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See detailChemical ecology in forensic entomology
Dekeirsschieter, Jessica ULg; Frederickx, Christine ULg; Verheggen, François ULg et al

Scientific conference (2010, January 07)

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See detailChemical Ecology of Aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae)
Boullis, Antoine ULg; Verheggen, François ULg

in VILCINSKAS, Andreas (Ed.) Biology and Ecology of Aphids (2016)

Aphids are widespread insects considered as crop pest throughout the world. In order to control them, different techniques are known. The study of aphid-related semiochemicals is one topic recently ... [more ▼]

Aphids are widespread insects considered as crop pest throughout the world. In order to control them, different techniques are known. The study of aphid-related semiochemicals is one topic recently studied in integrated pest management, used to control aphid outbreaks. These semiochemicals include those involved in intraspecific communication, in communication among different trophic levels, those which attract or repel aphids, or those which enhance the efficiency of aphid natural enemies. This book chapter summarises the recent findings on aphid chemical ecology, from the discovery of molecules of interest, to their use in IPM methods. [less ▲]

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See detailThe chemical ecology of Harmonia axyridis
Sloggett, John; Magro, Alexandra; Verheggen, François ULg et al

in Roy, Helen; Ware, Remy; Handley-Lawson, Lori (Eds.) et al Invasive arthropod predators and parasitoids: an ecological approach (2011)

We review the chemical ecology of the ladybird beetle Harmonia axyridis from the perspective of its invasiveness and the deleterious effects it exerts in the regions it has colonised. We outline the ... [more ▼]

We review the chemical ecology of the ladybird beetle Harmonia axyridis from the perspective of its invasiveness and the deleterious effects it exerts in the regions it has colonised. We outline the nature and quantification of its chemical defence, and discuss the protection this provides from natural enemies, particularly intraguild predators. We consider the role played by infochemicals in location of prey, intraspecific communication and intraguild interactions; we also discuss the role of prey allelochemicals in relation to H. axyridis extreme dietary generalism. Harmonia axyridis poses a number of practical problems for human health and well-being, including “lady beetle taint” wine contamination and problems consequent on large aggregations overwintering in buildings. We discuss chemical insights into these issues and, in particular, how attractants and repellents might help manage H. axyridis populations. We conclude by discussing future perspectives for research. [less ▲]

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See detailThe chemical ecology of Harmonia axyridis
Sloggett, John; Magro, Alexandra; Verheggen, François ULg et al

in BioControl (2011), 56

We review the chemical ecology of the ladybird beetle Harmonia axyridis from the perspective of its invasiveness and the deleterious effects it exerts in the regions it has colonised. We outline the ... [more ▼]

We review the chemical ecology of the ladybird beetle Harmonia axyridis from the perspective of its invasiveness and the deleterious effects it exerts in the regions it has colonised. We outline the nature and quantification of its chemical defence, and discuss the protection this provides against natural enemies, particularly intraguild predators. We consider the role of infochemicals in location of prey, intraspecific communication and intraguild interactions. We also discuss the role of prey allelochemicals in relation to H. axyridis extreme dietary generalism. Harmonia axyridis poses a number of practical problems for human health and well-being, including “ladybug taint” wine contamination and problems resulting from large aggregations overwintering in buildings. We consider chemical insights into these issues and, in particular, how attractants and repellents might help manage H. axyridis populations through a push–pull strategy. We conclude by discussing future perspectives for research. [less ▲]

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See detailThe chemical ecology of Harmonia axyridis
Sloggett, John; Magro, Alexandra; Verheggen, François ULg et al

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2013), 94

In the recent SI of BioControl and resultant book from this working group (Roy et al., 2012), we contributed a review paper on the chemical ecology of the invasive aphidophagous ladybird Harmonia axyridis ... [more ▼]

In the recent SI of BioControl and resultant book from this working group (Roy et al., 2012), we contributed a review paper on the chemical ecology of the invasive aphidophagous ladybird Harmonia axyridis (Sloggett et al., 2011). This paper focused on both the pure and applied aspects of this subject, including sections on: (1) chemical defence; (2) foods, feeding and reproduction; (3) H. axyridis chemistry, humans and human activity, and (4) future research perspectives [less ▲]

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See detailThe chemical ecology of ladybird beetles
Durieux, Delphine ULg; Verheggen, François ULg; Vandereycken, Axel ULg et al

Conference (2010, May 05)

Ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) use a wide variety of semiochemicals to communicate with each other, e.g. finding a mate, protecting themselves from predation or cannibalism, finding a ... [more ▼]

Ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) use a wide variety of semiochemicals to communicate with each other, e.g. finding a mate, protecting themselves from predation or cannibalism, finding a shelter to overwinter or ensuring a better survival for their offspring. But chemical communication upon ladybeetles has also found recently to occur with their prey, their prey-host plants and even within their interactions with their natural enemies. Thorough studies on ladybird behaviours towards these compounds could lead to their practical implementation in integrated strategies using ladybirds to control pests, like aphids or mealybugs. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Ecology of the Colorado Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), and Potential for Alternative Control Methods
Sablon, Ludovic ULg; Dickens, Joseph C.; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Insects (2013), 4(1), 31-54

