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See detailHolocene paleoclimate reconstructions from belgian continental archives
Allan, Mohammed ULg; VERHEYDEN, sophie; CRUCIFIX, Michel et al

Poster (2016, June 28)

Speleothems and peatbogs presented in Belgium are interesting archives for atmospheric pollution record and climate variability. Both archives are reliable continental environmental archives of high ... [more ▼]

Speleothems and peatbogs presented in Belgium are interesting archives for atmospheric pollution record and climate variability. Both archives are reliable continental environmental archives of high interest due to their dating possibilities and their possibility to preserve multi-proxy records of environmental and climatic dynamics. Combining studies on speleothems and peatbogs from the same area will provide an age-constrained reconstruction of climatic variability at annual resolution for key intervals of the Holocene. The reconstructed precipitation and temperature curves in NW European settings, as proposed in HOPES, are essential to better constrain the Northern Hemisphere climatic record and to test climate models. Our strategy is derived from a comparative study of two continental archives speleothems and peatbogs. Time series of elemental and stable isotope geochemistry will be established for the 2 archives. For peatbog, the reconstructions of temperature (derived from stable C and O isotope), precipitation (derived from humification) and dust flux (from elementary geochemical signature) would track climate changes with subdecadal resolution. As an innovative part, Laser Ablation analyse of elemental geochemistry on impregnated peat section will allow to reach an annual resolution in the dust flux. For speleothems, records of temperature (derived from oxygen and carbon isotopic composition of calcite) and effective rainfall (derived from geochemical ratios) would reach a seasonal resolution. [less ▲]

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See detailMOISTURE CONTENT DETERMINATION OF FREEZE-DRIED PRODUCTS BY NEAR-INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY: A CASE STUDY FOR UNIVERSAL REGRESSION MODEL
Clavaud, Matthieu ULg; Roggo, Yves; Degardin, Klara et al

Poster (2016, June 06)

Karl Fischer titration is the reference method for moisture content determination in the pharmaceutical industry. Near-infrared spectroscopy is considered the most suitable alternative technique. Indeed ... [more ▼]

Karl Fischer titration is the reference method for moisture content determination in the pharmaceutical industry. Near-infrared spectroscopy is considered the most suitable alternative technique. Indeed, NIRS is a safe and fast method which does not require sample preparation. Nevertheless, the development and validation phases are time-consuming. In addition, the NIRS methods presented so far were mostly product specific. The main objective of this study is to highlight that an universal calibration model can be validated for several freeze-dried products in order to speed up the validation time. This objective was led in two steps. A universal model was first evaluated. A calibration set and a validation set were built up with three freeze-dried products. An antibody drug conjugate, a large molecule and a small molecule all packed in sealed vials were used to introduce more variability. Regression methods were then compared in order to optimize the prediction values. [less ▲]

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See detailAbnormal bodily experiences in schizophrenia: a phenomenological study
lancellotti, Elisa; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2016, May 24)

Our study focuses on Abnormal Bodily Experiences [ABE] in people with schizophrenia. We have created a specific questionnaire for this study – based on the study of Stanghellini et al. (2012) and the ... [more ▼]

Our study focuses on Abnormal Bodily Experiences [ABE] in people with schizophrenia. We have created a specific questionnaire for this study – based on the study of Stanghellini et al. (2012) and the third dimension of the EASE scale (body experiences) (Parnas et al. 2005). Our research follows an analytical method called “empirical-phenomenological”. Our population is made up of 50 schizophrenic subjects. The average age of subjects was 37 years. There are no exclusion criteria regarding gender or control sample. Analyzes are qualitative. We observed that ABE are very present symptoms in people with schizophrenia. Indeed, in our sample, only one patient was asymptomatic. We also observed that all categories and subcategories were present in our sample. These results should help to refine and clarify the diagnosis of schizophrenia and open up significant opportunities for psychotherapeutic dimension. [less ▲]

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See detailHéboïdophrenia: The hazardous interplay of psychosis and psychopathy
De Page, Louis; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2016, May 24)

