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See detailEffect of Volatile Organic Compounds against fungal and bacterial plant pathogens
Kaddes, Amine ULg; Massart, Sébastien ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Scientific conference (2015, August 25)

Barley is threatened by various edaphic fungal diseases. Common root rot, caused by Fusarium culmorum and Cochliobolus sativus , is one of the major fungal diseases of barley, causing between 9 and 23 ... [more ▼]

Barley is threatened by various edaphic fungal diseases. Common root rot, caused by Fusarium culmorum and Cochliobolus sativus , is one of the major fungal diseases of barley, causing between 9 and 23 % of yield losses. Since several chemicals used for crop protection are being forbidden, new ways of protection are needed. In a previous study, we have shown that barley roots infected by common root rot emitted 23 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that were not emitted by healthy barley roots. Among VOCs methyl propionate and methyl acrylate applied alone reduced significantly the development of both barley pathogens. The main objective of this study is to evaluate the antifungal and antibacterial activity of both VOCs on a wider range of plant pathogens: Fusarium culmorum , Fusarium graminiurum, Penicillium expansum, Penicilium digitatum and Penicilium itallicum as fungal pathogens ) and Pectobacterium carotovorum carotovorum and Pectobacterium atrosepticum as bacterial pathogens. The evaluation has been made through ELISA microplates with PDB or V8 media. The growth of the pathogen (bacteria and conidia) in the presence of the VOCs was evaluated and compared to a control (same media without VOCs). Methylpropionate showed interesting antibacterial activity with 40% and 96%of inhibition against Pectobacterium carotovorum carotovorum and Pectobacterium atrosepticum, respectively. An inhibition of 77 and 97 % was observed in presence of methylacrylate against Pectobacterium carotovorum carotovorum and Pectobacterium atrosepticum, respectively. Concerning antifungal activity, the results showed that the methyl acrylate inhibted the growth of all tested fungi (the least was P.digitatum by 70%), similarly to methylpropionate (with 50% found in F.culmorum). [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of volume reduction of cord blood units before storage on transplantation outcomes: a retrospective analysis of Eurocord-EBMT and Netcord
SACCARDI, R; Tucunduva, L; Ruggeri, A et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2013, April 01), 48

In this Registry study, manipulation of the CBUs aimed at volume reduction was not shown to infl uence the clinical outcome, indicating a satisfactory validation of the associated technologies across the ... [more ▼]

In this Registry study, manipulation of the CBUs aimed at volume reduction was not shown to infl uence the clinical outcome, indicating a satisfactory validation of the associated technologies across the banks. Cells viability assessment methodology varied among banks. Further eff orts to standardize the quality controls before CBU release are needed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of walls on colour rendering
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Lighting Research & Technology (1985), 17(3)

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See detailEffect of water availability on milking frequency and yield of dairy cows milked in pastures by an automatic milking system.
Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Robaye, Vincent ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg et al

Poster (2012)

Nowadays farmers have to manage larger herds but at the same time, want to benefit from a normal social life. The automatic milking system (AMS) can be a solution. Its use can reduce physical labour and ... [more ▼]

Nowadays farmers have to manage larger herds but at the same time, want to benefit from a normal social life. The automatic milking system (AMS) can be a solution. Its use can reduce physical labour and allow flexibility. This technology can result in a reduction in grazing even though grazing is considered as a natural practice of the cows which is appreciated by the consumers. However, the milking frequency is decreased when outdoor grazing rather than an indoor feed systems is combined with automatic milking system (AMS) are combined compared to an indoor system. On pasture, cows tend to visit the AMS by group and enter in close succession. Improved cow traffic would allow increased milking frequency and avoid long waiting before milking. In this aim, effect of water availability in the grazing paddocks on the frequencies of cow visits to was tested. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of water extract of Moringa oleifera seeds on the hydrolytic microbial species diversity of a UASB reactor treating domestic wastewater.
Kalogo, Y.; Rosillon, Françis ULg; Hammes, F. et al

in Letters in Applied Microbiology (2000), 31(3), 259-264

The effect of a continuous supply of a water extract of Moringa oleifera seeds (WEMOS) on the hydrolytic microbial population of biomass grown in mesophilic upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors ... [more ▼]

