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See detailImpact of the invasive alien plant Solidago giganteaon primary productivity, plant nutrient content and soil mineral nutrient concentrations
Vanderhoeven, SONIA ULg; Dassonville, Nicolas; Chapuis-Lardy, Lydie et al

in Plant and Soil (2006), 286(1-2), 259-268

Invasion by alien plants can alter ecosystem processes and soil properties. In this study, we compared aboveground productivity, nutrient pools in standing biomass and topsoil (0-0.10 m) mineral nutrient ... [more ▼]

Invasion by alien plants can alter ecosystem processes and soil properties. In this study, we compared aboveground productivity, nutrient pools in standing biomass and topsoil (0-0.10 m) mineral nutrient concentrations between plots invaded by Early Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea) and adjacent, uninvaded, vegetation at five sites in Belgium. The five sites were characterised by a resident perennial herbaceous vegetation and spanned a wide range in soil fertility level and floristic composition. Invaded stands consistently had higher (2-3-fold) aboveground productivity and lower mineral element concentrations in standing phytomass. Nutrient pools (calculated as concentration x phytomass) was ca. twice higher in invaded plots, suggesting that S. gigantea might enhance nutrient cycling rates. Impacts on topsoil chemistry were surprisingly modest, with slightly higher nutrient concentrations under the invader. A noticeable exception was phosphorus, which showed higher concentrations of ammonium acetate-extractable fraction in invaded plots in four of five sites. It appears that S. gigantea does not significantly contribute to nutrient uplift from deep soil layers to topsoil, possibly because it does not root much deeper compared to resident vegetation. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the invasive Asian clam, Corbicula spp., on a large river ecosytem
Pigneur, Lise-Marie; Falisse, Elodie; Roland, Kathleen et al

in Freshwater Biology (2014), 59(3), 573-583

During the past recent decades, Asiatic clams (Corbicula spp.) have spread spectacularly in several large European rivers. In the River Meuse, a transnational lowland river, an important chlorophyll a ... [more ▼]

During the past recent decades, Asiatic clams (Corbicula spp.) have spread spectacularly in several large European rivers. In the River Meuse, a transnational lowland river, an important chlorophyll a decline has been recorded since the mid-2000s, which seems to be related to the invasion by these exotic bivalves. This study aimed at verifying that hypothesis, using clam density data from field surveys, water quality monitoring data, and a simulation model. Estimated Corbicula densities were between 50 and 900 individuals m-2, depending on the site. Using a maximum filtration rate per clam body mass of 0.086 m3 g C-1 day-1 at 20°C derived from the literature, we ran simulations with a non-stationary model to estimate the impact of the exotic bivalve on the river plankton and water quality. In the stretches where the invasive clams developed best, comparison with a clam-free scenario allowed estimating a 70 % phytoplankton biomass loss due to their filtration, leading to a 61 % loss of annual primary productivity. Model simulations also showed that zooplankton may have suffered as much as 75 % loss in terms of biomass. The simulations also point to substantial effects of the invasive Corbicula on the river oxygen budget and on nutrient cycling. We expect that, in the heavily regulated sectors of the river, the loss of planktonic production due to the invasive filter-feeders will negatively affect other suspension feeders and alter ecosystem function and productivity. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the joint space width measurement method on the design of knee osteoarthritis studies.
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Henrotin, Yves ULg; Honore, Aline et al

in Aging Clinical & Experimental Research (2003), 15(2), 136-41

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent guidelines recommend measurement of articular loss over several years, determined by conventional X-rays, as the principal outcome measure in clinical trials of potential ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent guidelines recommend measurement of articular loss over several years, determined by conventional X-rays, as the principal outcome measure in clinical trials of potential structure-modifying drugs in osteoarthritis (OA). The aim of this study was to assess the impact of the joint space width measurement method on sample size calculation in knee OA studies. METHODS: Standard knee X-rays were taken in 212 patients with knee OA at baseline and after 3 years of follow-up. Mean joint space width (JSW) was measured with an in-house computer-assisted method. Minimum JSW, measured with a graduated magnifying lens, was taken as external standard. After calculation of the intra- and inter-observer reproducibility of the JSW, sensitivity to change was assessed using the standardized response mean (SRM). The number of patients needed to identify a mean significant difference of 0.5 mm in joint space narrowing between the placebo and the treated group, after 3 years of follow-up, was then calculated. RESULTS: JSW measured with the computer-assisted technique showed better intra- and inter-observer reproducibility than when using the magnifying lens. JSW values measured with our computer-assisted method were significantly correlated with JSW values obtained using the magnifying lens (r=0.87, p<0.001). The SRM were 0.44 and 0.40 for the computer-assisted method and magnifying lens, respectively. The number of patients needed was 131 per group using the computer-assisted method, and 104 using the magnifying lens. CONCLUSIONS: Our method of measurement of JSW may be of potential use in longitudinal studies evaluating the effect of structure-modifying drugs in OA, due to its high level of precision and efficiency. However, although sensitivity to change is markedly better with the digitized method compared with the graduated magnifying lens, we recommend the measurement of mean and minimum JSW in structure-modifying OA trials. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the mesh on the accuracy and efficiency of cardiovascular simulations
Sauvage, E.; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; Remacle, J.-F. et al

in Proceedings of the ECCOMAS Thematic International Conference on Simulation and Modeling of Biological Flows (SIMBIO 2011) (2011, September)

