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See detailFirst evidence of deuterotokous parthenogenesis in the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)
Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Verheggen, François ULg

in Journal of Pest Science (2012)

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), originates from South America and is now considered to be one of the most damaging invasive pests of tomatoes in the Mediterranean Basin ... [more ▼]

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), originates from South America and is now considered to be one of the most damaging invasive pests of tomatoes in the Mediterranean Basin countries of Europe and North Africa. The preventing pest mating control methods include: (1) the use of synthetic pheromones for male attraction and annihilation inside insecticide-containing traps; (2) mating disruption by saturating the atmosphere with sex pheromones which alter the ability of males to locate females; and (3) massive applications of sterile males to alter the overall reproductive success of the pest population. However, all these methods achieve only a poor success rate in controlling T. absoluta populations under greenhouse conditions. Sex pheromone management and sterile insect techniques are both based on an important biological trait: the insect must breed through sexual reproduction. Here, we report for the first time laboratory evidence of deuterotokous parthenogenesis, an asexual reproduction where both males and females are produced from unfertilized eggs. We discuss the consequences for T. absoluta control strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst evidence of progenesis in Triturus (Amphibia)
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Joly, Pierre

Poster (1998)

Paedomorphosis is defined as the retention of subadult morphology in reproductive adults. Two main processes can produce this heterochronic pattern : neoteny and progenesis, but progenesis has not been ... [more ▼]

Paedomorphosis is defined as the retention of subadult morphology in reproductive adults. Two main processes can produce this heterochronic pattern : neoteny and progenesis, but progenesis has not been yet demonstrated in newts. Distinction between them can be obtained from the determination of age at first reproduction using the squelettochronological method. In this study, we sampled more than 300 Triturus alpestris in two populations : one in a French Alpine lake and the other in an Italian pond. Results show that paedomorphs from the Italian pond are mature earlier and at a smaller size than metamorphs (Progenesis) whereas paedomorphic and metamorphic newts from the French population do not differ in size and age (Neoteny). Adaptative significance of Paedomorphosis is discussed in relation to the stability of the aquatic habitat [less ▲]

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See detailFirst evidence of pulsations in Vega?. Results of today's most extensive spectroscopic search
Böhm, T.; Lignières, F.; Wade, G. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012), 537

Context. The impact of rapid rotation on stellar evolution theory remains poorly understood as of today. Vega is a special object in this context as spectroscopic and interferometric studies have shown ... [more ▼]

Context. The impact of rapid rotation on stellar evolution theory remains poorly understood as of today. Vega is a special object in this context as spectroscopic and interferometric studies have shown that it is a rapid rotator seen nearly pole one, a rare orientation particularly interesting for seismic studies. In this paper, we present a first systematic search for pulsations in Vega. <BR /> Aims: The goal of the present work is to detect for the first time pulsations in a rapidly rotating star seen nearly pole-on. <BR /> Methods: Vega was monitored in quasi-continuous high-resolution echelle spectroscopy. A total of 4478 spectra were obtained. More precisely in 2008 we obtained 1213 spectra during 19.9 h on 3 nights (26th, 27th and 29th of July 2008) with NARVAL/TBL (at R = 65 000 and R = 75 000), in 2009 we obtained 1293 spectra during 13.7 h on 3 nights (9th-11th of September 2009) with ESPaDOnS/CFHT (at R = 68 000) and in 2010 we gathered again 1972 with NARVAL/TBL during 28.8 h on five nights (July 15th-19th). This data set should represent the most extensive high S/N, high resolution quasi-continuous survey obtained on Vega as of today. Least square deconvolved (LSD) profiles were obtained for each spectrum representing the photospheric absorption profile potentially deformed by the presence of pulsations. In addition, we calculated for each spectrum a telluric line LSD profile subsequently used as radial velocity reference. LSD profile centroids were adjusted and velocity differences (stellar-telluric) determined. These residual velocities were analysed and periodic low amplitude variations, potentially indicative of stellar pulsations, detected. In a subsequent step, the temporal line profile variations during the longest (2010) data set was calculated for each individual velocity bin of 1.8 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP] by computing a 2D (velocity-frequency) Lomb-Scargle periodogram. <BR /> Results: Based on high resolution echelle spectroscopy, we have obtained indications of periodic variations of very small amplitudes within the residual radial velocity curves of Vega. All three data sets revealed the presence of residual periodic variations: 5.32 and 9.19 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] (A ≈ 6 m s[SUP]-1[/SUP]) in 2008, 12.71 and 13.25 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] (A ≈ 8 m s[SUP]-1[/SUP]) in 2009 and 5.42 and 10.82 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] (A ≈ 3-4 m s[SUP]-1[/SUP]) in 2010. However, it is too early to conclude that the variations are due to stellar pulsations, and a confirmation of the detection with a highly stable spectrograph is a necessary next step. <BR /> Conclusions: If pulsations are confirmed, their very small amplitudes show that the star would belong to a category of very "quiet" pulsators. Based on observations obtained at the Bernard Lyot Telescope (TBL, Pic du Midi, France) of the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory, which is operated by the Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers (INSU) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France (CNRS), and at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), which is operated by the National Research Council of Canada, INSU/CNRS and the University of Hawaii. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst evidence of the possible implication of the 11-deoxycorticosterone (DOC) in immune activity of Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis, L.): Comparison with cortisol
Mathieu, Cédric; Mila, Sylvain; Mandiki, Robert et al

in Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part A : Molecular & Integrative Physiology (2013), 165(2), 149-158

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See detailFirst example of an unsymmetrical difunctional monomer polymerizable by two living/controlled methods
Mecerreyes, David; Humes, J.; Miller, R. D. et al

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2000), 21(11), 779-784

In this paper the synthesis and (co)polymerizations of 4-(acryloyloxy)-epsilon-caprolactone are reported. This new monomer can be polymerized in a living/controlled way by two different polymerization ... [more ▼]

In this paper the synthesis and (co)polymerizations of 4-(acryloyloxy)-epsilon-caprolactone are reported. This new monomer can be polymerized in a living/controlled way by two different polymerization mechanisms: atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and ring-opening polymerization (ROP). ATRP, which was carried out at 90 degrees C using NiBr2(PPh3)(2), leads to new polyacrylates containing pendant caprolactone functionalities with controlled molecular weights and narrow polydispersities (M-w/M(p)similar to 1.1). Alternatively, ROP of this functional epsilon-caprolactone bearing a pendant acrylate functionality leads to new poly(4-(acryloyloxy) caprolactone) as well as random copolymers when epsilon-caprolactone and L,L-lactide are added as comonomers. The (co)polymerizations were carried out using either (Al((OPr)-Pr-i)(3) in toluene at 25 degrees C or Sn(Oct)(2) as a catalyst at 110 degrees C producing (co)polymers with controlled molecular weights and narrow polydispersities (M-w/M(n)similar to 1.2). As a potential application, the introduction of acrylate pendant groups into the polyesters facilitated the preparation of cross-linked biodegradable materials either thermally or by irradiation with ultraviolet light radical curing. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst example of “click” copper(I) catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition in supercritical carbon dioxide: Application to the functionalization of aliphatic polyesters
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Schmeits, Stephanie ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

in Green Chemistry (2009), 11

The modification of aliphatic polyesters by the copper(I) catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) was successfully implemented in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). Due to the remarkable ... [more ▼]

The modification of aliphatic polyesters by the copper(I) catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) was successfully implemented in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). Due to the remarkable properties of scCO2, the CuAAC reaction turned out to be quantitative even though the aliphatic polyesters used in this work were insoluble in scCO2. Interestingly enough, the conditions were mild enough to prevent polymer degradation from occurring and finally, efficient removal of the catalyst (>96%) was achieved by scCO2 extraction. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst experience with Architect urine NGAL
Cavalier, Etienne ULg; Delanaye, Pierre ULg

Conference (2010, March 25)

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See detailFirst experiences with a Water Vapour Radiometer at the Royal Observatory of Belgium
Pottiaux, Eric; Warnant, René ULg

in Proceedings of EUREF 2002 Symposium (2003)

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See detailFirst experimental evidence of alluaudite-like phosphates with high Li-content: the (Na1-xLix)MnFe2(PO4)3 series (x = 0 to 1).
Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Keller, Paul; Lissner, Falk et al

in European Journal of Mineralogy (2000), 12

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See detailFirst extraction of interference fragmentation functions from e+e- data
Courtoy, Aurore ULg; Bacchetta, A.; Radici, M. et al

in Physical Review. D, Particles, Fields, Gravitation, and Cosmology (2012), 85(11),

