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See detailDie Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft und die sechste Staatsreform
Behrendt, Christian ULg; Vrancken, Martin ULg

in Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen (2013), Jahr 2013

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See detailDeveloping a Global Food Security Policy
Paveliuc Olariu, Codrin ULg

in Advances in Agriculture & Botanics (2013), 5(3), 169-173

The world agrifood system continues to be in a vulnerable state as we fast approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger ... [more ▼]

The world agrifood system continues to be in a vulnerable state as we fast approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger. Although a number of countries have made important changes towards developing food related policies, at the level of the global community, the challenge of food (in)security has not been able push policy makers to develop a common solution to be applied, solution that could include the regional and national specificities registered around the world, while also integrating a global view of increasing agricultural productivity, higher farm competitiveness and without relinquishing the national or individual right for food governance. [less ▲]

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See detailFood scarcity as a trigger for civil unrest
Paveliuc Olariu, Codrin ULg

in Advances in Agriculture & Botanics (2013), 5(3), 174-178

Throughout history, there have been periods of civil unrest. From religious wars to wars of conquest, historians believe that the causes of wars are closely related with religious, political or economic ... [more ▼]

Throughout history, there have been periods of civil unrest. From religious wars to wars of conquest, historians believe that the causes of wars are closely related with religious, political or economic reasons. But when we discuss about civil unrest inside a country with the power of transforming it into a civil war and expanding at regional level, the triggering factors have yet to be discovered. From the period of the Qing Dinasty (1644-1911) in China to the Great Depression in the 1930s in the USA or the beginning of the second World War in France, these periods have two common points: civil unrest and food shortages. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the multicolored Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis, the most abundant natural enemy to aphids in agroecosystems?
Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg; Joie, Emilie ULg et al

in Journal of Insect Science [=JIS] (2013), 13(158), 1-14

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), was introduced into Western Europe in the late 1990s. Since the late 2000s, this species has been commonly ... [more ▼]

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), was introduced into Western Europe in the late 1990s. Since the late 2000s, this species has been commonly considered one of the most abundant aphid predators in most Western European coun- tries. In spite of the large amount of research on H. axyridis, information concerning its relative abundance in agroecosystems is lacking. This study aims to evaluate the abundance of H. axyridis within the aphidophage community in four crops situated in southern Belgium: wheat, Triticum aestivum L. (Poales: Poaceae), corn, Zea mays, potato, Solanum tuberosum (Solanales: Solanaceae), and broad bean Vicia faba (Fabales: Fabaceae). In order to assess the species diver- sity, the collected data were analyzed by considering (1) the species richness and (2) the evenness according to the Shannon diversity index. Eleven aphidophages were observed in every invento- ried agroecosystem, including five abundant species: three coccinellids, the seven-spotted ladybug, Coccinella septempunctata L. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), the 14-spotted Ladybird, Propylea quatuordecimpunctata, and H. axyridis; one hoverfly, the marmalade hoverfly, Episyr- phus balteatus De Geer (Diptera: Syrphidae); and one lacewing, the common green lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea Stephens sensu lato (= s.l.) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). Harmonia axyridis has been observed to thrive, breed, and reproduce on the four studied crops. Harmonia axyridis is the most abundant predator of aphids in corn followed by C. septempunctata, which is the main aphid predator observed in the three other inventoried crops. In wheat and potato fields, H. axyridis occurs in low numbers compared to other aphidophage. These observations suggest that H. axyridis could be considered an invasive species of agrosystems, and that potato and wheat may intermittently act as refuges for other aphidophages vulnerable to intraguild predation by this invader. Harmonia axyridis is not the most abundant aphid predator in the main Belgian crops. [less ▲]

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See detailVerbal overshadowing of face memory does occur in children too!
Dehon, Hedwige ULg; Vanootighem, Valentine ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg

in Frontiers in Psychology (2013)

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See detailRapport scientifique et technique final du projet HYDRASANTE
Boudry, Christelle ULg; François, Emmanuelle ULg; Nollevaux, Géraldine et al

Report (2013)

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See detailLe mécanisme des versements anticipés d'impôts et le budget prévisionnel y afférent
Niessen, Wilfried ULg; Bils, Anne ULg

in PACIOLI (Institut Professionnel des Comptables et Fiscalistes agréés) (2013)

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See detailMarchés boursiers africains : problématique de l’efficience, dynamique de la volatilité, rendement et volume des transactions
Woroucoubou, Habibou ULg

Doctoral thesis (2013)

With the exception of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, African stock markets are characterized, in their vast majority, by a marginal number of listed companies, low capitalization, low trading volume and ... [more ▼]

