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See detailAssessment and management of aortic stenosis [Evaluation et traitement de la sténose aortique]
Pirlet, C.; Magne, Julien ULg; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg et al

in Revue Medicale Suisse (2011), 7(306), 1606-1611

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See detailAssessment and mechanism of variations in pubertal timing in internationally adopted children: a developmental hypothesis
Domine, Françoise ULg; Parent, Anne-Simone ULg; Rasier, Gregory et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2006), 155(Suppl. 1), 17-25

During the past decades, children migrating for international adoption have increased in number, creating an original condition of dramatic environmental change during development. In several countries ... [more ▼]

During the past decades, children migrating for international adoption have increased in number, creating an original condition of dramatic environmental change during development. In several countries, cohorts of these subjects have been shown to experience a global advancement in age at the onset of puberty, and sexual precocity is seen more frequently than in other conditions. Such early or precocious development has been assessed in relatively small cohorts or individual patients using well-defined physical indicators in comparison with updated references in the foster country. Family and adolescent evaluation of pubertal timing could allow for the study of large series of internationally adopted subjects. Also, this type of assessment integrates the physical changes of puberty with the adolescent changes in psychological and social functioning. The pathophysiological mechanisms leading to advancement of puberty in migrating children are still unclear and possibly involve several factors. In the present paper, we hypothesize that the sexual precocity in children migrating for international adoption could represent a developmentally programmed disorder resulting from cumulative anomalies in early remodeling of the central nervous system by communicational, social, nutritional, and hormonal inputs. There is some evidence that the deviations in those inputs can result in altered brain structure, particularly in the limbic system. We discuss the possible association with further disorders of developmental functions, such as cognitive, psychosocial, and sexual maturation. Along this hypothesis, some forms of idiopathic sexual precocity could result from dysfunction of one or several of the environmental programming factors, while other forms may involve predominantly genetic or familial factors. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment and monitoring of forest-game balance: an exclosure experiment
Lehaire, François ULg; Licoppe, Alain ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

Poster (2013, August)

During the last decades, populations of large ungulates have largely increased, strengthening the pressure exerted by these species on forest vegetation. Therefore, monitoring this pressure has become ... [more ▼]

During the last decades, populations of large ungulates have largely increased, strengthening the pressure exerted by these species on forest vegetation. Therefore, monitoring this pressure has become unavoidable for sustainable forest management. Such monitoring requires a rigorous approach in order to evaluate objectively the balance between game population and forestry. The use of exclosure experiment offers an interesting solution to observe the effects of game populations on forest ecosystem. When objectives expected from forest management are clearly defined, exclosure experiments can effectively be used as a monitoring tool, to allow detecting unbalanced situations, for example, herbivore pressure threatening forest regeneration. The monitoring tool combines on one side an exclosure, defined as "the real environment", fully accessible to herbivores and, on the other side an enclosure, which is the "control treatment", fenced and therefore unavailable to any large ungulates. Our main aim was to compute a set of indicators characterizing the ecological changes due to large herbivores pressure on forest ecosystems. We identified 2 categories of ecological indicators: the short-term and the medium-term indicators. Short-term indicators require only two-year of monitoring to correctly quantify herbivore pressure whereas medium-term indicators require at least 4 years of monitoring. The study site is located in Southern Belgium (Wallonia), in mixed beech and oak forests. The predominant vegetation type is the "Luzulo-Fagetum", typically found in acidophileous beech forests. The ungulate species of interest are red deer, roe deer, wild boar and mouflon. In 2006, enclosures and exclosures (4 x 4 m) were installed in 17 sites scattered in two zones with contrasted deer densities to assess indicators efficiency. Between 2006 and 2012, we performed floristic surveys and we recorded the height, density and cover of the understory vegetation of every plot. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment and monitoring of soil quality using indices based on near infrared reflectance (NIR) spectroscopy
Cécillon, Lauric; Barthès, Bernard; Gomez, Cécile et al

in European Journal of Soil Science (2009), 60(5), 770-784

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See detailAssessment Demands of the Second Language Curricula of Belgium’s French-Speaking Secondary Schools
Noiroux, Kevin ULg

Conference (2014, July)

The second language curricula of Belgium’s French-speaking community demand that secondary school teachers administer two yearly summative assessments of five skills, which forces them to overlook ... [more ▼]

The second language curricula of Belgium’s French-speaking community demand that secondary school teachers administer two yearly summative assessments of five skills, which forces them to overlook formative assessments. [less ▲]

