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See detailMise en oeuvre du Programme de Gestion Durable de l'Azote à l'échelle de deux petits bassins versants (Arquennes - Belgique) et évaluation d'impact par le suivi des flux de nitrate aux exutoires et par modélisation numérique
Deneufbourg, Mathieu ULg; Vandenberghe, Christophe ULg; Gaule, David et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013, April), 17(S1), 164-176

Four water catchments used by the Walloon Society of Water (SWDE) in the rural village of Arquennes (Province of Hainaut, Belgium) have been contaminated by nitrate (concentrations between 60 and 70 mg ... [more ▼]

Four water catchments used by the Walloon Society of Water (SWDE) in the rural village of Arquennes (Province of Hainaut, Belgium) have been contaminated by nitrate (concentrations between 60 and 70 mg NO3-·l-1) for several years. The catchment basins (31 ha and 47 ha) are located exclusively in a cultivated area on loamy soils. Since October 2004, these basins have been used as a pilot area for the environmental evaluation of good agricultural practices as regards nitrogen management (adaptation of amounts of mineral nitrogen fertilizers, farm manure management, soil cover after harvest, etc.) thanks to monitoring by farmers. This approach fits into the general pattern of the Sustainable Nitrogen Management Program (PGDA in French), which implements the European Nitrates Directive as part of Walloon legislation. The second objective of the working scheme is to study and to set up a decision-making tool aimed at preventing the contamination of water by agricultural nitrate around water catchments. Two numerical models (SWAT and FEFLOW®) were used together in order to simulate the passage of water and nitrogen from the soil surface to the water catchments outlets. Calibration and validation of models were based, among other things, on soil and subsoil characterization and on tracer testing in both saturated and unsaturated zones. Moreover crop yield, farming practices, water and nitrate fluxes in water catchments, groundwater levels and nitrate concentration in groundwater were monitored for eight years. The results of simulations show that the application of PGDA in Arquennes watersheds would lead to a decrease in nitrate concentration (to almost 50 mg NO3-·l-1) in water catchments in 2012. This expected improvement in water quality has been visible since 2009 in water catchments, with mean nitrate concentrations of lower than 50 mg NO3-·l-1 at the end of 2012. [less ▲]

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See detailSuivi de la lixiviation du nitrate en plein champ par la technique lysimétrique : retour de huit années d'expérience
Deneufbourg, Mathieu ULg; Vandenberghe, Christophe ULg; Heens et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(S1), 177-186

Since 2003, nitrate leaching has been monitored in six plots located in a loamy area (Hesbaye, Belgium), mainly dedicated to wheat, sugarbeet and vegetable crops. Open-field lysimeters have been used in ... [more ▼]

Since 2003, nitrate leaching has been monitored in six plots located in a loamy area (Hesbaye, Belgium), mainly dedicated to wheat, sugarbeet and vegetable crops. Open-field lysimeters have been used in order not to impede agricultural operations. Lysimeters are used as follow-up tools to quantify the amounts of nitrate leaching below the root zone. This study aims to evaluate the suitability of PLN (Potentially Leachable Nitrogen – APL in French) defined in the Sustainable Nitrogen Management Program (PGDA in French) as an environmental indicator by relating nitrogen management practices (including fertilization recommendations) to PLN values and groundwater quality. This study demonstrates that lysimeters are efficient in collecting representative amounts of leaching water. Lysimeters show that PLN is identified as being related to the nitrate content in leaching water, which will not be taken up by the next crop. The amount of nitrate leaching below the root zone demonstrates the necessity and the relevance of the organic nitrogen spreading limits defined in the Sustainable Nitrogen Management Program. The lysimeter tool also shows that respect for leaching water quality standards under agricultural plots needs to be considered from an integrated and generalized approach, taking into account complete crop sequences and rotations, including rational fertilization rates and the introduction of catch crops in rotation. Some suitable or unsuitable crop sequences with regard to good groundwater quality are listed. [less ▲]

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See detailGestion durable de l'azote au-delà de la seule problématique "nitrate"
Bodson, Bernard ULg; Vandenberghe, Christophe ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17s1

