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See detailInterpolation of SLA Using the Data-Interpolating Variational Analysis in the Coastal Area of the NW Mediterranean Sea
Troupin, Charles ULg; Barth, Alexander ULg; Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 07)

The spatial interpolation of along-track Sea-Level Anomalies (SLA) data to produce gridded map has numerous applications in oceanography (model validation, data assimilation, eddy tracking, ...). Optimal ... [more ▼]

The spatial interpolation of along-track Sea-Level Anomalies (SLA) data to produce gridded map has numerous applications in oceanography (model validation, data assimilation, eddy tracking, ...). Optimal Interpolation (OI) is often the preferred method for this task, as it leads to the lowest expected error and provides an error field associated to the analyzed field. However, the method suffers from limitations such as the numerical cost (due to the inversion of covariance matrices) as well as the isotropic covariance function, generally employed in altimetry. The Data-Interpolating Variational Analysis (DIVA) is a gridding method based on the minimization of a cost function using a finite-element technique. The cost function penalizes the departures from observations, the smoothness of the gridded field and physical constraints (advection, diffusion, ...). It has been shown that DIVA and OI are equivalent (provided some assumptions on the covariances are made), the main difference is that in DIVA, the covariance function is not explicitly formulated. The technique has been previously applied for the creation of regional hydrographic climatologies, which required the processing of a large number of data points. In this work we present the application and adaptation of Diva to the analysis of SLA in the Mediterranean Sea and the production of weekly maps of SLA in this region. The peculiarities of SLA along-track data are addressed: • number of observations: the finite-element technique coupled to improvements in the matrix inversion (parallel or iterative solvers) lead to a decrease of the computational time, meaning that sub-sampling of the initial data set is not required. • quality of the different missions: the weight attributed to each data point can be easily set according to the satellite that provided the observations, so that different measurement noise variances are considered. • spatial correlation scale: it varies spatially in the domain according to the value of the Rossby radius of deformation. • long-wavelength errors: each data point is associated a class, and a detrending technique allows the determination of the trend for each class, leading to a reduction of the inconsistencies between missions. • anisotropy of physical coastal features: a pseudo-velocity field derived from regional bathymetry enhances the correlations along the main currents. Particular attention will be paid to the influence of this constraint in the coastal area. The analysis and error fields obtained over the Mediterranean Sea are compared with the available gridded products from AVISO. Different ways to compute the error field are compared. The impact of the use of multiple missions to prepare the gridded fields is also examined. In situ measurements from an intensive multi-sensor experiment carried out north of the Balearic Islands in May 2009 serve to assess the quality of the gridded fields in the coastal area. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom One Loop To Another: From Minimalism To Indie Rock
Levaux, Christophe ULg

Conference (2013, October 05)

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See detailBlood pressure dipping and arterial stiffness in kidney transplant recipients
XHIGNESSE, Patricia ULg; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULg et al

Conference (2013, October 05)

In 70 kidney transplant recipients, nocturnal blood pressure(BP) nondipping (nondipping or reversed rhythm) was highly frequent (48% were nondippers and 29% had a reversed rhythm). When compared dippers ... [more ▼]

In 70 kidney transplant recipients, nocturnal blood pressure(BP) nondipping (nondipping or reversed rhythm) was highly frequent (48% were nondippers and 29% had a reversed rhythm). When compared dippers, nondippers and reversed, neither BMI, time on hemodialysis, graft survival, eGFR or antihypertensive drugs allowed to distinct the three groups. Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) did not differ between groups but calcification score and ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) were significantly the highest in récipients with reversed rhythm. That was also the case in nondippers recipients. [less ▲]

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See detailPastoral dynamics in the Region of Diffa (Niger) : a descriptive analysis of livestock capital
Rouchet, François ULg; Abdoulkadri, Laouali; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2013, October 05)

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See detailL’interdisciplinarité comme posture impliquée et indisciplinée, créative et coopérative.
Denayer, Dorothée ULg; Levain, Alix; Coutellec, Leo et al

Conference (2013, October 05)

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See detailSoil classification, map legends and GIS logic: experiences from converting the legend of the soil map of Belgium into WRB
Dondeyne, Stefaan; Legrain, Xavier ULg; Deckers, Jozef et al

Conference (2013, October 04)

A systematic soil survey of Belgium was conducted from 1948 to 1991. The purpose was to have a soil information base adequate for boosting agricultural production after the Second World War. Field surveys ... [more ▼]

A systematic soil survey of Belgium was conducted from 1948 to 1991. The purpose was to have a soil information base adequate for boosting agricultural production after the Second World War. Field surveys were done at the detailed scale of 1:5000, while the maps were published at a 1:20,000 scale. To enable soil surveyors to identify soils in the field, an original soil classification was developed based on readily observable physical and morphogenetic characteristics. Within the European Union, the World Reference Base (WRB) for Soil Resources (IUSS Working Group WRB, 2007), has been adopted as the common classification system. As soil surveys in most European countries were conducted independently, the challenge now is to convert the national legends into a common WRB legend. In Belgium, such a conversion is being implemented and we present some lessons learned in relation to classification and map legends. The legend of the soil map of Belgium is based primarily on soil texture, drainage status and profile development. “Soil series” are defined in an open and non-hierarchical structure by combining these three categorical variables, and to which modifiers can be added such as parent material, stoniness or depth to a substratum. The WRB-2007 classification is based on diagnostic features defined by morphological, physical and chemical properties. The conversion of the legend of the soil map of Belgium to WRB is based on insights gained from classifying, so far, more than 360 legacy soil profiles in combination with field observations. From these insights, heuristic rules have been deduced regrouping soil series into Reference Soil Groups (RSG) and for which some qualifiers could also be identified. Other qualifiers were determined by relying on databases of the legacy soil profiles. To take regional variability into account, the conversion is done by physiographic zone. Converting the legend of the soil map of Belgium to WRB actually leads to a regrouping of soil series into broader WRB categories and which can neatly be represented on 1:50,000 scale maps. Hence, it does not imply substituting one classification with another one. Users, who would need the detailed information, can still refer to the detailed symbols of the soil series. The regrouping of soil series has been made possible thanks to the flexibility of WRB for combining various qualifiers. However, as the WRB-2007 classification leads to a varying number of qualifiers it is less practical for constructing map legends. Therefore, the WRB-2010 guidelines (IUSS Working Group WRB, 2010) propose to organise qualifiers in main and optional ones with priority rules for the main qualifiers. As illustrated in Table 1, this approach may highlight, or hide, some qualifiers inconsistently. When for example only two qualifiers are retained in a map legend, the qualifier Endogleyic of stony, poorly drained Albic Podzols will not be indicated, while it will be indicated when such soils are not stony (Table 1). Moreover, the proposed hierarchy is sometimes also inconsistent when compared across Reference Soil Groups (RSG) as illustrated for the Arenosols and Regosols (Table 1). These drawbacks could be avoided if qualifiers would be organised into thematic groups ― such as profile development, texture, drainage, depth of substratum and fertility ― rather than by ranking them. Grouping qualifiers thematically would have the advantage to give more flexibility to the map user working with GIS, and indeed, it would render WRB a more “GIS logic” classification system. [less ▲]

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See detailConvective Drying of Mixtures of Sewage Sludge and Sawdust in a Fixed Bed
Li, Jie ULg; Fraikin, Laurent ULg; Salmon, Thierry ULg et al

Conference (2013, October 04)

This work is part of a project aiming at developing a renewable fuel for gasification purposes, through the convective drying of sludge/wood mixtures. The first step consists in characterizing the drying ... [more ▼]

This work is part of a project aiming at developing a renewable fuel for gasification purposes, through the convective drying of sludge/wood mixtures. The first step consists in characterizing the drying behaviour of sludge/sawdust mixtures, in a convective fixed bed dryer. In particular, the influence of the mixing step (no mixing against 30 s at 40 rpm) and the sawdust/sludge ratio (1/9, 2/8, 3/7 and 4/6 on a dry basis) have been investigated, as well as the drying temperature (50 °C, 80 °C and 110 °C). As showed in a previous work, the addition of dry matter into sludge has an impact on the initial 3D structure of the bed of extrudates to be dried. Moreover, it is well known that the volume shrinkage occurring during sludge drying will affect the drying velocity. In this study, X-ray tomography, a non-invasive imaging technique, is used to assess changes in volume, porosity and exchange surface between the beginning and the end of the drying process. Results first confirm the importance of the mixing step on the drying behaviour: the drying rate of the mixed sludge is slower than the one of original sludge. Nevertheless the addition of sawdust is shown to have a positive impact on the drying process from mass ratio of 2/8, with observed drying rates higher than for the original sludge. During the whole drying process, the volume and exchange surface of the sample increase and the porosity decreases as the mass ratio increases. These results indicate that the air and the sample contact more fully with more sawdust addition, resulting from bed expansion and exchange surface increase. Hence, the heat and mass transfer efficiency between the air and the material increases and consequently the drying rate. Further work will be done in order to assess the impact of the drying temperature and to characterize the behaviour of these samples during pyrolysis using thermo gravimetric analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailTourisme rural : le parent pauvre du financement des activités en milieu rural camerounais
Lekane Tsobgou, Dieudonné ULg; MEDIEBOU CHINDJI, Rose

Conference (2013, October 04)

Le tourisme en général et le tourisme rural est une activité économique en plein essor dans le monde. Au Cameroun par exemple, les espaces ruraux regorgent de nombreuses destinations touristiques, ainsi ... [more ▼]

