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See detailAssessing the toxicity of Pb- and Sn-based perovskite solar cells in model organism Danio rerio
Babayigit, Aslihan; Dinh Duy Thanh, ULg; Ethirajan, Anitha et al

in Scientific Reports (2016), 6

Intensive development of organometal halide perovskite solar cells has lead to a dramatic surge in power conversion efficiency up to 20%. Unfortunately, the most efficient perovskite solar cells all ... [more ▼]

Intensive development of organometal halide perovskite solar cells has lead to a dramatic surge in power conversion efficiency up to 20%. Unfortunately, the most efficient perovskite solar cells all contain lead (Pb), which is an unsettling flaw that leads to severe environmental concerns and is therefore a stumbling block envisioning their large-scale application. Aiming for the retention of favorable electro-optical properties, tin (Sn) has been considered the most likely substitute. Preliminary studies have however shown that Sn-based perovskites are highly unstable and, moreover, Sn is also enlisted as a harmful chemical, with similar concerns regarding environment and health. To bring more clarity into the appropriateness of both metals in perovskite solar cells, we provide a case study with systematic comparison regarding the environmental impact of Pb- and Sn-based perovskites, using zebrafish (Danio Rerio) as model organism. Uncovering an unexpected route of intoxication in the form of acidification, it is shown that Sn based perovskite may not be the ideal Pb surrogate. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the vulnerability of sites in the East African Rift Valley to natural hazards: case study of Bujumbura, Burundi
Nibigira, Léonidas ULg; Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

Conference (2013, November 13)

Due to the geomorphologic, structural and climatic context, the East African Rift Valley is prone to many natural hazards. The locally high density of the population contributes to related risk. As a ... [more ▼]

Due to the geomorphologic, structural and climatic context, the East African Rift Valley is prone to many natural hazards. The locally high density of the population contributes to related risk. As a result, the impacts on the habitat and infrastructures are constantly increasing. This work is based on a case study near the city of Bujumbura, which, for decades, has been affected by severe floods. Based on a study focusing on one of its rivers, the river Ntahangwa, this work tries to answer some questions related to the potential causes and ways of prevention and management of flood risk. The analysis is based on hydrological considerations while having a look at the possible mutual influences between these hydrological risks and geodynamic hazards. The methodology uses rainfall, geographic, demographic, topographic, and elevation data. Hydraulic modeling reveals the extent of the flood hazard according to its likelihood of occurrence and its sensitivity to geodynamic disturbances. This led us to propose solutions and related prevention/remediation measures. Considering the vulnerability of the population, it is clear that a change of people’s behavior is needed to reduce the total risk they’re exposed to, both with respect to the choice of construction areas and to all kinds of activities related to rivers exploitation. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the World Ocean ventilation timescales with simple analogs - the leaky funnel model
Mouchet, Anne ULg; Deleersnijder, Eric

Poster (2011, May)

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See detailAssessing the World Ocean ventilation timescales with simple analogs - the leaky funnel model
Mouchet, Anne ULg; Deleersnijder, Eric

Conference (2009, February)

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See detailAssessing tropical forage species used as pig feed ingredients in the western provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kambashi Mutiaka, Bienvenu ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The use of forage species to feed pig goes back to immemorial times. If forage is no longer used in industrial farms with genetically-improved breeds, its accounts for an important part of pig diets in ... [more ▼]

The use of forage species to feed pig goes back to immemorial times. If forage is no longer used in industrial farms with genetically-improved breeds, its accounts for an important part of pig diets in smallholder pig production systems in tropical areas including the Western provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The aim of this research thesis was to assess the relevancy of the use of local forage resources as a strategy to reduce reliance of pig production systems on concentrate feed ingredients in tropical environment, by identifying plant species available to smallholders with interesting nutritional value that could partly replace concentrates in the diets. First, smallholder pig production systems in two western provinces of the DRC were characterized and the most used forage species in pigs identified. Their nutritional value was determined using an in vitro model of the pig’s gastro-intestinal tract. It was concluded that Manihot esculenta, Ipomoea batatas, Moringa oleifera, and legume species exhibit an interesting profile for feeding pigs while grasses, Eichhornia crassipes, Acacia mangium and Cajanus cajan should be discouraged. Feeding values of Psophocarpus scandens, Vigna unguiculata, Stylosanthes guianensis, and Pueraria. phaseoloides were measured by assessing the voluntary feed intake of forage hays-based diets and their digestibility. Finally, the economic impact of feeding Psophocarpus scandens, Vigna unguiculata, and Stylosanthes guianensis, was measured through growth performance, carcass quality, and production costs determination. It is concluded that although forage species reduce the nutritive value and the growth of animals, the investigated legumes do not impact negatively the economical balance of concentrate-fed pigs when forage accounts for approx. 10 % of the diet. The ability of some forage species to improve performances of animals fed ill-balanced diets as usually practiced by smallholder farmers in the DRC should be investigated as it is suspected that under less favourable conditions, conclusions on the usefulness of forage legumes in pigs might be more positive [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing urbanisation effects on rainfall-runoff using a remote sensing supported modelling strategy
Verbeiren, Boud; Van de Voorde, Tim; Canters, Frank et al