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See detailImpact of the microbiology in the epuration processes.
Thonart, Philippe ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Antoine, Patrice et al

in Cerevisia and Biotechnology (1996), 21(2), 76-79

Biological treatments will progressively play a key role in the epuration process. Indeed, they show different advantages like reaction specificity, multiple degradation potentialities and efficiency at ... [more ▼]

Biological treatments will progressively play a key role in the epuration process. Indeed, they show different advantages like reaction specificity, multiple degradation potentialities and efficiency at very low concentrations of pollutants. Two approaches can be considered for developing biological processes of epuration : addition of bioactivators for improving endogenous microorganisms capabilities or introduction of microorganism starters for accelerating the epuration process. These two ways need as prerequisite a basic knowledge of the metabolic pathways for specific compound degradation and of microbial ecology [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the native-state stability of human lysozyme variants on protein secretion by Pichia pastoris
Kumita, Janet; Johnson, Russel; Alcocer, Marcos et al

in FEBS Journal (2006), 273

We report the secreted expression by Pichia pastoris of two human lysozyme variants F57I and W64R, associated with systemic amyloid disease, and describe their characterization by biophysical methods ... [more ▼]

We report the secreted expression by Pichia pastoris of two human lysozyme variants F57I and W64R, associated with systemic amyloid disease, and describe their characterization by biophysical methods. Both variants have a substantially decreased thermostability compared with wild-type human lysozyme, a finding that suggests an explanation for their increased propensity to form fibrillar aggregates and generate disease. The secreted yields of the F57I and W64R variants from P. pastoris are 200- and 30-fold lower, respectively, than that of wild-type human lysozyme. More comprehensive analysis of the secretion levels of 10 lysozyme variants shows that the low yields of these secreted proteins, under controlled conditions, can be directly correlated with a reduction in the thermostability of their native states. Analysis of mRNA levels in this selection of variants suggests that the lower levels of secretion are due to post-transcriptional processes, and that the reduction in secreted protein is a result of degradation of partially folded or misfolded protein via the yeast quality control system. Importantly, our results show that the human disease-associated mutations do not have levels of expression that are out of line with destabilizing mutations at other sites. These findings indicate that a complex interplay between reduced native-state stability, lower secretion levels, and protein aggregation propensity influences the types of mutation that give rise to familial forms of amyloid disease. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the new Common Agricultural Policy (2015-2020) on the value of direct payments and on farmers’ income in Wallonia (South of Belgium)
Burny, Philippe ULg; Terrones Gavira, François ULg

in Kyriazopoulos, G.; Petropoulos, D. (Eds.) 1st International Conference of Development and Economy (ICODECON) 2-4 October 2015: The advantages and disadvantages of Economic Crises: Conference proceedings (2016)

A new Common Agricultural Policy was defined in 2013, with a new structure for direct payment. In Wallonia, the government implemented the following scheme: 30% for the green payment, 29.9% for the basic ... [more ▼]

A new Common Agricultural Policy was defined in 2013, with a new structure for direct payment. In Wallonia, the government implemented the following scheme: 30% for the green payment, 29.9% for the basic payment, 17% for the additional payment for the first 30 ha, 1.8% for young farmers and 21.3% for couple payments. Due to convergence, the mean support through direct payments will decline from 21,900 € in 2014 to 19,283 € in 2019. The number of losers will be equivalent to the number of gainers. Regions where cereals and sugar beet are produced will lose the most, where the region suitable for cattle raising will gain somewhat. There will be a better distribution of direct payments among farmers: the Gini index will decline from 0.55 to 0.49. The highest negative impact on income will occur for the specialties “green crops”, “crops and dairy cattle” and “crops and non-dairy cattle”: the least negative impact will be observed within the specialties “dairy cattle”, “meat cattle” and “dairy and meat cattle”. The reform will be more profitable for the farms from 30 to 50 ha and will mainly impact the largest farms. Finally, the CAP reform implemented in Wallonia guarantees a smooth evolution to 2020. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the new Common Agricultural Policy (2015-2020) on the value of direct payments and on farmers' income in Wallonia (South of Belgium)
Burny, Philippe ULg; Terrones Gavira, François ULg

in Kyriazopoulos, G.; Petropoulos, D. (Eds.) 1st International Conference of Development and Economy (ICODECON) : The advantages and disadvantages of Economic Crises : Book of abstracts (2015)

