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See detailAttempts to Answer on the Origin of the High Nitrates Concentrations in Groundwaters of the Sourou Valley in Burkina Faso
Rosillon, Francis ULg; Savadogo, Boubacar; Kabore, Aminata et al

in Journal of Water Resource and Protection (2012), 4

Within the framework of the contract of Sourou River, a survey of the groundwater quality was performed through 7 campaigns of water sampling and analysis from 2006 till 2012. The water samples resulted ... [more ▼]

Within the framework of the contract of Sourou River, a survey of the groundwater quality was performed through 7 campaigns of water sampling and analysis from 2006 till 2012. The water samples resulted from 23 drillings and 9 wells located in the Sourou Valley. Among the analyzed physico-chemical parameters, the nitrates concentrations ob- served were worrisome. Out of 32 water sources, 14 (44%) supplied a nitrates content superior to the WHO threshold value for drinking water (50 mg NO3/L). Very high concentrations, superior to 500 mg NO3/L with a peak in 860 mg/L, were observed. Given the important variations observed from a sampling point to another, a generalized contamination of the total aquifer was not possible. An individual diagnosis allowed to identify the possible causes of this degradation. Several sources of contamination, in connection with the anthropological activities, were observed near the water facili- ties (drillings/wells): animal and human wild defecation, presence of nontight latrines, solid waste, wastewater dis- charges. It is also advisable to wonder about the impact of the dynamite use for digging wells, this one being able to leave nitrates in the water. With regard to the intensive use of water from the strongly contaminated wells and drillings by the rural populations of Sourou, implementing protection areas within which would be eliminated the sources of contamination in addition to health education among populations could improve the situation. Care should also be taken in the use of nitrates explosives for digging new wells or drillings. [less ▲]

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See detailIndex onomasiologique de l’Atlas linguistique de la Wallonie
Baiwir, Esther ULg

in Bulletin de la Commission Royale de Toponymie et de Dialectologie = Handelingen van de Koninklijke Commissie voor Toponymie en Dialectologie (2012), LXXXIV

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See detailPublishing a Multilingual Medical Terminology According to Terminology Standards and Linked Data Principles.
Warnier, Maxime; Roumier, Joseph; Jamoulle, Marc ULg et al

in SABRE Conference 2012 (2012)

The data source is a multilingual medical database manually created by Mr Marc Jamoulle, a Belgian general practitioner with a long experience in classification and terminologies for general practitioners ... [more ▼]

The data source is a multilingual medical database manually created by Mr Marc Jamoulle, a Belgian general practitioner with a long experience in classification and terminologies for general practitioners. It consists of one hundred and seventy-three French terms identified in a guideline concerning heart failure [1], intended for family physicians and published by the Société Scientifique de Médecine Générale (SSMG, Belgium). This resource is a first step towards the creation of a Medical Reference Terminology [2]. Due to the readership of the publication, those terms are often distinct from the ones used in the common language, as well as from those – even more technical – used by the specialized cardiologists; this situation clearly proofs that, because of the diversity of the terms, interoperability is sometimes hard to preserve. All of them... [less ▲]

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See detailGenetics of the mid-infrared prediction of lactoferrin content in milk for Holstein first-parity cows
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Leclercq, Gil ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

in International Journal of Dairy Science (2012), 95, Suppl. 2

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See detailIntérêt du broutage des haies et bandes boisées pour les bovins sur parcours en Wallonie
Vandermeulen, Sophie ULg

Master's dissertation (2012)

The establishment of agri-environmental measures in Wallonia promotes hedges and woody strips planting in the agricultural landscape. This study aimed at evaluating the influence of trees and shrubs ... [more ▼]

