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See detailCharacterisation of cyclicity and relative sea-level fluctuations using magnetic susceptibility, Late Devonian (Frasnian) Hull platform, Canning Basin, Australia.
Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg; George; Chow et al

in Whalen; Osadetz; Richards (Eds.) et al IGCP-580/596, Geophysical and Geochemical techniques : a window on the Paleozoic world, Abstract book (2013)

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See detailCharacterisation of different inulin samples by DSC - Influence of polymerisation degree on melting temperature
Blecker, Christophe ULg; Chevalier, J. P.; Fougnies, C. et al

in Journal of Thermal Analysis & Calorimetry (2003), 71(1), 215-224

Melting behaviour of powder inulin has been studied by differential scanning calorimetry. DSC curves show two endothermic peaks, relative to water elimination and to inulin melting, respectively. The ... [more ▼]

Melting behaviour of powder inulin has been studied by differential scanning calorimetry. DSC curves show two endothermic peaks, relative to water elimination and to inulin melting, respectively. The second peak is dependent on inulin type and a shift to a higher temperature is observed with increasing average polymerisation degree (DP) of the sample. For similar crystallinity index, linear relations have been underlined and so predicting inulin mean DP can be done by DSC analysis. The study shows that a relatively high heating rate (25degreesC min(-1)) can be used and brings a supplementary interest by an important reduction of analysis time. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of disks around YSOs with GENIE
Kaltenegger, Lisa; Absil, Olivier ULg; Eiroa, Carlos et al

in Fridlund, Malcolm; Henning, Thomas (Eds.) Towards Other Earths: DARWIN/TPF and the Search for Extrasolar Terrestrial Planets (2003, October 01)

Recent interferometric observations show that the interfered near-IR size of the circumstellar material around Young Stellar Object (YSO) are larger than those expected from accretion disk models. There ... [more ▼]

Recent interferometric observations show that the interfered near-IR size of the circumstellar material around Young Stellar Object (YSO) are larger than those expected from accretion disk models. There are currently different models that account for the excess IR emission of Young Stellar Objects (YSO). At the same time, the answers to many questions on the evolutionary status and the origin of the activity and variability depend critically on the relative importance of circumstellar distribution of material in disks or envelopes at different spatial scales. Operating at mid-infrared wavelengths, the Ground-based European Nulling Interferometer Experiment (GENIE) will be particularly sensitive to warm circumstellar dust and will thus provide the opportunity to characterize dust disks around YSOs. Observations with GENIE will enable us to investigate the properties of the circumstellar dust, which are responsible for the excess near-infrared fluxes. The nulling of the central star will bring out the disk in much more detail and hence put stronger constraints on these models. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of fengycin homologues produced by B. amyloliquefaciens (ET) strain isolated from a salt lake (Eastern Algeria)
Ait Kaki, Asma ULg; Noreddine, K.C.; Kara Ali, M. et al

Poster (2013, November 15)

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See detailCharacterisation of fissured aquifers in the semi-arid region of the mid-Atlas plateau (Oulmès, Morocco)
Orban, Philippe ULg; Ruthy, Ingrid ULg; Elbatloussi, D. et al

in GIRE3D: International Congress on Integrated Water Resources management and Challenges of the Sustainable Development (2006)

The Oulmès plateau (mid-Atlas in Morocco) is known for its groundwater resources in this semi-arid region. In the studied zone (approximately 80 km2), the mineral water of ‘Sidi Ali’ is exploited as well ... [more ▼]

The Oulmès plateau (mid-Atlas in Morocco) is known for its groundwater resources in this semi-arid region. In the studied zone (approximately 80 km2), the mineral water of ‘Sidi Ali’ is exploited as well as the naturally semi-sparkling ‘mineral water of Oulmès’ which are main mineral waters marketed in Morocco. Their sources are located at less than four kilometers from each other. In the same time, the drinking water supply to the local rural populations is far from being sufficient, and even in some places non-existent. In addition the plateau is also the place where many fruit-bearing cultures have been undertaken for a few years. Irrigation and the use of pesticide and herbicide compounds as well as fertilizers could constitute threats for the groundwater quantity and quality and unpleasant consequences are expected for all dependent groundwater end-users. Thus, in this semi-arid zone, an acute problem of sustainable development arises in terms of groundwater quantity and quality. An extended study has involved data collection, measurement campaigns (piezometric levels, sampling & analysis of groundwater), shallow geophysical prospecting, pumping tests, building of a data base, estimation of the recharge spatial distribution and hydrogeological mapping. On the basis of this study, a better understanding is possible about the state and the particular hydrodynamic behaviour of groundwater in the fissured hard-rocks of this plateau. Results are expressed in maps providing explicit and useful information allowing future decisions which can be taken for the welfare of everyone and particularly for the local populations. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of ionospheric small-scale structures over mid-latitudes in Europe
Warnant, René ULg; Lejeune, Sandrine

in Proceedings of the International Civil Aviation Organization Meeting (2006, October)

