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See detailOn the coupling of primary production and calcification at the continental margin
Harlay, Jérôme ULg; Chou, Lei; Roevros, Nathalie et al

Poster (2004, March 05)

Until now, little attention has been paid to the processes controlling the production, dissolution and fate of biogenic calcium carbonate in the oceans. It is however well known that net deposition rates ... [more ▼]

Until now, little attention has been paid to the processes controlling the production, dissolution and fate of biogenic calcium carbonate in the oceans. It is however well known that net deposition rates of inorganic carbon to the sediments are comparable to those of organic matter. There remains still large uncertainties concerning the production and redissolution of biogenic carbonate in the marine system and thus about the role of the carbonate pump in response to anthropogenic CO2 perturbations. The understanding of these processes is also a prerequisite to predict the response of marine organisms to global environmental changes. In the framework of the Belgian global change programme, we have developed a project devoted to the study of the inorganic carbon cycle in the Bay of Biscay where coccolithophorid blooms occur frequently. The study focuses on processes associated with the oceanic production and dissolution of calcium carbonate, by combining field investigations, laboratory experiments and modelling efforts. Remote sensing demonstrates a close relationship between vertical mixing along the continental margin and the development of the phytoplankton bloom. We will present here, results of 14C incorporation experiments used to evaluate the rate of production of organic and inorganic particulate carbon, obtained during a coccolithophorid spring bloom in the investigated area. A tentative mass balance of the carbon fluxes for this area will be presented, confirming the importance that the calcium carbonate pump may play in the oceanic system. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the coupling of primary production and calcification during a field experiment in the northeastern Atlantic
Chou, Lei; Harlay, Jérôme ULg; Roevros, Nathalie et al

Poster (2003, April 06)

The role of calcifying phytoplanktonic organisms in ocean carbon biogeochemistry and in climate change has received increasing attention in the marine community. The quantification of the production of ... [more ▼]

The role of calcifying phytoplanktonic organisms in ocean carbon biogeochemistry and in climate change has received increasing attention in the marine community. The quantification of the production of biogenic calcium carbonate and associated organic matter in the photic zone and of their fate during settling is essential for a better assessment of the oceanic carbon cycle. In the framework of the Belgian global change programme, we conducted a field experiment on board the R/V Belgica in Spring 2002 along the Northern Bay of Biscay margin during successive coccolithophorid Emiliania huxleyi (Ehux) blooms. We aim, in particular, at quantifying the role of calcifying phytoplanktonic organisms in sequestering carbon. With near real-time transmission of remote sensing data during the survey, we were able to track the position and evolution of the various coccolithophore blooms along the shelf break. Bio-optical measurements were performed for modelling purpose and for calibration of the recently launched MERIS Sensor. During the field campaign, special attention was paid to the precise determination of the dissolved inorganic carbon chemistry. Primary production and rate of calcification were measured using C14 incorporation experiments and the organic to inorganic particulate carbon ratio quantified. Phytoplankton speciation was determined by microscopic examination, flow cytometry and HPLC pigment analyses. Zooplankton grazing experiments on phytoplankton were also performed. Suspended particles were characterised by their chemical composition and morphology. Th234 was used to quantify particle residence times and particulate organic carbon fluxes in surface waters. The results indicate significant particle export during the sampling period, with particle residence times in the upper 80 m ranging from 15 to 45 days. In this presentation, we will integrate the results obtained from remote sensing, biooptical investigation, water chemistry and process studies to elucidate the coupling of primary production and calcification during Ehux blooms and its importance in the marine biogeochemical cycle of carbon. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the DD-carboxypeptidase enzyme system of Streptomyces strain K15
Leyh-Bouille, Mélina; Nguyen-Distèche, Martine ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1981), 115(3), 579-584

Streptomyces K15 possesses a set of exocellular and cell-bound D-alanyl-D-alanine carboxypeptidases. Four of them have been isolated to the stage where each enzyme preparation contains on single ... [more ▼]

Streptomyces K15 possesses a set of exocellular and cell-bound D-alanyl-D-alanine carboxypeptidases. Four of them have been isolated to the stage where each enzyme preparation contains on single penicillin-binding protein. The exocellular 54000-Mr enzyme is extremely sensitive to benzylpenicillin and performs low transpeptidase activity on the carbonyl-donor/amino-acceptor tetrapeptide ACLLys(Gly)-DAla-DAla. The exocellular 40 000-Mr enzyme and the two lysozyme-releasable 40 000-Mr and 38 000-Mr enzymes are moderately sensitive to benzylpenicillin and have a high propensity to catalyse dimer formation from the aforementioned tetrapeptide monomer. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the decoupling of heavy sneutrinos in low-scale seesaw models
Krauss, Manuel E.; Porod, Werner; Staub, Florian et al