The effect of a continuous supply of a water extract of Moringa oleifera seeds (WEMOS) on the hydrolytic microbial population of biomass grown in mesophilic upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors treating domestic wastewater was investigated. The WEMOS-treated sludge had seemingly a wider diversity, with enterobacter and klebsiella as dominant hydrolytic bacteria, compared with the control sludge. Additional tests indicated that various hydrolytic bacteria could degrade WEMOS. It appeared that a continuous supply of WEMOS to an anaerobic digester, treating domestic wastewater, increased the diversity of hydrolytic bacteria and therefore enhanced the biological start-up of the reactor. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of water intake of dietary mannitol, sodium chloride and foot frequency in healthy cats
Kirschvinck, N.; Lhoest, E.; Leemans, Jérôme ULg et al

in Proceedings: 10th Congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (2006)

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See detailEffect of water intake on dietary mannitol, sodium chloride and food frequency in healthy cats
Kirschvink, N.; Lhoest, E.; Leemans, J. et al

in Proceedings of the 10th Congress ESVCN (2006)

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See detailEffect of water stress on growth, water consumption and yield of silage maize under flood irrigation in a semi-arid climate of Tadla (Morocco)
BOUAZZAMA, Bassou ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2012), 16(4), 468-477

The field study of crop response to water stress is important to maximize yield and improve agricultural water use efficiency in areas where water resources are limited. This study was carried out during ... [more ▼]

The field study of crop response to water stress is important to maximize yield and improve agricultural water use efficiency in areas where water resources are limited. This study was carried out during two growing periods in 2009 and 2010 in order to study the effect of water stress on crop growth, water consumption and dry matter yield of silage maize (Zea mays L.) supplied with flood irrigation under the semi-arid climate of Tadla in Morocco. Four to five irrigation treatments were applied at the rates of 100, 80, 60, 40 and 20% crop evapotranspiration (ETc) of maize. Soil water status, crop growth, leaf area index and above-ground biomass were measured. Results showed that irrigation deficit affected plant height growth, accelerated the senescence of the leaves and reduced the leaf area index. The maximum values of this parameter reached at flowering under the full irrigation treatment (100% ETc) were 5.1 and 4.8 in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Dry matter yields varied from 5.3 t.ha-1 under T4 (40% ETc) to 16.4 t.ha-1 under T1 (100% ETc) in 2009, whereas in 2010, it oscillated between 3.9 t.ha-1 under T5 (20% ETc) to 12.5 t.ha-1 under T1 (100% ETc). The establishment of the water budget by growth phase showed that the water use efficiency was higher during the linear phase of growth. Water use efficiency calculated at harvest varied between 2.99 kg.m-3 under T1 to 1.84 kg.m-3 under T5. The actual evapotranspiration under T1 (100% ETc) was 478 mm and 463 mm in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Using the averaged values of the two years, linear relationships were evaluated between dry matter yield and water consumption ETa. The yield response factor (Ky) for the silage maize for both growth seasons was 1.12. Under the Tadla semi-arid climate, it is proposed that silage maize should be irrigated as a priority before other crops with a Ky lower than 1.12. It is also recommended that, under limited water supplies, irrigation be applied during the linear phase of growth of this crop. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of water temperature on the courtship behavior of the Alpine newt Triturus alpestris
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Mathieu, Maryève; Poncin, Pascal ULg

in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2005), 58(2), 121-127

Temperature is expected to have an effect on the behavioral patterns of all organisms, especially ectotherms. However, although several studies focused on the effect of temperature on acoustic displays in ... [more ▼]

Temperature is expected to have an effect on the behavioral patterns of all organisms, especially ectotherms. However, although several studies focused on the effect of temperature on acoustic displays in both insects and anurans, almost nothing is known about how environmental temperature may affect ectotherm visual courtship displays and sexual performance. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of environmental temperature on the sexual behavior of Alpine newts (Triturus alpestris). We subjected T. alpestris to two different temperatures in controlled laboratory conditions. Temperature had a major effect on both male and female behaviors: at low temperature, the frequencies of several displays, including tail-raising during sperm deposition, are lowered. This variation is caused indirectly by temperature because it is due to female responsiveness, which is temperature-dependent. However, the fanning movement of the male's tail during its main courtship display is independent of female behavior: at lower temperatures, the tail beats at a lower rate, but for a longer time. The similar reproductive success (i.e. sperm transfer) at the two temperature ranges indicates that breeding in cold water is not costly but instead allows males and females to mate early in the season. This is particularly adaptive because, in many habitats, the reproductive period is shortened by drying or freezing conditions, which may impair survival of branchiate offspring. This study also demonstrates the necessity of considering environmental parameters when modeling optimality and characteristics of ectotherm behaviors. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of water uptake on amorphous inulin properties
Ronkart, Sebastien N; Paquot, Michel ULg; Fougnies, Christian et al

