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See detailDIEM Werner, Eine arabische Kaufurkunde von 1024 n. Chr. aus Ägypten
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in Bulletin Critique des Annales Islamologiques (2006), 22

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See detail"Dies verhüllte Genießen der Musik ohne Töne" : Robert Schumanns Reflexionen über das Medium Schrift.
Viehöver, Vera ULg

in Herwig, Henriette; Kalisch, Volker; Kortländer, Bernd (Eds.) et al ^Übergänge : Zwischen Künsten und Kulturen : Akten des Kongresses zum 150. Todestag von Heinrich Heine und Robert Schumann (2006)

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See detailDiesel and Gasoline for HCCI Combustion
Machrafi, Hatim ULg

in Acosta, M. J. (Ed.) Advances in Energy Research (2010)

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See detailDiet and food preference of the waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa) in the Pendjari National Park, Benin
Kassa, Barthélemy; Libois, Roland ULg; Sinsin, Brice

in African Journal of Ecology (2008), 46(3), 303-310

This study investigated composition and selectivity in diet for waterbuck in the Pendjari National Park in northwestern Benin, through the use of micrographic analysis of faecal samples. Three plant ... [more ▼]

This study investigated composition and selectivity in diet for waterbuck in the Pendjari National Park in northwestern Benin, through the use of micrographic analysis of faecal samples. Three plant species (Panicum anabaptistum, Echinochloa stagnina and Andropogon gayanus) were regularly consumed all year round. Meanwhile, three other species (i.e., Hyparrhenia involucrata, Acroceras amplectens and Oryza barthii) are mostly found in its diet during the beginning of the rainy season. During the dry season, long life grasses (>40%) and tree forage (about 35%) were the most dominant life form in the diet. On the contrary at the beginning of the rainy season, annual species (> 50%) were dominant. In conclusion, the waterbuck has a grazer regime when plant species are abundant and a mixed diet during the dry season. Waterbuck’s food niche breath, defined by Hespenheide [Ecology and Evolution of communities. Harvard Univ. Press, 1975], was lower than 1, implying this antelope does not eat all food categories in a proportional way. Shannon diversity index showed that the diet was more diversified during the rainy season and less diversified at the end of the dry season. Based on [Ecology, 64 (1983), 1297] diet selectivity index, waterbuck exerted a positive selection on the major graminaceous species. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet and foraging ecology of Roseate terns and lesser noddies breeding sympatrically on Aride Island, Seychelles
Monticelli, David; Ramos, J. A.; Tavares, P. C. et al

in Waterbirds (2008), 31(239), 248

Inferences on seabird ecology from stable isotopes ratios (δ13C, δ15N) and mercury concentrations analysis of feathers have been made for temperate and polar species but are far more rare for tropical ... [more ▼]

Inferences on seabird ecology from stable isotopes ratios (δ13C, δ15N) and mercury concentrations analysis of feathers have been made for temperate and polar species but are far more rare for tropical species. In this paper, we used this approach combined with analysis of regurgitations and feeding observations at colonies to examine diet segregation between Roseate Terns (Sterna dougallii) and Lesser Noddies (Anous tenuirostris) breeding sympatrically on Aride Island (Seychelles), western Indian Ocean. Our results indicated extensive overlap between the two species in trophic level and foraging area during the breeding season. Goatfish predominated (93-97%) in all diet samples of adults and chicks collected in the colonies, except in prey fed to mates by Roseate Terns, of which scad and tuna comprised 20%. The isotopic analyses of feathers replaced by adults during molt (primary and body feathers) suggested, however, that the two species differ in foraging ecology during the nonbreeding period. Roseate Tern adults had consistently lower δ15N values than Lesser Noddies which, in turn, had δ15N values comparable to those of chick feathers grown on Aride. Moreover, low but similar mercury levels were found in body feathers of Lesser Noddy adults and Roseate Tern chicks, whereas Roseate Tern adults were significantly more contaminated. Overall, these results support the hypothesis that the Lesser Noddy is largely sedentary, being associated with the same food web in the vicinity of the colonies year-round. In contrast, Roseate Terns rely on distinct prey during the molting (nonbreeding) season which may be also consistent with a change in food web (i.e., a migratory regime) although the assignment of potential wintering areas remain difficult without isotopic basemaps currently available for the Indian Ocean. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet and gut microorganisms of Munidopsis squat lobsters associated with natural woods and mesh-enclosed substrates in the deep South Pacific
Hoyoux, Caroline; Zbinden, M.; Samadi, S. et al

in Marine Biology Research (2012), 8(1), 28-47

Squat lobsters of the deep-sea genus Munidopsis are among the most regularly reported crustaceans associated with deep-sea wood falls. They are often thought to indirectly use these substrates for preying ... [more ▼]