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See detailThe Impact of the New Corporate Governance Code on Belgian Stock Market
Corhay, Albert ULg; Dighaye, Andrée; Michel, Pierre-Armand

in Ali, Paul; Gregoriou, Greg (Eds.) International Corporate Governance after Sarbannes-Oxley (1996)

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See detailImpact of the new solar abundances on the calibration of the PMS binary system RS Chamaeleontis
Alecian, E.; Lebreton, Y.; Goupil, Marie-José et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 473

Context: In a recent work, we tried to obtain a calibration of the two components of the pre-main sequence binary system RS Cha by means of theoretical stellar models. We found that the only way to ... [more ▼]

Context: In a recent work, we tried to obtain a calibration of the two components of the pre-main sequence binary system RS Cha by means of theoretical stellar models. We found that the only way to reproduce the observational parameters of RS Cha with standard stellar models is to decrease the initial abundances of carbon and nitrogen derived from the GN93 solar mixture of heavy elements by a few tenths of dex. Aims: In this work, we aim to reproduce the observational properties of the RS Cha stars with stellar evolution models based on the new AGS05 solar mixture recently derived from a three-dimensional solar model atmosphere. The AGS05 mixture is depleted in carbon, nitrogen and oxygen with respect to the GN93 mixture. Methods: We calculated new stellar models of the RS Cha components using the AGS05 mixture and appropriate opacity tables. We sought models that simultaneously satisfy the observations of the two components (masses, radii, luminosities, effective temperatures and metallicity). Results: We find that it is possible to reproduce the observational data of the RS Cha stars with AGS05 models based on standard input physics. From these models, the initial helium content of the system is YË 0.255 and its age is Ë 9.13 ± 0.12 Myr. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Impact of the OECD and UN Model Conventions on Bilateral Tax Treaties: 4. Belgium
Richelle, Isabelle ULg; Traversa, Edoardo

in Lang, Michael; Pistone, Pasquale; Schuch, Josef (Eds.) et al The Impact of the OECD and UN Model Conventions on Bilateral Tax Treaties (2012)

This book provides an analysis of bilateral tax treaties concluded by thirty-seven jurisdictions from five continents and empirically ascertains the impact of the UN and OECD Model Tax Conventions on ... [more ▼]

This book provides an analysis of bilateral tax treaties concluded by thirty-seven jurisdictions from five continents and empirically ascertains the impact of the UN and OECD Model Tax Conventions on bilateral tax treaties. It therefore fills a major gap in the international tax literature, which has so far either studied the sole Model Tax Conventions or focused on bilateral treaties in the context of the tax treaty policy of single countries, and sets the pace for a new methodology in the analysis and interpretation of tax treaties. A general report outlines the key points of the analysis, highlights current trends and predicts future developments of multilateralism and global tax law. This is an essential resource for academics, tax authorities and international tax practitioners who find textbooks based on Model Tax Conventions insufficient. • First study of tax treaties to adopt a global perspective • Demonstrates the impact of the OECD and UN Model Conventions via independent expert analysis and supplemented by a general report • Sets new standards for tax treaty interpretation by turning bilateral treaties into a possible core for developing multilateralism in global tax law [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the Omic Technologies for understanding the modes of action of biological control agents against plant pathogens
Massart, Sébastien ULg; Perazzolli, Michele; Höfte, Monica et al

in BioControl (2015), 60(6), 725-746

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See detailImpact of the pCO2 level on microalgae. Comparison of past, present and futur situations during mesocosms experiments. II- species diversity of diatoms
Huonnic, P.; Martin-Jézéquel, V.; Rincé, Y. et al

Poster (2004, October)

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See detailImpact of the pCO2 level on microalgae. Comparison of past, present & futur situations during mesocosms experiments.
Martin-Jézéquel, V.; Huonnic, P.; Delille, Bruno ULg et al

Poster (2004, October)

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See detailImpact of the plant protection practices on the operators' exposure: survey by the communes and ministry of equipment and transport (MET-RW)
Godeaux, Denis; Schiffers, Bruno ULg; Culot, Marc ULg

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2008)

In order to gain a better understanding of non-agricultural pesticide use and to prepare the legislative and technical dossiers required under the Water Framework Directive, between October 2006 and March ... [more ▼]

In order to gain a better understanding of non-agricultural pesticide use and to prepare the legislative and technical dossiers required under the Water Framework Directive, between October 2006 and March 2007, two surveys were conducted of 97 Walloon communes and 65 districts of the Walloon Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MET) (General Directorates for Motorways and Roads and for Waterway Infrastructure). The questionnaire (26 questions on six topics) was sent by e-mail or fax, with a response rate of 60 out of 97 communes and 33 out of 65 districts. This article describes the health-related aspects of the surveys (environmental aspects are the subject of separate article). The surveys have brought to light a number of bad practices and a growing awareness of the non-agricultural users with respect to health risks. However, bad habits, legislation infringements and a failure to follow good plant protection practice are still a problem and pose major health risks (which endanger the operator and the public). Information, awareness-raising and, especially, training of people therefore remain a priority for nonagricultural users. [less ▲]

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