in International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (2013), 21

This paper aims at developing a methodology for assessing urban dynamics in urban catchments and the related impact on hydrology. Using a multi-temporal remote sensing supported hydrological modelling ... [more ▼]

This paper aims at developing a methodology for assessing urban dynamics in urban catchments and the related impact on hydrology. Using a multi-temporal remote sensing supported hydrological modelling approach an improved simulation of runoff for urban areas is targeted. A time-series of five medium resolution urban masks and corresponding sub-pixel sealed surface proportions maps was generated from Landsat and SPOT imagery. The consistency of the urban mask and sealed surface proportion timeseries was imposed through an urban change trajectory analysis. The physically based rainfall-runoff model WetSpa was successfully adapted for integration of remote sensing derived information of detailed urban land use and sealed surface characteristics. A first scenario compares the original land-use class based approach for hydrological parameterisation with a remote sensing sub-pixel based approach. A second scenario assesses the impact of urban growth on hydrology. Study area is the Tolka River basin in Dublin, Ireland. The grid-based approach of WetSpa enables an optimal use of the spatially distributed properties of remote sensing derived input. Though change trajectory analysis remains little used in urban studies it is shown to be of utmost importance in case of time series analysis. The analysis enabled to assign a rational trajectory to 99% of all pixels. The study showed that consistent remote sensing derived land-use maps are preferred over alternative sources (such as CORINE) to avoid over-estimation errors, interpretation inconsistencies and assure enough spatial detail for urban studies. Scenario 1 reveals that both the class and remote sensing sub-pixel based approaches are able to simulate discharges at the catchment outlet in an equally satisfactory way, but the sub-pixel approach yields considerably higher peak discharges. The result confirms the importance of detailed information on the sealed surface proportion for hydrological simulations in urbanised catchments. In addition a major advantage with respect to hydrological parameterisation using remote sensing is the fact that it is site- and period-specific. Regarding the assessment of the impact of urbanisation (scenario 2) the hydrological simulations revealed that the steady urban growth in the Tolka basin between 1988 and 2006 had a considerable impact on peak discharges. Additionally, the hydrological response is quicker as a result of urbanisation. Spatially distributed surface runoff maps identify the zones with high runoff production. It is evident that this type of information is important for urban water management and decision makers. The results of the remote sensing supported modelling approach do not only indicate increased volumes due to urbanisation, but also identifies the locations where the most relevant impacts took place. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing variability of literature based methane indicator traits in a large dairy cow population
Kandel, Purna Bhadra ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2015), 19(1), 11-19

Description du sujet. La production laitière est reconnue comme une des sources majeures d’émissions de méthane (CH4). Le recours à un programme de sélection spécifique pourrait être une bonne méthode ... [more ▼]

