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See detailFirst report of isolation and molecular characterization of bubaline herpesvirus 1 (BuHV1) from Argentinean water buffaloes
Maidana, Silvina; Konrad, José; Craig, Maria et al

in Archives of Virology (in press)

Herpesviruses have mainly co-evolved with their hosts for millions of years. However, bovine herpesvirus 1 (BoHV1) and related ruminant alphaherpesviruses have been reported to cross the species barrier ... [more ▼]

Herpesviruses have mainly co-evolved with their hosts for millions of years. However, bovine herpesvirus 1 (BoHV1) and related ruminant alphaherpesviruses have been reported to cross the species barrier. Bubaline herpesvirus 1 (BuHV1) is an alphaherpesvirus closely related to BoHV1 and BoHV5. According to the serological cross-relationships between ruminant alphaherpesviruses, several surveys have studied the occurrence of BoHV1-related virus infection in wild and domestic ruminant species. Recent studies in Argentina showed an increase in serological prevalence against BoHV1 related viruses in water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) population. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of related ruminant alphaherpesvirus in the Argentinean water buffalo population. BuHV1 was successfully isolated from 5 out of 225 buffaloes analyzed. One isolate was obtained from nasal secretions, and the others were from vaginal swabs. The buffaloes belonged to four different farms located in northeastern Argentina. The isolates were characterized as alphaherpesvirus by direct immunofluorescence using FITC-anti-BoHV1 IgG. Restriction analysis performed with BamHI and BstEII on the complete genome showed differences between the isolates and those from BoHV1 and BoHV5 subtypes. Phylogenetic analysis on both UL27 and US6 showed similarity in tree topology. While three of the isolates grouped together with sequences of BoHV5, two other isolates clustered separately. Genetic analysis of eight concatenated sequences from all isolates and references strains showed high nucleotide sequence identity between BuHV1 and BoHV5. While three of the isolates clustered together with the BoHV5 reference strain, the last two isolates were closely related to an Australian BuHV1 strain. To our knowledge, this is the first report on the isolation and molecular characterization of BuHV1 in South America. Phylogenetic analysis suggested that two different BuHV1 lineages circulate in the Argentinean water buffalo population. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst report of Mortierella wolfii causing human disease
LAYIOS, Nathalie ULg; HAYETTE, Marie-Pierre ULg; HUWART, Aline ULg et al

Conference (2013, September)

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See detailFirst Report of Orchitis in Man Caused by Brucella abortus Biovar 1 in Ecuador.
Ron-Roman, Jorge; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Minda-Aluisa, Elizabeth et al

in American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (The) (2012), 87(3), 524-8

Abstract. We present a 44-year-old man from a rural community in northern Ecuador who worked on a cattle farm where he was involved with primary veterinary care, including assistance during births (or ... [more ▼]

Abstract. We present a 44-year-old man from a rural community in northern Ecuador who worked on a cattle farm where he was involved with primary veterinary care, including assistance during births (or calving) and placenta retention and artificial insemination, with minimal precautions. In September of 2009, quite abruptly, he developed asthenia and hypersomnia without any apparent cause or symptoms like fever, chills, or night sweats. On November 14, 2009, he suffered from pain and edema in the right testicle that coincided with pain in the abdomen. Clinical, serological, and bacteriological investigations confirmed the first case of unilateral orchitis in man in Ecuador caused by Brucella abortus biovar 1. Because brucellosis is a neglected disease, special attention should be given to it in the training of medical and veterinary students. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst report of Pear blister canker viroid, Peach latent mosaic viroid, and Hop stunt viroid infecting fruit trees in Tunisia.
Hassen, I. F.; Kummert, J.; Marbot, S. et al

in Plant Disease (2004), 88(10),

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See detailFirst report of the breakdown of the YR17 resistance gene to wheat stripe rust in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Giraud, Frédéric; Tychon, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Plant Pathology [=JPP] (2011), 93(1), 243

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See detailFirst Report of Wheat Leaf Rust in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Progress of its Appearance over the 2003–2008 Period
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Giraud, Frédéric; Vrancken, Carine et al

in Plant Disease (2009), 93

Wheat leaf rust caused by Puccinia triticina Eriks. was identified for the first time in 2000 in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on the basis of orange-to-brown, round-to-ovoid, erumpent uredinia (1 to 1.5 ... [more ▼]