Squat lobsters of the deep-sea genus Munidopsis are among the most regularly reported crustaceans associated with deep-sea wood falls. They are often thought to indirectly use these substrates for preying or scavenging wood-associated molluscs or annelids, albeit the species M. andamanica has been recently highlighted as a xylophagous specialist. In this work, we examined the feeding appendages, gut contents and gut lining of M. nitida, M. bispinoculata and M. pilosa specimens from natural sunken woods and compared them with specimens of the same species having survived and grown on different hard-to-digest substrates (i.e. woods, turtle shells and whale bones) experimentally submerged in the deep South Pacific. In both cases, all three species directly ingest large wood fragments deeply degraded by microorganisms, but M. nitida also feeds on experimentally submerged whale bone and turtle shell fragments. Munidopsis nitida is also the only species to host a resident gut microflora, but the bacterial morphotypes vary according to the ingested substrate. The results suggest that the three species are most probably opportunistic, bacterivorous detritivores and that M. nitida could be at the beginning of an evolutionary process towards xylophagy within the genus Munidopsis. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet composition of young and adult Northern Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus and adult Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix in Burundi
Nasasagare, Régine Pacis; Ntakimazi, Gaspard; Libois, Roland ULg

in Malimbus (2013), 35(1), 1-10

We studied the diet composition of Northern Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus and Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix in four localities of the Rusizi Plain, northwest Burundi. We analyzed crop contents ... [more ▼]

We studied the diet composition of Northern Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus and Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix in four localities of the Rusizi Plain, northwest Burundi. We analyzed crop contents of 100 adults from each of the two species and the composition of food brought by parents to nestlings of the sparrow at ten nests. In all four sites, the sparrow’s diet consisted primarily of rice. The bishop also fed mostly on rice grains but also ate Lepidoptera caterpillars, some other insects and wild grass seeds such as Panicum sp. and Brachiaria sp. For adults of both bird species, there was no significant variation in diet throughout the year. However, the diet of young sparrows was much more diverse and changed from the day of hatching until fledging. On the day of hatching, chicks ate mainly caterpillars but by the tenth day, food items comprised one third caterpillars, one third Orthoptera and the rest of other insects including Odonata, Dictyoptera, Isoptera and adult Lepidoptera. After this and until fledging, the chicks were fed increasingly on rice seeds. Simultaneously, the proportion of caterpillars taken gradually decreased until none was fed to the nestlings at the end of the nestling period. The items brought by parents also varied with time of day, with caterpillars and grasshoppers in higher proportions in the morning, decreasing around mid-day and then increasing in the evening. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet of crustaceans species associated to deep-sea wood falls
Hoyoux, Caroline ULg; Samadi, Sarah; Zbinden, Magali et al

Poster (2007, November 16)

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See detailDiet of Damselfishes (Pomacentridae): a multidisciplinary approach
Fabri, Grégory ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

Poster (2006, October)

Coral reefs are the marine ecosystem showing the greatest fish diversity. Damselfishes (Pomacentridae) represent, with more than 340 species, one of the most important families in the coral reef ... [more ▼]

