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See detailOptiMIR: new tools for a more sustainable dairy sector
Goubau, Amaury ULg

Poster (2012, February 10)

The OptiMIR project aims to improve the sustainability of the dairy sector by providing milk producers with new tools enabling them to manage the cow’s fertility, feeding, health, pollutants, and milk ... [more ▼]

The OptiMIR project aims to improve the sustainability of the dairy sector by providing milk producers with new tools enabling them to manage the cow’s fertility, feeding, health, pollutants, and milk quality. Data provided by milk recording organizations and recorded in different environments will be pooled and used to identify the links between animal status and milk composition changes. The entire MIR milk spectrum will be used as indicator of the cows’ status in order to 1) reduce production costs 2) give an access to high added value market and 3) reduce the environmental impact. OptiMIR is a 5 years project involving 5 research units, 11 milk recording organizations from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and United Kingdom. The project is co-financed by INTERREG IVB program. [less ▲]

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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 detailUsing fatty acid contents in milk to improve fertility of dairy cows?
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Berry, D.P.; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

Poster (2012, February 10)

Improving dairy cow fertility by means of genetic selection has become increasingly important over the last years in order to overcome the declining cow fertility. This study investigated whether the ... [more ▼]

Improving dairy cow fertility by means of genetic selection has become increasingly important over the last years in order to overcome the declining cow fertility. This study investigated whether the fatty acids profile in milk could be used as an early predictor of genetic merit for fertility. Genetic covariances among 17 fatty acid contents in milk and the number of days from calving to conception were estimated from 29,792 first-parity Holstein cows. Results substantiated the unfavorable relationship among fertility and body fat mobilization in early lactation. Also, about 75% of the genetic variability of fertility was explained by the variability in milk fatty acids profile over the lactation indicating that these traits could be used to supplement genetic evaluations for fertility. [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 detailToward a single definition of periurban areas? A review of terms, definitions and characteristics relating to the "urban" terminology.
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2012, February 10)

Remote sensing image interpretation and classification require a clear definition of what is considered as a rural, a periurban, a suburban or an urban area. Such a definition is also essential in order ... [more ▼]

Remote sensing image interpretation and classification require a clear definition of what is considered as a rural, a periurban, a suburban or an urban area. Such a definition is also essential in order to compare results of studies in periurban zones. Different terms, definitions and characteristics relating to these four concepts have been reviewed in the literature and compared according to different criteria like their type, citation frequency, strenghts and weaknesses, in the scope of a landscape evolution analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of cultivation practices on soil respiration
Dufranne, Delphine ULg; Vancutsem, Françoise ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2012, February 10)

Cultivation practices are known to induce a modification of soil organic matter quantity, quality and spatial distribution, which may impact dry matter decomposition kinetics. In order to bring answers to ... [more ▼]

Cultivation practices are known to induce a modification of soil organic matter quantity, quality and spatial distribution, which may impact dry matter decomposition kinetics. In order to bring answers to these questions, a multidisciplinary project (SOLRESIDUS) was set up by the University of Liege, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech in collaboration with Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W). The aim was to investigate the impact of cultivation practices (tillage and residue restitution) on crop growth, yield and environment, as well as on soil properties and on activities. In the present study, we focused on the impacts on soil respiration soil for 3 years. We will present our first results. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of external information into genetic evaluations by a Bayesian procedure
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

Poster (2012, February 10)

One of the most important theoretical assumptions of methods used to assess genetic values is that all available information has to be considered simultaneously to obtain unbiased estimates. However, the ... [more ▼]

One of the most important theoretical assumptions of methods used to assess genetic values is that all available information has to be considered simultaneously to obtain unbiased estimates. However, the widespread international exchange of genetic material and, more recently, the important development of the genomic selection lead to the coexistence of different genetic evaluations. Therefore, the blending of the different sources of information is necessary to achieve better prediction. Integration of external information into genetic evaluations by a Bayesian procedure can partially resolve the problem under some assumptions. Results from such a method that also avoids double counting among external animals are highly similar to those from a joint evaluation. [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 detailThe Voice of Occupy: Did Western Capitalism Fail?
Dodeigne, Jérémy ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

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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 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 detailImpact of cultivation practices on soil respiration
Dufranne, Delphine ULg; Vancutsem, Françoise ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2012, February 08)

In addition to its, evident, food supply function, agriculture is subjected to various pressures and has to respond to many challenges like reducing its CO2 emissions, maintaining or improving the soil ... [more ▼]

In addition to its, evident, food supply function, agriculture is subjected to various pressures and has to respond to many challenges like reducing its CO2 emissions, maintaining or improving the soil quality, maintaining productivity, sequestrating of the carbon stock in soil... Cultivation practices are known to induce a modification of soil organic matter quantity, quality and spatial distribution, which may impact dry matter decomposition kinetics. In order to bring answers to these questions, a multidisciplinary project (SOLRESIDUS) was set up by the University of Liege, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech in collaboration with Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W). The aim was to investigate the impact of cultivation practices (tillage and residue restitution) on crop growth, yield and environment, as well as on soil properties and on activities. In the present study, we focused on the impacts on soil CO2 fluxes. The experimental site is situated in Gembloux, in the Belgian loamy region. The plot is divided into 4 latin squares where two tillage modalities (plough after 2 stubble breaking vs only 2 stubble breaking) and two straw management practices (restitution vs. exportation) were compared. For 3 years, soil respiration was measured with automatic and manual dynamic soil chambers. Moreover, soil respiration was measured as well in cropping zone (total respiration) as in root exclusion zones created with root exclusion cylinders (heterotrophic respiration). As first results, we observed: -a significantly higher flux in plots with residue restitution, which is clearly explained by the larger amount of organic carbon prone to decomposition; -a decrease of standardized heterotrophic respiration (linked with residue decomposition) during growing seasons; -no significant differences in soil respiration between tillage modalities after 3 growing seasons. The experiment is still in progress, more years being necessary in order to evaluate the long-term impacts of cultivation practices on soil respiration. [less ▲]

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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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