Wheat leaf rust caused by Puccinia triticina Eriks. was identified for the first time in 2000 in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on the basis of orange-to-brown, round-to-ovoid, erumpent uredinia (1 to 1.5 mm in diameter) scattered on the upper and lower leaf surfaces and producing orange-brown urediniospores that are subgloboid, approximately 20 μm in diameter, and with up to eight germ pore scattered in thick, echinulate walls. In a second phase, wheat was monitored weekly (starting from Zadoks growth stage 30, pseudo stem erection) during the 2003–2008 cropping seasons for wheat leaf rust. Disease severity (percentage of leaf area with symptoms) was recorded in four, replicated field experiments located in three villages (Diekirch District: Reuler; and Grevenmacher District: Burmerange and Christnach), which are representative of the different agroclimatological zones of Luxembourg. A significant difference in severity was observed between the sites (P < 0.01) and the years (P < 0.05). Over the 6-year period, Burmerange and Reuler consistently showed the highest and lowest disease severity, respectively. In 2003 and 2007, Burmerange (a southern site with the highest average spring temperatures of 13.6 and 14.0°C, respectively) showed the highest disease severity with 66 and 57%, respectively, whereas the lowest severity (<1% for both years) was observed in the north at Reuler (site with the lowest average spring temperatures of 12.0 and 12.4°C, respectively). Christnach, located midway between Reuler and Burmerange, showed an intermediate disease severity with 7% (2003) and 22% (2007). The disease appeared at growth stages 77 (late milk) and 87 (hard dough) in the period 2003–2005, but at an earlier stage (45, boots swollen) for 2006–2008 (P < 0.001). In 2005, low severity was recorded due to a severe drought during May, June, and July. A reason for this earlier appearance of leaf rust occurrences in the two districts may be related to an increase in the average spring temperature (average March to May temperature for Luxembourg was 8.3°C for the 1971–2000 period, 9.5°C for the 2003–2005 period, 9.9°C for the 2006–2008 period, 2007 was exceptional with 11.9°C, P < 0.01). In the past, cereal disease management strategies were oriented toward the control of predominant and yield-reducing diseases such as that caused by Septoria tritici Desm. Because the succession of mild winters and warm springs during the last 5 years allowed the early occurrence and the fast development of wheat leaf rust in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, it is advisable to take this disease into account in fungicide application schemes. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst report of wheat powdery mildew and its severity in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg over the 2003-2009 period
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Giraud, Frédéric; Tychon, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Plant Pathology [=JPP] (2009), 91(S4), 109

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See detailFirst report on the presence in France of a B-chromosome polymorphism in Apodemus flavicollis
Ramalhinho, M. G.; Libois, Roland ULg

in Mammalia (2002), 66(2), 300-303

Observation of B chromosomes in Apodemus flavicollis in France (Massif central)

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See detailFirst results for the solar neighborhood of the Asiago Red Clump Survey
Valentini, Marica ULg; Munari, U.; Saguner, T. et al

in European Physical Journal Web of Conferences (2012, February 01)

The Asiago Red Clump Spectroscopic Survey (ARCS) is an ongoing survey that provides atmospheric parameters, distances and space velocities of a well selected sample of Red Clump stars distributed along ... [more ▼]

The Asiago Red Clump Spectroscopic Survey (ARCS) is an ongoing survey that provides atmospheric parameters, distances and space velocities of a well selected sample of Red Clump stars distributed along the celestial equator. We used the ARCS catalog for a preliminary investigation of the Galactic disk in the Solar Neighborhood, in particular we focused on detection and characterization of moving groups. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Results from EIT
Clette, Frédéric; Delaboudiniere, J.-P.; Artzner, G. E. et al

in 1st Advances in Solar Physics Euroconference. Advances in Physics of Sunspots (1997)

The Extreme-UV Imaging telescope has already produced more than 15000 wide-field images of the corona and transition region, on the disk and up to 1.5R_o above the limb, with a pixel size of 2.6\arcsec ... [more ▼]

The Extreme-UV Imaging telescope has already produced more than 15000 wide-field images of the corona and transition region, on the disk and up to 1.5R_o above the limb, with a pixel size of 2.6\arcsec. By using four different emission lines, it provides the global temperature distribution in the quiet corona, in the range 0.5 to 3*E(6) K. Its excellent sensitivity and wide dynamic range allow unprecedented views of low emission features, even inside coronal holes. Those so-called ``quiet'' regions actually display a wide range of dynamical phenomena, in particular at small spatial scales and at time scales going down to only a few seconds, as revealed by all EIT time sequences of full- or partial-field images. The initial results presented here demonstrate the importance of this wide-field imaging experiment for a good coordination between SOHO and ground-based solar telescopes, as well as for science planning. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Results from SuperWASP
Street, R. A.; Collier Cameron, A.; Maxted, P. et al

in Transiting Extrapolar Planets Workshop (2007, July 01)

