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See detailIMPLEMENTATION OF A METAL STRUCTURED PACKING IN A FUNGAL BIOFILM REACTOR FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A RECOMBINANT PROTEIN BY ASPERGILLUS ORYZAE
Zune, Quentin ULg; Delepierre, Anissa; Toye, Dominique ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2014, February 07)

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See detailUsing micro-injection technique to assess fungal toxicity in mosquito control
Bawin, Thomas ULg; Boukraa, Slimane; Seye, Fawrou et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2014, February 07), 79(1), 181-185

Topical application of insecticidal compounds allows directly exposing these substances on insect tissues and measuring their toxicity while ignoring many factors. However, this technique remains ... [more ▼]

Topical application of insecticidal compounds allows directly exposing these substances on insect tissues and measuring their toxicity while ignoring many factors. However, this technique remains difficult to apply on mosquito larvae considering their aquatic lifestyle. Micro-injection could be used for the direct deposition of toxic compounds in the larvae. Capillaries exhibiting an injection tip with an external diameter of 0.5 mm have been designed from silica tubes. For each treatment, a capillary is mounted on a pump connected to a flow rate regulator. Culex quinquefasciatus larvae were injected with 10^7 spores/ml of entomopathogenic fungi (Aspergillus clavatus, Metarhizium anisopliae, Metarhizium sp.). Mortalities were recorded daily during 72h. The distribution of spores stained with methylene blue and injected into the body of larvae was also observed according to the system described. Results showed that spores were distributed over the whole body. The injection of Aspergillus clavatus, Metarhizium anisopliae and Metarhizium sp spores induced corrected mortalities of 62%, 53% and 57% after 72h, and differed statistically from control groups. Finally, post-mortem emergences of filaments from dead larvae were observed in the case of the three fungal strains confirming spore viability. Injection of inactivated spores (or inert bodies of similar size) could help to reject the hypothesis of a response due to the presence of foreign bodies. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysico-chemical properties and aroma profile of Acacia Honey produced in Romania
Madas, Mariana-Niculina ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Marghitas, L.A. et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2014, February 07), 79(1), 133-135

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See detailDevelopment of a colorimetric method for the dosage of OI- anions and I2 in aqueous media
Bafort, Françoise ULg; Barthelemy, Jean-Paul ULg; Parisi, Olivier ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2014), 79(1), 155-160

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See detailA volatile sex pheromone in the invasive ladybeetle Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)
Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Fischer, Christophe ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2014), 79(1), 79-81

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See detailYearly Follow-up of Methane Turbulent Exchange Over an Intensively Grazed Pasture in Belgium
Dumortier, Pierre ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2014), 79(1), 91-96

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See detailSilky bent grass resistance to herbicides: one year of monitoring in Belgium
Henriet, François; Bodson, Bernard ULg; Meza Morales, Walter ULg

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013, May 21), 78(3), 665-670

Silky bent grass (Apera spica-venti (L.) P. Beauv.) is a common weed of cereal crops widely spread in Northern and Easthern Europe (Germany, Czech Republic, ...), Northern Asia, Sibera and Canada. Up to ... [more ▼]

Silky bent grass (Apera spica-venti (L.) P. Beauv.) is a common weed of cereal crops widely spread in Northern and Easthern Europe (Germany, Czech Republic, ...), Northern Asia, Sibera and Canada. Up to now, no resistant case has been detected in Belgium but some chemical weeding failures have been observed in Wallonia fields. During summer 2011, 37 seed samples of Apera spica-venti were collected in Wallonia and submitted to resistance tests in controlled conditions. Three modes of action were tested: acetyl coenzyme-A carboxylase inhibitors (pinoxaden and cycloxydim), acetolactate synthase inhibitores (mesosulfuron+iodosulfuron, pytroxsulam and sulfometuron) and photosynthesis inhibitors (isoproturon). One susceptible standard population was included in the test in order to validate it and to permit wild populations classification according to "R" rating system developed by Moss et al (2007). Most of populations were susceptible but some populations showed resistance to at least one of the three tested modes of action. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-speed imaging use to predict spray retention on barley leaves
Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013, May 21), Vol 78(2)(1-386 (2013)), 31-36

Laboratory studies were conducted to validate the effectiveness of the use of high-speed imaging method to replace chemical nalysis by fluoremetrie. Measurements were performed with a high-speed camera ... [more ▼]

