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See detailConservation et valorisation de la Bleue Mixte au travers du projet franco-belge BlueSel
Colinet, Frédéric ULg; Glorieux, Géry; Beguin, Emmanuel et al

Poster (2011, March)

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See detailConservation et valorisation de la Bleue Mixte au travers du projet franco-belge BlueSel
Colinet, Frédéric ULg; Glorieux, Géry; Beguin, Emmanuel et al

in 16ième Carrefour des Productions animales: La filière laitière bovine européenne est-elle durable? (2011, March)

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See detailConservation ex situ de tubérculos andinos y analisis de datos de la diversidad genética de la oca (Oxalis tuberosa Mol.)
Ugarte, M.; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2004)

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See detailConservation ex situ de tuberculos andinos y analisis de la informacion de la diversidad genetica de la oca (Oxalis tuberosa Mol.)
Ugarte, M.; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Promocion de la diversidad de los tuberculos andinos y sus productos transformados (2007)

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See detailConservation genetics and population history of the threatened European mink Mustela lutreola, with an emphasis on the west European population.
Michaux, Johan ULg; Hardy, O. J.; Justy, F. et al

in Molecular Ecology (2005), 14(8), 2373-88

In species of great conservation concern, special attention must be paid to their phylogeography, in particular the origin of animals for captive breeding and reintroduction. The endangered European mink ... [more ▼]

In species of great conservation concern, special attention must be paid to their phylogeography, in particular the origin of animals for captive breeding and reintroduction. The endangered European mink lives now in at least three well-separated populations in northeast, southeast and west Europe. Our aim is to assess the genetic structure of these populations to identify 'distinct population segments' (DPS) and advise captive breeding programmes. First, the mtDNA control region was completely sequenced in 176 minks and 10 polecats. The analysis revealed that the western population is characterized by a single mtDNA haplotype that is closely related to those in eastern regions but nevertheless, not found there to date. The northeast European animals are much more variable (pi = 0.012, h = 0.939), with the southeast samples intermediate (pi = 0.0012, h = 0.469). Second, 155 European mink were genotyped using six microsatellites. The latter display the same trends of genetic diversity among regions as mtDNA [gene diversity and allelic richness highest in northeast Europe (H(E) = 0.539, R(S) = 3.76), lowest in west Europe (H(E) = 0.379, R(S) = 2.12)], and provide evidences that the southeast and possibly the west populations have undergone a recent bottleneck. Our results indicate that the western population derives from a few animals which recently colonized this region, possibly after a human introduction. Microsatellite data also reveal that isolation by distance occurs in the western population, causing some inbreeding because related individuals mate. As genetic data indicate that the three populations have not undergone independent evolutionary histories for long (no phylogeographical structure), they should not be considered as distinct DPS. In conclusion, the captive breeding programme should use animals from different parts of the species' present distribution area. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation Issues in the Nimba Mountains
Granier, Nicolas ULg; Martinez, Laura

in Matsuzawa, Tetsuro; Humle; Sugiyama, Yukimaru (Eds.) The Chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba (2011)

The Nimba Mountains consist of a 40km-long scenic mountain chain, which extends along the tri-national border between Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. Their unique biogeographical characteristics have ... [more ▼]

The Nimba Mountains consist of a 40km-long scenic mountain chain, which extends along the tri-national border between Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. Their unique biogeographical characteristics have led to the differentiation of multiple micro-climates and ecological niches, which have favored the emergence of highly diverse wildlife and landscapes. They form a varied but single ecological and anthropological entity that is torn between different administrative and protective statuses. The Nimba Mountains have benefited from an early protective status, which was favored by the numerous scientific investigations initiated in the 1940s. Threats to biodiversity, including chimpanzees, are tightly linked to habitat destruction, which is mainly due to the increasing human pressures. The biggest challenge consists of dealing with the trade-off between biodiversity preservation and local development. This reinforced the necessity for elaborating a global and coherent transnational program of natural resource management. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation management for Orthoptera in the Dadia reserve, Greece
Kati, V.; Dufrêne, Marc ULg; Legakis, A. et al

in Biological Conservation (2004), 115(1), 33-44

The diversity patterns, the ecological structure and the typical species of the orthopteran assemblage in the Dadia reserve are investigated. The reserve was designed to protect the black vulture ... [more ▼]