Introduction The diagnostic entity of heboidophrenia has been consigned to oblivion despite its clinical, prognostic, criminogenic value. At the core of this diagnosis lies specifics interactions between ... [more ▼]

Introduction The diagnostic entity of heboidophrenia has been consigned to oblivion despite its clinical, prognostic, criminogenic value. At the core of this diagnosis lies specifics interactions between psychosis and psychopathy. The diagnosis was first coined by Kalhbaum in 1890, was revived by Anglo-Saxon literature in the first half of the 20th century, and by French psychiatrists in the late 90’. Method We integrated literary sources, clinical experience and an own pilot study as a stepping-stone for a more in-depth research. Cases (n=20) were selected out of samples of Mentally Disordered Offenders in Belgian Medium and High Risk Forensic Facilities. Files, records and therapist’s experiences were quantitatively analysed iteratively to cull subtypes from each other. We here present preliminary qualitative results, more indepth qualitative and quantitative results will be produced. Results The diagnosis subsumes more than a mere DSM-IV-TR Axis I & II comorbidity, it can be seen from a developmental perspective, or from a structural perspective. Both vantage points suggest an interplay between the (paranoid) psychotic process and the antisocial behaviour, where both trigger and induce each other. At this point, we found evidence for three subtypes modes of interplay; 1) mood instability patterns induced either psychopathic or psychotic phenotypic presentation, 2) according to personality organization and its defensive functioning (were psychopathy defends against psychosis), and 3) phenotypic expression of both components (psychopathy and psychosis) linearly co-dependent. Discussion Despite its incremental value, little is known about the therapeutic prospects of this diagnosis. Current results indicate that these patients do question competency to answer for their deeds in a peculiar manner, relapse more often, reoffend more often, do evade treatment opportunities (if they have any), act out more often (in both antisocial and psychotic ways), induce a particular negative counter-transference in psychiatric teams, etc. Because of these particularities and their versatile phenotype presentation, heboidophrenia patients cannot simply be assimilated to the “high risk & high care” population, but need special supervision and clinical insight. In this research, we aim(ed) at discerning semiologic signs in order to support the diagnostic process. [less ▲]

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See detailA phenomenological approach of anorexia nervosa
Minguet, Eugénie; Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Helinski, Adam et al

Poster (2016, May 24)

Introduction: from a phenomenological perspective, anorexic female patients seem to experience difficulties regarding the subjective feeling of their own body (embodiment) and their personal identity ... [more ▼]

Introduction: from a phenomenological perspective, anorexic female patients seem to experience difficulties regarding the subjective feeling of their own body (embodiment) and their personal identity, which lead to an intersubjectivity impairment within social interactions. Following these findings, this study investigates the “body-for-others” concept (Sartre, 1943) and altruistic hypotheses from the ethologist Albert Demaret (1973) in a sample of anorexic female patients. Two main hypotheses are tested: anorexic patients are expected to define themselves mostly through the gaze of others and as more altruistic than control participants. Method: this study included 67 anorexic female patients (based on the DSM-IV criteria) and 246 control female participants. Three self-reported questionnaires were used: the Eating Disorder Inventory: EDI-II of Garner (French version), the Identity and Eating Disorders questionnaire: IDEA of Stanghellini (French version translated and adapted by us) to assess the “body-for-others” concept and 17 complementary items for the altruistic dimension. Mann-Whitney non-parametric tests were used to compare the two groups. Results: results show that anorexic patients obtain higher scores than the control group for the three questionnaires (p<0,001 for all measurements). Discussion: the IDEA questionnaire enriches the knowledge relative to the body-self relationship and the first-person perspective, which is essential for a phenomenological approach. Furthermore, the promising results concerning the altruistic dimension in anorexia nervosa should be evaluated in future research. Nevertheless, a better validity of the items assessing the altruistic dimension is needed. [less ▲]

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See detailReconstructing the Holocene depositional environments along the northern coast of Sfax (Tunisia): mineralogical and sedimentological approaches
Lamourou, Ali ULg; Touir, Jamel; Fagel, Nathalie ULg

Poster (2016, May 20)