We report on the first extraction of interference fragmentation functions from the semi-inclusive production of two hadron pairs in back-to-back jets in e+e- annihilation. A nonzero asymmetry in the ... [more ▼]

We report on the first extraction of interference fragmentation functions from the semi-inclusive production of two hadron pairs in back-to-back jets in e+e- annihilation. A nonzero asymmetry in the correlation of azimuthal orientations of opposite π+π- pairs is related to the transverse polarization of fragmenting quarks through a significant polarized dihadron fragmentation function. Extraction of the latter requires the knowledge of its unpolarized counterpart, the probability density for a quark to fragment in a π +π - pair. Since data for the unpolarized cross section are missing, we extract the unpolarized dihadron fragmentation function from a Monte Carlo simulation of the cross section. © 2012 American Physical Society. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst extraction of valence transversities in a collinear framework
Bacchetta, Alessandro; Courtoy, Aurore ULg; Radici, Marco

in Journal of High Energy Physics [=JHEP] (2013), 1303

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See detailThe first geological maps of Belgium on the web
Anceau, Annick ULg; Nizet, Laurent ULg

Poster (2008, July)

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See detailFirst glances at the transversity parton distribution through dihadron fragmentation functions
Bacchetta, A.; Courtoy, Aurore ULg; Radici, M.

in Physical Review Letters (2011), 107(1),

We present first observations of the transversity parton distribution based on an analysis of pion-pair production in deep-inelastic scattering off transversely polarized targets. The extraction of ... [more ▼]

We present first observations of the transversity parton distribution based on an analysis of pion-pair production in deep-inelastic scattering off transversely polarized targets. The extraction of transversity relies on the knowledge of dihadron fragmentation functions, which we take from electron-positron annihilation measurements. This is the first attempt to determine the transversity distribution in the framework of collinear factorization. © 2011 American Physical Society. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst ground-based infrared solar absorption measurements of free tropospheric methanol (CH3OH): Multidecade infrared time series from Kitt Peak (31.9°N 111.6°W), trend, seasonal cycle, and comparison with previous measurements
Rinsland, Curtis P.; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Chiou, Linda et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2009), 114(D04309),

Atmospheric CH3OH (methanol) free tropospheric (2.09-14 km altitude) time series spanning 22 years has been analyzed based on high spectral resolution infrared solar absorption spectra of the strong ν8 ... [more ▼]

Atmospheric CH3OH (methanol) free tropospheric (2.09-14 km altitude) time series spanning 22 years has been analyzed based on high spectral resolution infrared solar absorption spectra of the strong ν8 band recorded from the U.S. National Solar Observatory on Kitt Peak (latitude 31.9°N, 111.6°W, 2.09 km altitude) with a 1-m Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS). The measurements span October 1981 to December 2003 and are the first long time series of CH3OH measurements obtained from the ground. The results were analyzed with SFIT2 version 3.93 and show a factor of three variations with season, a maximum at the beginning of July, a winter minimum, and no statistically significant long-term trend over the measurement time span. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Ground-Based Validation of SCIAMACHY V5.01 Ozone Column
Lambert, Jean-Christopher; Allaart, M; Andersen, S.B. et al

in Proceedings of the Second Workshop on the Atmospheric Chemistry Validation of ENVISAT (ACVE-2), ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, 3-7 May 2004 (ESA SP-562, August 2004) ESC01JL1 (2004, August)

In early 2004, the near real-time data processor of ENVISAT SCIAMACHY (SCI_NL) was upgraded to version 5.01. Based on the correlative measurements acquired and collected during the commissioning phase of ... [more ▼]

In early 2004, the near real-time data processor of ENVISAT SCIAMACHY (SCI_NL) was upgraded to version 5.01. Based on the correlative measurements acquired and collected during the commissioning phase of the satellite in 2002, a preliminary validation was organised to verify the improvement and assess the geophysical consistency of the new SCIAMACHY ozone vertical column data product. The present overview summarises the results obtained by a list of validation teams and involving ground-based data acquired from pole to pole by complementary ground-based sensors. The studies conclude to an improvement compared to previous versions 3.5x. They also confirm the presence of expected errors (e.g. dependence on solar elevation and on ozone column) inherited from the GOME Data Processor GDP 2.4, on which the SCIAMACHY processor SCI_NL is based. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst HARPSpol discoveries of magnetic fields in massive stars
Alecian, E.; Kochukhov, O.; Neiner, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2011), 536