The diversity patterns, the ecological structure and the typical species of the orthopteran assemblage in the Dadia reserve are investigated. The reserve was designed to protect the black vulture (Aegypius monachus) and other raptors. A total of 39 orthopteran species were found, including Paranocarodes chopardi, a pamphagid species with very restricted distribution. All species can be represented in a network of six complementary habitats, including open oak woodlands, agricultural fields separated with hedges, humid grasslands, as well as serpentine grasslands. The buffer zone of the reserve is far more important for Orthoptera conservation than the core areas, which host most of the black vulture nests. Management focusing on raptors is in general compatible with conservation of Orthoptera. We suggest the maintenance of forest openings in the buffer zone, the maintenance of forest heterogeneity, the enhancement of periodical livestock grazing, and the use of nine indicator species and Paranocarodes chopardi in the reserve monitoring program. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of an endemic metallophyte species: effect of population history and vegetative density on the reproductive success of Viola calaminaria
Bizoux, Jean-Philippe ULg; cristofoli, sara; Piqueray, Julien ULg et al

in Journal for Nature Conservation (2011), 19

Demographic studies that monitor population dynamics are an essential component in establishing conservation strategies. The conventional view that human disturbance results in negative effects to species ... [more ▼]

Demographic studies that monitor population dynamics are an essential component in establishing conservation strategies. The conventional view that human disturbance results in negative effects to species and habitats is countered by the fact that some anthropogenic activities result in the origin of new habitat opportunities for species. Faced with an increase in European restoration programs, studies that assess the variability in traits conferring reproductive success among populations is particularly relevant to rare species conservation and further improves our knowledge to achieve restoration success. In the present study, we evaluated reproductive success variation (flower density, percent fructification and seed set) in Viola calaminaria, a rare endemic metallophyte, in relationship to population origins (ancestral or recent habitat), plant density and habitat structure. Results indicated that seed set varied significantly among ancestral and recently established populations, with recent populations exhibiting increased seed set (P < 0.05). Habitat structure did not influence species reproductive success. A positive significant correlation was detected between vegetative and flower density (P < 0.001). Results suggested that population origin (ancestral or recent) and local vegetative density was more important than habitat structure on reproductive success in V. calaminaria. In addition, we demonstrated that V. calaminaria populations distributed in habitats recently created by anthropogenic activity exhibited similar or higher reproductive success than populations from ancestral sites. These results are noteworthy as they show that anthropogenic activities can create new favourable habitats for some rare species. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of animal genetic resources in horses: The case of the Skyros small-horses
Bömcke, Elisabeth ULg

Master's dissertation (2006)

The main objective of conservation is the preservation of genetic diversity. Several tools are available to measure the genetic variability. In this study, we have used principally the relationship (and ... [more ▼]

The main objective of conservation is the preservation of genetic diversity. Several tools are available to measure the genetic variability. In this study, we have used principally the relationship (and inbreeding) coefficients and the information given by the study of genetic markers. With a total population size lower than 200 individuals, the Skyros small-horse may be called a small population. It is thus a good example of population concerned by the management of genetic variability. In this study, the ‘studbook’ of the Skyros small-horse comprising a total of 395 individuals was analyzed in order to evaluate its genetic variability amongst other things. Only 6 ancestors were necessary to explain 50% of the genetic variability of the breed. Then genetic diversity within the Skyros breed was evaluated, at the genome level, using 16 microsatellites. A relatively high level of genetic variability within the breed was observed in terms of high values of mean effective number of alleles (3.3), observed heterozygosity (0.635), expected Levene’s heterozygosity (0.642), expected Nei’s heterozygosity (0.639), and polymorphism information content (0.617). This study demonstrated the existence of substantial genetic diversity in the Skyros small-horse population. Finally, one part of a conservation program is the establishment of a good mating plan (coupling of less related individuals). Relationships were thus estimated using a new estimator, which combines pedigree and markers information. Compared to other estimators, this combined estimator showed interesting results (inter alia, higher percentage of information explained by the 3 principal factors in the principal components analysis (46.22%)). Hence, the resulting estimated relationships were used to make proposals for the management of the breed. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of animal genetic resources: Improvement of the relationship matrix
Bömcke, Elisabeth ULg

