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See detailHow can long-term experimental plots can help us to understand the sustainability of different phosphorus inputs ?
Renneson, Malorie ULg; dufey, Joseph; Roisin, Christian et al

Poster (2014)

During the last twenty years, we observed a constant reduction of mineral fertilizer use, due to prices increase and environmental awareness, and an increase of crop removal, leading to a phosphorus (P ... [more ▼]

During the last twenty years, we observed a constant reduction of mineral fertilizer use, due to prices increase and environmental awareness, and an increase of crop removal, leading to a phosphorus (P) budget decrease. These changes are feared for a decrease of soil P content, which is already observed in some regions in Wallonia. However, P being an essential element for plant growth, is a such management compatible with yield maintaining? Are the current cropping systems sustainable? To answer to the questions, different studies are made. However, long-term data are rarely available to understand the influence of cropping systems on the soil behavior, leaching risks or to choose adequate indicators of P. To answer to these questions in our soils, 2 experimental plots of the Walloon Agricultural Research Center. These experimental plots were established in 1967 and 1959 in order to evaluate the effect of, respectively, 3 P and K input levels and different organic inputs on the production. Soils samples were taken in plots and analyzed in laboratory. So, different P indicators and edaphic parameters were determined. This study showed that all indicators are coherent with P levels and correlated with yields but no many differences can be shown between fertilizer types. Meanly, zero P-input engenders a decrease of yield of 7%, while a double input increases yield of 2% in comparison to plots with an input corresponding to crop export. So, financially, the zero P-input option is rarely profitable in the long-term and double input of P removed is never financially sustainable. Leaching into deeper soils levels was studied with analysis of deeper horizons which indicated any leaching , even in plots with double inputs. Indeed, soil P contents in depth were similar in these plots than those with no P-inputs or soils under forest cover. So, to conclude, these plots help to study the sustainability of cropping systems in real situations and to determine appropriate management of P. [less ▲]

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See detailHow can long-term experimental plots can help us to understand the sustainability of different phosphorus inputs ?
Renneson, Malorie ULg; Dufey, Joseph; Roisin, Christian et al

Poster (2013, September)

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See detailHow can organic farming contribute to sustainable production and consumption patterns
Stassart, Pierre M ULg; Mormont, Marc ULg; Jamar, Daniel et al

Report (2007)

A sustainable agricultural production chain (“from stable to table”) is not produced ex nihilo, especially when its future hinges on demand from a supermarket distribution circuit. Many of the standards ... [more ▼]

A sustainable agricultural production chain (“from stable to table”) is not produced ex nihilo, especially when its future hinges on demand from a supermarket distribution circuit. Many of the standards of conventional production chains effectively serve as references for intermediaries and consumers alike. The tensions between sustainability standards and market standards are thus the crucial areas in which negotiations about the chain’s future take place. These inextricably intertwined technical, social, and economic tensions are the subject of this research. These tensions create a situation of uncertainty, that is to say, of choices between pathways. They are both a springboard for action and the cause of inaction, depending on how they are interpreted. This exploration is what justified an intervention-research approach that combines restating questions and changing relations to explore the possible pathways to take [less ▲]

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See detailHow can organic farming contribute to the sustainable production and consumption patterns ?
Mormont, Marc ULg

Report (2006)

A sustainable agricultural production chain (“from stable to table”) is not produced ex nihilo, especially when its future hinges on demand from a supermarket distribution circuit. Many of the standards ... [more ▼]

A sustainable agricultural production chain (“from stable to table”) is not produced ex nihilo, especially when its future hinges on demand from a supermarket distribution circuit. Many of the standards of conventional production chains effectively serve as references for intermediaries and consumers alike. The tensions between sustainability standards and market standards are thus the crucial areas in which negotiations about the chain’s future take place. These inextricably intertwined technical, social, and economic tensions are the subject of this research. These tensions create a situation of uncertainty, that is to say, of choices between pathways. They are both a springboard for action and the cause of inaction, depending on how they are interpreted. This exploration is what justified an intervention-research approach that combines restating questions and changing relations to explore the possible pathways to take. [less ▲]