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See detailCharacterisation of low, medium and high responders following FSH stimulation prior to ultrasound-guided transvaginal oocyte retrieval in cows
De Roover, R.; Bols, P. E. J.; Genicot, G. et al

in Theriogenology (2005), 63

In human IVF, the concept of 'low responders' is well known and generally defined as women with poor-response to gonadotrophin stimulation in a previous induction cycle. The objective of this ... [more ▼]

In human IVF, the concept of 'low responders' is well known and generally defined as women with poor-response to gonadotrophin stimulation in a previous induction cycle. The objective of this retrospective study is to describe and characterise the concepts of 'low-, medium-, and high-response' and 'low, medium, and high responders' in bovine-assisted reproduction by analysing the OPU-IVF results obtained following 665 gonadotrophin-stimulated sessions conducted in 112 animals, nearly all of which were previously unsuccessful in traditional multiple ovulation and embryo transfer (MOET) programs. They were submitted to OPU and IVP between 1999 and 2003. In reference to these 665 OPU sessions, categories of response were defined based on the overall mean+/-S.D. follicles aspirated and COC obtained i.e., for follicles 14.7+/-9.8 and for COCs 11.7+/-8.1. So arbitrary cut-off values to define the categories of sessions were for follicles 5 and 25, and for COC 4 and 20. The three categories for follicles punctured in one session were therefore follicle low-response (FLR)<or=5 follicles, follicle medium-response (FMR) 6-24 follicles or follicle high-response (FHR)>or=25 follicles and for COCs recovered in one session COC low-response (CLR)<or=4 COC, COC medium-response (CMR) 5-19 COC or COC high-response (CHR)>or=20 COC. In addition, four categories of animals were also defined: (1) a low responder animal (LRA) had at least one OPU session in which FLR and CLR were observed (genuine low-response, see Section ); these animals did not have any high-response sessions, (2) a medium responder animal (MeRA) had only medium-responses, (3) a high responder animal (HRA) had at least one OPU session in which FHR and CHR were observed; these animals did not have any low-response sessions, and (4) mixed responder animals (MiRA) had both low and high-responses. Finally, we distinguished biological (animals) and technical (recovery rate and ultrasound resolution) causes of response differences. In 'low, high, medium and mixed reponders,' different results were obtained (p<0.05): mean follicle numbers (8.8+/-4.8a, 22.4+/-10.5c, 13.2+/-5.2b,15.1+/-10.2d), COC numbers (6.3+/-3.9a, 18.5+/-8.2c, 10.4+/-4b, 12.0+/-8.3d), embryo numbers (1.8+/-2.1a, 5.6+/-4.9c, 2.5+/-2.7b, 3.5+/-3.8d) and also for recovery rate (72%a, 83%b,79%, 79%) and percentage embryo development (29%, 30%a, 24%b, 29%). In conclusion, the results of this study demonstrate that variability in OPU results has technical (ultrasound resolution and recovery rate) as well as biological (animal) aspects. Selection of animals with extreme (high or low) follicle and COC production results allows us to distinguish three populations: 'low, medium, and high responders' to FSH stimulation. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of macadamia nuts using X-ray microtomography
Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Srichamnong, Warangkana; Srzednicki, George et al

in Micro-CT User Meeting Abstract Book (2012, April 05)

Macadamia nuts are among the most nutritious and highest in monounsaturated oil content among edible nuts1. They are widely grown in Australia (46 % of total production), United States of America ... [more ▼]