The aim of the sustainable management of nitrogen is to reduce dramatically the risk of nitrogen leaching into groundwater. Regulations and recommendations have resulted in a more judicious use of manure ... [more ▼]

The aim of the sustainable management of nitrogen is to reduce dramatically the risk of nitrogen leaching into groundwater. Regulations and recommendations have resulted in a more judicious use of manure as a mineral fertilizer to benefit both the environment and farmers. Rehabilitating leguminous plants into our rotations and our forage areas needs to become a priority. These plants can partially substitute for imported soya and, at the same time, synthesize the free nitrogen available to plants. Management of intercropping and in particular of catch crops can no longer be limited to the single issue of nitrate in water. Integrated crop protection and risk reduction of greenhouse gas emissions also need to be taken into account and flexibility needs to be incorporated into the implementation of these intercropping rules. [less ▲]

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See detailKivuguto traditional fermented milk and the dairy industry in Rwanda. A review
Karenzi, Eugène ULg; Mashaku, Albert; Nshimiyimana, Alphonse M. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(2), 383-391

Traditional methods of fermenting milk involve the use of indigenous microorganisms, leading to the production of a variety of tastes in fermented milk products. Kivuguto is a fermented milk product ... [more ▼]

Traditional methods of fermenting milk involve the use of indigenous microorganisms, leading to the production of a variety of tastes in fermented milk products. Kivuguto is a fermented milk product, which is popular in Rwanda. Kivuguto is produced by traditional spontaneous acidification of raw milk by a microflora present both on utensils and containers used for milk preservation and in the near environment of cattle. Thus, this method does not allow the shelf stability of the product. Faced to such a situation, modern dairies now produce fermented milk and other dairy products using exotic strains. The main objectives of this paper are firstly, to provide documentation on the traditional production of kivuguto, as well as its by-products, and secondly, to describe the current situation of the dairy industry in Rwanda. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferent methods for spatial interpolation of rainfall data for operational hydrology and hydrological modeling at watershed scale: a review
Ly, Sarann ULg; Charles, Catherine ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(2), 392-406

Watershed management and hydrological modeling require data related to the very important matter of precipitation, often measured using raingages or weather stations. Hydrological models often require a ... [more ▼]

Watershed management and hydrological modeling require data related to the very important matter of precipitation, often measured using raingages or weather stations. Hydrological models often require a preliminary spatial interpolation as part of the modeling process. The success of spatial interpolation varies according to the type of model chosen, its mode of geographical management and the resolution used. The quality of a result is determined by the quality of the continuous spatial rainfall which ensues from the interpolation method used. The objective of this article is to review the existing methods for interpolation of rainfall data that are usually required in hydrological modeling. We review the basis for the application of certain common methods and geostatistical approaches used in interpolation of rainfall. Previous studies have highlighted the need for new research to investigate ways of improving the quality of rainfall data and ultimately, the quality of hydrological modeling. [less ▲]

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See detailBacteriological assessment of smoked game meat in Lubumbashi, D.R.C.
Kabwang a Mpalang, Rosette; Kakubu a Mpalang, Mireille; Mukeng Kaut, Clarence et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17

The bacteriological quality of smoked game meat in Lubumbashi has not been studied much to date. The present study focused on the analysis of 182 samples of smoked game meat from three species, Syncerus ... [more ▼]

The bacteriological quality of smoked game meat in Lubumbashi has not been studied much to date. The present study focused on the analysis of 182 samples of smoked game meat from three species, Syncerus caffer (n = 63), Phacochoerus aethiopicus (n = 60) and Sylvicapra grimmia (n = 59), sold at retail outlets in Lubumbashi. The isolation of Escherichia coli from 81.3% of samples (mean 4.87 ± 0.6 log10 CFU.g-1 of sample) confirms significant faecal contamination of smoked game meat. The study has determined by culture prevalences of 0.0%, 4.3% [CI95% 1.4-7.4], 3.8% [CI95% 1.1-6.6] and 14.2% [CI95% 9.2-19.4] respectively for Shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC), Salmonella spp., Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli. Using Polymerase Chain Reaction, these prevalences were of 2.2% [IC95% 0.1-4.3], 6.0% [IC95% 2.6-9.5], 3.8% [IC95% 1.1-6.6] and 15.9% [IC95% 10.6-21.3] respectively for STEC, Salmonella spp., C. jejuni and C. coli. Syncerus caffer was established as a potential vehicle of STEC carrying stx1 gene (3.2%), stx2 gene (1.6%) and the combination of stx2 and eae genes (1.6%). On the basis of these data, we suggested the need for developing monitoring plans of the production, preparation, handling and distribution of smoked game meat in Lubumbashi. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the third Action Programme. Recommendations for regulatory and scientific research
Vandenberghe, Christophe ULg; Destain, Jean-Pierre ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(SPL1), 301-306