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See detailHow can QbD be used and implemented to optimize method development and validation?
Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Boulanger, Bruno ULg; Hubert, Philippe ULg

Conference (2010, November 04)

Through an example, the way to apply Design of Experiments and the Bayesian modeling to develop robust optimal ligand-binding assays (LBA) will be presented. The objectives of a LBA will be re-examined ... [more ▼]

Through an example, the way to apply Design of Experiments and the Bayesian modeling to develop robust optimal ligand-binding assays (LBA) will be presented. The objectives of a LBA will be re-examined and response of interest derived (precision profile). The concept of Design Space specific for LBA will be introduced in relation with validation, routine and transfer [less ▲]

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See detailHow can we help implementing ESCEO alorith in real life?
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2015), 26(1), 3

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See detailHow can we predict difficulty in PISA reading items ? The process of describing item difficulty
Lumley, T.; Mendelovits, J.; Searle, D. et al

Conference (2009, September)

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See detailHow can we predict difficulty in PISA reading items ? The process of describing item difficulty
Alderson, C.; De Jong, J.; Kirsch, I. et al

Conference (2009, November)

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See detailHow CAPE tools can contribute to process sustainability
Kalitventzeff, Boris ULg; Heyen, Georges ULg; Closon, Hervé et al

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2004), 12(2), 117-124

The concern of the EFCE for sustainability. Four recent case studies to illustrate how CAPE tools contribute to process sustainability: (1) ultimate plant operation at Wacker-Chemie (DE), (2) development ... [more ▼]

The concern of the EFCE for sustainability. Four recent case studies to illustrate how CAPE tools contribute to process sustainability: (1) ultimate plant operation at Wacker-Chemie (DE), (2) development of a new sulphuric acid plant with Air Liquide (FR), (3) plant retrofit for CO2 abatement at Kemira (BE), (4) insertion of a new plant in an existing Solvay industrial site (Asia). (C) 2003 Published by Elsevier Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailHow Climate Change Could Affect The Hydrology In Walloon Region ?
Bauwens, Alexandra ULg; Sohier, Catherine ULg; Degre, Aurore ULg

Poster (2010, April 22)

Research on climate change and its impacts on hydrology are increasingly important nowadays. AMICE project focuses on the adaptation of the Meuse to the impacts of climate change. On this study, we focus ... [more ▼]

Research on climate change and its impacts on hydrology are increasingly important nowadays. AMICE project focuses on the adaptation of the Meuse to the impacts of climate change. On this study, we focus on the Walloon tributaries of the Meuse river, and more specifically on the Vesdre and the Lesse sub-catchments. Climate change scenarios are outputs of the CCI-HYDR Perturbation Tool for time slice 2020-2050 and 2070-2100. This tool allows us to build climate change time series and to use it as input of our hydrological models. The most pessimistic and the most optimistic scenarios are selected. The hydrological model used is called EPICGrid and it is a physically based distributed model at catchment scale. EPICGrid used the perturbed meteorological data to provide hydrograms for the different scenarios and time slice for the Vesdre and the Lesse sub-catchments. It appears that for the Vesdre daily discharge with a return period of 100 years (Qd100) could varies between -3% and +27% when the mean annual 7-day Minimum flow with a return period of 50 years (MAM750) varies between -37% and +16% for 2070-2100. For the Lesse, Qd100 varies between -30% and +50% when MAM750 varies between -21% and +28% for 2070-2100. The broad range of discharge variations reflects the broad range of meteorological variation. These results will be used further in the AMICE project to build an adaptation strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailHow clinical nutrition helps pets suffering from acute and chronic diseases- practical examples and prospects
Diez, Marianne ULg; Ricci, Rebecca

in TSAVA (Ed.) 17th FECAVA Eurocongress 6th TSAVA Congress Modern Veterinary Practices Congress Book (2011, September)