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See detailASSESSMENT LAND DEGRADATION USING OPTICAL REMOTE SENSING AND GIS IN SALOUM ESTUARY, SENEGAL
Dieng, Ndeye Maguette ULg

Conference (2012, July)

The present study aims at assessing consequences of salinization during the last three decades in this estuary with regard to land, biodiversity and water degradation. In this respect, Landsat images ... [more ▼]

The present study aims at assessing consequences of salinization during the last three decades in this estuary with regard to land, biodiversity and water degradation. In this respect, Landsat images (1984, 1992, 1999 and 2010) were used to investigate regional time series land use/land cover. These were classified into six land-use/land-cover types: water bodies, high mangrove, low mangrove, denuded and salty soils (locally called “Tan”), savannah/rainfed agriculture and forestland. Change detection analysis of land and mangrove degradation was assessed using GIS techniques. Spectral analysis indicated that from 1984 to 2010, mangroves and savannah/rainfed agriculture are converted to “tan” (denuded and salty soils). In addition, these results showed that significant changes in land-use/land-cover occur within the whole estuary system and reflecting therefore environmental degradation, such as land desertification and salinization, and vegetation degradation which reflect the advanced of salinity [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment methodology of the intradermal tuberculosis skin test performed in cattle by field practitioners
Humblet, Marie-France ULg; Walravens, K.; Salandre, O. et al

Poster (2010)

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See detailAssessment of a 3S rotary atomizer
Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2013, May 23)

Spinning disc sprayers were first introduced to control cotton pests and diseases. These atomizers were recognized for their production of a uniform droplet size spectrum than conventional nozzles. They ... [more ▼]

Spinning disc sprayers were first introduced to control cotton pests and diseases. These atomizers were recognized for their production of a uniform droplet size spectrum than conventional nozzles. They have proved to be the most successful way of delivering pesticides in the form of Controlled Droplet Application (CDA) at very low volume application. But they were almost abandoned since the years of 1990 for high and medium volume application. Their use was found inefficient in arable crops such as cereals due to the use of inappropriate application rate and problem of penetration of spray in cereal canopies. However, these spray generators may be the best solution when the spray was to be targeted to a small weed with hydrophobic leaf surface where adhesion in the impact is essential for treatment efficiency while minimizing drift and splash thanks to reduced droplet span. In this study, aiming to maximize the control of black grass in cereals, characterization of the droplet size spectra was performed to predict the trajectory droplet and estimate the number that will hit the targeted surface. So, a CDA Micromax Ltd rotary atomizer 3S was operated at different rotation speeds (2000, 3500 and 5000 rpm), flow rates and pressures. A camera X stream -3S which allows the acquisition images in PIV mode, connected to a led lightening set at double mode exposure, were placed in front of the edge of the disc on a spray bench. Images were treated through a laboratory developed Matlab code for Particle Tracking Velocimetry Sizing. Droplets speeds according to diameters were extracted. Droplets cumulative volume according to diameters was also obtained. As the flow rate rose, the volume median diameter (VMD) increased. On the other hand, the VMD decreased as the rotation speed increased. Satellites droplets were observed when the atomizer was operating at a disc speed of 2000 rpm. For each flow rate corresponding to a drop size VMD, the number of droplets/cm2 that will affect pesticide coverage was calculated. Thus, the number of droplets that will effectively adhere depend on their impact at the moment of their arrival to the surface target. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of a bone biopsy technique for measuring tiludronate in horses: A preliminary study
Delguste, Catherine ULg; Doucet, Michèle; Gabriel, Annick ULg et al

in Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research = Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire (2011), 75(2), 128-133

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See detailAssessment of a bone biopsy technique for tiludronic acid dosage in horses: a preliminary study
Delguste, Catherine ULg; Doucet, Michèle; Gabriel, Annick ULg et al

Poster (2006, September)

Introduction Tiludronic acid as a bisphosphonate has a strong affinity for bone, making difficult the assessment of its PK profile in this deep compartment on living animals. The invasive nature of sample ... [more ▼]