Le tourisme en général et le tourisme rural est une activité économique en plein essor dans le monde. Au Cameroun par exemple, les espaces ruraux regorgent de nombreuses destinations touristiques, ainsi que de fortes potentialités naturelles et culturelles à promouvoir. 2/3 des citadins retournent fréquemment dans leur terroir pour diverses raisons et dépensent d’énormes sommes d’argent d’où l’intérêt pour les promoteurs d’activités touristiques de capter cette masse et ce flux monétaire. L’abandon des plans quinquennaux, la disparition de la Société Camerounaise du Tourisme (Socatour), du Fond National pour le Développement Rural (Fonader) et du Fonds de Garantie et d’Assistance aux Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (Fogape) depuis la décennie 1990 ont créé dans le secteur du tourisme rural, une grave crise de financement et d’encadrement des acteurs et de leurs activités. La forte mobilisation des ressources financières venant des institutions étatiques, de la coopération internationale, des comités de développement locaux (Kengne Fodouop et Dejon 2003), les élites (Elong 2012) et des acteurs micro financiers privés oriente 90% des lignes de crédit ou du financement rural en direction des projets agricoles et commerciaux (Lekané 2011., Tchékoté 2012) et non vers les activités du tourisme. Pourtant, Le tourisme rural au Cameroun serait une opportunité intéressante dans le processus du développement local (Onomo 2009, Kimbu 2012). A ce titre, il constitue un gisement intarissable d’emplois dans l’hébergement, la restauration, le transport, le marketing et la commercialisation des destinations, etc… La segmentation de cette activité en milieu rural devrait favoriser la création de richesse (DSCE, 2010). Qu’est ce qui explique le fait qu’après une quarantaine d’années de financement du monde rural, le secteur du tourisme continue de chercher en vain « l’argent chaud » susceptible de promouvoir durablement ses activités ? Comment comprendre l’abandon d’un secteur pourtant intégrateur de l’économie rurale au Cameroun? Est-il possible d’assurer la durabilité du financement des espaces ruraux afin de mieux commercialiser et rentabiliser les ressources naturelles et culturelles qui s’y trouvent [less ▲]

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See detailHow did endemic cyprinids and exotic european catfish move in a large river ecosystem?
Capra, Hervé; Pella, Hervé; Ovidio, Michaël ULg

Conference (2013, October 03)

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See detailInsertion of domain III of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens PBP4a in the Bacillus licheniformis BlaP β-lactamase to study the binding to peptidoglycan and whole bacteria
Van Der Heiden, Edwige ULg; Hoebreck, Charline ULg; Freichels, Régine ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 03)

Domain III of Bacillus subtilis and B. amyloliquefaciens DD-endopeptidase PBP4a was introduced in the BlaP beta-lactamse of Bacillus licheniformis. Domain III of Bacillus licheniformis binds to ... [more ▼]

Domain III of Bacillus subtilis and B. amyloliquefaciens DD-endopeptidase PBP4a was introduced in the BlaP beta-lactamse of Bacillus licheniformis. Domain III of Bacillus licheniformis binds to peptidoglycan of Bacillus subtilis 168 and to itself whole cells. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular dynamic simulations of a beta amphiphilic peptide
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Deschamps, Antoine; Soumillion, Patrice et al

Conference (2013, October 03)

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See detailDosages quantitaifs de principes actifs dans les formes solides par spectroscopie proche infrarouge: Application pratique au test d'uniformité de teneur des comprimés
Ginot, Yves-Michel; Bernard-Moulin, Patrick; Boiret, Mathieu et al

Conference (2013, October 03)

L'augmentation du nombre de dosages à réaliser dans l'industrie pharmaceutique conduit à rechercher des méthodes alternatives. La spectroscopie proche infrarouge répond précisément à cette demande en ... [more ▼]

L'augmentation du nombre de dosages à réaliser dans l'industrie pharmaceutique conduit à rechercher des méthodes alternatives. La spectroscopie proche infrarouge répond précisément à cette demande en permettant des dosages rapides, non destructifs et respectueux de l'environnement. Le texte publié dans SFSTP Pharma Pratiques en 2010 énonçait la méthodologie à suivre pour développer une technique de dosage de substance active dans une formulation solide de type comprimé par spectroscopie proche infrarouge. Il est apparu intéressant d'illustrer et de compléter les différentes étapes de cette méthodologies au travers d'exemples. [less ▲]

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See detailRetirement and the onset of Alzheimer's disease: The ICTUS study
Grotz, Catherine ULg; Letenneur, luc; Bonsang, Eric et al

Conference (2013, October 03)

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See detailHolocaust postmemory and the legacy of un-death in Nicole Krauss’ Great House
Munos, Delphine ULg

Conference (2013, October 03)

In an interview closely following on the release of The History of Love, Krauss made it clear that, contrary to what some critics had ventured, her second novel was not about Holocaust survivors. “I am ... [more ▼]

In an interview closely following on the release of The History of Love, Krauss made it clear that, contrary to what some critics had ventured, her second novel was not about Holocaust survivors. “I am the grandchild of people who survived that historical event,” Krauss pointed out. “I’m not writing their story – I couldn’t write their story […]. What interests me is the response to catastrophic loss.” Great House, Krauss’s third novel, can be seen to further investigate this “response to catastrophic loss” – in a way which makes only tangential and mediated references to the Holocaust. The novel spans eighty years, starting from the near-end of World War 2, and traces the passing-on of a desk of massive proportions. Complete with nineteen drawers, one of which remains locked until it is symbolically revealed to be empty at the close of the book, the desk operates as some kind of trans-historical fetish for most of its successive keepers (and aspiring acquirers). Narrated through a set of five characters whose lives prove overshadowed less by the Holocaust itself than by its felt resonances in the psyches of loved ones, Great House is a polyphonic work that raises questions about the anatomy of ‘Holocaust postmemory’ (Marianne Hirsch), its temporality, but also its reification in conformity with defense mechanisms that take the form of death-denying fantasies. Here, while turning to the past, some clearly unreliable first-person narrators reveal their lifelong investment in fetishizing memories of themselves and others so as to better keep all sense of temporality and mortality at bay – in a way suggesting that fantasies of un-death have helped them fill in the gap left by the unspeakable horror of the Holocaust, and were later transmitted in lieu of ‘memory proper’. This paper will thus focus on Great House’s rich imagery, and its narrative strategies, in order to investigate Krauss’ representation of the paradoxes of Holocaust postmemory. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal perceptions and attitudes towards synanthrope long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) living in Padangtegal Monkey forest, Bali (Indonesia)
Brotcorne, Fany ULg; Paquay, Leila; Wandia, I.Nengah et al

Conference (2013, October 03)

The sympatric relationship between humans and other primates in interface zones is a contemporary widespread phenomenon. The expanding landscapes anthropization leads to an intensification of human-other ... [more ▼]

The sympatric relationship between humans and other primates in interface zones is a contemporary widespread phenomenon. The expanding landscapes anthropization leads to an intensification of human-other primate interactions ranging from conflict to co-operation scenarios. Our study investigated the commensal relationships between long-tailed macaques and humans at the tourist Padangtegal Monkey Forest. We present here results related to human-macaque interactions and local people’s perceptions and attitudes towards the latter. We used ethological methods to quantify the nature of the interactions and we conducted a questionnaire survey to identify the macaques’ status in local public opinion. 99 respondents (62 males and 37 females) were selected in a radius of 2km around the Monkey Forest. Perceptions and attitudes were explicitly measured on self-reports and were attributed to a 4 point score. Macaques interacted with humans for 1.1% of their activity budget and these interactions were mostly aggressive (0.6%), food-related (0.4%) or neutral (0.1%). 80% of the aggressive interactions were initiated by humans but the majority aimed at protecting crops and properties from macaques’ incursions. Overall, most of the respondents had positive perceptions and attitudes towards macaques, except neighbouring landowner farmers who suffered from crop damage. Despite nuisances caused by macaques, the majority of the interviewees reported to derive compensatory economic and cultural benefits from their relationships with macaques. The religious and economic contexts might explain the high tolerance level towards macaques that represents a source of hope for a sustainable coexistence, although some management strategies minimizing crop damage still need to be reinforced. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasuring Effects of Reflection on Learning: A Physiological Study
QI, Wen; Verpoorten, Dominique ULg; Westera, Wim

Conference (2013, October 03)

As an economical and feasible intervention, reflection demands learners using critical thinking to examine presented information, questioning its validity, and drawing conclusions based on the resulting ... [more ▼]

As an economical and feasible intervention, reflection demands learners using critical thinking to examine presented information, questioning its validity, and drawing conclusions based on the resulting ideas during a learning process. The aim of this study is to gain insight into the effects of practicing short, frequent and structured reflective breaks that are interspersed with the reading process of a learning material. It tries to reveal whether physiological signals can be used as appropriate indicators to reveal the actual changes of cognitive states while introducing different reflective breaks during learning. The recorded physiological signals include skin temperature, blood volume pulse, pulse volume amplitude, and pulse rate. The results show that while these embedded “reflection rituals” did not affect learners’ performance they had significantly impact on time on task, perceived learning and those learners' physiological (cognitive) states. Physiological data returned significant differences between the reading and reflection activity. Measurements of temperature and pulse rate are lower when covering the course equipped with additional reflection affordances while blood volume pulse and pulse volume amplitude are higher. In addition, applying statistics analysis to the physiological data exhumes significant differences between different types of reflection activities for those measurements including skin temperature, pulse volume amplitude and pulse. [less ▲]

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See detailBluetongue Virus RNA Detection by Real-Time RT-PCR in Post-Vaccination Samples from Cattle
De Leeuw, Ilse; Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Bertels, Guido et al

Conference (2013, October 02)

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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 detailBacterial diversity of field-caught mosquitoes from different regions of Belgium and potential impact on virus transmission
Raharimalala, Fara Nantenaina ULg; Boukraa, Slimane ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 02)