This study aims to reconstruct the Holocene to modern depositional environments and the evolution over the main controls of the sedimentation along the northern coast of Sfax (Tunisia) using three ... [more ▼]

This study aims to reconstruct the Holocene to modern depositional environments and the evolution over the main controls of the sedimentation along the northern coast of Sfax (Tunisia) using three sediment cores retrieved at 30 meters water depth by SEACNVS (Société d'Étude et d'Aménagement des Côtes Nord de la Ville de Sfax). The identification of different types of depositional environments was mainly based on field work,mineralogical and sedimentological analyses of core sediments. Mineralogical analysis by X-ray diffraction have been done on bulk powder and on oriented aggregate of the clay < 2 microns fraction,particle size distribution,magnetic susceptibility was measured on opened cores with a Bartington MS2Epoint sensor and Loss-On-Ignition (LOI) was measured after 24h at 105°C (water content, density), after 4h at 550°C (organic matter content) and after 2h at 950°C (inorganic carbonate).The mineralogical composition is made by clay minerals, quartz, calcite, gypsum and K-feldspar.The mineralogy of <2μm clay fraction show a mixture of kaolinite,illite, smectite and palygorskite. As harp change in the magnetic susceptibility profiles records the transition from a marine to a continental depositional environment. The marine domain is characterized by lower magnetic susceptibility values and coarser sedimentary grain than the continental domain. The vertical succession of depositional facies is made by two contrasted environments: a fluvial depositional environment (coastal plain) marked by channels and inundation plains at the in the lower section of all cores; a littoral marine environment characterized by fossil sand depositions in the upper section. The sand is rich in gastropods, lamellibranches, algæ and benthic fauna (Ammonia tepida, Ammonia beccarii, Elphidium crispum, Peneroplis pertususles Miliolidae, Peneroplis pertusus , Rosalina sp and Peneroplis planatus). This facies evolution indicates a relative sea-level rise which flooded the fluvial system at the coastal plain during the late Holocene. Results allowed the reconstruction of the Holocene shoreline variations along the northern coast of Sfax and complete the established records of sea-level fluctuations in southeast Tunisia during the last 10 000 years. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms on whole blood without DNA extraction
Detemmerman, L.; BOEMER, François ULg; SEGERS, Karin ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 12)

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See detailThe CCAMBIO project to characterize the biodiversity and distribution of microorganisms in microbial mats of Antarctic lakes
Durieu, Benoit ULg; Lara, Yannick ULg; Obbels, Dagmar et al

Poster (2016, April 29)

The BelSPO project CCAMBIO aims to study the biogeographical distribution of microorganisms in lacustrine microbial mats using a combination of techniques including microscopical observations (light and ... [more ▼]

The BelSPO project CCAMBIO aims to study the biogeographical distribution of microorganisms in lacustrine microbial mats using a combination of techniques including microscopical observations (light and electronic microscopy), strain isolation, and molecular diversity assessment using Next Generation Sequencing. The samples were collected in different Antarctic and sub-Antarctic biogeographical regions. A detailed microscopic study of the Antarctic diatom diversity allowed to revise a number of taxa and discover new ones. A multivariate analysis of diatoms showed that these regions hosted different diatom flora. Endemic diatom taxa were also observed, and a multigene molecular phylogeny of Pinnularia borealis showed a high genetic diversity. Pilot studies were conducted for the microeukaryotes and cyanobacteria to select NGS protocols and bioinformatic pipelines. Preliminary multivariate analysis of over 100 samples revealed that distinct biogeographic zones could be recognized in both the prokaryote and eukaryote data, which is in agreement with the classical subdivision of the Antarctic Realm into Maritime Antarctica, Continental Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic Islands generally observed in plants and animals. Moreover, Sub-Antarctic assemblages harboured more complex foodwebs, with quite diverse metazoan groups. Lakes on the continent, however, were characterised by fewer metazoan groups and a greater importance of microbial herbivores and secondary consumers, including a relative high diversity of ciliates and tardigrades. Variation partitioning analysis revealed that spatial variables that approximated large-scale regional contrasts in historical (e.g. deglaciation history, geological origin) and climatic factors (e.g. mean annual air temperature) significantly explained the largest portion of the observed variation in community structure for eukaryotes, while in the prokaryote data environmental gradients related to conductivity were more important. In a first analysis of microbial mats from five Antarctic lakes and an aquatic biofilm from the Sub-Antarctic, the majority of the cyanobacterial OTUs retrieved were related to filamentous taxa such as Leptolyngbya and Phormidium, which are common genera in Antarctic lacustrine microbial mats. However, other phylotypes related to different taxa such as Geitlerinema, Pseudanabaena, Synechococcus, Chamaesiphon, Calothrix and Coleodesmium were also found. Results revealed a higher diversity than what had been reported using traditional methods based on microscopic observations and cultivation and also highlighted remarkable differences between the cyanobacterial communities of the studied lakes. In the next months, the molecular diversity data will be deposited into the “Microbial Antarctic Resource System (MARS)” presently developed into the webportal ‘biodiversity.aq’. The better knowledge of the diversity and distribution of microorganisms will contribute to a better assessment of their resilience and local/regional responses to global change. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of stable isotope ratios to delineate coastal benthic food web structure in Adélie Land (East Antarctica)
Michel, Loïc ULg; Dubois, Philippe; Eleaume, Marc et al