In accordance with the Nitrates Directive, the third "Durable Nitrogen Management Plan" (PGDA) will be soon reviewed in Wallonia (Belgium). The second "Nitrate - Water" workshop took place between 28th ... [more ▼]

In accordance with the Nitrates Directive, the third "Durable Nitrogen Management Plan" (PGDA) will be soon reviewed in Wallonia (Belgium). The second "Nitrate - Water" workshop took place between 28th May and 1st June 2012. The workshop was attended by both Belgian scientists (Université catholique de Louvain - UCL, Walloon Agricultural Research Center CRA-W, Université de Liège - ULg, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech) and French scientists (National Institute for Agricultural Research - INRA). In the light of the results of experiments presented by scientists at this workshop, modifications to the PGDA are now recommended. These concern organic and mineral nitrogen fertilization for crops and meadows; catch crops; soil nitrate-nitrogen residue limitation in autumn, at the start of the nitrate leaching period; the management of meadow ploughing and a modification of the dairy cow standard for nitrogen production. [less ▲]

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See detailMunkoyo : des racines comme sources potentielles en enzymes amylolytiques et une boisson fermentée traditionnelle (synthèse bibliographique)
Foma, Roland Kibwega; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Kayisu, Kalenga et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(2), 352-363

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See detailTÉvolution des connaissances sur les fonctionnalités de la fraction protéose-peptone du lait: Propriétés techno-fonctionnelles et biologiques (synthèse bibliographique)
Karamoko, Gaoussou ULg; Anihouvi, Prudent; Blecker, Christophe ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(2), 373-382

he total proteose-peptone fraction (TPP) is defined as a heat-stable soluble fraction of milk, representing about 10% of the whey protein. TPP is divided into two classes according to its origin. The ... [more ▼]

he total proteose-peptone fraction (TPP) is defined as a heat-stable soluble fraction of milk, representing about 10% of the whey protein. TPP is divided into two classes according to its origin. The first class consists of proteolysis fragments of the β-casein from the N-terminal region. These are non-hydrophobic fractions, which are the highly soluble β-CN-5P (f1-105/107); β-CN-4P (f1-28) and β-CN-1P (f29-105/107) respectively called PP5 (14.3 kDa), PP8S (9.9 kDa), and PP8F (4 kDa). The second class includes the hydrophobic fractions of glycoproteins, whose major constituents are a glycoprotein LP28, the highly hydrophobic glycoprotein LP18 and a hydrophobic peptide with apparent Mr, respectively 28 kDa, 18 kDa and 11 kDa. TPP has numerous interesting characteristics such as techno-functional properties (emulsifying and foaming actions) and biological properties (lipolysis inhibition and antimicrobial activities), making TPP usable as a potential functional ingredient for industry. In addition, these functional properties are partly governed by the major components including glycoproteins, such as LP28, due to their hydrophobic nature. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une intégration du sorgho comme matière première pour la brasserie moderne (synthèse bibliographique)
Bwanganga Tawaba, J.-C.; Ba, K.; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(4), 622-633

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See detailPheromone-based management strategies to control the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). A review
Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Verheggen, François ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(3), 475-482

We here review pheromone control strategies for species-specific and environmentally safe management of the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). This insect pest originates from ... [more ▼]