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See detailHow closely are Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) patches linked to past human disturbances in South-Eastern Cameroon
Bourland, Nils ULg; Cerisier, François; Daïnou, Kasso ULg et al

Conference (2013, June 26)

Studies conducted in the Congo Basin forests concluded that soil parameters and large disturbances induced by human activities since 3000–2000 BP could be the main driver for the persistence of long lived ... [more ▼]

Studies conducted in the Congo Basin forests concluded that soil parameters and large disturbances induced by human activities since 3000–2000 BP could be the main driver for the persistence of long lived light-demanding tall tree species. Today most of the timber species belong to this group, among them Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae). Like many other light-demanding trees, this species suffers from important regeneration problems. While the conditions for its establishment must have been met in the past, they obviously have become unfavourable. Because of ongoing logging activities and a natural decline of its populations, this species is recorded in both the IUCN Red List and the CITES Appendix II listings. Our goal was to investigate the roles of both pedological and anthropogenic factors in the persistence of forest patches characterized by this clustered species. Soil surveys, botanical inventories and anthracological excavations were conducted in three different forest sites located in south-eastern Cameroon. P. elata patches (3.3-14.7 ha) were studied and compared to their close surroundings. No statistical differences were observed between the results of botanical inventories conducted inside and outside the patches (Morisita-Horn indices from 0.69-0.77). Soils only differed in Fe content, but otherwise no significant differences could be observed. Charcoal is widespread and abundant in study sites, mostly inside the patches. Charcoal radiocarbon dating (2,150-195 BP) was consistent with decoration techniques of archaeological materials that we discovered. The average age of P. elata individuals coincides with fire events that occurred in a region where fires rarely occur naturally. We present evidence of past anthropogenic disturbances (human settlement, slash-and-burn cultivation) in the Congolese mixed moist semi-evergreen forest in south-eastern Cameroon. We discuss the potential influence of our findings on the management of light-demanding tall trees populations in a context of logging activities. [less ▲]

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See detailHow compatible is perfect competition with transmission loss allocation methods?
Jing, Dai; Phulpin, Yannick; Rious, Vincent et al

in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on the European Electricity Market (EEM-08) (2008)

This paper addresses the problem of transmission loss allocation in a power system where the generators, the demands and the system operator are independent. We suppose that the transmission losses are ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of transmission loss allocation in a power system where the generators, the demands and the system operator are independent. We suppose that the transmission losses are exclusively charged to the generators, which are willing to adopt a perfectly competitive behavior. In this context, their offers must reflect their production costs and their transmission loss costs, the latter being unknown beforehand and having to be predicted. We assume in this paper that the generators predict their loss costs from the past observations by using a weighted average of their past allocated costs. Under those assumptions, we simulate the market dynamics for different types of transmission loss allocation methods. The results show that the transmission loss allocation scheme can lead to a poorly efficient market in terms of social welfare. [less ▲]

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See detailHow complex can be the Unimolecular Decomposition of a simple Molecule? The case of Acetylene. An Electron Impact and PIPECO Investigation.
Locht, Robert ULg; Servais, Christian ULg

in Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie (1996), 195

The dissociative ionization of C2H2, C2D2 and C2HD is presented in this work. Excepting the H2+ formation, all dissociation channels are thoroughly investigated by electron impact. The translational ... [more ▼]

The dissociative ionization of C2H2, C2D2 and C2HD is presented in this work. Excepting the H2+ formation, all dissociation channels are thoroughly investigated by electron impact. The translational energy distribution as a function of the impinging electron energy and the appearance energy as a function of the translational energy are measured for all fragment ions. KE versus AE diagrams are obtained and the isotope effect is examined. All observed thresholds are analyzed in detail and dissociation mechanisms are proposed. For the C2H+ ion the PIPECO technique has also been used. From these discussions the H-C2H, HC-CH and H-C2 binding energy values are proposed, i.e. 5.33+/-0.23 eV, 9.83+/0.10 eV and 5.44+/-0.40 eV respectively. The fragmentation path leading to C+, CH2+ and C2+ are discussed in terms of dissociation mechanisms involving the transient vinylidene structure of the molecular ion as an intermediate. [less ▲]