Poster (2016, April 29)

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice ... [more ▼]

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice cover decrease, in some parts of East Antarctica sea ice cover tends to increase, possibly in relation with changes in atmospheric circulation. Changes in sea ice cover are likely to influence benthic food web structure through modifications of benthic-pelagic coupling, disruption of benthic production and/or modifications of benthic community structure (i.e. resource availability for benthic consumers). Here, we studied shallow (0-20 m) benthic food web structure on the coasts of Petrels Island (Adélie Land, East Antarctica) during an event of unusually high spatial and temporal (two successive austral summers without seasonal break-up) sea ice cover. Using stable isotope ratios of C, N and S, we examined importance of several organic matter sources (benthic macroalgae, benthic biofilm, sympagic algae, suspended particulate organic matter and penguin guano) for nutrition of over 20 taxa of benthic invertebrates (sponges, sea anemones, nemerteans, sessile and mobile polychaetes, gastropods, bivalves, sipunculids, pycnogonids, amphipods, sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers) spanning most present functional guilds. Our results provide insights about how Antarctic benthic consumers, which have evolved in an extremely stable environment, might adapt their feeding habits in response to sudden changes in environmental conditions and trophic resource availability. [less ▲]

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See detailElucidating diversity of thin filamentous mat-forming Antarctic cyanobacteria
Lara, Yannick ULg; Durieu, Benoit ULg; Deblander, Victor ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 29)

Freshwater ecosystems range from glacial cryoecosystems, ice shelf meltwater ponds to perennially ice-covered lakes where conspicuous benthic microbial mat communities constitute most of the biomass. In ... [more ▼]

Freshwater ecosystems range from glacial cryoecosystems, ice shelf meltwater ponds to perennially ice-covered lakes where conspicuous benthic microbial mat communities constitute most of the biomass. In these mats, cyanobacteria form matrices that shelter other organisms, and carry out the primary production. Narrow filamentous cyanobacteria belonging to the genera Leptolyngbya and Phormidium are especially abundant in Antarctic microbial mats and are essential for the formation of matrix. However, the lack of morphological criteria and the small cell size of cyanobacteria belonging to these two genera make their identification problematic. Indeed, they are known as polyphyletic taxa according to botanical and bacteriological criteria. The characterization of strains is the first step for an assessment of the real diversity and for understanding their role in the environment. We designed a polyphasic approach that combines molecular analyses, environmental physiology experiments and microscopic observations. Briefly, we amplified and sequenced three loci (16S rRNA, ITS, and rpoC1) for 31 strains of Leptolyngbya and Phormidium. We performed whole genome sequencing for five strains. Cultures at different stage were observed by light and epifluorescence microscopy. Finally, selected strains were grown in nitrogen-limited. The Leptolyngbya and Phormidium strains were distributed into four lineages. Phylogenetic trees supported the distribution of P. priestleyi strains into at least two potentially new lineages, and L. antarctica strains were separated into one endemic and one cosmopolitan lineage. This was supported by the microscopic observations of 1-year old cultures. Genome analyses revealed the presence of sequences related to the production of secondary metabolites in strains from two of the studied lineages. Secondary metabolites are often known for their antimicrobial activities. Such properties would partly explain how cyanobacterial mats survive to predation and degradation by other bacteria. This work provides the first building block to the understanding of survival strategies developed by mat-forming cyanobacteria and how they succeeded as the most abundant phototrophs on the Antarctic continent. This work was realized in the frame of the BelSPo project CCAMBIO. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of long-term deep renovation strategies for the Belgian building stock
Ruellan, Guirec ULg