With the exception of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, African stock markets are characterized, in their vast majority, by a marginal number of listed companies, low capitalization, low trading volume and low liquidity. These characteristics raise questions about the volatility, efficiency, optimal compensation risks to investors and, more generally, to the price adjustment speed to the information conveyed by the volume of transactions. The objective of this doctoral work is to study the behavior of African stock markets through volatility, price, return and volume of transactions in connection with the performance and volatility. Compared to the volatility modeling, the study shows that the EGARCH model is the most suitable process may be applied to the data of African stock markets for estimating and forecasting volatility. For efficiency, the study shows that only the market of South Africa seems to be informationally efficient in the weak form. The analysis of the risk-return relationship reveals that only less developed markets (except Botswana) show a positive and significant premium risk. Such a result means that the least developed African stock markets in the sample reach rewarded accordingly risks for investors. For asymmetry, the study shows that there is presence of leverage for all emerging markets, indicating that in these markets, the bad news has a greater impact on volatility than good news of the same magnitude. In contrast, for less developed markets, there is no leverage. With respect to the relationship between the volume of transactions, performance and volatility, the study shows that emerging African stock markets showed a more or less close to the behavior of other emerging and developed markets of the world in terms of leverage, contemporary positive relationship and causality between trading volume and performance on the one hand, and between trading volume and volatility, on the other hand. In contrast, for other less developed stock markets, the impact of volume on return and volatility is less noticeable. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the Bacillus subtilis ATCC21332 pbpE-racX operon in relation with the formation or disassembly of biofilms
Vanden Broeck, Arnaud ULg; Van Der Heiden, Edwige ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, December 20)

Bacillus subtilis is a PGPR (Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacterium) Gram positive bacterium and a model for studying the in vitro formation or disruption of biofilms. At the liquid/air interface of ... [more ▼]

Bacillus subtilis is a PGPR (Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacterium) Gram positive bacterium and a model for studying the in vitro formation or disruption of biofilms. At the liquid/air interface of standing cultures, B. subtilis forms thick pellicles of limited lifetimes. Some D-amino acids have been reported among the factors playing a role in the disassembly of B. subtilis biofilms and ylmE or racX mutants (in which the racemases YlmE or RacX are absent) show a delay in pellicle disruption [I. Kolodkin et al. Science (2010) 328:627-629]. The racX encoding gene is part of a bicistronic operon in which the first gene (pbpE) codes for a Penicillin-Binding Protein, the PBP4* whose function is not characterized. Our studies aim to delete the complete pbpE-racX operon and compare the phenotypes of mutants and parental strains ATCC21332 or ATCC6051 in standing cultures. The substrate specificity of the purified RacX racemase is currently under investigation as well as the functional characterization of PBP4*, a protein possessing a lipocalin-like domain. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of pfcrt 72-76 haplotypes eight years after chloroquine withdrawal in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Mvumbi, Dieudonné; BOREUX, Raphaël ULg; SACHELI, Rosalie ULg et al

in Malaria Journal (2013), 12

BACKGROUND: In 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the use of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) as the first-line treatment of uncomplicated malaria cases, as monotherapies ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the use of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) as the first-line treatment of uncomplicated malaria cases, as monotherapies had become ineffective in many parts of the world. As a result, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) withdrew chloroquine (CQ) from its malaria treatment policy in 2002 and an artesunate (AS)-amodiaquine (AQ) combination became the ACT of choice in DRC in 2005. AQ-resistance (AQR) has been reported in several parts of the world and mutations in codons 72-76 of the Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine-resistance transporter (pfcrt) gene have been strongly correlated with resistance, especially mutations encoding the SVMNT haplotype. This haplotype was first identified in Southeast Asia and South America but was recently reported in two African countries neighbouring DRC. These facts raised two questions: the first about the evolution of CQ resistance (CQR) in DRC and the second about the presence of the SVMNT haplotype, which would compromise the use of AQ as a partner drug for ACT. METHODS: A total of 213 thick blood films were randomly collected in 2010 from a paediatric clinic in Kinshasa, DRC. Microscopy controls and real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) were performed for Plasmodium species identification. Haplotypes of the pfcrt gene were determined by sequencing. RESULTS: The K76T mutation was detected in 145 out of 198 P. falciparum-positive samples (73.2%).In these 145 resistant strains, only the CVIET haplotype was detected. CONCLUSIONS: This study is the first to assess the molecular markers of resistance to CQ and AQ after the introduction of ACT in DRC. The results suggest first that CQR is decreasing, as wild-type pfcrt haplotypes were found in only 26.8% of the samples and secondly that the SVMNT haplotype is not yet present in Kinshasa, suggesting that AQ remains valid as a partner drug for ACT in this region. [less ▲]