The establishment of agri-environmental measures in Wallonia promotes hedges and woody strips planting in the agricultural landscape. This study aimed at evaluating the influence of trees and shrubs access on the feeding behaviour of grazing heifers and determining the feeding value of woody species. The second objective was to assess the anti-parasitical effect of these ligneous forages. For 4 consecutive weeks from April to May 2012, 12 dairy heifers were equally distributed among two different groups: one with an open access to a woody hedge (experimental group) and the other not (control group). The feeding behavior of heifers was recorded during days of 10 hours, in relation to the available herbaceous biomass. At the end of the experiment, a faeces analysis was used to assess the presence and the number of parasites infesting heifers. The leaves of 12 woody species harvested in late May 2012 were analyzed for their chemical composition and their in vitro ruminal fermentability using a gas test. The results were compared to those obtained for white clover and ryegrass. The feeding behavior of heifers was influenced by their access to woody species. Indeed, grazing time of control animals (59.8%) was superior to animals that could browse the hedge (54.8%). The experimental animals browsed the ligneous when the pasture herbaceous biomass was the lowest (0.22 kg DM/kgBW*ha), namely the second week of the experiment only. During this week, browsing time represented 3.72% of the time spent on pasture. Faeces parasites analysis showed a significantly lower infestation of trichostrongyles in experimental animals. The chemical composition and kinetic parameters of in vitro ruminal fermentation varied significantly among woody species. The CP content ranged from 14.3% in Viburnum opulus to 31.9% in Sambucus nigra. Fraxinus excelsior had a CP content of 24.5% and a maximum gas production of 120ml/gDM. These values were similar to the values obtained for ryegrass (26.4% CP and 132.2 ml /gDM). The highest maximum gas volume produced was reached for Populus nigra (135.5 ml /gDM) and was equivalent to ryegrass. In conclusion, in the grazing conditions in Wallonia, browsing can be considered as complementary feeding for cattle on pasture with hedges. Indeed, some woody species appear promising for livestock nutrition such as Sambucus nigra, Fraxinus excelsior or Populus nigra. This work is a preliminary study in the sylvopastoral area. Future studies should be explored to confirm the results obtained in this study and to deepen knowledge of this area. [less ▲]

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See detailAbnormal vascular architecture at the placental-maternal interface in placenta increta
CHANTRAINE, Frédéric ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Berndt, Sarah et al

in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2012), 207(3), 1881-9

Objective The objective of the study was to characterize the vascular architecture at the placental-maternal interface in pregnancies complicated by placenta increta and normal pregnancies. Study Design ... [more ▼]

Objective The objective of the study was to characterize the vascular architecture at the placental-maternal interface in pregnancies complicated by placenta increta and normal pregnancies. Study Design Vessel numbers and cross-section area density and spatial and area distributions in 13 placenta-increta placental beds were compared with 9 normal placental beds using computer-assisted image analysis of whole-slide CD31 immunolabeled sections. Results The total areas occupied by vessels in normal and placenta-increta placental beds were comparable, but vessels were significantly sparser and larger in the latter. Moreover, placenta-increta–vessel distributions (area and distance from the placental–myometrial junction) were more heterogeneous. Conclusion Size and spatial organization of the placenta-increta vascular architecture at the placental-maternal interface differed from normal and might partially explain the severe hemorrhage observed during placenta-increta deliveries. [less ▲]

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See detailLa compatibilité du métier de secrétaire communal avec d’autres fonctions : aperçu de lege lata, de lege peractura et de lege ferenda
Donnay, Luc ULg

in L'indépendance du secrétaire communal : utopie ou réalité? (2012)

Il s'agit d'un examen de la compatibilité du métier de secrétaire communal avec d'autres fonctions au regard de la situation législative actuelle et des projets de réformes en cours.

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See detailIMA Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification (CNMNC), Newsletter 13. New minerals and nomenclature modifications approved in 2012.
Williams, Pete; Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Pasero, Marco et al

in Mineralogical Magazine (2012), 76(3), 807-817

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See detailComparison of different approaches to evaluate External Quality Assessment Data.
Coucke, Wim; China, Bernard; Delattre, Isabelle et al

in Clinica Chimica Acta (2012), 413(5-6), 582-6

In EQA programs, Z-scores are used to evaluate laboratory performance. They should indicate poorly performing laboratories, regardless of the presence of outliers. For this, two different types of ... [more ▼]

In EQA programs, Z-scores are used to evaluate laboratory performance. They should indicate poorly performing laboratories, regardless of the presence of outliers. For this, two different types of approaches exist. The first type are "outlier-based" approaches, which first exclude outlying values, calculate the average and standard deviation on the remaining data and obtain Z-scores for all values (e.g., Grubbs and Dixon). The second type includes the "robust" approaches (e.g., Tukey and Qn or the algorithm recommended by ISO). The different approaches were assessed by randomly generated samples from the Normal and Student t distributions. Part of the sample data were contaminated with outliers. The number of false and true outliers was recorded and subsequently, Positive and Negative Predictive Values were derived. Also, the sampling mean and variability were calculated for location and scale estimators. The various approaches performed similarly for sample sizes above 10 and when outliers were at good distance from the centre. For smaller sample sizes and closer outliers, however, the approaches performed quite differently. Tukey's method was characterised by a high true and a high false outlier rate, while the ISO and Qn approaches demonstrated weak performance. Grubbs test yielded overall the best results. [less ▲]

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See detailHITUBES PROJECT DESIGN AND INTEGRITY ASSESSMENT OF HIGH STRENGTH TUBULAR STRUCTURES FOR EXTREME LOADING CONDITIONS - D8
Bursi, Oreste S.; Kumar, Anil; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg

Report (2012)

D8.1: Evaluation of the results of the SWOT analysis. D8.2: Evaluation of the results of the monitoring activity.