Coral reefs are the marine ecosystem showing the greatest fish diversity. Damselfishes (Pomacentridae) represent, with more than 340 species, one of the most important families in the coral reef environment. Currently their diet is understudied. This work has 2 aims: (i) to characterize the diet of 13 pomacentrid species of the reef of Toliara (Madagascar) and (ii) to investigate if the specific diversity of this family would result from a strong trophic segregation. A multidisciplinary approach including morphological data (teeth, lower jaw-lever mechanics and intestine length), stomach contents and stable isotope analysis were used. The morphological approach and the stomach contents show that each studied species is able to capture small planktonic preys (e.g. copepods). However, the 13 species can be divided into two trophic guilds: alguivores and planktivores (respectively species where the filamentous algae and the planktonic preys count for more than 60% of their diet). Within these two principal classes, the analysis of the stomach contents and stable isotopes permit to define sub-groups : (1) the species having a food behaviour exclusively alguivore or planktivore (> 90% of their diet) (2) species showing a more varied diet by also eating other types of preys such as vagiles and/or sessiles invertebrates. The diet would contribute but could not explain all diversity in Pomacentridae. Some species show a very similar diet. Consequently other ecological factors should be responsible for the reduction of interspecific competitions and for the existence of such diversity. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet of harbor porpoises along the Dutch coast: a combined stable isotope and stomach contents approach
Jansen, Okka; Michel, Loïc ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

in Marine Mammal Science (2013), 29(3), 295-311

High stranding frequency of porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, along the Dutch coast since 2006 has led to increased interest in the ecology of porpoises in the North Sea. Stranded porpoises were collected ... [more ▼]

High stranding frequency of porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, along the Dutch coast since 2006 has led to increased interest in the ecology of porpoises in the North Sea. Stranded porpoises were collected along the Dutch coast (2006–2008) and their diet was assessed through stomach content and stable isotope analysis (d13C and d15N) of porpoise muscle and prey. Stable isotope analysis (SIAR) was used to estimate the con- tribution of prey species to the porpoises’ diet. This was compared to prey composi- tion from stomach contents, to analyze differences between long- and short-term diet. According to stomach contents, 90.5% of the diet consisted of gobies, whiting, lesser sandeel, herring, cod, and sprat. Stable isotope analysis revealed that 70-83% of the diet consisted of poor cod, mackerel, greater sandeel, lesser sandeel, sprat, and gobies, highlighting a higher importance of pelagic, schooling species in the porpoises’ diet compared to stomach contents. This could be due to prey distribution as well as differ- ences in behavior of porpoises and prey between the coastal zone and offshore waters. This study supports the need for multi-method approaches. Future ecological and fishery impact assessment studies and management decisions for porpoise conservation should acknowledge this difference between the long- and short-term diet. [less ▲]

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See detailThe diet of the European mink (Mustela lutreola) in south west France. First results.
Libois, Roland ULg; Fellous, Amina; Rosoux, René et al

in Reig, S. (Ed.) Abstracts of the Euro American mammal congress (1998, July)

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See detailThe diet of the Harlequin crab Lissocarcinus orbicularis, an obligate symbiont of sea cucumbers (holothuroids) belonging to the genera Thelenota, Bohadschia and Holothuria
Caulier, Guillaume; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Van Nedervelde, Fleur et al

in Symbiosis (2014)

The present paper characterizes, for the first time, the diet of the Harlequin crab, Lissocarcinus orbicularis an obligate symbiotic crab that associates with sea cucumbers (holothuroids) belonging to the ... [more ▼]

The present paper characterizes, for the first time, the diet of the Harlequin crab, Lissocarcinus orbicularis an obligate symbiotic crab that associates with sea cucumbers (holothuroids) belonging to the genera Thelenota, Bohadschia and Holothuria. These tropical holothuroids host a rich symbiotic community in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean of which the Harlequin crab is the best known. The diet of L. orbicularis was characterized by analyzing the microscopic, molecular and isotopic signatures obtained from its gastric content. The presence of sea cucumber ossicles in the gastric mills of the crabs suggests that symbionts eat the superficial integument of their host and this was suppoarted by the fact that Holothuroid DNA was detected in the stomach of L.orbicularis after DGGE and sequencing of the 18S rDNA gene. The stable isotopic δ13C and δ15N values of crab tissues were compared with diverse potential food sources including the three holothuroids, three algae, one sea grass as well as the organic matter contained in the water column, in the sediment, and the second most abundant symbiont, the polychaete Gastrolepidia clavigera. The low δ15N values of crabs suggest that the crabs do not exclusively feed on sea cucumber tissue but assimilate diverse food sources such as sea grasses and organic matter contained in sediment that have similar δ13C values. There were no difference between the feeding of males and females but there was a positive correlation between the carapace length and the stable isotopic values indicating a shift of the food source as crabs grow larger. [less ▲]