We here review pheromone control strategies for species-specific and environmentally safe management of the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). This insect pest originates from South America and is now considered to be one of the most damaging invasive pests of tomatoes in the Mediterranean Basin countries of Europe and North Africa. After presenting the general principles of sex pheromone-based control strategies, we describe strategies used to control T. absoluta including pest detection, population monitoring, mass annihilation and mating disruption techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailAmélioration des bilans d'excrétion d'azote dans deux exploitations laitières de la région wallonne par un suivi raisonné des rations
Knapp, Emilie ULg; Istasse, Louis ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17

Deux exploitations laitières situées l'une en Pays de Herve et l'autre en Ardenne ont fait l'objet de suivis réalisés en vue de déterminer les bilans d'excrétion azotée. Dans la première exploitation, les ... [more ▼]

Deux exploitations laitières situées l'une en Pays de Herve et l'autre en Ardenne ont fait l'objet de suivis réalisés en vue de déterminer les bilans d'excrétion azotée. Dans la première exploitation, les vaches étaient divisées en deux groupes, à savoir le groupes de hautes productrices (HP) et le groupe des basses productrices (BP), chaque groupe recevant une ration spécifique. Dans la seconde exploitation, les animaux constituaient un seul groupe. [less ▲]

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See detailThe development of knowledge regarding the characteristics of the proteose peptone fraction of milk: Techno-functional and biological properties. A review
Karamoko, Gaoussou ULg; Anihouvi, Prudent; Blecker, Christophe ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(2), 373-382

The total proteose-peptone fraction (TPP) is defined as a heat-stable soluble fraction of milk, representing about 10% of the whey protein. TPP is divided into two classes according to its origin. The ... [more ▼]

The total proteose-peptone fraction (TPP) is defined as a heat-stable soluble fraction of milk, representing about 10% of the whey protein. TPP is divided into two classes according to its origin. The first class consists of proteolysis fragments of the β-casein from the N-terminal region. These are non-hydrophobic fractions, which are the highly soluble β-CN-5P (f1-105/107); β-CN-4P (f1-28) and β-CN-1P (f29-105/107) respectively called PP5 (14.3 kDa), PP8S (9.9 kDa), and PP8F (4 kDa). The second class includes the hydrophobic fractions of glycoproteins, whose major constituents are a glycoprotein LP28, the highly hydrophobic glycoprotein LP18 and a hydrophobic peptide with apparent Mr, respectively 28 kDa, 18 kDa and 11 kDa. TPP has numerous interesting characteristics such as techno-functional properties (emulsifying and foaming actions) and biological properties (lipolysis inhibition and antimicrobial activities), making TPP usable as a potential functional ingredient for industry. In addition, these functional properties are partly governed by the major components including glycoproteins, such as LP28, due to their hydrophobic nature. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetics of body condition score as an indicator of dairy cattle fertility. A review
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(1), 64-75

Body condition score (BCS) is a subjective measure of the amount of metabolizable energy stored in a live animal. Change in BCS of dairy cows is considered to be an indicator of the extent and the ... [more ▼]

Body condition score (BCS) is a subjective measure of the amount of metabolizable energy stored in a live animal. Change in BCS of dairy cows is considered to be an indicator of the extent and the duration of postpartum negative energy balance. Although change in BCS over lactation is lowly heritable, heritability estimates of level of BCS range from 0.20 to 0.50. Also, BCS tends to be more heritable in mid-lactation indicating that genetic differences are more related to how well cows recover from the negative energy balance state. BCS measurements are generally highly correlated within and between lactations. Genetic correlations with BCS are unfavorable for milk, fat, and protein yield, suggesting that genetically superior producers tend to have lower BCS, especially during the lactation. Genetic correlations are generally moderate and favorable with fertility indicating that cows with higher levels of BCS would have a greater chance to conceive after insemination and fewer number of days when not pregnant. Because direct selection to improve fertility might be complicated by several factors, selection for higher levels of BCS, especially in mid-lactation, appears to be a good option to indirectly improve fertility in dairy cows. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance nutritionnelle du manioc et perspectives pour l’alimentation de base au Sénégal (synthèse bibliographique)
Diallo, Younoussa; Gueye, Momar Talla; Sakho, Mama et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(4), 634-643

Cassava is one of the main plants and starchy roots grown in the world. In 2008, the total yield of cassava in West Africa represented 29% of the world production. However, in many West African countries ... [more ▼]

