to compare them with the budget-based estimations and to assess SHR sensitivity to temperature in the different treatments. The soil C budgets showed that the soil under the RR treatment was likely to undergo the largest C loss by SHR since the beginning of the experiment. The comparison between the results from the C budget and the SHR field measurements, performed 50 years after the experiment had begun, did however show that the treatment that received the largest amount of crop residues (RR) did not necessarily sequestrate the most C or produce the largest CO2 fluxes (FYM). Besides, no significant difference between treatments was observed in the field measurements in terms of SHR sensitivity to temperature. Laboratory investigations (microbial biomass, basal respiration, metabolic diversity and soil fractionation) will later be performed to better understand the effects of long-term residue management on soil C dynamics. [less ▲]

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