We present a summary of the first results from the SuperWASP survey, including the detection of two new transiting exoplanets. We summarize our candidate selection procedure and the process by which we ... [more ▼]

We present a summary of the first results from the SuperWASP survey, including the detection of two new transiting exoplanets. We summarize our candidate selection procedure and the process by which we eliminated many false positives prior to radial velocity observations carried out with the Sophie spectrograph at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence. These data confirmed the discovery of two new transiting hot Jupiters, while rejecting 23 other targets. The two confirmed planets, WASP-1b & WASP-2b, respectively orbit F7V and K1V host stars with periods of 2.52 days and 2.15 days. The mass of WASP-1b is constrained to the range 0.80-0.98 M_{Jup} and the planet appears to be `bloated' with a radius of at least 1.33 R_{Jup}. WASP-2b has a mass between 0.81-0.95 M_{Jup} and a radius in the range 0.65-1.26 R_{Jup}. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Results from the CHARA Array. VII. Long-Baseline Interferometric Measurements of Vega Consistent with a Pole-On, Rapidly Rotating Star
Aufdenberg, J. P.; Mérand, A.; Coudé du Foresto, V. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2006), 645

We have obtained high-precision interferometric measurements of Vega with the CHARA Array and FLUOR beam combiner in the K' band at projected baselines between 103 and 273 m. The measured visibility ... [more ▼]

We have obtained high-precision interferometric measurements of Vega with the CHARA Array and FLUOR beam combiner in the K' band at projected baselines between 103 and 273 m. The measured visibility amplitudes beyond the first lobe are significantly weaker than expected for a slowly rotating star characterized by a single effective temperature and surface gravity. Our measurements, when compared to synthetic visibilities and synthetic spectrophotometry from a Roche-von Zeipel gravity-darkened model atmosphere, provide strong evidence for the model of Vega as a rapidly rotating star viewed very nearly pole-on. Our best-fitting model indicates that Vega is rotating at ~91% of its angular break-up rate with an equatorial velocity of 275 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]. Together with the measured vsini, this velocity yields an inclination for the rotation axis of 5deg. For this model the pole-to-equator effective temperature difference is ~2250 K, a value much larger than previously derived from spectral line analyses. A polar effective temperature of 10,150 K is derived from a fit to ultraviolet and optical spectrophotometry. The synthetic and observed spectral energy distributions are in reasonable agreement longward of 140 nm, where they agree to 5% or better. Shortward of 140 nm, the model is up to 10 times brighter than observed. The model has a luminosity of ~37 L[SUB]solar[/SUB], a value 35% lower than Vega's apparent luminosity based on its bolometric flux and parallax, assuming a slowly rotating star. Our model predicts the spectral energy distribution of Vega as viewed from its equatorial plane, and it may be employed in radiative models for the surrounding debris disk. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst results of an enrichment method tested on recent skidding trails in Marantaceae forests (Republic of Congo)
Gillet, Jean-François ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

in CIRAD Montpellier (Ed.) IUFRO International Conference, Research priorities in tropical silviculture : towards new paradigms ? : Abstracts (2011, November)

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See detailFirst results of body condition score modeling for Walloon Holstein cows
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Laloux, Laurent; Gillon, Alain ULg et al

in Interbull Bulletin (2007), 37

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See detailFirst results of body condition score modeling for Walloon Holstein cows
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Laloux, Laurent; Gillon, Alain ULg et al

Conference (2007, August 25)

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See detailFirst results of chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance in the south-eastern part of Belgium
Roels, Stefan; De Bosschere, H.; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Veterinary Quarterly (The) (2005), 27(3), 98-104

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See detailFirst results of Herschel-PACS observations of Neptune
Lellouch, E.; Hartogh, P.; Feuchtgruber, H. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 518

We report on the initial analysis of a Herschel-PACS full range spectrum of Neptune, covering the 51-220 μm range with a mean resolving power of ~3000, and complemented by a dedicated observation of CH ... [more ▼]