in Food Hydrocolloids (2009), 23(3), 922-927

Physical property changes of amorphous spray-dried inulin were investigated during water uptake at 20 degrees C. Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry (MDSC) and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS ... [more ▼]

Physical property changes of amorphous spray-dried inulin were investigated during water uptake at 20 degrees C. Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry (MDSC) and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS) were used to investigate the evolution of the glass transition temperature (T-g) and the crystallinity index, respectively. The water content, crystallization and thermal properties relationship enabled the identification of three zones in the T-g-water content state diagram. Zone I delimited inulin in a glassy amorphous state, while zone II characterized inulin in a liquid amorphous state. Inulin crystallized and caked when T-g was below the storage temperature of 20 degrees C, but crystallization (zone III) was not spontaneous and was delayed by the defined zone II. The crystallization led to thermograms with an endotherm close to T-g. Temperature-Resolved WAXS allowed to correctly ascertain the MDSC endothermic peak as a melting peak because the crystallinity index was maximal at onset temperature of the transition, and dropped to zero at the endset temperature. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Welding on Ultimate Compressive Strength of Aluminium Stiffened Panels
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Richir, T.; Toderan, C. et al

in HIPER’2004, High Performances Marine Vehicules (2004, September)

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See detailEffect of wheel traffic on the physical properties of a Luvisol
Destain, Marie-France ULg; Roisin, Christian; Dalcq, Anne-Catherine ULg et al

in Geoderma (2016), 262

The effects of machine traffic were assessed on a Luvisol in a temperate climate area in Belgium. Soil samples were taken from topsoil (0.07-0.25 m) and subsoil (0.35-0.50 m), on plots under long-term ... [more ▼]

The effects of machine traffic were assessed on a Luvisol in a temperate climate area in Belgium. Soil samples were taken from topsoil (0.07-0.25 m) and subsoil (0.35-0.50 m), on plots under long-term reduced tillage (RT) and conventional tillage (CT). Cone index (CI), bulk density (BD) and precompression stress (Pc) were chosen as indicators of mechanical strength. Mercury intrusion porosimetry was used to characterize the soil microporosity structure. It was presented in two forms: (i) cumulative pore volume vs. equivalent pore radius r, from which four classes of porosity were defined: r < 0.2 μm, 0.2 ≤ r < 9 µm, 9 ≤ r < 73 µm and r ≥ 73 μm; (ii) pore-size distribution (PSDs). In the reference situation where there had been no recent passage of machines, the voids with 0.2 ≤ r < 9 µm were the most important class in RT topsoil. The voids with r ≥ 73 µm represented the main porosity class in the topsoil of CT. In the subsoil, for both tillage systems, the porosity was almost equally distributed between voids with 0.2 ≤ r < 9 µm and voids with r greater than 9 µm. Machine traffic was carried out when the soil water content was close to the optimum Proctor. Although unfavourable, these wet conditions often occur during the beet harvesting period in Belgium. The highest modifications in soil structure (increase in BD and Pc, reduction of macroporosity r ≥ 73 μm) were observed in the topsoil of CT. More limited modifications were noticed in the soil structure of RT topsoil and subsoil layers but these latter are problematic in that the soil would no longer be loosened by subsequent tillage. These modifications could lead to soil consolidation as a result of wheel traffic year after year. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of youth employment quotas on the job finding rates of young people in Belgian
Fonder, Muriel; Lejeune, Bernard ULg

Conference (2004, May 17)

In april 2000, the Belgian federal government launched a special labor market program, whose prominent characteristic was the obligation for companies to occupy in their labor force a certain quota of ... [more ▼]