Several vectors disease presented a resistance to various pesticides currently used. Endosymbiotic bacteria was an alternative solution found because of their probably interactive effects with their host ... [more ▼]

Several vectors disease presented a resistance to various pesticides currently used. Endosymbiotic bacteria was an alternative solution found because of their probably interactive effects with their host. According to the introduction risks of these virus and disease dispersion, we propose to investigate the bacterial endosymbiont role in Culicidae in Belgium. Among the 30 species of mosquitoes identified in this country, about ten are considered as potential vectors of arboviruses. In this study, eleven species of Culicidae belonging to five genera (Culex pipiens s.l., Cx. torrentium, Cx. hortensis, Anopheles claviger, An. maculipennis s.l., An. plumbeus, Culiseta annulata, Ochlerotatus geniculatus, Oc. dorsalis, Aedes albopictus and Coquillettidia richiardii) mosquitoes fields from eight sites of Belgium were used for the screening of the presence of six genera endosymbiotic bacteria (Wolbachia sp, Commamonas sp, Delftia sp, Pseudomonas sp, Acinetobacter sp and Asaia sp) according their possible impact in mosquito biology. PCR was done for the screening of endosymbiotic bacteria mosquitoes studied. A total of 176 individuals (144 larvae and 32 adults) were used. Our results allowed us to confirm the absence of Wolbachia in An. clavigere, An. maculipennis s.l and Cx. torentium. Acinetobacter was found in every species. Current advances in understanding the mosquito–microbiota relationships may have a great impact in a better understanding of some traits of mosquito biology and in the development of innovative mosquito-borne disease-control strategies aimed to reduce mosquito vectorial capacity and/or inhibiting pathogen transmission. [less ▲]

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See detailHyper-volatiles in Comet C/2010 G2 (Hill)
Kawakita, Hideyo; Dello Russo, N.; Vervack, R. J. J. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2013, October 01), 45

We performed high-dispersion near-infrared spectroscopic observations of comet C/2010 G2 (Hill) at 2.5 AU from the Sun using NIRSPEC (R ~ 2.5x10^4) at the Keck II telescope on UT 2012 Jan 9 and 10. The ... [more ▼]

We performed high-dispersion near-infrared spectroscopic observations of comet C/2010 G2 (Hill) at 2.5 AU from the Sun using NIRSPEC (R ~ 2.5x10^4) at the Keck II telescope on UT 2012 Jan 9 and 10. The comet had been in outburst. Over the two nights of our observations, prominent emission lines of CH4 and C2H6 along with weaker emission lines of H2O, HCN, CH3OH and CO were detected. The gas production rate of CO was comparable to that of H2O. The mixing ratios of CO, HCN, CH4, C2H6, and CH3OH with respect to H2O are higher than those for normal comets by a factor of five or more. Hyper-volatile species such as CO and CH4 were enriched in the coma of comet Hill suggesting that the sublimation of these hyper-volatiles could sustain the outburst of the comet. Based on a comparison with optical observations, some fraction of water in the inner coma existed as icy grains. Those icy ice grains were likely ejected from nucleus by the sublimation of hyper-volatiles. [less ▲]

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See detailANAEROBIC DIGESTION OF ORGANIC WASTES FROM AGRO-FOOD ACTIVITIES IN TUNISIA
Mhiri, F; Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Sayahi, L. et al

Poster (2013, October 01)

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See detailThe May 4, 2013 Stellar Occultation by Pluto and Implications for Pluto's Atmosphere
Olkin, Catherine B.; Young, L. A.; Borncamp, D. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2013, October 01), 45

On May 4 2013, Pluto passed in front of a 14 star and the shadow was well observed from multiple occultation groups. This paper presents results from the three light curves observed at Las Cumbres ... [more ▼]

On May 4 2013, Pluto passed in front of a 14 star and the shadow was well observed from multiple occultation groups. This paper presents results from the three light curves observed at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) from their Cerro Tololo site. The three LCOGT telescopes have 1.0 m apertures and used identical frame-transfer cameras. The cameras currently have a 2 second readout time therefore autonomous observations were scheduled with different exposure times to give good time resolution of the event. We will present results of this occultation and compare occultation results from 1988 to 2013 with volatile transport models. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the Forbidden Oxygen Lines in Comets at Different Heliocentric and Nucleocentric Distances
Decock, Alice ULg; Rousselot, P.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2013, October 01), 45

Oxygen is an important element in the chemistry of the solar system objects given its abundance and its presence in many molecules including H2O 80% of cometary ices). The analysis of oxygen atoms in ... [more ▼]

Oxygen is an important element in the chemistry of the solar system objects given its abundance and its presence in many molecules including H2O 80% of cometary ices). The analysis of oxygen atoms in comets can provide information not only on the comets themselves but also on the solar system. These atoms have been analyzed using the 3 forbidden oxygen lines [OI] observed in emission in the optical region at 5577.339 Å (the green line), 6300.304 Å and 6363.776 Å (the red lines) (Swings, 1962). Our analysis is based on a sample of 12 comets of various origins. The observing material is made of 53 high signal-to-noise spectra obtained with the high-resolution UVES spectrograph at the ESO VLT from 2002 to 2012 (Manfroid et al, 2009). After noticing that the green line is blended with one C2 line, we built synthetic spectra of C2 for each observing circumstances and we subtracted its contribution to the cometary spectra in order to ensure the decontamination of the 5577 Å line. Then, we measured the intensity of the 3 [OI] lines at different heliocentric distances. By comparing the green to red lines ratio (G/R) with the Bhardwaj & Raghuram (2012) effective excitation rates, we found that H2O is the main parent molecule when the comet is observed at 1 au. When the comet is located beyond 2.5 au from the Sun, CO2 also contributes to the production of oxygen. Studying forbidden oxygen lines could be a new way to estimate the abundances of CO2 in comets, a very difficult task from the ground (Decock et al. 2013). In order to estimate the effect of the quenching on our results, we analyzed the evolution of the G/R ratio at different nucleocentric distances. For nearby comets, we divided the extended 2D spectrum into several zones in order to analyze the oxygen lines as close as possible to the nucleus (down to ~10 km for the closest comets). Their analysis will allow us to study the link of the oxygen lines with the nucleocentric distance. We found a clear variation of the G/R ratio close to the comet nucleus that is in agreement with a contribution from CO2 as predicted by Raghuram & Bhardwaj (2013). [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of anti-androgenic substances on gametogenesis of the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus
Cruciani, Valentina ULg; Thomé, Jean-Pierre ULg; Joaquim-Justo, Célia ULg

Poster (2013, October 01)

Several studies have shown that pollutants with anti-androgenic activity have an impact on the sexual reproduction of the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus (Joaquim-Justo et al., submit; Preston et al ... [more ▼]

Several studies have shown that pollutants with anti-androgenic activity have an impact on the sexual reproduction of the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus (Joaquim-Justo et al., submit; Preston et al., 2001). The effects observed are compatible with the phenomenon of endocrine disruption. Fenitrothion, a non-steroidal anti-androgen induces a decrease in fertilization rate following exposure below or equal to 0,5 mg L-1.. The steroidal anti-androgen, cyproterone acetate increases number of cysts in population exposed to concentrations below or equal to 0,5 mg L-1. Cross mating experiments showed that effects of fenitrothion are due to an impact on males exclusively, while effects of cyproterone acetate exposition are due to an impact on females exclusively. In this study, we investigated the impact of fenitrothion on spermatogenesis and observed a decrease in the spermatozoa production and mobility with concentrations down to 0,5 mg L-1. We report a detailed description of the morphology of the male reproductive apparatus in B. calyciflorus based on optic, transmission electron and scanning electron microscopy in controls and exposed individuals. [less ▲]

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See detailDNA fingerprinting using Diversilab system for genotyping characterization of Microsporum audouinii and Trichophyton violaceum
SACHELI, Rosalie ULg; DIMO, Lauryl; GRAIDE, Hélène ULg et al

in Mycoses (2013, October 01), 56(Supplement S3), 99

Objectives: To investigate the epidemiological determinants responsible for the high number of anthropophilic dermatophytes received by the National Reference Center for Mycosis of Liege (NRCL) during the ... [more ▼]

Objectives: To investigate the epidemiological determinants responsible for the high number of anthropophilic dermatophytes received by the National Reference Center for Mycosis of Liege (NRCL) during the year 2012. To perform a genotypic characterization by the Diversilab® system focusing on the two main isolated species, Microsporum audouinii and Trichophyton violaceum. To present a preliminary study preceding the national survey launched in 2013. Methods: A total of 51 strains of M. audouinii (50 clinical + 1 reference (ref.) strains) and 15 strains of T. violaceum (14 clinical + 1 ref. strain) originating from different locations through Belgium were included in the study. The fungal strains were first cultivated on Malt agar, then sub-cultured in Sabouraud liquid medium (Fluka). The grown mycelium was processed for DNA extraction following recommendations of the manufacturer (Ultra Clean® DNA Microbial isolation kit, MoBio laboratories). Genotypic analysis was performed using the DiversiLab® system (BioMérieux) for DNA fingerprinting and analysis. Results: Regarding M. audouinii, four different genotypic groups of strains were separated. Group 1 includes 11 strains and is only found in the Liège surroundings. Group 2 includes only one strain with little differences compared to group 1 and collected from the Liège area. These two groups may be related to each other. Group 3 contains 36 strains and the reference strain. This genotype is distributed in different Belgium locations. The last group, group 4, contains only 3 isolates sharing low similarities in comparison with the 3 other groups. Concerning T. violaceum, 6 different genotypic groups with a mixed geographical distribution were determined. Group 1 includes 8 clinical isolates and the ref. strain. The other five isolates are all different and seem not to be related to each other. Conclusion: The automated typing DiversiLab® system proved to be an easy and efficient method to investigate the molecular epidemiology of dermatophytes infections. Preliminary results of the study show that, through Belgium, several groups of isolates co-exist for M. audouinii and T. violaceum providing evidence of genetic heterogeneity. This variation can be related to acquired mutations due to environmental adaptation. Further investigations are necessary to better understand the impact of this genotypic variation. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of 3 emerging optical NDI techniques on complex shaped composite structures based on carbon fiber
Georges, Marc ULg