Laboratory studies were conducted to validate the effectiveness of the use of high-speed imaging method to replace chemical nalysis by fluoremetrie. Measurements were performed with a high-speed camera coupled with a retro-LED lighting. Size and velocity of the drop were extracted by image analysis. Drop impact types were determined by the operator. Drops were produced with a flat-fan nozzle mounted on a movable ramp. Two surfactants (Break-Thru® S240 and Li700 ®) were sprayed on BBCH 12 barley leaves to highlight the effect of the reduction of surface tension. Relative volume proportions were computed within of an energy scale divided into 11 classes based on the Weber number. results are compared to the results of the chemical analysis by spectrofluerometry. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of an experimental device allowing plant-plant interaction studies and in situ dynamic trapping of volatile organic compounds emitted by barley (Hordeum distichon L.) roots
Delory, Benjamin ULg; Delaplace, Pierre ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013, February 08), 78(1), 97-102

In response to wounding or herbivore attack, leaves and roots of higher plants release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). To date, VOCs analysis and plant−plant interaction studies have been mainly ... [more ▼]

In response to wounding or herbivore attack, leaves and roots of higher plants release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). To date, VOCs analysis and plant−plant interaction studies have been mainly performed on aboveground plant tissues, leaving the roles played by root VOCs in plant−plant interaction unexplored. In this context, this project aims at setting up an original experimental device allowing both dynamic trapping of VOCs emitted by mechanically damaged H. distichon roots and the study of the roles played by root VOCs in intra and interspecific plant−plant interactions. The experimental device consists of Barley seedlings cultivated in closed PTFE reactors filled with wet sand. Before being analysed by gas chromatography−mass spectrometry, root VOCs are trapped via a dynamic system on Tenax cartridges using a charcoal-filtered and humidified air. Preliminary results show that 7 day-old wounded Barley roots emit C9 fatty acid derivatives (E-non-2-enal and nona-2,6-dienal) as major compounds, contrasting with aboveground plant tissues that mainly emit C6 alcohols, aldehydes, and their derivative esters. For plant−plant interaction studies, receiver plants are exposed to an airflow enriched with VOCs from root damaged Barley plants of the same age. [less ▲]

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See detailLong term measurements of volatile organic compounds exchanges above a maize field at Lonzee (Belgium)
Bachy, Aurélie ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg; SALERNO, Giovanni ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013, February), 78(1), 127-132

VOC (volatile organic compounds) include a wide set of molecules which are mostly emitted by the plants. Atmospheric scientists are strongly interested in these compounds because of their important role ... [more ▼]

VOC (volatile organic compounds) include a wide set of molecules which are mostly emitted by the plants. Atmospheric scientists are strongly interested in these compounds because of their important role in the atmospheric chemistry and their final impact on air pollution and climate change. Evaluation of current and future VOC emissions is thus necessary and requires a comprehensive understanding of VOC production and exchange dynamics under a wide panel of climatic conditions and ecosystems. Forest and non pastured grasslands have been largely studied for the last decade. However, knowledge about VOC fluxes from croplands remains scarce. Our study focuses on the VOC exchanges between a maize field and the atmosphere. It is incorporated in a wider project that aims to study VOC fluxes from two croplands (maize and winter wheat) and a pastured grassland. VOC fluxes have been measured on a maize field during the whole growing season using a micrometeorological method (eddy covariance). While first results show half-hourly bidirectionnal exchanges among all the preselected compounds, in average methanol stands for the greatest emitted VOC, followed by green leaf volatiles, and acetic acid is the greatest taken up VOC. Small isoprene and monoterpenes fluxes are also observed. A diurnal pattern is found for all those VOC, with greater emission/uptake during the day, suggesting a flux dependence on environmental parameters. These environmental controls will be further investigated [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a test to assess the Banana Bunchy Top Virus transmissibility through direct analysis of its aphid vector Pentalonia nigronervosa
De Clerck, Caroline ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013), 78(1), 49-54

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See detailStudy on the sensitivity of three oat varieties to the saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae)
Censier, Florence ULg; Chavalle, Sandrine; San Martin y Gomez, Gilles et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013), 78

The saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser, 1840) is a univoltine pest of cereals which occurs in Europe. The larvae feed on stems and attractive saddle-shaped depressions, driving to ... [more ▼]

The saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser, 1840) is a univoltine pest of cereals which occurs in Europe. The larvae feed on stems and attractive saddle-shaped depressions, driving to important yield losses when the galls are numerous. After 40 years without any reporting, large populations of H. marginata and important damage have been observed since 2010 in wheat crops in Belgium, especially in the Flemish Polders where clay soils and intensive farming of cereals favour heavy infestations. According to some research conducted in the 1960s during the last outbreak, oat (Avena sativa L.) is known to be one of the less favourable hosts to the saddle gall midge. Our study was performed in order to assess the host sensitivity of three oat varieties currently grown in Belgium: EVITA, EFFEKTIV and FREDDY. Therefore, oat varieties were sown on infested soil in two separate enclosures in a glasshouse. In the first enclosure, only the three oat varieties were grown; in the second one, these three oat varieties were grown together with two varieties of spring wheat: GRANNY and KWS CHAMSIN. Two parameters were measured: the percentage of leaves with laid eggs, and the number of galls per stem. The percentage of leaves with eggs showed that the infestation was significantly lower on oats when they were in presence of wheat. The egg infestation was also significantly higher on wheat than on oat, which means oat is a much less favourable host plant than spring wheat for egg laying. Oat varieties were significantly different from each other regarding the number of galls per stem, but with very little damage compared to wheat. The FREDDY variety even seemed to be completely resistant to saddle gall midge, as no galls were observed although there was a similar percentage of leaves with eggs for the three oat varieties. Cropping oat could thus contribute to reduce infestations of H. marginata. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of mechanical weeding on wild Chamomile populations in winter wheat crop
Jaunard, Delphine ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg; Henriet, François et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2012, May 22)