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See detailFrontière(s), jeu d'acteurs et espace du contrôle: le cas de Ceuta
Bernes, Laure-Anne ULg

Doctoral thesis (2013)

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See detailAssessing the influence of crop management strategies on the distribution of soil water content by ERT
Chelin, Marie ULg; Parvin, Nargish ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2013, December 20)

Amongst other functions, cover crops are known to increase the stability of the soil structure. Commonly, their suppression is realized by using conventional tillage, but that it has been demonstrated to ... [more ▼]

Amongst other functions, cover crops are known to increase the stability of the soil structure. Commonly, their suppression is realized by using conventional tillage, but that it has been demonstrated to damage the soil structure, which directly impacts the soil water content. The proposed alternatives vary in terms of date, depth and type of tillage. As the soil water content is a major factor in agriculture, it is essential to better understand the influence of the cover crop management on its spatio-temporal distribution. Recent studies demonstrated the relevancy of the electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) to estimate the three-dimensional soil water content distribution. However, only a few of them were performed under field conditions. This study aims at (i) validating the use of the ERT method to estimate the soil water content distribution under field conditions (ii) quantifying the influence of cover crop management on the dynamic of soil water content along the growing season of a maize crop and on Belgian soil types. Three types of cover crop management content will be daily monitored: strip tillage, spring tillage and winter tillage. In order to assess the impact of plants on the soil water distribution, an additional plot will be burned after winter tillage. ERT will be used on a surface of 2 m² for each cover crop management. The validation of the average soil water content will be attended by using Time Domain Reflectrometers (TDR) and suction cups. The water stock obtained by ERT will be validated by using data from a weather station for the estimation of the evapotranspiration and rainfall and minirhizotrons for the assessment of the root water uptake. [less ▲]

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See detailLe patron urbain, un facteur influençant l'impact de l'urbanisation sur les écosystèmes: les cas de Kisangani et de Lubumbashi (RDC)
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in PACODEL (Ed.) Colloque international Territoires périurbains: développement, enjeux et perspectives dans les pays du sud (2013, December 19)

Les dynamiques et patrons paysagers de deux villes entre deux années (Kisangani entre 2002 et 2010 ; Lubumbashi entre 2002 et 2008, en République Démocratique du Congo) ont été étudiés afin d’évaluer leur ... [more ▼]

Les dynamiques et patrons paysagers de deux villes entre deux années (Kisangani entre 2002 et 2010 ; Lubumbashi entre 2002 et 2008, en République Démocratique du Congo) ont été étudiés afin d’évaluer leur influence sur l’impact de l’extension et/ou densification de ces villes, et plus particulièrement de leur zone périurbaine, sur leurs écosystèmes internes et périphériques. En effet, le patron paysager occupe une place fondamentale dans l’hypothèse centrale de l’écologie du paysage, appelée pattern-process paradigm puisqu’il influence les processus écologiques et inversement. Sa description et son analyse sont donc particulièrement importantes (Bogaert et al. 2004; Coulson et al. 1999). Les indices de composition, communément utilisés en écologie du paysage, décrivent entre autres le patron en quantifiant la présence et le nombre de taches issues des différentes classes du paysage (Alberti 2008). D’autre part, les villes ne cessant d'augmenter leur emprise sur les paysages dont elles font partie, l'étude des espaces qui les ceinturent, le phénomène de leur extension dans les régions rurales ainsi que les schémas conceptuels de leur morphologie et dynamique interne sont plus que jamais des sujets d'actualité (Bhatta et al., 2010; Borsdorf et al., 2002; De Blij, 1977; Gaston, 2010; Halleux, 2006). Paradoxalement, les scientifiques de différentes disciplines peinent à donner une définition, des caractéristiques et des limites acceptées par tous aux notions se rattachant aux différentes zones présentes dans le gradient urbain-rural. Cette étude se distingue des autres, généralement subjectives, par son approche quantifiée et objective. Pour chacune des deux villes, deux images SPOT 5 ont été classifiées sur base d’une approche orientée-objet (Definiens 2013). Ensuite, des indices de composition paysagère ont été évalués afin 1) d’identifier l’étendue de chaque zone (urbaine, périurbaine, rurale) au sein du gradient urbain-rural en utilisant les définitions de zones proposées par André et al. (sous presse), 2) de décrire ces différentes zones en quantifiant les caractéristiques morphologiques les plus couramment citées avant d’en borner les valeurs (André et al. 2012) et 3) de quantifier la dynamique des différentes zones au cours de la dernière décade. Ensuite, les similarités et différences entre ces villes ainsi que la pertinence et les faiblesses de la méthode ont été identifiées et discutées. Les résultats de cette étude ont pour ambition de contribuer à une meilleure compréhension et prise en compte du rôle du patron paysager dans la résistance potentielle des écosystèmes naturels à l’extension et/ou la densification d’une ville donnée. [less ▲]