Poster (2016, April 28)

To achieve the EU energy targets for 2050, the construction sector has to perform major transformations. In Belgium, the majority of building stock is particularly old and energy inefficient. The high ... [more ▼]

To achieve the EU energy targets for 2050, the construction sector has to perform major transformations. In Belgium, the majority of building stock is particularly old and energy inefficient. The high performance of new constructions represented in the nearly zero energy buildings target is not sufficient to ensure the efficiency of the overall building sector. Therefore, it is crucial to put in place a progressive renovation policy. Despite the different renovation strategies and projects that took place in the recent year in Belgium, the overall renovation rate remains almost stable for the last ten years. This study focuses on the renovation market in Belgium and analyzes the factors that influence the evolution of the renovation rate. The objective is the identification and development of effective strategies bypass that leads to increased renovation rates in Belgium. The research methodology is based on an iterative process, based on a systematic literature review of Flemish and Walloon projects, publications and policy. These first work package will allow to identify factors influencing the renovation rate and in other hand to build a model of the existing building stock. Impacts of the influencing factors on the building stock are simulated in the fourth work package in order to propose an action plan in the last part. Three mains outcomes are expected: A model of the existing building stock in Belgium and its retrofit potential, a simulation of the effects of different strategies used to increase the renovation rate in Belgium and a theoretical action plan on strategies to increase the rate of renovation in Belgium. These results are necessary to inform and support the decision making of policy makers, municipalities and operational planning authorities across Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailValidity of algometry and video assessment to diagnose pain in sheep with knee synovitis
Niessen, J; Nisolle, JF; Hontoir, F et al

Poster (2016, April 23)

Reasons to perform study. To assess lameness in animals, semi-objective scales are used. Video is sometimes used to enable blinding of the clinician. In addition, the assessment of pain is particularly ... [more ▼]

Reasons to perform study. To assess lameness in animals, semi-objective scales are used. Video is sometimes used to enable blinding of the clinician. In addition, the assessment of pain is particularly difficult in animals since they cannot report their feelings. The interpretation of the reactions of the animals can be different between observers. A method to quantify pain is the measure of mechanical nociceptive thresholds (MNT), a method called algometry. Since synovitis is often linked to swelling of periarticular tissues and to synovial fluid effusion, palpation of the joint is also a useful test. The objectives of the current study were to assess in sheep whether (1) video assessment of lameness is in agreement with real observation; (2) algometry of the knee is correlated with lameness evaluation; (3) algometry is correlated with identification of swelling by palpation. Material and methods. The population of sheep enrolled in a controlled trial at the Ovine Research Center of UNamur was used for the current study. Results. There was a moderate inter-rater agreement (value of kappa was 0,41) between the experimenter who evaluated the ewes on site and the one who watched the videos. No significant correlation was identified between lameness scores and algometry. A negative correlation (algometry reactive threshold is lower when palpation score is higher) was identified between palpation scores and MNT (P<0.05). Discussion. Video assessment can be used in research to assess lameness. The experience of the observer must be taken into account. Algometry is not entirely valid since an adaptation or learning process seems to develop in sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh anthocyanins content of commercial blackcurrant juices induced endothelium-dependent relaxation in isolated porcine coronary arteries
Kevers, Claire ULg; Shini-Kerth, Valérie; Tabart, Jessica et al