Conference (2013, October 01)

Thermography, shearography and laser ultrasonics are 3 contactless emerging techniques which allow nondestructive inspection of composite structures. Thermography and shearography are full-field ... [more ▼]

Thermography, shearography and laser ultrasonics are 3 contactless emerging techniques which allow nondestructive inspection of composite structures. Thermography and shearography are full-field techniques yielding measurement of respectively local temperature variations or deformations of a structure undergoing a stress (thermal, pressure, vibration). Laser ultrasonics allows remote ultrasound generation in the composite by thermoelastic effect followed by remote measurement of the surface displacements under the effect of the ultrasound echoes without coupling. This point-like technique requires scanning. The three techniques have been selected in our project since they allow inspection of complex shaped parts. We present compared results obtained on a variety of aeronautical industrial composite parts. [less ▲]

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See detailComment concilier médecine factuelle et médecine personnalisée en pratique clinique
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference (2013, October 01)

Médecine factuelle (EBM) et médecine personnalisée : définition, avantages et limites. Cas cliniques exemplatifs dans l'HTA

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See detailA Search For 15NH2 Emission Lines In Comets
Rousselot, Philippe; Pirali, O.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2013, October 01), 45

The determination of nitrogen isotopic ratios in solar system objects is important for a good understanding of their origin. The measurements of [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N isotopic ratio done so far in ... [more ▼]

The determination of nitrogen isotopic ratios in solar system objects is important for a good understanding of their origin. The measurements of [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N isotopic ratio done so far in various solar system objects and molecules have revealed a great diversity (from 50 to 441), all of them, except Jupiter, being enriched in [SUB]15[/SUB]N compared to the protosolar nebula. Different explanations have been proposed to explain this enrichement. One of them suggests that these differences reflect the different interstellar N reservoirs from which N-bearing molecules are originating (Hily-Blant et al., 2013). These authors, from observations of H[SUB]13[/SUB]CN and HC[SUB]15[/SUB]N in two prestellar cores, suggest that the molecules carrying the nitrile- (-CN) functional group would be more enriched in [SUB]15[/SUB]N than the molecules carrying the amine (-NH) functional group. Comets are interesting targets to test this theory because they contain both HCN and NH[SUP]3[/SUP] molecules. So far the [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N ratio has only been measured in CN (Arpigny et al., 2003; Manfroid et al., 2009) and HCN (Bockelée-Morvan et al., 2005, 2008) in comets, leading for both species to [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N ≈ 150. Our work aimed at measuring the [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N isotopic ratio in NH[SUP]2[/SUP], which comes from NH[SUP]3[/SUP]. We have determined accurately the wavelengths of [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] emission lines with the AILES beamline spectrometer at synchrotron SOLEIL by Fourier transform spectroscopy. The analysis of this spectrum has permitted to extract the [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] emission lines wavelengths and to search for [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] cometary emission lines. Thanks to a collection of spectra of 12 different comets obtained from 2002 to 2011 with the UVES spectrometer at the VLT ESO 8-m telescope (Manfroid et al., 2009), it has been possible to search for [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] emission lines with a high sensitivity. We will present the results obtained from these data. Arpigny et al., Science, 301, 1522-1525, 2003 Bockelée-Morvan et al., in Comets II, ed. M. C. Festou, H. U. Keller, & H. A. Weaver (Tucson: Univ. Arizona Press), 391-423, 2005 Bockelée-Morvan et al., ApJ, 679, L49-L52, 2008 Hily-Blant et al., Icarus 223, 582-590, 2013 Manfroid et al., A&A, 503, 613-624, 2009 [less ▲]

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See detailAn observational asteroseismic study of the pulsating B-stars in the open cluster NGC 884
Saesen, S.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; Aerts, C. et al

in IAU Symposium No. 301 (2013), "Precision Asteroseismology" (Wroclaw), W. Chaplin, J. Guzik, G. Handler & A. Pigulski (eds.) (2013, October 01)

Recent progress in the seismic interpretation of field {\beta} Cep stars has resulted in improvements of the physical description in the stellar structure and evolution model computations of massive stars ... [more ▼]

Recent progress in the seismic interpretation of field {\beta} Cep stars has resulted in improvements of the physical description in the stellar structure and evolution model computations of massive stars. Further asteroseismic constraints can be obtained from studying ensembles of stars in a young open cluster, which all have similar age, distance and chemical composition. We present an observational asteroseismic study based on the discovery of numerous multi-periodic and mono-periodic B-stars in the open cluster NGC 884. Our study illustrates the current status of ensemble asteroseismology of a young open cluster. [less ▲]

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See detailProtection effects or natural variability? The case of seagrass amphipods
Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Pérez-Perera, Amanda et al

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See detailRelative Contribution of Walking Speed, Ataxia and Gait asymmetry to the Composition of Gait in Multiple Sclerosis
PHAN BA, Remy ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; LOMMERS, Emilie ULg et al

Poster (2013, October)

Introduction - Objective: Walking speed measured according to the T25FW is the most widely used descriptor of gait in MS clinical research and practice but other dimensions influencing gait variance exist ... [more ▼]

Introduction - Objective: Walking speed measured according to the T25FW is the most widely used descriptor of gait in MS clinical research and practice but other dimensions influencing gait variance exist according to alternative gait analysis methods. The relative importance of these different dimensions of gait relatively to its variance is unknown. Methods: We measured the performances of persons with MS and healthy subjects on the T25FW and the Timed 20-Meter Walk (T20MW) performed in tandem with a new gait analysis system (GAIMS). We performed a factorial analysis of variance to underline the main dimensions influencing gait variance and observed their composition. Findings - Conclusion: The main factor influencing gait variance in conventional walk tests is mostly composed of features related to walking speed. Balance, gait asymmetry and variability also participate to this variance but to a lesser extent. The inverse is observed in tests performed in tandem gait. [less ▲]

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See detailThe extinction of ichthyosaurs is a facet of a major Cenomanian turnover in marine ecosystems
Fischer, Valentin ULg

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Untangling geosphere-biosphere interactions is crucial to understand the biodiversity and how it might evolve in a changing environment. But little is known about the possible impact of environmental ... [more ▼]

Untangling geosphere-biosphere interactions is crucial to understand the biodiversity and how it might evolve in a changing environment. But little is known about the possible impact of environmental changes on animals occupying the highest levels of the marine trophic chains. The Cretaceous period offers a fantastic opportunity to investigate such relationship, being characterized by a globally warm but changing climate and a diverse assemblage of aquatic reptiles that underwent profound modifications during this period, ultimately permitting the diversification of the animals dominating nowadays marine ecosystems. The origin, magnitude and nature of these turnovers are poorly understood and have rarely been investigated in a global canvas. Especially, how and why ichthyosaurs, the ‘fish-shaped’ marine reptiles, went extinct at the beginning of the Late Cretaceous has been a mystery for decades. Previous assessments of their diversity suggested ichthyosaurs were already on the decline since the end of the Jurassic; their final extinction was therefore regarded as anecdotal. Several theories have proposed unique biological drivers to this event, including a break in the food chain or competition with other marine vertebrates. The reassessment of the taxonomy, phylogeny and paleoecology Cretaceous ichthyosaurs from Eurasia tells a much different story. Ichthyosaurs were ecologically and taxonomically diverse in several Eurasian ecosystems up to the latest Early Cretaceous. This revision also reveals that their extinction is diachronic, being staggered over four phases that span the entire Cenomanian stage. Detailed comparison with other groups suggests the multiphased extinction of ichthyosaurs is not an isolated event, as was previously assumed, but correlates with profound, multiphased turnovers among other marine animals, such as microplankton, rudists, ammonoids, and pythonomorphs. The diversity and contemporaneity of the biotic responses suggest worldwide physicochemical drivers for this profound reorganization of the marine ecosystems. The extinction of ichthyosaurs therefore appears as one of the facets of a much wider event that affected most of the marine ecosystems during the Cenomanian. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of sludge storage duration on its dewatering and drying ability Y.B Pambou, T. Salmon, L. Fraikin, M. Crine, and A. Léonard
Pambou, Yvon-Bert ULg

Poster (2013, October)

Annual production of sewage sludge in Europe is estimated at more than twelve million tons of dry matter. Use in agriculture and incineration are the main ways of valorization. In this context, sludge ... [more ▼]

Annual production of sewage sludge in Europe is estimated at more than twelve million tons of dry matter. Use in agriculture and incineration are the main ways of valorization. In this context, sludge drying appears as an essential step after mechanical dewatering. It reduces the costs of storage and transport, allows the stabilization and the hygienization of sludge while increasing its calorific value. However, sludge is a colloidal system in which particle form a stable suspension in water, making him difficult to be separated from water. The addition of polyelectrolytes chemical is necessary to help the sludge particles to agglomerate into large flocs that can be separate by mechanical dewatering. Before studying experimentally the influence of polymer’s type and dosage on dewatering performances and subsequent drying behaviour, it is necessary to assess the sludge variability during storage duration, because sludge is a highly fermentable material whose properties and composition can rapidly change. [less ▲]