E-print/Working paper (2013)

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See detailOn the definition and use of landscape metrics to disentangle landscape complexity.
Bogaert, Jan ULg

in Gibelli, G.; Brancucci, G. (Eds.) Pianificare l’Incertezza. L’Ecologia del Paesaggio nella Gestione dei Sistemi Territoriali. (2006)

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See detailOn the definitions and interpretations of Entropy in Landscape ecology: A review
Vranken, Isabelle ULg

Conference (2013, July)

Landscape ecology studies the structure of landscapes as interacting ecosystems over space and time. Thanks to Turner's Pattern / process paradigm, it allows inferring ecological impacts of disturbances ... [more ▼]

Landscape ecology studies the structure of landscapes as interacting ecosystems over space and time. Thanks to Turner's Pattern / process paradigm, it allows inferring ecological impacts of disturbances observable through land use change. The purpose of this research is to use landscape ecology techniques based on remote sensing to assess the ecological impacts of anthropogenic effects such as urban growth and agriculture extension on subtropical African landscapes, characterised by fast unplanned growth and subsequent prevailing menace on the rich local environmental resources and biodiversity. Taken from information theory and generally used to assess disturbances of any kind, the concept of entropy is important in landscape ecology and also used in many other disciplines for other purposes. It turns out however that it is used in many different ways and interpreted within various, sometimes opposed definitions and that the context in which it is used is not always explicit. The purpose of the present intervention is therefore to review the different interpretations and applications of entropy in landscape ecology and sort them into different clearly defined categories. Forty landscape ecology articles and book chapters using or discussing entropy have been surveyed and classified by keywords, variables and indexes mentioned to relate entropy. The connection relevance between those interpretations has also been examined through this literature sample and other reference works on entropy. Particularly, the thermodynamic component of entropy in landscape ecology and its different interpretations as for landscape structure and evolution is questioned. This fundamental research issue represents a preliminary survey to researches on the structural impact of anthropogenic disturbances. Indeed, according to the Naiman habitat heterogeneity hypothesis, a higher spatial heterogeneity within the landscape would have a positive influence on species diversity. This has important outcomes to study ecosystem resilience to anthropogenic disturbances and combine human development with biological conservation. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the demanding necessity of properly evaluating renal graft function in clinical trials.
Maillard, Nicolas; Alamartine, Eric; Berthoux, Francois et al

in Transplant International (2009), 22(2), 247-8

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See detailOn the derivation of the Dirac equation
Sartor, Renato ULg

in arXiv: 0903.3828 [quant-ph] (2009)

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See detailOn the design of ferritic stainless steel lipped channel
Rossi, Barbara ULg; Degée, Hervé ULg

in International Conference on Coupled instabilities in metal structures: CIMS2008, Sydney 23-25 June 2008 (2008)

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See detailOn the detection of imprinted QTL in line crosses: effect of linkage disequilibrium
Sandor, Cynthia ULg; Georges, Michel ULg

in Genetics (2008), 180

Imprinted quantitative trait loci (QTL) are commonly reported in studies using line-cross designs, especially in livestock species. It was previously shown that such parent-of-origin effects might result ... [more ▼]

Imprinted quantitative trait loci (QTL) are commonly reported in studies using line-cross designs, especially in livestock species. It was previously shown that such parent-of-origin effects might result from the nonfixation of QTL alleles in one or both parental lines, rather than from genuine molecular parental imprinting. We herein demonstrate that if linkage disequilibrium exists between marker loci and nonfixed QTL, spurious detection of pseudo-imprinting is increased by an additional 40-80% in scenarios mimicking typical livestock situations. This is due to the fact that imprinting can be tested only in F(2) offspring whose sire and dam have distinct marker genotypes. In the case of linkage disequilibrium between markers and QTL, such parents have a higher chance to have distinct QTL genotypes as well, thus resulting in distinct padumnal and madumnal allele substitution effects, i.e., QTL pseudo-imprinting. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the detection of influential subsets of categories in goodness of fit testing
Magis, David ULg

Conference (2005, August)

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See detailOn the detection of influential subsets of categories in goodness of fit testing
Magis, David ULg

in Statistical Methodology (2007), 4

In this paper we focus on the well-known test of goodness of fit for comparing observed counts to expected values under some null hypothesis. When the latter is rejected, we propose a simple method for ... [more ▼]