Poster (2016, April 22)

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See detailUsing a dynamic vegetation model for future projections of crop yields : application to Belgium in the framework of the VOTES and MASC projects
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULg; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULg; Fontaine, Corentin M. et al

Poster (2016, April 22)

Dynamic vegetation models (DVM) were initially designed to describe the dynamics of natural ecosystems as a function of climate and soil, to study the role of the vegetation in the carbon cycle. These ... [more ▼]

Dynamic vegetation models (DVM) were initially designed to describe the dynamics of natural ecosystems as a function of climate and soil, to study the role of the vegetation in the carbon cycle. These models are now directly coupled with climate models in order to evaluate feedbacks between vegetation and climate. But DVM characteristics allow numerous other applications, leading to amelioration of some of their modules (e.g., evaluating sensitivity of the hydrological module to land surface changes) and developments (e.g., coupling with other models like agent-based models), to be used in ecosystem management and land use planning studies. It is in this dynamic context about DVMs that we have adapted the CARAIB (CARbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) model. One of the main improvements is the implementation of a crop module, allowing the assessment of climate change impacts on crop yields. We try to validate this module at different scales: - from the plot level, with the use of eddy-covariance data from agricultural sites in the FLUXNET network, such as Lonzée (Belgium) or other Western European sites (Grignon, Dijkgraaf,. . . ), - to the country level, for which we compare the crop yield calculated by CARAIB to the crop yield statistics for Belgium and for different agricultural regions of the country. Another challenge for the CARAIB DVM was to deal with the landscape dynamics, which is not directly possible due to the lack of consideration of anthropogenic factors in the system. In the framework of the VOTES and the MASC projects, CARAIB is coupled with an agent-based model (ABM), representing the societal component of the system. This coupled module allows the use of climate and socio-economic scenarios, particularly interesting for studies which aim at ensuring a sustainable approach. This module has particularly been exploited in the VOTES project, where the objective was to provide a social, biophysical and economic assessment of the ecosystem services in four municipalities under urban pressure in the center of Belgium. The biophysical valuation was carried out with the coupled module, allowing a quantitative evaluation of key ecosystem services as a function of three climatic and socio-economic scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Ribes nigrum leaf extracts on endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation
Tabart, Jessica; Shini-Kerth, Valérie; PINCEMAIL, Joël ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 22)

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See detailAssessment of a design to monitor the influence of crop residue management on the dynamics of soil water content with ERT
Chelin, Marie ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg; Hermans, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

Choices related to crop residue management affect the soil structure. As a consequence, they may determinethe spatio-temporal dynamics of water content and eventually the crop yields. In order to better ... [more ▼]

Choices related to crop residue management affect the soil structure. As a consequence, they may determinethe spatio-temporal dynamics of water content and eventually the crop yields. In order to better understand the influence of these strategies on hydraulic processes occurring at the plot scale, we opted for the use electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). This approach presents the advantage to limit soil disturbance but is still faced to important challenges when applied in an agricultural field context. Especially changing soil-electrode contact has to be considered, as it can lead to bad quality data, especially for setups with small electrodes and small inter-electrode distance. The objective of this study was to test the efficiency of a high-resolution 3-D field measurement design to properly assess the dynamics of soil water content. ERT measurements were conducted in a Cutanic Siltic Luvisol in Gembloux, Belgium, on two plots of 2m^2 ploughed in Oct 2014 at a depth of 25 cm and sown with maize in April 2015. The plants were removed on one of the plots in order to obtain a bare soil reference. A grid of 98 surface stainless steel electrodes was layed-out on each plot and four sticks supporting each eight stainless steel electrodes were vertically inserted into the soil up to 1.20 m to get more detailed information in depth. The experiments were performed between Jul and Oct 2015, in order to get measurements both in dry and wet periods. For surface and borehole monitoring, a dipole-dipole array configuration including in-line and cross-line measurements was adopted. Normal and reciprocal measurements were performed systematically to assess the data quality: only the datasets with a mean reciprocal error lower than 3% were considered for the data inversion. This contribution will show the first inverted results showing the complexity of experimental design and data analysis for high-resolution, timelapse ERT in field conditions. Based on these results, we will draw conclusions about a minimal data set to be obtained in our upcoming field experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailSupporting integrated and systemic management of windthrow crises by public decision-makers
Riguelle, Simon ULg; Hebert, Jacques ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