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See detailEstimation of genetic parameters for methane indicator traits based on milk fatty acids in dual purpose Belgian blue cattle
Kandel, Purna Bhadra ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2012, February 10), 77(1), 21-25

The genetic parameters of CH4 indicators were estimated by single trait test-day models from 16,825 records collected on Walloon Dual Purpose Belgium Blue cows in their first 3 lactations. Fatty acid ... [more ▼]

The genetic parameters of CH4 indicators were estimated by single trait test-day models from 16,825 records collected on Walloon Dual Purpose Belgium Blue cows in their first 3 lactations. Fatty acid based CH4 indicators published in the literature were predicted from milk mid-infrared spectra using 597 calibration samples. For the indicator showing the highest link (R2 =0.88) with SF6 CH4 data, the average daily heritability was 0.21, 0.20 and 0.10 for each lactation, respectively. The sire genetic variability was on average 2.82 kg2 of CH4 per lactation. The genetic difference between the sires having cows eructing higher and lower CH4 was 10 kg of CH4 averaged per lactation. In conclusion, CH4 indicators can be predicted by MIR and the genetic variability of these traits seems to exist. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical control of Haplodiplosis marginata (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae)
Censier, Florence ULg; Chavalle, Sandrine; Wittouck, Daniël et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2012), 77(4), 667-675

The saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser), has been detected in Belgium since 2010, after several decades without any reporting. It had indeed caused serious damages between 1965 and 1970 ... [more ▼]

The saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser), has been detected in Belgium since 2010, after several decades without any reporting. It had indeed caused serious damages between 1965 and 1970. This insect is a European cereal pest whose larvae feed on stems and engender saddle-shaped depressions, resulting in yield losses. Face with the resurgence of this pest, it was decided to study its spatial distribution and, because serious damages were observed in some regions, to develop effective curative control. To date, chemical protection seems to be the only immediate solution in case of heavy emergences. Experimentation was conducted in a highly infested field (Meetkerke, Belgian Polders), according to a randomized complete blocks arrangement with four replications. Foremost, a lambdacyhalothrin-based insecticide was used to evaluate efficiency of several protection schemes, ranging between one and four spray(s). The large spread of flights observed during the 2011 spring allowed to highlight the effect of treatment date on the attack intensity and also on the galls distribution along the stem, on the different internodes: the lower internodes were protected by the early sprayings, while last sprayings induced reduction of galls number on the upper internodes. Moreover, several insecticides already registrated in cereals against aphids were compared for their efficacy against saddle gall midge. Studied pyrethroids have shown a very good efficacy, ranging between 75 % and 87 %, when applied twice with a 2 weeks interval. To be efficient, insecticide applications must thus be synchronized with the flights and egg-laying periods. Monitoring the phenology of flights is thus essential as part of integrated pest management against saddle gall midge. [less ▲]

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See detailDo root-emitted volatile organic compounds attract wireworms?
Barsics, Fanny ULg; Latine, Rémi ULg; Gfeller, Aurélie ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2012), 77(3), 561-567

Wireworms are the soil dwelling larvae of click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Their importance as crop pests increases since the efficient chemical means to control them cannot be considered anymore ... [more ▼]

Wireworms are the soil dwelling larvae of click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Their importance as crop pests increases since the efficient chemical means to control them cannot be considered anymore. Therefore, many integrated pest management strategies have been investigated in the past few years. Most of them rely on the understanding of the ecology of the click beetles during their whole life cycle. We focus our work on the chemical ecology of wireworms, more precisely on the root-emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that might intervene in the food-searching process of the larvae by helping them to find a suitable host-plant or by acting as key factors in the belowground defence mechanism of the plant. Here, we present our first results of dual-choice orientation tests in olfactometric pipes. Wireworms (Agriotes sordidus Illiger) were submitted individually to a variety of olfactory baits ranging from entire barley roots (Hordeum vulgare L. var. Quench) to isolated VOCs identified as part of the emitting profile. The latter was described thanks to HS-SPME samplings and GC-MS analysis, for roots grown in the exact same conditions as for the olfactometric experimentations with entire roots. Most of the experimentations gave significant results. When confronted to volatiles emitted by entire roots, wireworms significantly orientated towards the bait (χ²-goodness-of-fit test, χ²=8, P-value=0.005). This result allowed us to follow up with the same device and to progressively vary the nature of the baits. Our protocol should be used for other plant-wireworm species combinations. Our results should be taken into account in varietal selection, in crop rotation, or in trapping systems aiming at the reduction of the populations of wireworms. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical control of Haplodiplosis marginata von Roser (Diptera : Cecidomyiidae)
Censier, Florence ULg; Chavalle, Sandrine; Wittouck, Daniel et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2012), 78(4), 667-675

The saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser), has been detected in Belgium since 2010, after several decades without any reporting. It had indeed caused serious damages between 1965 and 1970 ... [more ▼]

The saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser), has been detected in Belgium since 2010, after several decades without any reporting. It had indeed caused serious damages between 1965 and 1970. This insect is a European cereal pest whose larvae feed on stems and engender saddle-shaped depressions, resulting in yield losses. Face with the resurgence of this pest, it was decided to study its spatial distribution and, because serious damages were observed in some regions, to develop effective curative control. To date, chemical protection seems to be the only immediate solution in case of heavy emergences. Experimentation was conducted in a highly infested field (Meetkerke, Belgian Polders), according to a randomized complete blocks arrangement with four replications. Foremost, a lambdacyhalothrin-based insecticide was used to evaluate efficiency of several protection schemes, ranging between one and four spray(s). The large spread of flights observed during the 2011 spring allowed to highlight the effect of treatment date on the attack intensity and also on the galls distribution along the stem, on the different internodes: the lower internodes were protected by the early sprayings, while last sprayings induced reduction of galls number on the upper internodes. Moreover, several insecticides already registrated in cereals against aphids were compared for their efficacy against saddle gall midge. Studied pyrethroids have shown a very good efficacy, ranging between 75 % and 87 %, when applied twice with a 2 weeks interval. To be efficient, insecticide applications must thus be synchronized with the flights and egg-laying periods. Monitoring the phenology of flights is thus essential as part of integrated pest management against saddle gall midge. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights on the role of root radial hydraulic conductivity in the overall water uptake process
Lobet, Guillaume ULg; Draye, X.

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2012), 77(1), 117--122

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See detailPotentiality of using microbial biosensors for the detection of substrate heterogeneities and the assessment of microbial viability in industrial bioreactors: a complete set of experiments in chemostat and scale-down reactors, and elaboration of a mini scale-down platform
Brognaux, Alison ULg; Neubauer, Peter; Twizere, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2012), 77(1), 3-7

Substrate limitation responsive biosensors have been used in order to detect spatial substrate heterogeneities, , inside industrial bioreactors (whole-cell biosensor). Three green fluorescent protein (GFP ... [more ▼]

Substrate limitation responsive biosensors have been used in order to detect spatial substrate heterogeneities, , inside industrial bioreactors (whole-cell biosensor). Three green fluorescent protein (GFP) transcriptional reporters have been chosen in E.coli, i.e. uspA::gfp, csiE::gfp and yciG::gfp. The promoter uspA is induced in response to a variety of stresses whereas the two other promoters, csiE and yciG, are supposed to be more specific in front of a substrate limitation. The responsiveness of these biosensors has been assessed in chemostat reactor. Secondly, the same biosensors have been tested in well-mixed laboratory reactors and in scale-down reactors able to reproduce industrial conditions. Finally, a mini scale-down platform has been proposed as a high throughput tool to investigate rapidly the usefulness of a given microbial biosensor. Local heterogeneities in mini-bioreactor have caused a decrease of GFP expression, as in scale-down reactor. The presence of GFP in supernatants was noticed and this leakage seems to be correlated with the membrane permeability. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the factors involved in the aggregation of Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Coleoptera : Coccinellidae)
Durieux, Delphine ULg; Fischer, Christophe ULg; Deneubourg, Jean-Louis et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2012), 77(1), 101-104

The aggregative behaviour of the multicoloured Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis Pallas, during winters, is still misunderstood. Our study was focused on the chemical and physical factors involved in ... [more ▼]

The aggregative behaviour of the multicoloured Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis Pallas, during winters, is still misunderstood. Our study was focused on the chemical and physical factors involved in the selection of its aggregation sites. Chemical and behavioural analyses highlighted that long-chain hydrocarbons lead congeners towards aggregations and ensure the cohesion of the cluster. On the other hand, we investigated the influence of (1) the density of individuals and (2) the quality of available shelters on H. axyridis decision to settle and aggregate under shelters. A binary choice experiment conducted in laboratory highlighted a permanent aggregative behaviour of H. axyridis, even during non-wintering conditions, and the existence of social interactions between individuals. [less ▲]

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