Macadamia nuts are among the most nutritious and highest in monounsaturated oil content among edible nuts1. They are widely grown in Australia (46 % of total production), United States of America, especially in Hawaii, South Africa and Guatemala2. In practice, there are several steps involved in macadamia processing, including sorting and grading, drying, cracking, roasting, packaging and storage. Drying is a very crucial step as it needs to preserve macadamia quality as well as enhance storage stability through the reduction of water activity. It is obvious that physical properties of the nut contribute to its drying characteristics, and hence its storage stability. Accurate measures such as kernel volume ratio or shell density could help for improving drying efficiency. We present a methodology to investigate structural differences between varieties of macadamia nuts in order to understand the factors involved in storage stability. Fresh nuts-in-shell are scanned by X-ray microtomography, and the different parts of the nuts (shell, kernel, tracheids) are segmented by a set of classical 3D image operators. After image segmentation, volumes are determined, and additional weighing of the nuts allows density measurements. These quantities are plotted for several nuts from each variety. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of meso-and micro-scale morphological and mechanical properties of surface modified 3D Ti6Al4V open porous structures
Pyka, Grzegorz; Kerckhofs, Greet ULg; Van Bael, Simon et al

in Proceedings of MetFoam 2011 (2011)

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See detailCharacterisation of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Hephaestus fuliginosus and cross-amplification in closely related Hephaestus tulliensis
Jamandre, Brian Wade ULg; Real, K.; Hughes, J.

in Conservation Genetics Resources (2012), 4(2), 213-216

Eleven polymorphic microsatellite loci were isolated and characterised from sooty grunter (Hephaestus fuliginosus) and Tully grunter (H. tulliensis) from Northern Australia. Each primer pair amplified ... [more ▼]

Eleven polymorphic microsatellite loci were isolated and characterised from sooty grunter (Hephaestus fuliginosus) and Tully grunter (H. tulliensis) from Northern Australia. Each primer pair amplified good quality and polymorphic products. The versatilities of these markers were tested using different H. fuliginosus populations and cross-amplified to a closely related species, H. tulliensis, found within the northern Australian wet tropics. The number of alleles ranged from 5 to 20 per locus and expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.043 to 0.926. All loci conformed to Hardy-Weinberg expectations, with the exception of 2Hf44 and 2Hf53 for Daly R. and Mitchell R. populations of H. fuliginosus, respectively. No evidence of linkage disequilibrium was detected between any pair of loci. The markers reported here would be very useful for population genetic studies, evolution and conservation of these species. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of pregnancy losses after embryo transfer by measuring plasma progesterone and bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 concentrations
Breukelman, S. P.; Perényi, Z.; Taverne, M. A. M. et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2012), 194(1), 71-76

The aim of this analysis was to determine whether pregnancy loss (PL) after embryo transfer (ET) in cattle was related to maternal progesterone (P4) concentrations during and shortly after ET, and ... [more ▼]

The aim of this analysis was to determine whether pregnancy loss (PL) after embryo transfer (ET) in cattle was related to maternal progesterone (P4) concentrations during and shortly after ET, and maternal bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (bPAG-1) concentrations in plasma at days 25–35 of gestation. Embryos (n = 260) were produced either in vivo after superovulation (n = 115), or in vitro from oocytes (obtained with ovum pick-up) in co-culture (n = 44) or cultured in a synthetic medium (n = 101). Overall, PL was 56.9% (148) and no significant differences occurred in calving rate among the three embryo production groups. There was no difference in P4 concentrations on days 7–14 of gestation in the three groups, nor between ongoing and interrupted pregnancies. Between days 25 and 35 of pregnancy, bPAG-1 concentrations were unaffected by embryo production, but in cattle that had PL between days 26 and 120, four bPAG-1 profiles could be detected. Between days 25 and 32, bPAG-1 concentrations were influenced by PL, and concentrations were significantly lower in animals in which PL occurred between days 26 and 120 than in those animals that aborted later or calved at term. Early P4 concentrations suggested that maternal luteal factors were not responsible for PL which appeared to be caused by impaired conceptus development (regardless of embryo type) as reflected by low maternal bPAG-1 concentrations prior to embryonic death [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of proteins from date palm sap (Phoenix dactylifera L.) by a proteomic approach
Ben Thabet, Imène; Francis, Frédéric; De Pauw, Edwin et al

in Food Chemistry (2010)

The proteins contained in juice tapped from date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.), from Deglet Nour variety, were analysed by the application of two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE). Identification was ... [more ▼]