This poster presents the development of an integrated framework for systemic management of storm damage risk in Wallonia (Belgium) and how it can be implemented throughout the risk management cycle with ... [more ▼]

This poster presents the development of an integrated framework for systemic management of storm damage risk in Wallonia (Belgium) and how it can be implemented throughout the risk management cycle with user-friendly tools and suitable methodologies. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-resolution climate and land surface interactions modeling over Belgium: current state and decennial scale projections
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULg; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULg; Beckers, Veronique et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

The interactions between land surface and climate are complex. Climate changes can affect ecosystem structure and functions, by altering photosynthesis and productivity or inducing thermal and hydric ... [more ▼]

The interactions between land surface and climate are complex. Climate changes can affect ecosystem structure and functions, by altering photosynthesis and productivity or inducing thermal and hydric stresses on plant species. These changes then impact socio-economic systems, through e.g., lower farming or forestry incomes. Ultimately, it can lead to permanent changes in land use structure, especially when associated with other non-climatic factors, such as urbanization pressure. These interactions and changes have feedbacks on the climate systems, in terms of changing: (1) surface properties (albedo, roughness, evapotranspiration, etc.) and (2) greenhouse gas emissions (mainly CO2, CH4, N2O). In the framework of the MASC project (« Modelling and Assessing Surface Change impacts on Belgian and Western European climate »), we aim at improving regional climate model projections at the decennial scale over Belgium and Western Europe by combining high-resolution models of climate, land surface dynamics and socio-economic processes. The land surface dynamics (LSD) module is composed of a dynamic vegetation model (CARAIB) calculating the productivity and growth of natural and managed vegetation, and an agent-based model (CRAFTY), determining the shifts in land use and land cover. This up-scaled LSD module is made consistent with the surface scheme of the regional climate model (RCM: ALARO) to allow simulations of the RCM with a fully dynamic land surface for the recent past and the period 2000-2030. In this contribution, we analyze the results of the first simulations performed with the CARAIB dynamic vegetation model over Belgium at a resolution of 1km. This analysis is performed at the species level, using a set of 17 species for natural vegetation (trees and grasses) and 10 crops, especially designed to represent the Belgian vegetation. The CARAIB model is forced with surface atmospheric variables derived from the monthly global CRU climatology or ALARO outputs (from a 4 km resolution simulation) for the recent past and the decennial projections. Evidently, these simulations lead to a first analysis of the impact of climate change on carbon stocks (e.g., biomass, soil carbon) and fluxes (e.g., gross and net primary productivities (GPP and NPP) and net ecosystem production (NEP)). The surface scheme is based on two land use/land cover databases, ECOPLAN for the Flemish region and, for the Walloon region, the COS-Wallonia database and the Belgian agricultural statistics for agricultural land. Land use and land cover are fixed through time (reference year: 2007) in these simulations, but a first attempt of coupling between CARAIB and CRAFTY will be made to establish dynamic land use change scenarios for the next decades. A simulation with variable land use would allow an analysis of land use change impacts not only on crop yields and the land carbon budget, but also on climate relevant parameters, such as surface albedo, roughness length and evapotranspiration towards a coupling with the RCM. [less ▲]

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See detailTime lapse imaging of water content with geoelectrical methods: on the interest of working with absolute water content data
Dumont, Gaël ULg; Pilawski, Tamara ULg; Robert, Tanguy et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

The electrical resistivity tomography is a suitable method to estimate the water content of a waste material and detect changes in water content. Various ERT profiles, both static data and time-lapse ... [more ▼]