Cassava is one of the main plants and starchy roots grown in the world. In 2008, the total yield of cassava in West Africa represented 29% of the world production. However, in many West African countries such as Senegal, cassava is not used as a staple food. In fact, the processing techniques used for cassava are poorly known. In addition, the chemical composition of local cassava varieties has not yet been determined, nor has their toxicity been assessed. In 2004, showing an aggressive agricultural policy and revived interest, the Senegalese government launched a major program for intensifying the production of cassava for food security purposes. Cassava is an important source of calories and can be an interesting option for imported rice and wheat. Although many food products made from cassava are well known in the region, their use in the Senegalese diet is rare. Nevertheless, these cassava products are found as delicacies in some restaurants, and are consumed by the Senegalese and many other Africans. The objective of the present study is to demonstrate the nutritional value and the dietary possibilities of using cassava as a staple food in Senegal. [less ▲]

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See detailL’impact d’un Système Public d’Information sur l’intégration et l’efficacité des marchés : une application du modèle « Parity Bounds » au cas du maïs au Bénin
Kpenavoun Chogou, Sylvain; Adegbidi, Anselme; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(2), 332-343

During the 1990s, agricultural market reforms prevailed within the economic liberalization undertaken in many sub-Saharan countries. In these countries, government intervention in the commodity markets ... [more ▼]

During the 1990s, agricultural market reforms prevailed within the economic liberalization undertaken in many sub-Saharan countries. In these countries, government intervention in the commodity markets through marketing boards or parastatal organizations was abandoned in favor of new market reforms. Public Market Information Systems (PMIS) thus emerged as part of these reforms. Even though great positive impacts were expected from these reforms, little empirical work has been carried out to evaluate their effects. This article investigates how PMIS has affected the market performance of maize, a major staple food crop in Benin. We use a modified version of the Parity Bounds Model (PBM). This method allows the estimation of the rates of spatial market efficiency or integration, but also the estimation of the rates of market arbitrage, autarky, profitable opportunities and the violation of market arbitrage conditions. Results showed that Benin’s agricultural sector suffered from a lack of quality training in how to follow the government-supported market information system implemented in the early 1990s. Subsequently, PMIS did not significantly improve the degree of market integration, although the reforms did induce new marketing opportunities. Results also showed that the impact of PMIS is limited by other market imperfections, such as entry barriers for non-residents or for persons not in local informal trade organizations, and the non-transparent enforcement of formal regulations. This study therefore recommends the implementation of more efficiency-raising policies in order to encourage competition and to allow PMIS to fulfill the expectations of farmers and consumers. Improving food producers and traders’ access to reliable information will allow them to better exploit the market opportunities induced by the reforms. [less ▲]

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See detailCola pierlotii R.Germ. : étude de la composition chimique de la graine
Lognay, Georges ULg; Wathelet, Bernard ULg; Maesen, Philippe ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(2), 309-311

This note reports the first analysis of the chemical composition of Cola pierlotii seed. It compares the recorded values with various literature data on Cola nitida and Cola acuminata that are the two ... [more ▼]

This note reports the first analysis of the chemical composition of Cola pierlotii seed. It compares the recorded values with various literature data on Cola nitida and Cola acuminata that are the two most used species or as agent flavor or as a precursor drugs. Cola pierlotii is characterized in particular by a high caffeine content up to 1.27%. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of physicochemical processes involved in agrochemical spray retention
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013)

This review provides a broad view of the processes and parameters involved in applying agrochemicals to the leaves of field crops. Treatment efficiency is assessed using macroscopic and microscopic ... [more ▼]