We report on the initial analysis of a Herschel-PACS full range spectrum of Neptune, covering the 51-220 μm range with a mean resolving power of ~3000, and complemented by a dedicated observation of CH[SUB]4[/SUB] at 120 μm. Numerous spectral features due to HD (R(0) and R(1)), H[SUB]2[/SUB]O, CH[SUB]4[/SUB], and CO are present, but so far no new species have been found. Our results indicate that (i) Neptune's mean thermal profile is warmer by ~3 K than inferred from the Voyager radio-occultation; (ii) the D/H mixing ratio is (4.5 ± 1) × 10[SUP]-5[/SUP], confirming the enrichment of Neptune in deuterium over the protosolar value (~2.1 × 10[SUP]-5[/SUP]); (iii) the CH[SUB]4[/SUB] mixing ratio in the mid stratosphere is (1.5 ± 0.2) × 10[SUP]-3[/SUP], and CH[SUB]4[/SUB] appears to decrease in the lower stratosphere at a rate consistent with local saturation, in agreement with the scenario of CH[SUB]4[/SUB] stratospheric injection from Neptune's warm south polar region; (iv) the H[SUB]2[/SUB]O stratospheric column is (2.1 ± 0.5) × 10[SUP]14[/SUP] cm[SUP]-2[/SUP] but its vertical distribution is still to be determined, so the H[SUB]2[/SUB]O external flux remains uncertain by over an order of magnitude; and (v) the CO stratospheric abundance is about twice the tropospheric value, confirming the dual origin of CO suspected from ground-based millimeter/submillimeter observations. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst results of the HssO key programme
Hartogh, Paul; Crovisier, Jacques; Lellouch et al

in 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly (2010)

The HssO (Herschel solar system Observations) program aims at determining the distribution, the evolution and the origin of water in Mars, the Outer Planets, Titan, Enceladus and comets, using the three ... [more ▼]

The HssO (Herschel solar system Observations) program aims at determining the distribution, the evolution and the origin of water in Mars, the Outer Planets, Titan, Enceladus and comets, using the three Herschel instruments HIFI, PACS and SPIRE. It addresses the broad topic of water and its isotopologues in planetary and cometary atmospheres. The nature of cometary activity and the thermodynamics of cometary comae will be investigated by studying water excitation in a sample of comets. The D/H ratio, the key parameter for constraining the origin and evolution of Solar System materials, will be measured for the first time in a Jupiter family comet. A comparison with existing and new measurements of D/H in Oort cloud comets will constrain the composition of pre-solar cometary grains and possibly the dynamics of the protosolar nebula. New measurements of D/H in Giant Planets, similarly constraining the composition of proto-planetary ices, will be obtained. The D/H and other isotopic ratios, diagnostics of the evolution of Mars atmosphere, will be accurately measured in H2O and CO. The role of water vapour in the atmospheric chemistry of Mars will be studied by monitoring vertical profiles of H2O and HDO and by searching for several other species (including CO and H2O isotopologues). A detailed study of the source of water in the upper atmosphere of the Giant Planets and Titan will be performed. By monitoring the water abundance, vertical profile, and input fluxes in the various objects, and when possible with the help of mapping observations, we will discriminate between the possible sources of water in the Outer Planets (interplanetary dust particles, cometary impacts, and local sources). First results on comets, Mars and the outer planets will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst results on Martian carbon monoxide from Herschel/HIFI observations
Hartogh, P.; Błecka, M. I.; Jarchow, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 521

We report on the initial analysis of Herschel/HIFI carbon monoxide (CO) observations of the Martian atmosphere performed between 11 and 16 April 2010. We selected the (7-6) rotational transitions of the ... [more ▼]

We report on the initial analysis of Herschel/HIFI carbon monoxide (CO) observations of the Martian atmosphere performed between 11 and 16 April 2010. We selected the (7-6) rotational transitions of the isotopes [SUP]13[/SUP]CO at 771 GHz and C[SUP]18[/SUP]O and 768 GHz in order to retrieve the mean vertical profile of temperature and the mean volume mixing ratio of carbon monoxide. The derived temperature profile agrees within less than 5 K with general circulation model (GCM) predictions up to an altitude of 45 km, however, show about 12-15 K lower values at 60 km. The CO mixing ratio was determined as 980 ± 150 ppm, in agreement with the 900 ppm derived from Herschel/SPIRE observations in November 2009. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA. [less ▲]

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