In april 2000, the Belgian federal government launched a special labor market program, whose prominent characteristic was the obligation for companies to occupy in their labor force a certain quota of young people. Based on a sample of more 100,000 young Walloon job seekers (Wallonia is the French-speaking region of Belgium), the aim of this paper is to evaluate whether or not this program has really improved the youth insertion in the labour market, compared to what would have prevailed in the absence of the program. The effect of the program is evaluated through discrete duration models, and estimated by ‘difference in differences’, looking at the individual trajectory on the labor market of young job seekers, before and after the setting up of the program, for the program target group and for a control group. The empirical results show that the program had a modest positive effect for mid-skilled job seekers, but very little effect for unskilled job seekers. On the other hand, as it could be expected, a strong deadweight effect is observed for the skilled young job seekers. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of youth employment quotas on the job finding rates of young people in Wallonia
Fonder, Muriel; Lejeune, Bernard ULg

Conference (2005, May 26)

In april 2000, the Belgian federal government launched a special labor market program, whose prominent characteristic was the obligation for companies to occupy in their labor force a certain quota of ... [more ▼]

In april 2000, the Belgian federal government launched a special labor market program, whose prominent characteristic was the obligation for companies to occupy in their labor force a certain quota of young people. Based on a sample of more 100,000 young Walloon job seekers (Wallonia is the French-speaking region of Belgium), the aim of this paper is to evaluate whether or not this program has really improved the youth insertion in the labour market, compared to what would have prevailed in the absence of the program. The effect of the program is evaluated through discrete duration models, and estimated by ‘difference in differences’, looking at the individual trajectory on the labor market of young job seekers, before and after the setting up of the program, for the program target group and for a control group. The empirical results show that the program had a modest positive effect for mid-skilled job seekers, but very little effect for unskilled job seekers. On the other hand, as it could be expected, a strong deadweight effect is observed for the skilled young job seekers. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of zoledronic acid (single 5 mg infusion) on lumbar spine bone mineral density versus oral risedronate (5 mg/day) over one year in subgroups of patients receiving glucocorticoid therapy
Roux, C.; Reid, D.; Devogelaer, J. P. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2008), 19(S2), 248-249

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See detailEffect of zolpidem in chronic disorders of consciousness: a prospective open-label study.
Thonnard, Marie ULg; Gosseries, Olivia ULg; Demertzi, Athina ULg et al

in Functional Neurology (2014), 28(4), 259-64

Zolpidem has been reported as an "awakening drug" in some patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC). We here present the results of a prospective openlabel study in chronic DOC patients. Sixty ... [more ▼]

Zolpidem has been reported as an "awakening drug" in some patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC). We here present the results of a prospective openlabel study in chronic DOC patients. Sixty patients (35±15 years; 18 females; mean time since insult ± SD: 4±5.5 years; 31 with traumatic etiology) with a diagnosis of vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (n=28) or minimally conscious state (n=32) were behaviorally assessed using the Coma Recovery Scale-Revised (CRS-R) before and one hour after administration of 10 mg of zolpidem. At the group level, the diagnosis did not change after intake of zolpidem (p=0.10) and CRS-R total scores decreased (p=0.01). Twelve patients (20%) showed improved behaviors and/or CRS-R total scores after zolpidem administration but in only one patient was the diagnosis after zolpidem intake found to show a significant improvement (functional object use), which suggested a change of diagnosis. However, in this patient, a double-blind placebo-controlled trial was performed in order to better specify the effects of zolpidem, but the patient, on this trial, failed to show any clinical improvements. The present open-label study therefore failed to show any clinically significant improvement (i.e., change of Effect of zolpidem in chronic disorders of consciousness: a prospective open-label study diagnosis) in any of the 60 studied chronic DOC patients. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of ß-Cyclodextrin Derivatives on Bronchial Epithelial Cell Layer Permeability
Bosquillon, C; Belhadj Salem, L; Hernandez, E et al

in Delivery to the lung (2006), 17

Cyclodextrins have been identified as promising adjuvants for pulmonary drug delivery. However, concerns regarding possible adverse effects on the respiratory epithelium may limit their development in ... [more ▼]