This review provides a broad view of the processes and parameters involved in applying agrochemicals to the leaves of field crops. Treatment efficiency is assessed using macroscopic and microscopic approaches to investigate spray retention. With the macroscopic approach, aspects related to spray coarseness, carrier volume, leaf wettability, plant architecture, crop density and additives are addressed. Comparative studies have highlighted the wide variability in spray retention as a function of these parameters. They have failed, however, to describe the underlying physical relationships clearly enough to generalize the results. These relationships are better investigated using a microscopic approach, where drop impact behavior is established in relation to target surface and fluid properties. The wetting regime (either Wenzel or Cassie-Baxter) depends on the leaf surface microscopic roughness ratio (r) and chemical nature, fluid dynamic surface tension and drop impact energy. Adhesion, rebound and disintegration have been observed successively with increasing drop impact energy. Transitions between impact outcomes are influenced by fluid rheology and the dynamic surface tension of the fluid. The effect of surface orientation remains poorly explored, but it seems to have a limited influence on retention. Recent fundamental studies on superhydrophobicity and wetting should help practitioners in their search for an ever more rational application of agrochemicals. They could also drive the development of new systematic retention testing methods. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence de facteurs environnementaux influençant la teneur en urée dans le lait de vache en Wallonie et estimation des rejets azotés
Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Istasse, Louis ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17

En Wallonie, les teneurs en urée du lait de tank sont déterminées dans toutes les fermes lors de chaque livraison à la laiterie par le Comité du lait. Un total de 8 295 337 données récoltées pendant ... [more ▼]

En Wallonie, les teneurs en urée du lait de tank sont déterminées dans toutes les fermes lors de chaque livraison à la laiterie par le Comité du lait. Un total de 8 295 337 données récoltées pendant l’année 2000 et la période 2002-2011 ont été analysées à l’aide d’un modèle linéaire. Les effets fixes de la région agricole ou de l’appartenance à la zone vulnérable, du mois, de l’année, des interactions entre ces paramètres ont été inclus dans le modèle. Les teneurs en matières grasse et protéique ont été utilisées comme covariables. La moyenne des teneurs en urée dans le lait a été de 255 mg.l-1. Les modèles ont permis d’expliquer 38 % et 35 % des variations des teneurs en urée pour la région agricole et pour la zone vulnérable respectivement. À l’intérieur de ces modèles, le mois, la région, l’année et l’interaction mois – année ont été les composantes les plus explicatives. Les teneurs en urée ont été plus élevées pendant la période d’avril à octobre et les plus faibles pendant la période de novembre à mars (287 vs 210 mg.l-1). Cette observation peut être expliquée par le changement de ration. Pendant la période estivale, l’herbe constitue une part variable dans la ration et peut apporter une quantité d’azote excédentaire par rapport aux besoins des animaux. Quatre pour cent des observations ont été supérieures à 350 mg.l-1 pendant la période de novembre à mars et 14 % à 400 mg.l-1 pendant la période d’avril à octobre. Dans les régions agricoles limoneuse et sablo-limoneuse, les teneurs en urée ont été plus faibles qu’en Haute Ardenne et en Ardenne (223 et 220 mg vs 278 et 284 mg.l-1 respectivement). Dans la zone vulnérable, les teneurs en urée ont été plus basses que dans la zone non vulnérable (236 vs 273 mg.l-1). Les rejets annuels azotés calculés à partir de différentes équations ont varié de 82 à 119 kg N par vache selon la région agricole. [less ▲]

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See detailReview: Milk composition as management tool of sustainability
Arnould, Valérie ULg; Reding, Romain; Bormann, Jeanne et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(4), 613-621

The main objective of this paper is the use of milk composition data as a management tool. Milk composition, and in particular, milk fat content and fatty acid profiles may be significantly altered due to ... [more ▼]

The main objective of this paper is the use of milk composition data as a management tool. Milk composition, and in particular, milk fat content and fatty acid profiles may be significantly altered due to a variety of factors. These factors are reviewed in the literature; they include diet, animal (genetic) selection, management aspects and animal health. Changes in milk composition can be used as an indicator of the animal’s metabolic status or the efficiency of the feed management system. The advantages of using this kind of data as a management tool would be to allow the early detection of metabolic or management problems. The present review suggests that milk and, especially milk fat composition may be used as a sustainability management tool and as a monitoring and prevention tool for several pathologies or health disorders in dairy cattle. Further, due to the use of MIR technology, these tools may be easily implemented in practice and are relatively cheap. In the field, milk labs or milk recording agencies would be able to alert farmers whenever threshold values for disease were reached, allowing them to improve their dairy production from an economic, ecological and animal (welfare) point of view. [less ▲]

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