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See detailAn agro-economic characterizaton of the Niger household : case of Tahoua
Rouchet, François ULg; Moussa dit Kalamou, Mahamoudou; Andres, Ludovic ULg et al

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See detailRéaction inflammatoire exubérante comme effet secondaire d’une infiltration de PRP
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; LEONARD, Philippe ULg et al

in Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2013, October), 56(Sup 1), 068

Introduction : Infiltrations of plasma rich platelets (PRP) represent a new treatment of tendinopathies. Currently, no side effects were reported in this indication. Case report: We report the case of a ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Infiltrations of plasma rich platelets (PRP) represent a new treatment of tendinopathies. Currently, no side effects were reported in this indication. Case report: We report the case of a 35-year-old type 1 diabetic patient with right upper patellar tendinopathy that had persisted for more than 6 months. The patient benefited from an intratendinous infiltration of 6 mL of PRP (8.105 platelets/mm3, almost no red or white blood cells) after a carefully disinfection but without local anesthesia. Typically, a standardized program of sub-maximal eccentric rehabilitation should be started 1 week after infiltration. However, the patient experienced local swelling with erythema, increased heating and pain, which appeared just underneath the patella, without biological inflammatory syndrome. In absence of septic general symptoms, no blood or wound culture were made. At 2 weeks post-infiltration, a greatly increased Doppler signal in a thicker tendon was observed by ultrasounds compared to that before infiltration, but there was no sign of infection demonstrated by either MRI or CT. However, the local inflammation did not decrease after a 3-week treatment of local cryotherapy, local and oral NSAID, and adjunct use of colchicine 1 mg. Thus, an insidious infection was suspected, even though there was no evidence of biological inflammatory syndrome or sign of infectious lesion on imagery examination. Antibiotic therapy (rifampicine 600 mg + minocycline 100 mg), was initiated for three months. Due to a lack of improvement via imaging and clinical examination, a 3-phase bone scintigraphy was performed. The results suggested the presence of a complex regional pain syndrome type 1. The patient benefited from classical physical therapy and concomitant pain killers. The evolution was favorable after 6 months of treatment. Discussion : Even though PRP infiltration represents a new and promising treatment for tendinopathy, more studies are needed both to verify its clinical efficacy. Moreover, implementing this innovative treatment requires caution because of potential adverse events. Thus, the balance between benefits and risks must be carefully evaluated before using this treatment, especially in patients with type 1 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailUne néoplasie endocrinienne multiple particulière
Boccar, S; VROONEN, Laurent ULg; HAMOIR, Etienne ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2013, October), 74

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See detailEffectiveness of case management for maintaining frail older persons at home - intermediate results
Van Durme; Schmitz, Olivier; Cès, Sophie et al

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See detailFirst Evidence of a Volatile Sex Pheromone in Harmonia axyridis (Pallas)
Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Fischer, Christophe ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg et al

Poster (2013, October)

Until now, no volatile sex pheromone has been highlighted in Coccinellidae but various studies have suggested the existence of such molecules. In the present work, we have sampled volatile organic ... [more ▼]

Until now, no volatile sex pheromone has been highlighted in Coccinellidae but various studies have suggested the existence of such molecules. In the present work, we have sampled volatile organic compounds released in the headspace of virgin females in the multicolored Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), that were either allowed or not to feed on pea aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum Harris). When fed on aphids, virgin females showed a stereotypical “calling behavior”, commonly associated with the emission of a sex pheromone in several Coleoptera species. Behavioral assays conducted with calling females in a four-arm olfactometer demonstrated that the blend of released volatile compounds was attractive at a distance for males, but not for other females. The headspace of virgin females that were not previously fed with aphids was not attractive for either sex. GC-MS analyses revealed the presence of five compounds in the volatile blend: (–)-β-caryophyllene, β-elemene, methyl-eugenol, α-humulene and α-bulnesene. Subsequently, we have collected and quantified the constituents from the blend over a period of 9 days after exposure to aphids. All five compounds were produced exclusively after feeding virgin females with aphids, and their quantity significantly increased during the whole period of collection. (–)-β-caryophyllene was found to be the major constituent, representing between 80 and 86 % of the total blend. All these results could promote the development of more specific and efficient management methods to manipulate the movements of this invasive ladybeetle and to reduce its negative impacts on biodiversity. [less ▲]

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See detailAn agro-economic characterization of the Niger household : case of Tahoua
Moussa dit Kalamou, Mahamadou ULg; Andres, Ludovic ULg; Rouchet, François ULg et al

in Kovacevic, Dusan (Ed.) Book of Abstracts Fourth International Scientific Symposium "AgroSym 2013" (2013, October)

Since the big drought of 1984, the department of Tahoua in the Republic of Niger is very vulnerable on structural and temporal disruptions. The food vulnerability is defined as “the analysis of coping ... [more ▼]

Since the big drought of 1984, the department of Tahoua in the Republic of Niger is very vulnerable on structural and temporal disruptions. The food vulnerability is defined as “the analysis of coping strategies and reactions faced with the structural or/and temporary shocks, if the coping strategies are not effectives, the people are in a temporary or structural situation of food vulnerability” (Andres L., Lebailly Ph., 2011a; Andres L., Lebailly Ph., 2011b; Andres L., 2012). The environment is much degraded by the wind and water erosion. Despite many opportunities to develop the rural sector, the region of Tahoua has a structural problem because the income is not very high and the major part of the population is poor. This paper analyzes the population of the region of Tahoua in function of these agro-economic characteristics. The target is to classify the population in relation to the agro-ecologic system, food system. Each class is defined and characterized by a global description of the agricultural system and the sources of income. The paper is based on a survey realized during 2010 and 2011. The investigations have interviewed 420 heads of household. The results are obtained from Excel and SPSS software. The statistical analysis is a cluster hierarchization, comparison of mean and the descriptive statistics. The results show a difference between the north (pastoral) and the south (agricultural) of the region of Tahoua. But the major constraint is the degradation of the land and the weak fertility of this land. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of growth rate on the distribution of visually strength-graded West-European Douglas-fir boards
Henin, Jean-Marc; Hebert, Jacques ULg; Jourez, Benoît ULg

Poster (2013, October)

Douglas-fir is a relatively new species within the forest landscape of Wallonia (Southern Belgium). Consequently, some uncertainties remain regarding how to keep full advantage of its high productivity as ... [more ▼]

Douglas-fir is a relatively new species within the forest landscape of Wallonia (Southern Belgium). Consequently, some uncertainties remain regarding how to keep full advantage of its high productivity as well as of the good properties of its wood. Moreover, the recent implementation of the timber strength grading (Council Directive 89/106/EEC) is likely to sensitize forest managers and the sawing industry to the impact of sylviculture on the resource quality. In that context, this research aimed at assessing to what extent the ring width of the trees (RWtree) and the mean girth increment of the stands (MGI) influences, in the frame of a visual strength grading, the distribution of the boards they produce. The experimental material was derived from 33 trees (girth range of between 120cm and 170cm) originating from 11 Douglas-fir stands (age range of between 41 and 69 y.o.) representative of contrasting sylvicultural management practices: RWtree ranged from 3 to 6 mm. From a bolt located 6 to 8.2m height in the standing trees, boards (38X100X2100mm³) were sawn and graded according to the Belgian Standard NBN B 16-520. This research evidenced that: - Only the Knot Area Ratio (KAR) impedes boards to be employed in structural uses. Practically, no board having a KAR allowing S10 grading (S10 corresponds to C30 as defined in EN338) exhibits a ring width higher than 6mm, which is the maximum value accepted for S10 grading (according to NBN B 16-520). These observations demonstrate the highly prevailing character of the knottiness regarding the boards’ grading; - 87% of the boards produced by trees from RWtree≥5mm can be used in structural uses, but only 7% can be classified into S10 strength class. In comparison, trees with RWtree<4.5mm also provided 87% of boards which can be used in structure, but 18% of the boards can be graded into S10 strength class; - 89% of the boards produced by stands with MGI>3cm/year are accepted for structural uses, but only 9% are graded into S10 class. Regarding the stands with MGI≤3cm/year, these values are 89% and 24%, respectively. Growth rate thus doesn’t seem to affect the percentage of Douglas-fir boards fit for structural uses. Dynamic sylviculture however significantly decreases the percentage of boards graded into S10 strength class: although it should be supported by financial assessments, early pruning thus seems highly advisable in a context of dynamic sylviculture. [less ▲]

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See detailBiodiversité et observation participative en ligne : modèle et enjeux de la plateforme Observations.be
Farah, Jihad ULg

Conference (2013, October)

Dans cette intervention, nous posons la question de la métamorphose des rapports entre citoyens et institutions suite au développement des NTIC, à travers l’exemple de la plateforme d’observation de la ... [more ▼]

Dans cette intervention, nous posons la question de la métamorphose des rapports entre citoyens et institutions suite au développement des NTIC, à travers l’exemple de la plateforme d’observation de la biodiversité Observations.be et de l’Institut Bruxellois de Gestion de l’Environnement à Bruxelles (IBGE). Nous nous intéressons surtout à voir si, comme le signale Charvolin (2009), une meilleure maîtrise des pratiques de la recherche – dans notre cas à travers les NTIC – peut réellement mettre à pied d’égalité amateur et expert. Nos réflexions ici s’appuient sur des entretiens, notamment auprès des gestionnaires du dossier biodiversité à l’IBGE et des administrateurs d’Observations.be, ainsi que sur l’analyse des fonctionnalités du site lui-même. [less ▲]

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See detailTicks of the trade: technical analysis self-justified
Claisse, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2013, October)

As opposed to fundamental analysis, financial chartism (or technical analysis) is based on the assumption that future movements of a traded asset can be inferred from past regularities. In spite, or maybe ... [more ▼]