In the framework of the Magnetism in Massive Stars (MiMeS) project, a HARPSpol Large Program at the 3.6m-ESO telescope has recently started to collect high-resolution spectropolarimetric data of a large ... [more ▼]

In the framework of the Magnetism in Massive Stars (MiMeS) project, a HARPSpol Large Program at the 3.6m-ESO telescope has recently started to collect high-resolution spectropolarimetric data of a large number of Southern massive OB stars in the field of the Galaxy and in many young clusters and associations. We report on the first discoveries of magnetic fields in two massive stars with HARPSpol - HD 130807 and HD 122451, and confirm the presence of a magnetic field at the surface of HD 105382 that was previously observed with a low spectral resolution device. The longitudinal magnetic field measurements strongly vary for HD 130807 from ~-100 G to ~700 G. Those of HD 122451 and HD 105382 are less variable with values ranging from ~-40 to -80 G, and from ~-300 to -600 G, respectively. The discovery and confirmation of three new magnetic massive stars, including at least two He-weak stars, is an important contribution to one of MiMeS objectives: the understanding of the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars and their impact on stellar structure and evolution. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Chile (Program ID 187.D-0917). [less ▲]

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See detailFirst High-Angular Resolution L' Images of the β Pictoris Debris Disc with the VLT / NaCo
Milli, Julien; Mawet, Dimitri; Absil, Olivier ULg et al

in Booth, Mark; Matthews, Brenda; Graham, James (Eds.) Exploring the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems (2014, January 01)

Imaging debris discs in the L'-band (3.8 μm) is a difficult task. Quasi-static speckles from imperfect optics prevail below 1'' whereas background emission is the dominant noise source beyond that ... [more ▼]

Imaging debris discs in the L'-band (3.8 μm) is a difficult task. Quasi-static speckles from imperfect optics prevail below 1'' whereas background emission is the dominant noise source beyond that separation and is much larger than at shorter wavelengths. We demonstrate here the potential of the newly commissioned AGPM coronograph on VLT/NaCo combined with advanced star and sky subtraction technique based on Principal Component Analysis, and we analyze the morphology of the β Pictoris disc. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Imaging of Coronal Mass Ejections in the Heliosphere Viewed from Outside the Sun Earth Line
Harrison, Richard A; Davis, Christopher J; Eyles, Christopher J et al

in Solar Physics (2007), 247

We show for the first time images of solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) viewed using the Heliospheric Imager (HI) instrument aboard the NASA STEREO spacecraft. The HI instruments are wide-angle imaging ... [more ▼]

We show for the first time images of solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) viewed using the Heliospheric Imager (HI) instrument aboard the NASA STEREO spacecraft. The HI instruments are wide-angle imaging systems designed to detect CMEs in the heliosphere, in particular, for the first time, observing the propagation of such events along the Sun Earth line, that is, those directed towards Earth. At the time of writing the STEREO spacecraft are still close to the Earth and the full advantage of the HI dual-imaging has yet to be realised. However, even these early results show that despite severe technical challenges in their design and implementation, the HI instruments can successfully detect CMEs in the heliosphere, and this is an extremely important milestone for CME research. For the principal event being analysed here we demonstrate an ability to track a CME from the corona to over 40 degrees. The time altitude history shows a constant speed of ascent over at least the first 50 solar radii and some evidence for deceleration at distances of over 20 degrees. Comparisons of associated coronagraph data and the HI images show that the basic structure of the CME remains clearly intact as it propagates from the corona into the heliosphere. Extracting the CME signal requires a consideration of the F-coronal intensity distribution, which can be identified from the HI data. Thus we present the preliminary results on this measured F-coronal intensity and compare these to the modelled F-corona of Koutchmy and Lamy ( IAU Colloq. 85, 63, 1985). This analysis demonstrates that CME material some two orders of magnitude weaker than the F-corona can be detected; a specific example at 40 solar radii revealed CME intensities as low as 1.7×10[SUP]-14[/SUP] of the solar brightness. These observations herald a new era in CME research as we extend our capability for tracking, in particular, Earth-directed CMEs into the heliosphere. [less ▲]

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