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See detailThe diet of the serotine bat: A Comparison between rural and urban environments
Kervyn, Thierry; Libois, Roland ULg

in Belgian Journal of Zoology (2008), 138(1), 41-49

The diet of four maternity colonies of serotine bats in Southern Belgium was investigated by analysing faecal pellets collected from beneath the roost throughout the activity season. Their diet is ... [more ▼]

The diet of four maternity colonies of serotine bats in Southern Belgium was investigated by analysing faecal pellets collected from beneath the roost throughout the activity season. Their diet is composed of Coleoptera Melolonthidae (Melolontha sp., Amphimallon sp., Rhizotrogus sp., Serica brunnea), Coleoptera Scarabaeidae (Aphodius sp., Geotrupes sp.), Coleoptera Carabidae, Diptera Tipulidae, Diptera Chironomidae, Lepidoptera, Hemiptera Pentatomidae, Hymenoptera Ichneumonoidea Ophionidae, Trichoptera and Arachnida. <br />The diet of an urban colony of serotine bats was broadly the same as the diets of three rural colonies. Though some qualitative and quantitative variations were observed between study sites, the main source of variation in the diet was the seasonal availability of potential prey. <br />The prominence of agriculture-dependant prey (chafers in mid summer and Aphodius beetles in late summer and autumn) was observed at all study sites. Consequently, dietary breadth and diversity is smaller during these periods. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet overlap between the newly introduced Lamprichthys tanganicanus and the Tanganyika sardine in Lake Kivu, Eastern Africa
Masilya, M. P.; Darchambeau, François ULg; Isumbisho, M. et al

in Hydrobiologia (2011), 675(1), 75-86

This study evaluates the possible competition for food between Lamprichthys tanganicanus, recently introduced in Lake Kivu, and Limnothrissa miodon, which has been the basis of the pelagic fishery in this ... [more ▼]

This study evaluates the possible competition for food between Lamprichthys tanganicanus, recently introduced in Lake Kivu, and Limnothrissa miodon, which has been the basis of the pelagic fishery in this lake for several decades. Since 2006, L. tanganicanus has expanded in the lake and its numbers have increased in the captures, raising concern for the sardine fishery. We carried out a 2-year monthly survey, based on experimental captures in littoral and pelagic stations, which demonstrated the invasive dispersal of L. tanganicanus in littoral and pelagic waters. The diet of both species was determined on the basis of gut content analyses, taking into account the influence of site and season, and a diet overlap index was calculated. In the pelagic zone, where almost all size classes of both species were present and essentially fed upon mesozooplankton, the diet overlap was high. This situation stems from the fact that L. tanganicanus has colonized the pelagic zone in Lake Kivu, likely in search for more abundant mesozooplankton. Inshore, the diet overlap between the two species was lower, as L. tanganicanus consumed a broad range of food, whereas L. miodon strongly selected insects and, chiefly for the largest specimens, fishes. These results suggest a likelihood of interspecific competition, particularly offshore, where mesozooplankton is the main available food type, and call for further monitoring of the sardine fishery, to assess a possible impact of the invader. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet supplement effect based on cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves on Borgou cows performance in rainy season
Chabi Toko, Roukayath ULg; DAHOUDA, Mahamadou; GBAGUIDI, Fernand et al

in International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences (2010), (4(6): 2427-2432),

An experiment was carried out to investigate the effect of supplementing lactating cows with cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves in the rainy season on milk yield and content, cows daily weight ... [more ▼]

An experiment was carried out to investigate the effect of supplementing lactating cows with cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves in the rainy season on milk yield and content, cows daily weight gain and profitability. The experimental design was 3 × 3 Latin square with 5 repetitions. Fifteen Borgou cows were offered three diets: grazing on natural pasture, grazing on pasture plus 1.5 kg of cottonseed meal supplement and grazing on natural pasture plus 500 g of Vitellaria paradoxa leaves. Daily milk yield was 946.58 g, 1690.07 g and 1176.89 g for the control, cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves group respectively. Cows supplemented with cottonseed meal produce significantly (p < 0.05) more milk than the others. The mean values were 15.12%, 0.35%, 5.92% and 4.13% respectively for total solid, ash, fat and protein content. Vitellaria paradoxa leaves significantly (p < 0.05) increase total solid level and ash as well as ash with cottonseed meal. Furthermore, calves daily weight gain (DWG) was significantly different. A net return analysis shows that cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves supplementation in rainy season was profitable even if Vitellaria paradoxa leaves were more beneficial. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet, habitat use, and seed dispersal by a pigtail macaque (Macaca nemestrina leonina) troop in Khao Yai National Park (Thailand)
Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg; Latinne, Alice ULg; Savini, Tommaso ULg