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See detailHow conditioning by one’s job leads to visual misrepresentation: Evidence from Rorschach test in nurse population
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg

Poster (2011, May 27)

Exner (1974, 2003, 2005) has developed an empirical method for analyzing answers at Rorschach test. This analysis is not focused on the answer content but more on perception, information processing and ... [more ▼]

Exner (1974, 2003, 2005) has developed an empirical method for analyzing answers at Rorschach test. This analysis is not focused on the answer content but more on perception, information processing and quality of the answer. Thus, contrary to psychoanalysis, the content and its interpretation are not systematically studied in this empirical approach. In this perspective, our purpose was to empirically study how answers and performance at Rorschach test were conditioning by one’s job. We administrated Rorschach test to 38 nurses and 38 paired subjects (matched for gender and age). Our data showed nurses gave significantly more anatomical answers than control subjects, this first result confirmed a clinical assumption that was never objectified by previous studies: conditioning by one’s job influences the answer content at the Rorschach test (e.g., people from medical sector tend to see organs). The second main result is the formal qualities of anatomical answers given by nurses were significantly worse and more unusual than anatomical answers given by the control group. These findings suggest that conditioning by one’s job is so strong that it overrides the other choices of answers and can lead to a deformation of the visual perception. Furthermore, the content is the main answer element subjects can control in this test and thus, it could be a means of affirming his/her identity (e.g., nurse’s identity by anatomical content). Moreover, in regard to the bad formal quality of anatomical answers, it seems that nurse’s identity takes precedence over the reality and the actual form perception. [less ▲]

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See detailHow convection and diffusion processes might affect biological imprints, a challenge for modelers
Tison, J.-L.; Zhou, Jiayun ULg; Thomas, D. et al

Conference (2012, April)

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See detailHow could Mosan agriculture be impacted by climate change and future droughts?
Bauwens, Alexandra ULg; Sohier, Catherine ULg; Deraedt, Deborah ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2012), 14

Despite the great uncertainties regarding the future climatic context, lots of studies have focused on hydrological effects of climate change on the Meuse catchment. It appears that both winter high flows ... [more ▼]

Despite the great uncertainties regarding the future climatic context, lots of studies have focused on hydrological effects of climate change on the Meuse catchment. It appears that both winter high flows and summer low flows could be exacerbated. Climate change and its impacts on hydrology will thus affect various socio-economic sectors. High flows have been widely studied compared to low-flows. This poster will put the emphasis on a methodology developed in order to study impacts of droughts on agriculture. Agriculture is among the most impacted sectors due to climate change. The consequences could be both positive as negative in accordance with the range of predicted changes and the adaptation capacity of agricultural systems. Most of the existing studies related to climate change on agriculture focused on specific territory. Within the AMICE Interreg IVB project, a transnational approach has been developed to assess droughts impacts on agriculture through the Meuse basin. The project’s previous works gave us a common scenario of climate trends and of the evolution of the hydrology in the Meuse basin. The methodology is based on the use of a physically-based model able to simulate the water-soil-plant continuum (derived from EPIC model). In order to be transferable from one country to another, the methodology proposed used data available at the basin scale. The UE soil data base was complemented with local information on agricultural practices and statistics. Three crops have been studied: maize, wheat and barley. The basic cultural calendar is supposed to be the same for the different countries. The methodology developed permits to study the evolution of yields, leaf area index, crops stress due to excess or lack of water through time under different scenarios build up in the frame of the project. It appears that corn is negatively affected by climate change, and thus despite the CO2 fertilization effect. Wheat and barley have similar behavior and are positively affected by climate change and CO2 fertilization. Leaf Area Index study reveals that the different crops start earlier and reach earlier maturity. These first results will be completed with other economic sectors’analysis like drinkable water production, electricity production and navigation. Therefore, the project will progress towards a better understanding of economic effects of future droughts and low-flows. [less ▲]

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