Introduction Tiludronic acid as a bisphosphonate has a strong affinity for bone, making difficult the assessment of its PK profile in this deep compartment on living animals. The invasive nature of sample collection remains a limiting factor. This study was carried out in order to assess a bone biopsy technique allowing the repetition of sampling over a long period of time to dose tiludronic acid in equine bone. Material and Methods Six healthy 4- to 8-year-old Standardbred geldings were treated with tiludronic acid 1 mg/kg in a saline infusion over 30 minutes. The horses were subjected to euthanasia on days 1, 43, 57, 92, 182 and 222 post-treatment, respectively. Bone samples (test samples and larger reference samples) were taken at 4 sites per side and per horse: the lateral aspect of the metacarpal bone III (MCIII) of the forelimb, the 13th rib, the tuber coxae and the cuboïd bone. Test samples were taken with a 5-mm diameter dental drill (Implanteo™, Anthogyr), while larger reference samples were taken around the drill sample sites with an osteotome. All samples were taken immediately after euthanasia. Tiludronic acid concentrations were measured by HPLC with UV detection. Results The tuber coxae was the easiest site to sample. The sample site of the MCIII was easily accessible but due to the extreme hardness of the bone, the drill sampling was technically difficult to perform. Drill samples obtained from the 13th rib were very small, and the access more limited. Finally, the access to the cuboïd bone required considerable dissection, not performable in vivo. Extraction and dosage of tiludronic acid from the MCIII was difficult for technical reasons in most cases, in drill samples as well as in reference samples, and most (96%) of the values obtained were considered unreliable. This was also true for some samples from the 13th rib and from the cuboïd bone, to a lesser extent (42% of unreliable values for both sites). Moreover, for these two sample sites, less technical problems were encountered for the extraction and dosage of tiludronic acid in drill samples than in reference samples. No extraction or dosage problem was encountered with the tuber coxae samples. The ratio of tiludronic acid concentrations in drill versus reference samples ranged from 73% to 185% (mean: 124%), 65% to 208% (mean: 118%), and 26% to 110% (mean: 62%) respectively in the tuber coxae, 13th rib and cuboïd bone. In all but one horse, the highest concentrations in tiludronic acid were found in the tuber coxae, while the lowest values tended to be in the cuboïd bone at any time post-treatment. Tiludronic acid was still found in all bone samples 7 months after treatment. Discussion As previously reported with other tools, the drill tested in this study should permit to conveniently perform bone biopsies in the equine tuber coxae. This biopsy site would be the most appropriate for repeated sampling to dose tiludronic acid over time. This would help to design appropriate PK/PD studies with tiludronic acid in horses. This study also further confirms the long persistence of tiludronic acid in equine bone. [less ▲]

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See detailassessment of acid base imbalances in horses suffering from atypical myopathy
Van Galen, Gaby ULg; Cerri, Simona ULg; Porter, Sarah et al

in proceedings AAEP 2011 (2011, November 11)

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See detailAssessment of an anomaly detector for jet engine health monitoring
Borguet, Sébastien ULg; Léonard, Olivier ULg

in International Journal of Rotating Machinery (2011), 2011

The goal of module performance analysis is to reliably assess the health of the main components of an aircraft engine. A predictive maintenance strategy can leverage this information to increase ... [more ▼]

The goal of module performance analysis is to reliably assess the health of the main components of an aircraft engine. A predictive maintenance strategy can leverage this information to increase operability and safety as well as to reduce costs. Degradation undergone by an engine can be divided into gradual deterioration and accidental events. Kalman filters have proven very efficient at tracking progressive deterioration but are poor performers in the face of abrupt events. Adaptive estimation is considered as an appropriate solution to this deficiency. This paper reports the evaluation of the detection capability of an adaptive diagnosis tool on the basis of simulated scenarios that may be encountered during the operation of a commercial turbofan engine. The diagnosis tool combines a Kalman filter and a secondary system that monitors the residuals. This auxiliary component implements a generalised likelihood ratio test in order to detect abrupt events. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of asphalt concrete acoustic performance in urban streets
Paje, S.E.; Bueno, M.; Terán, F. et al

in Journal of acoustical society of america (2008), 123(3), 1439-1445

Geo-referenced close proximity rolling noise and sound absorption measurements are used for acoustical characterization of asphalt concrete surfaces in an urban environment. A close proximity noise map of ... [more ▼]

Geo-referenced close proximity rolling noise and sound absorption measurements are used for acoustical characterization of asphalt concrete surfaces in an urban environment. A close proximity noise map of streets with low speed limits is presented for a reference speed of 50 km/h. Different pavements and pavement conditions, common in urban streets, are analyzed: dense and semidense asphalt concrete, with Spanish denomination D-8 and S-12, respectively, and on the other hand, dense pavement at the end of its service life 􏰁D-8*􏰀. From the acoustics point of view, the most favorable surface, by more than 4 dB􏰁A􏰀 compared with the S-12 mix, is the smoothest surface, i.e., the D-8 mix, even though it presents a minor absorption coefficient in normal incidence. Noise levels from dense surfaces 􏰁D-8􏰀 increase significantly over time, principally due to the appearance of surface defects such as cracks and ruts. Longitudinal variability of the close proximity tire/ pavement noise emission and surface homogeneity are also analyzed. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of bacterial persistence in mosquitoes according to microinjection assays in Belgium
Raharimalala, Fara Nantenaina ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg; Boukraa, Slimane ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 02)