As opposed to fundamental analysis, financial chartism (or technical analysis) is based on the assumption that future movements of a traded asset can be inferred from past regularities. In spite, or maybe by virtue of its lack of scientific grounds, it enjoys an ever-growing popularity among amateur traders, as countless websites provide free, simple and powerful tools for making professional-looking charts and even automate the detection of trends. Though technical analysts account for the validity of chart patterns in terms of market psychology, constructivist explanations also abound among trading communities: it is all as if economic agents reflexively used technical analysis as a means of coordination on the market. Markers like moving averages and trend lines serve as self-referent indicators whose efficacy only gets reinforced as more agents use it as pivotal points. Performativity is the technical analyst’s most natural language: explicit mentions to mechanisms such as the self-fulfilling prophecy or the Keynesian beauty contest are the only justifications s/he needs. Some chartists even claim their discipline does not contradict the efficient-market hypothesis: if prices already reflect all past publicly available information, one may skip the hassle of dissecting balance sheets or mastering pricing models, focusing instead on candlestick or diagram patterns which, by conjecture, contain all the necessary information to explain price movements. Drawing on the comparative analysis of nonprofessional trading blogs, our paper examines how these major epistemic modes of justification of technical analysis have come to support each other, in a context of proliferation of charting tools. [less ▲]

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See detailA basal thunnosaurian from Iraq reveals disparate phylogenetic origins for Cretaceous ichthyosaurs
Naish, Darren; Fischer, Valentin ULg; Liston, Jeff et al

Poster (2013, October)

A new thunnosaurian from the Kurdistan region of Iraq represents the first post-Triassic ichthyosaur from the Middle East. The specimen is an articulated partial skeleton that includes a partial skull ... [more ▼]

A new thunnosaurian from the Kurdistan region of Iraq represents the first post-Triassic ichthyosaur from the Middle East. The specimen is an articulated partial skeleton that includes a partial skull, complete left forefin, partial ribcage and anterior section of the vertebral column. Associated palynomorphs uncontroversially date the specimen (preserved on a loose slab of matrix) to the late Hauterivian- Barremian interval of the Early Cretaceous. A posterior projection on the humerus, short and trapezoidal humerus, enlarged intermedium, and trapezoidal cervical and anterior dorsal neural spines represent autapomorphies. Forefin morphology is archaic: the carpals, metacarpals and phalanges form a mosaic similar to that of Triassic-Early Jurassic parvipelvians, accessory digits are absent, and notching is present on the leading edge of the first digit. These and other characters indicate exclusion of the Iraq ichthyosaur from Ophthalmosauridae, the only ichthyosaur clade currently known from the Cretaceous. A phylogenetic analysis of Parvipelvia – the largest yet produced – recovers the new taxon as the sister- taxon of Ichthyosaurus communis, thereby invoking a ghost-lineage of over 60 million years. Inclusion of the new taxon in analyses produced by other authors also resulted in exclusion from Ophthalmosauridae, though relationships with other neoichthyosaurians are less resolved than in our analysis. We conclude that the new taxon represents a highly conservative relict – a member of the Ichthyosaurus lineage – that retained an ‘Early Jurassic’ grade of pectoral anatomy into the Cretaceous. Ophthalmosauridae and members of the Ichthyosaurus lineage therefore both persisted beyond the Jurassic. Clearly, both have highly contrasting evolutionary histories and Cretaceous ichthyosaurs do not all represent members of the same evolutionary radiation. The Iraq ichthyosaur is one of several new taxa originally worked on by the late Robert M. Appleby. An inability to resolve conflicting views on the age of the specimen, combined with other issues, derailed his plans to publish on this specimen during the 1970s. [less ▲]

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See detailRomans et albums de jeunesse : de nouveaux « lieux de mémoire »
Delbrassine, Daniel ULg

in Milkovitch-Rioux, C.; Songoulashvili, C.; Hervouët, C. (Eds.) et al Enfants en temps de guerre et littératures de jeunesse (XXe-XXIe siècles) (2013, October)

Children novels and picture books: new places of remembrance ?

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See detailCertifier la compétence numérique : établissement des notes
Vandeput, Etienne ULg

in Objets et méthodes d’enseignement de la maternelle à l’université (2013, October)

The paper analyses lots of problems met when marking student's tests aiming to measure their digital skills.

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See detailAn efficient algorithm for the provision of a day-ahead modulation service by a load aggregator
Mathieu, Sébastien ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Louveaux, Quentin ULg

in Proceedings of the 4th European Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) (2013, October)

This article studies a decision making problem faced by an aggregator willing to offer a load modulation service to a Transmission System Operator. This service is contracted one day ahead and consists in ... [more ▼]

This article studies a decision making problem faced by an aggregator willing to offer a load modulation service to a Transmission System Operator. This service is contracted one day ahead and consists in a load modulation option, which can be called once per day. The option specifies the range of a potential modification on the demand of the loads within a certain time interval. The specific case where the loads can be modeled by a generic tank model is considered. Under this assumption, the problem of maximizing the range of the load modulation service can be formulated as a mixed integer linear programming problem. A novel heuristic-method is proposed to solve this problem in a computationally efficient manner. This method is tested on a set of problems. The results show that this approach can be orders of magnitude faster than CPLEX without significantly degrading the solution accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailCompetitive interaction of a synthetic polycation (PDMAEMA) to human platelets and erythrocytes
Flebus, Luca ULg; Lombart, François ULg; martinez, Lucia et al

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Durand, Pascal ULg

in Lefrère, Jean-Jacques; Pierssens, Michel (Eds.) Alcools. Actes du XVIe colloque des Invalides (2013, October)

Evocation et analyse du rituel du « Poe Toaster » (sur la tombe originelle de Poe au cimetière de Baltimore), suivies du point de vue porté par Mallarmé sur l'esthétique du monument érigé dans ce même ... [more ▼]

Evocation et analyse du rituel du « Poe Toaster » (sur la tombe originelle de Poe au cimetière de Baltimore), suivies du point de vue porté par Mallarmé sur l'esthétique du monument érigé dans ce même cimetière, en 1875, à la mémoire de l'auteur du « Corbeau ». [less ▲]

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See detailBuried Faults in desert environments: the application of the H/V spectral ratio technique for subsurface mapping, a case study from the Ejina Basin, Inner Mongolia, China
Rudersdorf, Andreas; Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg; Reicherter, Klaus

in Reicherter, Klaus; Rudersdorf, Andreas; Grützner, Christoph (Eds.) Seismic Hazard, Critical Facilities and Slow Active Faults, Proceedings (2013, October)

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See detailCorrélations significatives de l'aspect en IRM haute résolution des adénomes hypophysairesà GH avant traitement
Potorac, Iulia ULg; PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULg; Schillo, F et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2013, October), 74

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See detailBiolixiviação de cobre contido em placas de circuito impresso (pci) com micro-organismos mesófilos.
Rodrigues, M; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Lopes, K et al

in Silva, André Carlos; Silva, Elenice Maria Schons (Eds.) ANAIS PROCEEDINGS (2013, October)

This work investigated the bioleaching of electronic waste, specifically printed circuit boards (PCB). The bio-assisted leaching was carried out with At. ferrooxidans in shake flasks in order to evaluate ... [more ▼]

This work investigated the bioleaching of electronic waste, specifically printed circuit boards (PCB). The bio-assisted leaching was carried out with At. ferrooxidans in shake flasks in order to evaluate the influence of presence of microorganisms on the dissolution of metallic copper. The effects of the initial Fe2+ concentration and the presence of pyrite, as a source of iron, on copper dissolution were analyzed. The experiments were performed in an orbital shaker under the following conditions: 34°C, stirring speed of 150 min-1, particle size below 420μm and 0.5% solids percent (w/v). The results indicated high extraction, around 100%, and proved the feasibility of copper recovering from PCB through bioleaching. [less ▲]

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See detailCassini UVIS Saturn Auroral Images from the 2013 HST/Cassini Campaign
Pryor, Wayne; Jouchoux, Alain; Esposito, Larry et al

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In 2013 coordinated observations of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope (HST) were obtained. During these observations the Cassini spacecraft provided a high-latitude view of ... [more ▼]

In 2013 coordinated observations of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope (HST) were obtained. During these observations the Cassini spacecraft provided a high-latitude view of Saturn's auroras. Intense auroras were observed by the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) from close range (about 5 Saturn radii away). A 6-frame UVIS movie has been constructed from some of the observations from May 20- 21, 2013 showing the evolution of two bright auroral features. We report on the UVIS images, the corresponding spectra, and compare the UVIS data to HST images and data from other Cassini instruments. [less ▲]

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See detailProceedings - Corporate Finance Day
Lambert, Marie ULg

in Proceedings - 11th Corporate Finance Day (2013, October)

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See detailRobust SFC method optimization using design space strategy
Dispas, Amandine ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Hubert, Philippe ULg

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See detailLignocellulosic biomass pretreatment impact on the extracted lignins chemical structure
Manara, Panagiota; Zabaniotou, Anastasia; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg et al

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See detailCoexistence entre adénom hypophysaire et phéochromocytome - présentation de cas
Rostomyan, Liliya ULg; Potorac, Iulia ULg; Filipponi, S et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2013, October), 74

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See detailECONOMIC IMPACT OF USING AN ANTIVIRAL IN THE CONTROL OF A FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE EPIZOOTIC IN SOUTHERN BELGIUM
Dal Pozzo, Fabiana ULg; Humblet, Marie-France ULg; Vandeputte, Sébastien ULg et al

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Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is a highly contagious pathogen of cloven-hoofed mammals and one of the biggest concerns for veterinary authorities. The control measures to be applied in case of an ... [more ▼]

Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is a highly contagious pathogen of cloven-hoofed mammals and one of the biggest concerns for veterinary authorities. The control measures to be applied in case of an outbreak vary in function of the disease-free or disease-enzootic status. Vaccination depends on the prior identification of the involved viral serotype and subtype, it confers an immunity limited to 6 months and it requires between 4 to 7 days to trigger the immune response (i.e. immunity-gap). The use of anti-FMD drugs has been discussed as an alternative or supplementary method to be used in previously FMD-free countries/zones. Such an antiviral treatment could protect against the viral dissemination to fill the gap between vaccination and the rise of a protective immunity. Apart from broad spectrum antiviral agents, such as ribavirin, specific anti-FMDV molecules have been identified in vitro, but none of them has been used in clinical studies involving ruminants or pigs. Next to the anti-FMDV activity, the absence of toxicity and the withdrawal period influencing the food safety, the cost of the treatment would be another important parameter influencing the potential use of an antiviral agent in the control of a FMD outbreak. The aim of this study was to assess the economic impact of using an antiviral in the control of a FMD epizootic in southern Belgium (Walloon Region). This work was based on the results of previous investigations concerning the epidemiological and economic data of a FMD outbreak in Southern Belgium. In the considered scenario, the epizootic was caused by the introduction of an infected cow (during the incubation time) in a beef cattle farm during winter. During the two weeks between the brood cow introduction and the official declaration of the outbreak, animal movements occurred between other beef cattle farms. The economic effects of the epidemic were evaluated taking into account the air-borne transmission of FMDV, the occurrence of animal movements (two scenarios were considered, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 17 movements), the presence of bovine and small ruminant farms, as well as pig farms in the protection and surveillance zones around the initial and secondary outbreaks. The wild fauna was not involved in the epidemic. In order to integrate in the above scenario the application of an antiviral agent in the control of the disease, it was assumed that the efficacy of the anti-FMDV drug was proven by reducing viral excretion in infected animals as well as by preventing the infection in animals at risk. Two hypothetical prices were used to introduce in the model the costs related to the administration of the antiviral drug (5€ and 10€ per dose). Furthermore, different strategies of control could be envisaged, such as the administration of the drug to both domestic ruminants and pigs, or depending on the epidemiological role of these species in the FMD transmission and their density in the territory, the administration of the drug to only one of them. Other scenarios could be characterized by the use of the antiviral in the control of the epizootic within the protection and surveillance zones or in only one of them. The costs associated with the use of antivirals in the different proposed scenarios are compared to the costs and socio-economic losses associated with the FMD outbreak and the implementation of control measures. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling post-combustion CO2 capture with assessment of solvent degradation
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Belletante, Ségolène; Cabeza Mogador, Bruno et al

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Post-combustion CO2 capture in power plants is one of the most mature technologies for a short-term and large-scale decrease of CO2 emissions while simultaneously addressing the growing global energy ... [more ▼]

Post-combustion CO2 capture in power plants is one of the most mature technologies for a short-term and large-scale decrease of CO2 emissions while simultaneously addressing the growing global energy demand. CO2 is chemically absorbed in an amine solvent that can be regenerated at higher temperature, producing a pure CO2 stream. However, the large impact of this technology on the power plant efficiency and the environmental penalty are the main drawbacks for large-scale implementation. In this work, an innovative approach combining process modeling and evaluation of the environmental penalty due to amine degradation is presented. Based on experimental results, the kinetics of solvent oxidative and thermal degradation is estimated and included in the process model developed in Aspen Plus. Using this model, the influence of operating parameters like the oxygen concentration in the flue gas or the solvent regeneration pressure is studied. This model is a first step for a multi-objective optimization of the CO2 capture process, assessing both energy and environmental penalties of this technology. [less ▲]

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See detailLe PPNAD, une cause rare de syndrome de Cushing
PETIGNOT, Sandrine ULg; VROONEN, Laurent ULg; HAMOIR, Etienne ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2013, October), 74

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See detailReceptor expression in craniopharyngiomas causing tumor growth in pregnancy : case report and review of the literature
Tome, M; VROONEN, Laurent ULg; THIRY, Albert ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2013, October), 74

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See detailMONITORING OF ANAEROBIC DIGESTION IN MSW LANDFILLS IN TUNISIA
Mhiri, F.; Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Sayahi, L. et al

in Proceedings Sardinia 2013 (2013, October)

The monitoring of two controlled landfills in Tunisia was carried out for about 10 years by CITET and CWBI. Both landfills were managed by classical methodology i.e. disposal, compaction and, if any ... [more ▼]

The monitoring of two controlled landfills in Tunisia was carried out for about 10 years by CITET and CWBI. Both landfills were managed by classical methodology i.e. disposal, compaction and, if any, biogas and leachate extraction and treatment. One of them is located near Tunis and the other near Sousse with a warmer climate. They received more than 6,000 and 350 thousand cubic metre of MSW respectively from the two cities. Solid samples were collected by boring at different depths up to 18 m. They were analysed for dry weight and for total organic carbon, nitrogen and (hemi-) cellulose. The boreholes were equipped with 200 mm perforated PEHD tubes for further biogas and leachate sampling and analyses (COD, VFA, CH4 content, …) at different seasons. The results indicate an efficient mesophilic anaerobic digestion in both landfills. The high dry weight content (70 – 92%) of 13 solid samples collected in Sousse landfill contrasts however with the high leachate production in the Tunis landfill, filling about completely the majority of boreholes. The results of this monitoring confirm the trends formerly described about biological activity and environmental impact of landfills in Tunisia. Moreover a 200 L pilot-scale anaerobic digester was operated for about 3 years with solid wastes from Tunis landfill to assess the evolution of moisture content and organic matter. [less ▲]

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See detailImplementation of a non-orthogonal constitutive model for the finite element simulation of textile composite draping
Pierce, Robert S; Falzon, Brian G; Thompson, Mark C et al

in Proceedings of the 1st Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics (ACCM2013) (2013, October)

In the pursuit of producing high quality composite aircraft structures at a low cost, out-of-autoclave manufacturing processes for textile reinforcements are being simulated with increasing accuracy. This ... [more ▼]

In the pursuit of producing high quality composite aircraft structures at a low cost, out-of-autoclave manufacturing processes for textile reinforcements are being simulated with increasing accuracy. This paper focuses on the continuum-based, finite element modelling of textile composites as they deform during the draping process. A non-orthogonal constitutive model tracks yarn orientations within a material subroutine developed for Abaqus/Explicit, resulting in the realistic determination of fabric shearing and material draw-in. Supplementary material characterisation was experimentally performed in order to define the tensile and non-linear shear behaviour accurately. The validity of the finite element model has been studied through comparison with similar research in the field and the experimental lay-up of carbon fibre textile reinforcement over a tool with double curvature geometry, showing good agreement. [less ▲]

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See detailInland navigation and Land use planning: A multi-criteria approach
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Rigo, Philippe; Wolters, Milou (Eds.) Proceedings of PIANC - SMART Rivers Conference 2013 (2013, October)

The present structure of harbours in the Walloon region hardly fits the needs of present logistic developments. Considering the challenges for the development of fluvial transport, the Walloon public ... [more ▼]

The present structure of harbours in the Walloon region hardly fits the needs of present logistic developments. Considering the challenges for the development of fluvial transport, the Walloon public authorities decided in 2010 to indentify potential harbour development sites along its 440 kms of waterways. A three steps approach (selection, ranking and documentation) was designed for this purpose. This paper broaches the methodology and the results of this approach. The area of sites and their availability, which were considered as most debatable during the research, are specifically discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailFIPA : étude clinique et génétique à l'Hôpital "King Edward Memorial", Bombay (Mumbai) Inde
Bothra, N; Daly, Adrian ULg; CASTERMANS, Emilie ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2013, October), 74

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See detailMartian thermospheric temperatures retrieved from SPICAM dayglow measurements
Stiepen, Arnaud ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Montmessin, Franck et al

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See detailLandslide Susceptibility, Hazard and Risk Mapping in Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan
Torgoev, Almazbek ULg; Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg

in Landslide Science and Practice (2013, October)

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See detailHerschel observations of nebulae ejected by massive evolved stars
Vamvatira-Nakou, Chloi ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Royer, P. et al

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We have obtained far-infrared Herschel PACS imaging and spectroscopic observations of nebulae associated to massive evolved stars. The study of these nebulae is crucial to understand the evolution of ... [more ▼]

We have obtained far-infrared Herschel PACS imaging and spectroscopic observations of nebulae associated to massive evolved stars. The study of these nebulae is crucial to understand the evolution of these stars as it can reveal the mass-loss history. The infrared images along with available data at other wavelengths give a complete view of their morphology. The dust modeling provides the dust parameters, such as the temperature, the mass and the composition of dust. The spectroscopic analysis provides the gas C,N,O abundances and mass. Based on these observations, the evolutionary status of the star at the time of the nebula ejection can be constrained. We present here selected results of an ongoing exhaustive study of nebulae around low- and high-luminosity LBVs (AG Car, HR Car, WRAY 15-751, G79.29+0.46, HD168625), WN stars (NGC6888, M1-67, He3-519) and Of stars (NGC6164/5). [less ▲]

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See detailA Rapid Procedure for Estimating the Ability of Lock Gates to Withstand Ship Collisions
Buldgen, Loïc ULg; Le Sourne, Hervé; Rigo, Philippe ULg

in Proceedings of the PIANC Smart Rivers 2013 Conference (2013, October)

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See detailLignin as a raw material for industrial materials applications
Richel, Aurore ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