In this paper we focus on the well-known test of goodness of fit for comparing observed counts to expected values under some null hypothesis. When the latter is rejected, we propose a simple method for detecting which subset(s) of category counts provoke(s) that rejection. The approach aims at building intervals iteratively and drawing appropriate conclusions on that basis.We discuss this method with respect to other classical approaches. We illustrate our purpose by treating some examples. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the determination of local buckling modes for the design of thin walled members
Rossi, Barbara ULg; Rondal, Jacques ULg

in International Conference on Coupled instabilities in metal structures: CIMS2004, Rome 27-29 September 2004 (2004)

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See detailOn the determination of oxygen abundances in chromospherically active stars
Morel, Thierry ULg; Micela, G.

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2004), 423

We discuss oxygen abundances derived from [O I] λ6300s and the O I triplet in stars spanning a wide range in chromospheric activity level, and show that these two indicators yield increasingly discrepant ... [more ▼]

We discuss oxygen abundances derived from [O I] λ6300s and the O I triplet in stars spanning a wide range in chromospheric activity level, and show that these two indicators yield increasingly discrepant results with higher chromospheric/coronal activity measures. While the forbidden and permitted lines give fairly consistent results for solar-type disk dwarfs, spuriously high O I triplet abundances are observed in young Hyades and Pleiades stars, as well as in individual components of RS CVn binaries (up to 1.8 dex). The distinct behaviour of the [O I]-based abundances which consistently remain near-solar suggests that this phenomenon mostly results from large departures from LTE affecting the O I triplet at high activity level that are currently unaccounted for, but also possibly from a failure to adequately model the atmospheres of K-type stars. These results suggest that some caution should be exercised when interpreting oxygen abundances in active binaries or young open cluster stars. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Chile (Proposals 64.L-0249 and 071.D-0260). Table \ref{tab_data} is only available in electronic form at http://www.edpsciences.org [less ▲]

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See detailOn the development of a model updating strategy of nonlinear vibrating structures
Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Chicago, 2003 (2003, September)

The objective of this paper is to present a model updating strategy of non-linear vibrating structures. Because modal analysis is no longer helpful in non-linear structural dynamics, a special attention ... [more ▼]

The objective of this paper is to present a model updating strategy of non-linear vibrating structures. Because modal analysis is no longer helpful in non-linear structural dynamics, a special attention is devoted to the features extracted from the proper orthogonal decomposition and one of its non-linear generalisations based on auto-associative neural networks. The efficiency of the proposed procedure is illustrated using simulated data from a three-dimensional portal frame. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the development of an integrated bone remodeling law for orthodontic tooth movements models using the Finite Element Method.
Mengoni, Marlène ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

One of the guiding principles in orthodontics is to gradually impose progressive and irreversible bone deformations due to remodeling using specific force systems on the teeth. Bone remodeling leads the ... [more ▼]

One of the guiding principles in orthodontics is to gradually impose progressive and irreversible bone deformations due to remodeling using specific force systems on the teeth. Bone remodeling leads the teeth into new positions with two tissues having a major influence: the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone. Their mechanical and biological/physiological reactions to orthodontic forces are tightly linked. This mechanical biological coupling can be treated in biomechanical models, focusing on the mechanics and considering the phenomenological aspects of the biology/physiology. The development of such a model for bone tissue within a Finite Element framework is the core of this work. We propose to reconcile two approaches of bone modeling (small strains linear elasticity for remodeling problems and complex constitutive models for other applications) by writing a constitutive model for trabecular bone at macroscopic level, built on morphological parameters to describe the anisotropy, and accounting for effects such as plasticity of the trabeculae. The continuum parameters such as the stiffness can evolve with morphology as remodeling occurs in the tissue. For this, we extend and enhance Doblaré and Garcia's remodeling phenomenological model. The remodeling process corresponds to an evolution of a damage tensor representing the bone morphology. To do so, we propose an integration method for an anisotropic Continuum Damage model coupled to plasticity. Adapting Doblaré and Garcia's remodeling law to our constitutive model, we extend it so that it can be used in the specific case of orthodontic tooth movement, still following Frost's mechanostat theory. We propose to include the hydrostatic pressure dependency of remodeling, due to the presence of the periodontal ligament, within the bone remodeling law. We finally present a validation method for the mechanical representation of the bone matrix through the knowledge of its morphology, both on engineered cellular solids with bone-like morphology (aluminum and polymeric foams) and on bone (Deer antler) samples. Applying the model on the benchmark problem of the proximal femur remodeling, leads to results that are comparable to other models of the literature. We can therefore assume the way the remodeling model is built is valid. We finally apply the developed model to orthodontic tooth movement simulations. First we propose a model accounting for the non-linear mechanical response of the PdL through either bilateral contact conditions or spring models. We then present applications of orthodontic tooth movement, either displacement driven or force driven, both 2D and 3D. We thus show we can qualitatively represent the tooth movement, however outlining some of the drawbacks of the models (an unphysiological density distribution can arise due to the poor representation of the actual loads and a strong dependence on the boundary conditions is pointed out). However, we can represent the formation and resorption of hyaline areas, the non-linearity of the force/displacement relationship, and that applying a stepwise increasing force leads to higher displacements than a high initial force as there is no hyaline zone to resorb. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the dichotomic collective behaviors of large populations of pulse-coupled firing oscillators
Mauroy, Alexandre ULg