Master of advanced studies dissertation (2007)

The main objective of breed conservation is the preservation of genetic diversity. Relationship coefficients are one possibility to measure the genetic variability. With a total size lower than 200 ... [more ▼]

The main objective of breed conservation is the preservation of genetic diversity. Relationship coefficients are one possibility to measure the genetic variability. With a total size lower than 200 individuals, the Skyros small-horse may be called a small population. It is thus a good example of breed concerned by the management of genetic variability. Genetic variability within the Skyros breed was evaluated, at the genome level, using 16 microsatellites. The Factorial Correspondence Analysis of the molecular data showed that the population could be divided in three groups (Skyros, Thessaloniki and Corfu). A relatively high level of genetic variability within the breed was observed in terms of high values of mean effective number of alleles (3.2), observed heterozygosity (0.647), expected Levene’s heterozygosity (0.622), expected Nei’s heterozygosity (0.625), and polymorphism information content (0.598). This study demonstrated thus the existence of substantial genetic diversity in the Skyros small-horse population although two of the three sub-populations (Thessaloniki and Corfu) underwent a bottleneck. Finally, relationships were estimated using various estimators including a new one, which combines pedigree and markers information. Compared to the others, this combined estimator showed interesting results inter alia a higher correlation with genealogical relationship (0.889 or 0.883 according to the number and to the quality of the markers used). When the results are presented graphically, this estimator also allowed to do a better differentiation between the three sub-populations defined previously. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of endangered plant communities: a study case of ecosystem reconstruction in Katanga (DRC)
Lebrun, Julie ULg; Handjila, Guylain; Bizoux, Jean-Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2011)

The Katangan copper-cobalt deposits (Democratic Republic of Congo) are part of the Central African Copperbelt, one of the world’s greatest metallogenic province. The ore comes to the surface in a series ... [more ▼]

The Katangan copper-cobalt deposits (Democratic Republic of Congo) are part of the Central African Copperbelt, one of the world’s greatest metallogenic province. The ore comes to the surface in a series of hills isolated in the miombo woodland. These unique ecosystems present high metals concentration levels where a specific vegetation develops. Flora comprises more than 600 species from which 30 are endemics. Due to the recent revival of mining activities in the region, copper plant communities of Katanga and their associated flora are now critically threatened. Tenke Fungurume Mining sarl (TFM), an important mining company operating in Katanga, has developed a Biological Diversity Action Plan (BDAP) to conserve copper-cobalt flora and mitigate potential species extinction risk. One of the most original BDAP tasks is an ecosystem reconstruction experiment that should preserve plant communities representative of the diversity found on the exploited hill and to provide the plant material for further post-exploitation restoration. From December 2007 to April 2009, full vegetation blocks were translocated with their soil mat on an adequate mineral substrate of 1500m². Since 2008, the artificial ecosystem is monitored every year. Three communities were successfully recreated. A total of 144 species were found in the ecosystem which represents more than 80% of the original species richness. The reconstructed ecosystem seems to favour the most tolerant species to copper. This first experience shows that ecosystem reconstruction is successful and may be used as a strategy to conserve copper-cobalt plant communities in their habitat. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of endemic plants from the Katanga copper belt (DR Congo)
Lebrun, Julie ULg; Minengo Handjila, Guylain; Weiskopf, Thomas et al

Poster (2010, December)

The Katanga copper belt, where natural outcrops of copper-rich rocks are colonised by highly original plant communities, has been recognised as a hotspot for metallophyte species. The flora comprises more ... [more ▼]