The Colorado potato beetle (CPB) has been a major insect pest to potato farming for over 150 years and various control methods have been established to reduce its impact on potato fields. Crop rotation ... [more ▼]

The Colorado potato beetle (CPB) has been a major insect pest to potato farming for over 150 years and various control methods have been established to reduce its impact on potato fields. Crop rotation and pesticide use are currently the most widely used approaches, although alternative methods are being developed. Here we review the role of various volatile and nonvolatile chemicals involved in behavior changes of CPB that may have potential for their control. First, we describe all volatile and nonvolatile chemicals involved in host plant localization and acceptance by CPB beetles, including glycoalcaloids and host plant volatiles used as kairomones. In the second section, we present the chemical signals used by CPB in intraspecific communication, including sex and aggregation pheromones. Some of these chemicals are used by natural enemies of CPBs to locate their prey and are presented in the third section. The last section of this review is devoted a discussion of the potential of some natural chemicals in biological control of CPB and to approaches that already reached efficient field applications. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Experts & their roles in the Belgian Sugar Industry
Melard, François ULg

Conference (1998, November 25)

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See detailChemical fixation of CO2 with epoxides: towards the synthesis of cyclic carbonates, precursors of CO2-based polyurethanes
Gennen, Sandro ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 20)

Due to concerns about global warming combined with the decrease of fossil resources, the chemical transformation of carbon dioxide into added-value products has gained interest in both academic and ... [more ▼]

Due to concerns about global warming combined with the decrease of fossil resources, the chemical transformation of carbon dioxide into added-value products has gained interest in both academic and industrial fields. To date, the chemical fixation of CO2 onto epoxides is one of the most promising ways to valorize carbon dioxide at an industrial scale . Indeed, cyclic carbonates are useful intermediates for polycarbonates and polyurethanes synthesis or can be used as electrolytes in lithium ion batteries. Although fixation of carbon dioxide onto epoxides has been extensively studied, the design of highly effective catalysts still remains a challenge. Here, we present a new highly efficient biocomponent organocatalyst based on the use of an ammonium salt (TBAI) in combination with single or double hydrogen bond donors activators (typically fluorinated alcohols). [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Food Safety of Aquaculture Products from South-East Asia
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Kestemont, Patrick

Conference (2014, December 04)

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See detailChemical Force Microscopy Study of Adhesion Properties of Polyolefin Surfaces
Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Legras, R.; Nysten, B.

Conference (2000, September 18)

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See detailChemical Force Microscopy Study of Adhesion Properties of Polyolefin Surfaces
Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Legras, R.; Daoust, D. et al

Conference (2000, May 02)

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See detailChemical Hydrolysis of Fagus sylvatica Wood: Dilute Acid vs. Alkaline Treatment
Miazek, Krystian ULg; Goffin, Dorothée ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg

Poster (2014, March 05)

Lignocellulosic biomass, found in a large variety of plants such as coniferous trees (Softwood), broad leaved trees (Hardwood), grasses and agricultural or food residues, is the most abundant source of ... [more ▼]

Lignocellulosic biomass, found in a large variety of plants such as coniferous trees (Softwood), broad leaved trees (Hardwood), grasses and agricultural or food residues, is the most abundant source of molecules required for production of biofuels and high value - added products. Lignocellulose is composed of three polymers: cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Cellulose is a non-branched polymer consisting of glucoses (hexoses). Hemicellulose is a complex carbohydrate containing pentoses (mainly xyloses in the case of Hardwood, grasses and agricultural wastes) or hexoses (usually mannoses in the case of Softwood) as the main sugars. Lignin is a biopolymer with aromatic alcohols as basic monomeric units. Cellulose chains are arranged in bundles and interlinked with hemicellulose. Lignin is cross-linked with hemicellulose and occupies space between cellulose bundles. Due to complex polymeric structure, lignocellulosic materials are resistant to hydrolysis. A number of treatment methods (mechanical, chemical, biochemical) is implemented to successfully hydrolyse lignocellulose. Amongst chemical methods harnessed to break lignocellulose structure, dilute acid and alkaline treatments are commonly mentioned, as the most efficient ones. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of dilute acid and alkaline treatment on hydrolysis rate of polymeric components in Fagus sylvatica wood. Fagus sylvatica also known as common beech is a broad leaved, deciduous tree that belongs to the family of Fagaceae, widely spread in Europe. Beech wood was determined to contain 48 % glucose, 18 % xylose and 20 % Klason lignin in its dry material. Results of this study showed that 1 h hydrolysis at 100 °C with the use of 3 % H2SO4 resulted in 71 % removal of xylose and 4 % removal of glucose with Klason lignin remained intact. Additionally, the presence of sugar degradation products: 2 - furfural and hydroxymethylfurfural was detected in dilute acid hydrolysate. Release of 2 - furfural and hydroxymethylfurfural from beech wood was determined as 0.03 % and 0.1 %, respectively. On the other hand, 1 h hydrolysis at 100 °C with the use of 7 % NaOH caused 59 % xylose removal and 11 % removal of Klason lignin with no effect on glucose. Dilute acid hydrolysis proved to be more efficient in removing xylose, but alkaline hydrolysis additionally showed to remove Klason lignin. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical imaging of small molecules from simple to complex matrices: Quantitative approaches based on Surface Enhanced Raman scattering
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Chavez, Pierre-François ULg et al