Conference (2008, April 23)

While studying the influence of human proximity on the ecology of pigtail macaques, a species not well documented in continental Thailand, we collected data on ranging and foraging behaviours of a troop ... [more ▼]

While studying the influence of human proximity on the ecology of pigtail macaques, a species not well documented in continental Thailand, we collected data on ranging and foraging behaviours of a troop of Macaca nemestrina leonina living in the surroundings of Khao Yai National park tourist centre. We present here data suggesting a role as seed dispersers for the pigtails, role which has not been considered yet when analysing the importance of the frugivorous community in forest regeneration. Such a role might be however expected based on the highly frugivorous diet of the macaques, the presence of cheek pouches, and the relatively long distance they travel daily. The studied troop counts about 40 individuals, with 3 adult males for 9 adult females, and occupies a 100 ha home range with sleeping sites close to the tourist facilities. Macaques spent about 30% of their days in primary forests, and more than 60 percent in secondary forest and open areas. They consume a certain proportion of human food (6.4%), but spend most time foraging for wild food in the surrounding forest. Fruits count for an important part of their diet (76%) and, indeed, the faeces analysis reveals the presence of a high number of seeds, which size ranges up to above 15mm. Their viability was assessed using the cut-test and Tetrazolium immersion, showing a high percentage of viable seeds in the samples. Three series of seeds (defecated, spat, and control seeds) placed in germination boxes reached a high germination rate, with no uniform significant differences between defecated, spat and control seeds. Seeds without pulp, a frequent case when macaques reject them after transport and processing, seem to be more likely to germinate than seeds rejected with their pulp directly under the parent tree. These results suggest altogether that pigtail macaques are potential seed dispersers, an important factor in regard of their regular use of degraded habitat zones. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet- and tissue-specific incorporation of isotopes in the shark Scyliorhinus stellaris, a North Sea mesopredator
Caut, Stephane; Jowers, Michael J.; Michel, Loïc ULg et al

in Marine Ecology. Progress Series (2013), 492

Elucidating predator–prey relationships is an important part of understanding and assessing the structure and function of ecosystems. Sharks are believed to play a significant role in marine ecosystems ... [more ▼]

Elucidating predator–prey relationships is an important part of understanding and assessing the structure and function of ecosystems. Sharks are believed to play a significant role in marine ecosystems, although their specific trophic ecology is largely unexplored. Stable isotopes of nitrogen ( 15N) and carbon ( 1318 C) are a widely applied tool in food web studies but there is a need to quantify stable isotope dynamics in animals, particularly sharks. In this study, diet-tissue discrimination factors (DTDF = stable isotope in consumer tissue – stable isotope in diet) and turnover rates (time for the isotope to be assimilated into the consumer’s tissue) of stable isotopes were estimated in blood, fin, and muscle tissue for the shark species Scyliorhinus stellaris fed two diets with different isotope values. Subsequently, these diet- and tissue-specific DTDFs were used in isotopic mixing models to quantify the diet of Scyliorhinus canicula caught in the North Sea and compared with stomach content data. DTDFs for 15N ( 15N) and 13C ( 13C) ranged from –1.95‰ to 3.49‰ and from 0.52‰ to 5.14‰, respectively, and varied with tissue and diet type. Isotope turnover rates in plasma and red blood cells, expressed as half-lives, range from 39 to 135 days. A majority of the variability of DTDFs reported in this and other studies with sharks can be explained by linear relationships between DTDF and dietary isotopic values. From these relationships, we propose a method for isotope mixing models that uses diet specific DTDFs, which improves diet reconstruction estimates of animals, particularly mesopredator sharks that consume a large range of prey types. [less ▲]

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