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See detailImpact of an anxious social situation on emotional facial expressions (EFEs) recognition in children
Dethier, Marie ULg; Taskin, Aslihan Serap; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2012), 17(2), 2-9

This study addresses the relationship between the capacity of emotional facial expressions (EFEs) recognition and self-esteem in children placed in an anxious social situation. Seventy children (8 – 12 ... [more ▼]

This study addresses the relationship between the capacity of emotional facial expressions (EFEs) recognition and self-esteem in children placed in an anxious social situation. Seventy children (8 – 12 years) were placed in an anxious social situation of performance in which they were instructed to count aloud backwards, beginning at 200 in decrements of 13. After that, children were assessed on a decoding test of 16 photographs depicting EFE. For each photograph, they evaluated the presence of nine types of emotions. They also completed the Self-Perception Profile for Children (Pierrehumbert et al., 1987). No correlations emerged between the accuracy of EFE recognition and an increase of anxious feelings after the anxious social situation. However, self-esteem was correlated with performance on the EFE recognition test. Moreover, the lower the child’s level of self-esteem was, the more he/she perceived negative emotions in EFEs. In conclusion, social anxiety doesn’t seem to interfere with EFEs recognition performance in an anxious social situation. However, low level of self-esteem in children appears to be associated with deficits and interpretative bias in EFEs recognition in an anxious social situation. [less ▲]

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See detailStudies van de van de Belgische Kring voor Linguïstiek - Travaux du du Cercle Belge de Linguistique - Papers of the Linguistic Society of Belgium
Polis, Stéphane ULg; De Brabanter, Philippe; Cougnon, Louise-Amélie et al

in Studies van de BKL - Travaux du CBL - Papers of the LSB (2012), 7

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See detailUne nouvelle cité pour les seniors
Squelard, Gilles ULg

in Garcet, Marc (Ed.) Mixité sociale et progrès humain (2012)

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See detailBooks and reading, from the earliest times to the eighteenth century
Opsomer, Carmélia ULg

in Demoulin, Bruno (Ed.) A Cultural History of Wallonia (2012)

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See detailThe response to copper stress in Streptomyces lividans extends beyond genes under the direct control of a Copper sensitive operon Repressor protein (CsoR)
Dwarakanath, S; Chaplin, AK; Hough, MA et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2012)

A Copper sensitive operon Repressor protein has been identified in Streptomyces livdians (CsoRSl) and found to regulate copper homeostasis with attomolar affinity for Cu(I). Solution studies reveal apo ... [more ▼]

A Copper sensitive operon Repressor protein has been identified in Streptomyces livdians (CsoRSl) and found to regulate copper homeostasis with attomolar affinity for Cu(I). Solution studies reveal apo- and CuI-CsoRSl to be a tetramer assembly and a 1.7 Å resolution crystal structure of apo-CsoRSl reveals that a significant conformational change is necessary to enable Cu(I) binding. In silico prediction of the CsoR regulon was confirmed in vitro (EMSA) and in vivo (RNA-seq) which highlighted that next to the csoR gene itself, the regulon consists of two Cu(I) efflux systems involving a CopZ-like copper metallochaperone protein and a CopA P1-type ATPase. While deletion of csoR has only minor effects on S. lividans development when grown under high copper concentrations, mutations of the Cu(I) ligands decrease tolerance to copper as a result of the Cu(I)-CsoR mutants failing to disengage from the DNA targets, thus inhibiting the derepression of the regulon. RNA-seq experiments carried out on samples incubated with exogenous copper and a ΔcsoR strain showed that the set of genes responding to copper stress is much wider than anticipated and largely extends beyond genes targeted by CsoR. This suggests more control levels are operating and directing other regulons in copper homeostasis beside the CsoR regulon [less ▲]

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See detailDe la conservation à la restauration écologique: démarche méthodologique
Bangirinama, F; Hakizimana, P; Bogaert, Jan ULg

in Bulletin Scientifique de l'Institut National pour l'Environnement et la Conservation de la Nature (INECN) (2012), 10

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See detailOù va l’eau wallonne ? Débats et polémiques à Liège autour du traité Escaut-Rhin (1963-1965)
Lanneau, Catherine ULg

in Raxhon, Philippe (Ed.) Liège à la conquête de l'eau. Des origines au centenaire de la CILE (2012)

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