Conference (2013, July)

Surface Enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) allows to dramatically exalt the Raman diffusion of molecules absorbed or very closed to rough metallic surfaces while keeping their structural information. SERS ... [more ▼]

Surface Enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) allows to dramatically exalt the Raman diffusion of molecules absorbed or very closed to rough metallic surfaces while keeping their structural information. SERS chemical imaging, presenting a high specificity and sensibility, allows acquiring a visual representation of samples combining spectral and spatial measurements. This technique could become a powerful tool in pharmaceutical and biological analysis enabling to identify and quantify molecules thanks to chemometric evaluation while looking at their distribution or their interactions. In this context, SERS chemical imaging is investigated in detection or quantitative determination of molecules in pharmaceutical and biological matrices. The feasibility of making quantitative measurements using SERS is evaluated on small target molecules models such as 4-aminophenol and lactate. Firstly, a SERS method to quantify 4-aminophenol which is the primary impurity of acetaminophen coming from its degradation during the storage or from its synthesis was developed on a real pharmaceutical formulation. The standard addition method was selected as calibration method in order to take into account the matrix effect coming from the different components of the latter. Despite the well-known stability and repeatability problems of SERS, the method was thoroughly validated by means of accuracy profiles as decision tool. Moreover, this validation methodology allowed to define a first estimation of the real analytical performance of the technique. Secondly, the detection of lactate, which is a critical metabolite implicated in several metabolic disorders, was successfully tested in the physiological concentration in a simple matrix. Preliminary results for the determination of this metabolic biomarker were also very promising allowing to consider more complex matrices. Based on these results, SERS chemical imaging was implemented to detect 4-aminophenol in a pharmaceutical tablet formerly pulverised by a SERS substrate. Through this imaging technique, it was not only possible to detect the presence of the impurity at the limit of specification of 0.1% (w/w) but it was also possible to differentiate tablets comprising different concentrations of the latter. These promising results represent the first step towards quantitative measurements using SERS chemical imaging. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Imaging on Liver Steatosis Using Synchrotron Infrared and ToF-SIMS Microspectroscopies
Le Naour, François; Bralet, Marie-Pierre; Debois, Delphine ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2009), 4(10), 7408

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See detailChemical inhibitors of cyclin-dependent kinases control proliferation, apoptosis and differentiation of oligodendroglial cells
Nguyen, Laurent ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Rocher, Véronique et al

in International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience (2003), 21(6), 321-326

Since cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdks) and their endogenous inhibitors (Cdkis) play an essential role as regulators of cell cycle withdrawal and onset of differentiation within oligodendroglial cells, we ... [more ▼]

Since cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdks) and their endogenous inhibitors (Cdkis) play an essential role as regulators of cell cycle withdrawal and onset of differentiation within oligodendroglial cells, we assessed here the effects of exogenous chemical Cdk inhibitors (CKIs) on cultured rat cortical oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs). We showed that purine derivatives and especially roscovitine strongly inhibited OPCs proliferation. In the presence of mitogenic signals, roscovitine synergized with thyroid hormone to stimulate oligodendrocyte differentiation. Roscovitine also prevented oligodendroglial apoptosis induced by growth factor deprivation. We thus demonstrated that small molecular weight chemical CKIs have important effects on crucial events of oligodendroglial development in vitro. This might open prospects for using these apparently well tolerated agents in remyelination strategies. (C) 2003 ISDN. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical inhibitors: the challenge of finding the right target.
Calligaris, David ULg; Lafitte, Daniel

in Chemistry & Biology (2011), 18(5), 555-557

A paper in this issue of Chemistry & Biology shows that the diaryl oxazole compound UA62784 that targets pancreatic cancer cells interacts with tubulin near the colchicine binding site (Tcherniuk et al ... [more ▼]

A paper in this issue of Chemistry & Biology shows that the diaryl oxazole compound UA62784 that targets pancreatic cancer cells interacts with tubulin near the colchicine binding site (Tcherniuk et al., 2011). These findings differ from previous observations, highlighting the challenges of identifying the biological target for chemical inhibitors. [less ▲]

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