The Katanga copper belt, where natural outcrops of copper-rich rocks are colonised by highly original plant communities, has been recognised as a hotspot for metallophyte species. The flora comprises more than 600 species from which 30 are endemics. These plants represent a valuable phytogenetic resource for revegetation and restoration programs, for the phytostabilisation and for the remediation of heavy metal pollutions. However, the flora of metalliferous soils is threatened by mining activities in Katanga. Actions aiming at preserving these species are therefore urgent. Since 2007, a unique conservation project has been launched by scientists supported by a mining company. The aim is to elaborate a program that allows biodiversity conservation while being compatible with mining activities. The project combines in-situ and ex-situ conservation strategies involving ecosystem reconstruction, species translocations, protected areas designation and the development of seed banks in Belgium and in Katanga. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of newt guilds in an agricultural landscape of Belgium: the importance of aquatic and terrestrial habitats
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Ficetola, G. Francesco

in Aquatic Conservation (2008), 18(5), 714-728

1. Amphibians are declining worldwide in response to local and global pressures. Pond-breeding species are particularly vulnerable to environmental change because they rely on two components of the ... [more ▼]

1. Amphibians are declining worldwide in response to local and global pressures. Pond-breeding species are particularly vulnerable to environmental change because they rely on two components of the landscape: aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Agricultural practices are changing rapidly at world and local scales. As a consequence, farm ponds and their surrounding terrestrial landscapes will probably be affected. 2. This study investigated the main habitat determinants for the occurrence of four species of newts (genus Triturus) inhabiting the Pays de Herve, a rural area in Belgium. Newt occurrence was determined for 258 ponds and the effect of habitat on distribution determinants was evaluated using generalized linear models. 3. Newts were found in 42% of the ponds. Contrary to expectations, the distribution of newts was not positively associated with a high density of ponds. However, a low occurrence of newts and the low water depth of many ponds suggest a low quality of habitats. Proximity to forest, deep water, and an absence of fish in ponds are factors that significantly favour newts, but terrestrial habitat requirements vary among species. 4. These results indicate the necessity of maintaining both forest and meadow patches in close proximity to ponds inhabited by newts., and of controlling fish introduction in those ponds. These findings stress the importance of conservation and management of terrestrial and aquatic habitats for maintaining amphibian diversity. Copyright (c) 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of the lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros Bechstein, 1800) (Mammalia : Chiroptera) in Belgium. A case study of feeding habitat requirements
Motte, G.; Libois, Roland ULg

in Belgian Journal of Zoology (2002), 132(1), 49-54

The aim of this study was to determine the habitat use of the last important Belgian colony of Rhinolophus hipposideros, Bechstein, 1800, one of the most endangered bat species in Europe. During 71 ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to determine the habitat use of the last important Belgian colony of Rhinolophus hipposideros, Bechstein, 1800, one of the most endangered bat species in Europe. During 71 evenings from April to August 1998, ultrasound detection was performed and, in late August, a female horseshoe bat was caught and fitted with a radio transmitter. The results showed that hedgerows and woodlands with bushes and coppice are key foraging habitats. They also highlight the importance of the presence of a network of wooded elements connecting the maternity roost with the foraging areas. To assure long-term protection of this colony, strong habitat conservation measures should be taken in a radius of up to 1-2 km around the roost. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of the uvrC gene sequence in Mycoplasma bovis and its use in routine PCR diagnosis
Thomas, Anne; Dizier, Isabelle ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2004), 168(1), 100-102

Mycoplasma bovis is a major cause of pneumonia and arthritis in calves, and of mastitis and genital infections in adult cows. It is responsible for high economic loss in feedlot cattle although it is ... [more ▼]

Mycoplasma bovis is a major cause of pneumonia and arthritis in calves, and of mastitis and genital infections in adult cows. It is responsible for high economic loss in feedlot cattle although it is often underestimated and is widely spread within the bovine population in enzootically infected areas. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation partagée entre les bibliothèques universitaires de la Communauté française de Belgique - Témoignage, bilan et perspective
Pasleau, Françoise ULg; Alleman, Tristan; Coppin, Roxanne et al

Diverse speeche and writing (2010)

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See detailConservative Mutations In The Immunosuppressive Region Of The Bovine Leukemia Virus Transmembrane Protein Affect Fusion But Not Infectivity In Vivo
GATOT, Jean-Stéphane ULg; Callebaut, I.; Mornon, Jp. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1998), 273(21),

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