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See detailLA DÉGRADATION D’UN ÉCOSYSTÈME FORESTIER PÉRI-URBAIN : QUELS SONT LES PRINCIPAUX FILTRES À SA RÉGÉNÉRATION ?
Hick, Aurélie ULg; Tooth, Martin; Hallin, Maud et al

Poster (2013, December 19)

Au sud de la République Démocratique du Congo, dans la province du Katanga, le redéveloppement des activités minières a entrainé un développement démographique exponentiel des principales villes minières ... [more ▼]

Au sud de la République Démocratique du Congo, dans la province du Katanga, le redéveloppement des activités minières a entrainé un développement démographique exponentiel des principales villes minières. La population de Lubumbashi, capitale du Katanga, est passée en 50 ans d’environ 100 000 habitants à plus d’1 million et demi (Munyemba Kankumbi, 2010). Cette évolution démographique a accentué la pression sur la forêt claire de type Miombo par l’augmentation des prélèvements, la pression immobilière et l’agriculture de subsistance (Malaisse, 1997). Dans la zone périurbaine de Lubumbashi, les surfaces de forêts claires qui occupaient 85 % du territoire en 1956 ont été réduites à moins de 12 % en 2009 (Munyemba Kankumbi, 2010). Trois études ont été menées dans le but de caractériser les filtres écologiques et les filtres sociaux à la restauration de cet écosystème périurbaine. Les deux premières études ont pour objectif d’illustrer la diversité des communautés végétales du Miombo, leurs variations après dégradation le long d’un gradient forêt/savane sur les sols principaux de la plaine et les principaux filtres écologiques à sa régénération. 134 placettes forestières placées aléatoirement dans les derniers massifs forestiers présents dans un rayon de 50km autour de la ville ont été inventoriées. 53 placettes ont été placées sur trois sites choisis pour caractériser les communautés présentes le long du gradient de dégradation : forêts, forêts dégradées, savanes boisées, savanes arborées et savanes herbeuses. Au sein de ces placettes l’ensemble des espèces forestières ont été identifiées. Le sol a été caractérisé physiquement et chimiquement. La mesure de la biomasse herbacée a également été réalisée sur le gradient de dégradation. Les filtres sociaux ont été analysés aux travers de 35 enquêtes menées dans 4 villages de la plaine afin de comprendre leur mode d’agriculture, leur vision de l’arbre et la possibilité d’insérer un mode de culture de type agroforestier. Les grandes communautés caractéristiques de cet écosystème ont été mises en évidence, illustrant ainsi la richesse des dernières taches forestières présentes dans la plaine. Le type de sol est significativement corrélé à la répartition des communautés. Les essences présentes en savanes sont différentes de celles présentes en forêts pour un même type de sol. La biomasse herbacée est un filtre significatif à la régénération de la forêt favorisant la présence d’espèces tolérantes au feu. La modification des conditions chimiques du sol suite à la production de charbon de bois / agriculture n’est pas apparue comme un filtre majeur de la restauration. Les enquêtes nous ont permis de recenser une liste d’espèces utiles pour la production de charbon de bois, de bois de construction, etc d’après la vision des villageois. Néanmoins, les pratiques villageoises actuelles ne montrent pas d’intérêt à la préservation de ces espèces. Leur système de culture et leurs connaissances semblent tournés vers un mode culture de plus en plus intensif, mono-spécifique et tourné vers l’utilisation de fertilisants. Le problème majeur d’accès à la ressource en bois ne semble pas être dans la conscience de la population alors que la déforestation ne cesse de croitre. [less ▲]

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See detailInsight into the mechanisms underlying the oncogenic potential of BCL-3 through transcriptomic studies
Zhang, Xin ULg

Doctoral thesis (2013)

The abstract will be available after the corresponding papers are published. For more information, please contact Dr. Alain Chariot.

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See detailFaut-il opérer un cancer du col utérin après radiochimiothérapie initiale?
Ferron, G.; DE CUYPERE, Marjolein ULg; Querleu, D. et al

Conference (2013, December 19)

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See detailPeut-on concilier la phytostabilisation des sols pollués avec la conservation des espèces cupro-cobalticoles dans la région de Lubumbashi (R. D. Congo) ?
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Collignon, Julien; Ngoy Shutcha, Mylor et al

Conference (2013, December 19)

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