Doctoral thesis (2011)

The study of populations of pulse-coupled firing oscillators is a general and simple paradigm to investigate a wealth of natural phenomena, including the collective behaviors of neurons, the ... [more ▼]

The study of populations of pulse-coupled firing oscillators is a general and simple paradigm to investigate a wealth of natural phenomena, including the collective behaviors of neurons, the synchronization of cardiac pacemaker cells, or the dynamics of earthquakes. In this framework, the oscillators of the network interact through an instantaneous impulsive coupling: whenever an oscillator fires, it sends out a pulse which instantaneously increments the state of the other oscillators by a constant value. There is an extensive literature on the subject, which investigates various model extensions, but only in the case of leaky integrate-and-fire oscillators. In contrast, the present dissertation addresses the study of other integrate-and-fire dynamics: general monotone integrate-and-fire dynamics and quadratic integrate-and-fire dynamics. The main contribution of the thesis highlights that the populations of oscillators exhibit a dichotomic collective behavior: either the oscillators achieve perfect synchrony (slow firing frequency) or the oscillators converge toward a phase-locked clustering configuration (fast firing frequency). The dichotomic behavior is established both for finite and infinite populations of oscillators, drawing a strong parallel between discrete-time systems in finite-dimensional spaces and continuous-time systems in infinite-dimensional spaces. The first part of the dissertation is dedicated to the study of monotone integrate-and-fire dynamics. We show that the dichotomic behavior of the oscillators results from the monotonicity property of the dynamics: the monotonicity property induces a global contraction property of the network, that forces the dichotomic behavior. Interestingly, the analysis emphasizes that the contraction property is captured through a 1-norm, instead of a (more common) quadratic norm. In the second part of the dissertation, we investigate the collective behavior of quadratic integrate-and-fire oscillators. Although the dynamics is not monotone, an “average” monotonicity property ensures that the collective behavior is still dichotomic. However, a global analysis of the dichotomic behavior is elusive and leads to a standing conjecture. A local stability analysis circumvents this issue and proves the dichotomic behavior in particular situations (small networks, weak coupling, etc.). Surprisingly, the local stability analysis shows that specific integrate-and-fire oscillators exhibit a non-dichotomic behavior, thereby suggesting that the dichotomic behavior is not a general feature of every network of pulse-coupled oscillators. The present thesis investigates the remarkable dichotomic behavior that emerges from networks of pulse-coupled integrate-and-fire oscillators, putting emphasis on the stability properties of these particular networks and developing theoretical results for the analysis of the corresponding dynamical systems. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the difficulty of relational concepts among participants with Down syndrome
Facon, Bruno; Magis, David ULg; Courbois, Yannick

in Research in Developmental Disabilities (2012), 33

The aim of the study was to compare the difficulty of relational concepts among participants with and without intellectual disability. The French versions of the Boehm Tests of Basic Concepts Third ... [more ▼]

The aim of the study was to compare the difficulty of relational concepts among participants with and without intellectual disability. The French versions of the Boehm Tests of Basic Concepts Third Edition (Preschool and Kindergarten to 2nd grade) were administered to three groups of 47 participants individually matched on their total raw score on the tests. The first group comprised participants with intellectual disability of undifferentiated etiology, the second, participants with Down syndrome and the third, typical children. Item analyses using the transformed item difficulties method to detect differential item functioning across groups showed that the groups' rank-orders of item difficulty were highly similar. It is concluded that, all things being equal, relational concepts are of comparable difficulty and follow a similar sequence of development whatever the cognitive and etiological status of participants. Methodological and theoretical implications of these findings are discussed. [less ▲]

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