The proteins contained in juice tapped from date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.), from Deglet Nour variety, were analysed by the application of two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE). Identification was carried out by mass spectrometry analyses. The SDS–PAGE patterns showed more than 100 spots of which 52 spots were identified. A proportion of the identified proteins were related to Saccharomyces cerevisiae that may belong to the natural microflora of date palm sap. These proteins are principally involved in glycolysis. While other proteins were assigned to be vegetable proteins, probably a mixture of proteins from the vascular system, which have several biological functions within the palm tree. Thus, we found enzymes involved in stress and defence reactions, in glycolysis, and photosynthesis reactions. Other enzymes are associated with carbohydrates and proteins metabolisms. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of sand transport in gravel-bed rivers using iron slag dated by historical studies
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Levecq, Yannick; Petit, François ULg

Poster (2012, April 25)

Considerable quantities of iron-smelting slag are present in the bed of the Ardennian rivers. These waste products come from hundreds of ironworks (mainly blast furnaces and finery forges) built close to ... [more ▼]

Considerable quantities of iron-smelting slag are present in the bed of the Ardennian rivers. These waste products come from hundreds of ironworks (mainly blast furnaces and finery forges) built close to different-sized rivers between the 14th and the 19th centuries. In general, slag was crushed by hammers, sorted and piled up in heaps around the furnaces, generally onto the floodplains. Furthermore, some archives mention that they were sometimes thrown out directly into the rivers. This means that for centuries, slag elements have been swept away by floods, mixed with the sediment and spread out along river courses. Due to their distinctive appearance, slag particles are easily recognizable among the natural elements. Thanks to many historical studies conducted on the early iron industry, we are able to date quite precisely the inception and the periods of activity of the different sites established in the catchments. These data are indispensable in order to use slag as a tracer to quantify the particles’ velocity in rivers. Downstream of ironworks, samples of sand have been collected in the surface layer of many gravel-bed rivers. Then, the slag concentration of each sample has been measured in the coarse sand fraction. The representation of the longitudinal evolution of slag concentration in these rivers permits the dispersion of slag to be analysed, the relative bed-material discharges at confluences to be quantified and the velocity of coarse sand to be determined. A survey of the bedload discharge in the Ardennian rivers established that more than 90 % of the bedload transport consists of coarse sand grains that are transported on the bottom of the bed. However, in the literature, this grain-size fraction is generally not considered in bedload discharge estimations because the sandy particles are very difficult to tag and to recover. Consequently, the huge amounts of slag injected in rivers several centuries ago can be considered as a very useful opportunity to characterise the sand transport in gravel-bed rivers. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of sand transport in gravel-bed rivers using iron slag dated by historical studies
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Levecq, Yannick ULg; Petit, François ULg

Poster (2013, October 15)

De grandes quantités de scories sidérurgiques sont présentes dans les sédiments des rivières ardennaises. Ces éléments proviennent de centaines d’établissements établis le long des cours d’eau entre le ... [more ▼]

De grandes quantités de scories sidérurgiques sont présentes dans les sédiments des rivières ardennaises. Ces éléments proviennent de centaines d’établissements établis le long des cours d’eau entre le 14ème et le 19ème siècle. Lors de l’exploitation, ces déchets étaient rejetés à proximité des sites sidérurgiques, voire directement déversés dans les cours d’eau. Cela signifie que depuis plusieurs siècles, de grandes quantités de scories de taille variée, se sont mélangées aux alluvions naturelles. Leur couleur et leur éclat les différencient aisément des éléments naturels. Les lieux et périodes d’exploitations sont connus précisément grâce à de nombreuses sources historiques, ce qui rend les scories particulièrement utiles comme marqueurs du déplacement des sédiments dans les cours d’eau (Houbrechts et al., 2011). Dans plusieurs rivières du massif ardennais, des échantillons de sédiments sableux ont été prélevés en aval d’anciens sites métallurgiques. La concentration en scories a été mesurée dans la fraction des sables grossiers (1680 – 2360 µm). La dispersion longitudinale des scories permet d’estimer la vitesse d’avancée des alluvions sableuses. Les sables grossiers constituent une part importante des sédiments transportés dans le fond du lit des cours d’eau. En effet, le suivi d’un piège à sédiment dans un cours d’eau ardennais (la Chavanne) à montré qu’ils représentent plus de 90 % de la charge solide transportée sur le fond des rivières. La présence de scories dans le lit des cours d’eau permet également d’estimer l’épaisseur de la couche active de charriage durant les derniers siècles. [less ▲]

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