The problems caused by the massive used of pesticides have resulted in the establishment of resistant vectors besides the destruction of the environment. Furthermore, climate change has consequently ... [more ▼]

The problems caused by the massive used of pesticides have resulted in the establishment of resistant vectors besides the destruction of the environment. Furthermore, climate change has consequently modified the comportment of disease vectors. Current research tends to look for alternative means to overcome the problem. The goal of that study was to undertaken the way there this objective. By their presence or absence, endosymbiotic microorganisms can influence vector competence and vectorial capacity. Our research aims to study the effect of the introduction of endosymbiotic bacteria in the mosquito species that could be potential vectors of disease in Belgium. Method used was the microinjection of endosymbiotic bacteria within the detected exempt mosquito species. Three genus of suspected vectors belonging to Aedes, Anopheles and Culex were microinjected at different stages of their life cycle (eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults), and survivability of mosquitoes and persistence of microorganism were determined. Results show that survival in the different stages was variable. Furthermore, persistence of endobacteria was different depending genus and stages studied [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of benefits of joint use of multiple medical imaging modalities: case of 3D neuroimaging
Vigneron, Lara M.; Verly, Jacques ULg

Conference (2002, June)

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See detailAssessment of bioinformatic pipelines for the analysis of 454 pyrosequencing data using artificial cyanobacterial communities
Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULg; De Carvalho Maalouf, Pedro; Laughinghouse IV, Haywood ULg et al

Poster (2013, November 27)

The field of microbial ecology has undergone a revolution with the advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, which revealed a higher microbial diversity than what was previously observed ... [more ▼]

The field of microbial ecology has undergone a revolution with the advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, which revealed a higher microbial diversity than what was previously observed. The possibility of analyzing tens to hundreds of thousands sequences in a single sequencing run has provided information on rare taxa that could constitute an important fraction of microbial communities. However, this comes with the cost of relatively high error rates for individual reads, which can lead to overestimation of diversity due to the generation of spurious Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs) consisting of erroneous sequences. Therefore, a correct assessment of microbial diversity using NGS relies on robust bioinformatic tools in order to correct for PCR and sequencing biases. Here we report on community structures recovered for two artificial cyanobacterial communities applying three commonly used and two recently published bioinformatic pipelines. This pilot study was made in the frame of the BELSPO project CCAMBIO. Artificial communities were constructed using DNA isolated from 22 cyanobacterial strains from the BCCM/ULC Polar Cyanobacteria Collection (http://bccm.belspo.be/about/ulc.php). DNA was extracted from individual cultures and pooled at equal (community Art1) or tiered (community Art2) concentrations. The V3-V4 hypervariable region of the 16S rRNA gene was amplified by PCR using primers 359F and 781Ra/781Rb [Nübel et al (1997) Appl Environ Microbiol 63: 3327-3332], and amplicons were sequenced on a 454 GS FLX Titanium platform. Data was demultiplexed and submitted to five bioinformatic pipelines for quality control of reads, removal of chimeric sequences and Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs) clustering: (I) “shhh.flows (450 flows)”, (II) “shhh.flows (360-720 flows)” and (III) “Sliding Window (Q35, 50 bp)”, using MOTHUR according to Schloss et al (2011) [Schloss et al (2011) PLOS One 6: e27310]; (IV) “fastq_maxee” and (V) “fastq_truncqual”, using UPARSE according to Edgar (2013) [Edgar (2013) Nat Methods 10: 996-998]. Average sequence length varied considerably among pipelines, with pipeline I generating shorter reads (220 bp in average) and pipelines IV and V longer reads (370 bp). The number of OTUs obtained in each pipeline also varied significantly. While 22 and 21 OTUs were obtained for pipelines IV and V, respectively, pipelines I-III generated a surprisingly high number of OTUs (199, 317 and 289, respectively). Despite differences in the number of OTUs, the relative abundance of each reference strain did not differ significantly between pipelines. Overall, community structures observed using the UPARSE protocol (pipelines IV and V) were the most consistent with the expected results. These findings show the importance of assessing the performance of different bioinformatic pipelines using artificial communities, in order to reduce the effects of PCR and sequencing errors, which can lead to distorted community structures estimates. [less ▲]

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