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Native lignin is an abundant biopolymer on earth and represents 15-30% by weight of the lignocellulosic biomass. Lignin is a heterogeneous cross-linked polymer composed of phenylpropane units (guaiacyl ... [more ▼]

Native lignin is an abundant biopolymer on earth and represents 15-30% by weight of the lignocellulosic biomass. Lignin is a heterogeneous cross-linked polymer composed of phenylpropane units (guaiacyl, syringyl or p-hydroxyphenyl) linked together by a panel of specific ether or carbon-carbon bonds.[1] Nowadays, large amounts of lignins and lignin-based wastes are available and originate either from the pulp and paper manufacturing or from the production of bioethanol from lignocellulose. [2] Typically, these lignins are dedicated to energetic purposes by combustion. In recent years however, novel axes for high added value applications have emerged and concern, notably, the use of lignin as performance products (e.g. polymer additives, binders) or specialty chemicals (e.g. surface-active agents) for materials applications.[3] Herein, several applications of lignin in materials sciences with industrial issues are presented. A correlation is established between the extraction processes from lignocellulosic materials and the chemical structure and physico-chemical properties of lignins.[4] Our research group has also developed new methodologies for the extraction of highly pure lignins from several starting materials, including food wastes, herbaceous raw materials and wood biomass. These methodologies include microwave-assisted extraction and two-step conventional pretreatment involving steam explosion. These methodologies are described in this presentation. [less ▲]

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See detailAdvances in the hunt for cadaveric decomposition VOC profiling
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Stadler, S; Pesesse, R et al

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See detailImage Context Discovery from Socially Curated Contents
Kimura, Akisato; Ishiguro, Katsuhiko; Marcos Alvarez, Alejandro ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Multimedia (2013, October)

This paper proposes a novel method of discovering a set of image contents sharing a specific context (attributes or implicit meaning) with the help of image collections obtained from social curation ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a novel method of discovering a set of image contents sharing a specific context (attributes or implicit meaning) with the help of image collections obtained from social curation platforms. Socially curated contents are promising to analyze various kinds of multimedia information, since they are manually filtered and organized based on specific individual preferences, interests or perspectives. Our proposed method fully exploits the process of social curation: (1) How image contents are manually grouped together by users, and (2) how image contents are distributed in the platform. Our method reveals the fact that image contents with a specific context are naturally grouped together and every image content includes really various contexts that cannot necessarily be verbalized by texts. [less ▲]

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See detailAre bogs reservoirs for emerging disease vectors? Evaluation of Culicoides populations in the Hautes Fagnes Nature Reserve (Belgium)
Zimmer, Jean-Yves ULg; Losson, Bertrand ULg; Smeets, François ULg et al

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Several species of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) biting midges serve as biological vec{ors for the bluetongue virus (BTV) and the recently described Schmallenberg virus in northern Europe. since ... [more ▼]

Several species of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) biting midges serve as biological vec{ors for the bluetongue virus (BTV) and the recently described Schmallenberg virus in northern Europe. since their recent emergence in this part of the continent, these diseases have caused considerable economic losses to the sheep and cattle industries. Much data is nou, âvailable that describe the distribuüon, population dynamics, and feeding habits of these insects. However, little is known regarding the presence of culicoides in unusual habitats such as peaÿ marshes, nor their potential vector capacity. This study evaluated Culicoides biting midges present in the bogs of a Belgian nature reserve compared to those residing at a nearby cattle farm. Culicoides were trapped in 2011 at four different sites (broadleaved and coniferous forested areas, open environments, and at a scientific station) located in the Hautes Fagnes Nature Reserve (Belgium). An additional light trap was operated on a nearby caftle farm. High numbers of biting midges were captured in the marshy area and most of them were Culicoides impunc{atus, a potential vector of BïV and other pâthogens. ln addition, fewer numbers of c. obsoletus/c. scoticus species, C. chiopterus, and C. dewulfi were observed in the bogs compared to the farm. The wet environment and oligotrophic nature of the soil were probably responsible for these changes in the respective populations. A total of 297,808 Culicoides midges belonging to 27 species were identified during this study and 3 of these species (C. sphagnumensis, C. clintoni and C. comosioculatus) were described in Belgium for the first time. [less ▲]

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See detailImaging mass spectrometry and proteomics of 3D cell cultures
Longuespée, Rémi ULg; Piron, Céline; Fléron, Maximilien et al

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See detailYellow Hypergiant /Luminous Blue Variable
Cox, N. L. J.; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Vamvatira-Nakou, Chloi ULg

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Hen3-1379 is a yellow hypergiant (YHG) with evidence for episodic non-quiescent mass-loss over in last 400-1000 years in this post-red supergiant (RSG) phase of its evolution. The observational evidence ... [more ▼]

Hen3-1379 is a yellow hypergiant (YHG) with evidence for episodic non-quiescent mass-loss over in last 400-1000 years in this post-red supergiant (RSG) phase of its evolution. The observational evidence suggests that though similar to the low-luminosity LBV Wray15-751, it has not yet moved to the hotter phase and is thus pre-LBV. This confirms the scenario of significant mass-loss during the RSG phase. [less ▲]

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See detailElaboration de critères pour l'évaluation de "l'agir" du plan national nutrition santé en Belgique
Absil, Gaetan ULg; Schippers, Nathalie ULg; Vandoorne, Chantal ULg

in Revue d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique = Epidemiology and Public Health (2013, October), 61(4), 304

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See detailAstrospheres of young and old stars
Cox, N.; Decin, L.; Marle, A.J. et al

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See detailEtude de la conduction nerveuse motrice et sensitive aux membres supérieurs et inférieurs
WANG, François-Charles ULg; LEJEUNE, Thierry

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See detailPratique des actes préventifs : ce qui détermine l'attitude des médecins généralistes belges
Vanmeerbeek, Marc ULg

in Revue d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique = Epidemiology and Public Health (2013, October), 61(octobre), 309

En Belgique, l’implémentation des procédures préventives reste insuffisante dans plusieurs domaines, avec un gradient socio-économique défavorable aux moins nantis. Une implication accrue des médecins ... [more ▼]

En Belgique, l’implémentation des procédures préventives reste insuffisante dans plusieurs domaines, avec un gradient socio-économique défavorable aux moins nantis. Une implication accrue des médecins généralistes pourrait améliorer ces deux aspects, grâce à leur proximité avec les bénéficiaires potentiels. L’opinion des généralistes belges sur un investissement accru en prévention a été évaluée au moyen d’une échelle d’attitude construite au départ de verbatims provenant d’une enquête qualitative préalable. L’échelle a exploré 5 axes : vision globale de la santé, gestion collective des patients, évaluation de processus, collaboration et santé publique. Un questionnaire postal a été envoyé à 2.500 généralistes, dont 457 ont répondu valablement. L’axe gestion collective a obtenu la moyenne des scores d’attitude favorable à la prévention la plus élevée (77%), devant les axes santé globale (76%), évaluation (72%), collaboration (69%) et santé publique (63%). L’analyse factorielle a révélé deux facteurs principaux, l’organisation de la pratique (62% de la variance) et la formalisation (14% de la variance). L’organisation de la pratique (gestion des échéances, des données, pro-activité, sentiment de responsabilité envers la patientèle) était le facteur principal et était lié surtout aux associations et groupes pluridisciplinaires. La formalisation (codification précise de la pratique, assortie ou non d’une évaluation) venait ensuite et expliquait les plus fortes différences entre praticiens et entre communautés linguistiques. Les meilleurs scores étaient liés à une moindre ancienneté (<20 ans de pratique), aux associations et à la pratique urbaine. Le sexe du médecin ou le fait de travailler dans une structure préventive comme la protection maternelle et infantile étaient sans effet significatif. L’organisation de la prévention dépend des gouvernements de Flandre et de Wallonie-Bruxelles, mais des facteurs personnels et organisationnels propres aux généralistes doivent être considérés pour expliquer les résultats actuels. Une diffusion plus large et équitable des actes préventifs passe par la prise en compte de ces facteurs. [less ▲]

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See detailDe l'importance des représentations pour résoudre des problèmes « non routiniers ».
Vlassis, Joëlle; Gamo, Sylvie; Fagnant, Annick ULg

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See detailEvaluation de l’implantation de la vaccination contre le papillomavirus dans les pratiques des services de santé scolaire en Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles
Miermans, Marie-Christine ULg; Swennen, Béatrice; Vermeeren, Axelle

in Revue d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique = Epidemiology and Public Health (2013, October), 61(Supplément 4), 233

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See detailLe gigantisme : Les résultats d'une étude clinique et génétique internationale
Rostomyan, Liliya ULg; Daly, Adrian ULg; Lila, A et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2013, October), 74

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See detailImpact of sludge storage duration on its dewatering and drying ability
Pambou, Yvon-Bert ULg

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Annual production of sewage sludge in Europe is estimated at more than twelve million tons of dry matter. Use in agriculture and incineration are the main ways of valorization. In this context, sludge ... [more ▼]

Annual production of sewage sludge in Europe is estimated at more than twelve million tons of dry matter. Use in agriculture and incineration are the main ways of valorization. In this context, sludge drying appears as an essential step after mechanical dewatering. It reduces the costs of storage and transport, allows the stabilization and the hygienization of sludge while increasing its calorific value. However, sludge is a colloidal system in which particle form a stable suspension in water, making him difficult to be separated from water. The addition of polyelectrolytes chemical is necessary to help the sludge particles to agglomerate into large flocs that can be separate by mechanical dewatering. Before studying experimentally the influence of polymer’s type and dosage on dewatering performances and subsequent drying behaviour, it is necessary to assess the sludge variability during storage duration, because sludge is a highly fermentable material whose properties and composition can rapidly change. [less ▲]

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