Description du sujet. La production laitière est reconnue comme une des sources majeures d’émissions de méthane (CH4). Le recours à un programme de sélection spécifique pourrait être une bonne méthode pour optimiser les émissions de méthane par les vaches laitières. Le développement d’un tel programme nécessiterait un nombre important d’enregistrements relatifs aux émissions de méthane. Malheureusement, aucune méthode pratique et bon marché n’existe actuellement pour créer une telle base de données. Cependant, quatre indicateurs CH4 basés sur les quantités en acides gras dans la matière grasse laitière ont été recensés dans la littérature. Objectifs. L’objectif de cette étude est d’utiliser ces indicateurs de la littérature afin d’apprécier la variabilité des émissions de méthane éructées par les vaches laitières. Méthode. Ces indicateurs utilisent les quantités en acides gras obtenues par chromatographie en phase gazeuse. Comme ce type de données n’est pas disponible pour toute la population laitière, un échantillon de 602 analyses chromatographiques a été créé dans cette étude afin de développer une équation de calibrage permettant de prédire les quantités de méthane émises à partir du spectre moyen infrarouge (MIR) du lait qui est disponible pour toutes les vaches étudiées. Ensuite, l’équation de calibrage ainsi obtenue a été appliquée sur 604 028 données spectrales enregistrées entre 2007 et 2011 auprès de 70 872 vaches au cours de leurs trois premières lactations afin de prédire les quantités de méthane émises. Les paramètres génétiques de ces nouveaux indicateurs méthane prédits par MIR ont également été estimés en utilisant un modèle animal de type jour de test avec régressions aléatoires. Résultats. Ces quantités prédites par MIR variaient selon une gamme attendue s’étalant entre 350 ± 40 et 449 ± 65 g par jour. L’émission prédite moyenne de CH4 en g par jour augmentait au début de la lactation, atteignait sa plus haute concentration au pic de lactation et ensuite diminuait jusqu’à la fin de la lactation. Les héritabilités journalières moyennes variaient entre 0,29-0,35 ; 0,26-0,40 et 0,22-0,37 pour les différents indicateurs méthane étudiés au cours des trois premières lactations. Les plus grandes différences entre les valeurs d’élevage estimées pour des taureaux ayant des filles en production émettant le plus et le moins de méthane étaient de 24,18 ; 29,33 et 27,77 kg par lactation pour les trois premières lactations. Des corrélations faiblement négatives ont été observées entre les indicateurs CH4 et la quantité de lait. À l’inverse, des corrélations positives ont été estimées entre ces mêmes indicateurs et les taux en matières grasses et en protéines. Conclusions. Cette étude montre la possibilité de prédire des indicateurs méthane issus de la littérature et utilisant les concentrations en acides gras dans la matière grasse laitière à partir de la spectrométrie MIR. De plus, cette étude suggère également à partir des paramètres génétiques obtenus l’existence d’une variabilité phénotypique et génétique des quantités de méthane éructées par les vaches laitières Holstein. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing wind comfort in urban planning
Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Environment & Planning B : Planning & Design (2010), 37(5), 857-873

There are increasing concerns regarding the quality of urban public spaces. Wind is one important environmental factor that influences pedestrians’ comfort and safety. In modern cities, there are more and ... [more ▼]

There are increasing concerns regarding the quality of urban public spaces. Wind is one important environmental factor that influences pedestrians’ comfort and safety. In modern cities, there are more and more high constructions and complex forms which can involve significant problems of wind discomfort around these buildings. Today, architects and town planners need guidelines and simple design tools to take account of wind in their projects. This paper addresses the progress made towards computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations for assessing wind comfort in urban planning. We validated Fluent software for wind studies in urban environments by comparing our simulations results with wind tunnel tests. This validation shows that wind mean velocities around buildings can be simulated numerically with a very high degree of accuracy. Based on the results of a great number of CFD simulations, we developed a methodology and simple graphical tools to quantify critical wind speeds around buildings. This article should thus help in practice architects and town planners to design our built environment. Moreover, this paper shows how numerical modeling is now a high-performance tool to work out useful guidelines and simple design tools for urban planners. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment and detection of pain in noncommunicative severely brain-injured patients.
Schnakers, Caroline ULg; Chatelle, Camille ULg; Majerus, Steve ULg et al

in Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics (2010), 10(11), 1725-31

Detecting pain in severely brain-injured patients recovering from coma represents a real challenge. Patients with disorders of consciousness are unable to consistently or reliably communicate their ... [more ▼]

Detecting pain in severely brain-injured patients recovering from coma represents a real challenge. Patients with disorders of consciousness are unable to consistently or reliably communicate their feelings and potential perception of pain. However, recent studies suggest that patients in a minimally conscious state can experience pain to some extent. Pain monitoring in these patients is hence of medical and ethical importance. In this article, we will focus on the possible use of behavioral scales for the assessment and detection of pain in noncommunicative patients. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment and determinants of aesthetic discomfort in hand osteoarthritis
Neuprez, Audrey ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Dardenne, Nadia ULg et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2015), 74

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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 and spatial characterization of pastoral resources in northern Morocco
Chebli, Youssef; Chentouf, Mouad; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg

in Proceedings of the 1st FARAH Day, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2014)

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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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