Cyclodextrins have been identified as promising adjuvants for pulmonary drug delivery. However, concerns regarding possible adverse effects on the respiratory epithelium may limit their development in inhaled products. Concentrations (10-50 mM) of three ß-cyclodextrin derivatives, randomly methylated ß-cyclodextrin (RAMEB), hydroxypropyl-ß-cyclodextrin (HPßCD) and Kleptose® CRYSMEB, were applied to human respiratory epithelial (Calu-3) cell layers and effects on permeability were evaluated by 14C-mannitol permeability and transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) measurements. Each cyclodextrin produced a concentration-dependent increase in mannitol flux which was associated with a drop in TEER. Increases in mannitol flux were the highest after exposure to RAMEB and were not apparent until a 50-60% reduction in TEER was reached. Disrupted cell layers recovered to their initial TEER value in less than 24 h except after exposure to high concentrations of RAMEB. Perturbations of the Calu-3 cell layers were shown to be dependent on cyclodextrin concentration, as well as chemical derivatisation, and were reversible in all but the most severe cases. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of β-cyclodextrin and its derivatives on caveolae disruption, relationships with their cholesterol extraction capacities
Castagne, Delphine ULg; Evrard, Brigitte ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry (2010), 67

Endothelial cells (HUVEC) were treated with b-cyclodextrin (b-CD) and hydroxypropylated or methylated derivatives solutions to confirm their lack of affinity with phospholipids and their specificity ... [more ▼]

Endothelial cells (HUVEC) were treated with b-cyclodextrin (b-CD) and hydroxypropylated or methylated derivatives solutions to confirm their lack of affinity with phospholipids and their specificity towards cholesterol. Further studies were performed on bovine aortic endothelial cells to assess the effect of b-CDs (mainly methylated derivatives) on membrane microdomains (lipid rafts or caveolae), by detecting the caveolae marker caveolin-1 in fractions of sucrose gradients. A displacement from the lighter to the heavier fractions, characteristic of caveolae disruption, was observed using CDs. The strongest effect was obtained with dimethyl-b-CD, for which an accumulation of caveolin-1 was observed in the bottom of the gradient. Crysmeb and trimethyl-b-CD seemed to have the weaker effects as a significative amount of caveolin-1 was still detected in the light fraction corresponding to caveolae. b-CD and CDs having a degree of methylation a bit lower than 2 showed intermediate effects. The results of the present study on microdomains seem in good correlation with the cell cholesterol extraction capacities of CDs previously determined. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of “diagnosis threat” in clinical setting
Fresson, Megan ULg; Dardenne, Benoît ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

Poster (2014, November 14)

Objective. When reminded of their neurological history, mild traumatic brain injured (TBI) students underperform on neuropsychological tests (Suhr & Gunstad, 2002). To date, this “diagnosis threat” (DT ... [more ▼]

Objective. When reminded of their neurological history, mild traumatic brain injured (TBI) students underperform on neuropsychological tests (Suhr & Gunstad, 2002). To date, this “diagnosis threat” (DT) phenomenon has mainly been studied with a non-clinical and high-functioning population (university students). The aim of this study was twofold: to study this phenomenon with neurological patients and to examine the mechanisms responsible for underperformance. Method. Patients (18-55 years-old) who had sustained a TBI or a stroke were recruited from ambulatory and hospitalized cares, and then assigned to one of three conditions : Patients attention was drawn on (1) their neurological disease and the neuropsychological components of the upcoming tasks (DT group) ; (2) their intact sensory capacities and the sensorial components of the tasks (Neutral group); or (3) their better cognitive abilities compared to Alzheimer disease patients (Stereotype boost group). After these instructions, patients carried out cognitive tasks and completed questionnaires. Results. Preliminary analyses (n=18) showed that, on the z-score of executive functioning, the DT group performed worse than both the neutral group (p=.03) and the stereotype boost group (p=.05), but did not differ for the attentional and memory scores. Instructions also had an impact on cognitive self-efficacy, with the neutral group demonstrating greater score than the negative one (p=.08). Furthermore, the self-efficacy score tended to correlate with the score of executive functioning (r=.37). Conclusions. Results show that the DT phenomenon has an impact on cognitive performances in clinical setting, at least on executive functions, which are usually demonstrated to be the most sensitive to stereotype effects. [less ▲]

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