The electrical resistivity tomography is a suitable method to estimate the water content of a waste material and detect changes in water content. Various ERT profiles, both static data and time-lapse, where acquired on a landfill during the Minerve project. In the literature, the relative change of resistivity ( Delta rho/rho ) is generally computed. For saline or heat tracer tests in the saturated zone, the Delta rho/rho can be easily translated into pore water conductivity or underground temperature changes (provided that the initial salinity or temperature condition is homogeneous over the ERT panel extension). For water content changes in the vadose zone resulting of an infiltration event or injection experiment, many authors also work with the Delta rho/rho or relative changes of water content Delta theta /theta (linked to the change of resistivity through one single parameter: the Archie’s law exponent “m”). This parameter is not influenced by the underground temperature and pore fluid conductivity ( rho_w) condition but is influenced by the initial water content distribution. Therefore, you never know if the loss of / signal is representative of the limit of the infiltration front or more humid initial condition. Another approach for the understanding of the infiltration process is the assessment of the absolute change of water content ( Delta theta ). This requires the direct computation of the water content of the waste from the resistivity data. For that purpose, we used petrophysical laws calibrated with laboratory experiments and our knowledge of the in situ temperature and pore fluid conductivity parameters. Then, we investigated water content changes in the waste material after a rainfall event ( Delta theta = Delta theta /theta * theta ). This new observation is really representatives of the quantity of water infiltrated in the waste material. However, the uncertainty in the pore fluid conductivity value may influence the computed water changes ( Delta theta =k*m*(rho_w)^1/2 ; where “m” is the Archie’s law exponent). Using these two complementary approaches, we analyzed the effect a major rainfall (20-30 mm in 2 hours) that occurred on the test site, characterized by a vegetalized and relatively dry zone and a devegatelized and humid zone. We intended to prove that most of the information contained in the Delta theta /theta distribution is the initial water content distribution in the ground.Water addition in dry zones resulting in large relative changes. The computation of the Delta theta is necessary to demonstrate preferential infiltration through the capping in a restricted zone of the vegetalized area. [less ▲]

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See detailThe last millenia sedimentary record of Lago Esponja from Northern Chilean Patagonia
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Alvarez, Denisse; Araneda, Alberto et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

We evaluate the climate and environmental variability of Northern Chilean Patagonia during the Last Millennia, using a multi-proxy analysis of a sediment core from Lago Esponja (45°09’S, 72°08’W). The ... [more ▼]

We evaluate the climate and environmental variability of Northern Chilean Patagonia during the Last Millennia, using a multi-proxy analysis of a sediment core from Lago Esponja (45°09’S, 72°08’W). The lake is located in the region of Aysen del General Carlos Ibanez del Campo, in NW Patagonia. The study focuses on a multiproxy analysis of sedimentary records. The longest core (150 cm long) was collected in 2014 at 40 m depth. The sediment, which is composed of light brown organic-rich clayey silt, was analyzed for sedimentology (grain size, magnetic susceptibility organic matter and biogenic silica content), mineralogy (X-ray diffraction) and geochemistry (elemental and isotopic analyses of C and N, XRF core-scaner at 1 mm resolution). The radiocarbon ages, measured on 3 macro-remains, demonstrate that the core covers the last 6.700 years. The sedimentation rate ranges between 0.1 mm/yr in the lower section (100-150 cm) and 0.4 mm/yr in the upper meter. Visual descriptions and Scopix radiographies show that the sediment record is finely laminated except a massive decimetric coarser and darker layer corresponding to a tephra (estimated age 700AD±50). Magnetic susceptibility (confirmed by scopix radiographies) highlights the presence of 8 additional millimetric tephra layers. The biogenic silica content of the sediment is low (mean 5%). Diatom assemblage is dominated by benthic and acidophilous species, with high saprobic values. None marked changes were observed regarding the dynamic of the lake. The high organic matter content (mean 15%) and its high C/N ratio (12.7) throughout the core indicate inputs of allochtonous and terrestrial organic matter. Such parameters present high sediment variability also marked by changes in the chemical composition. The laminations reflect changes in the allochtonous sedimentary inputs, with high terrestrial inputs during wetter conditions in relation with the Westerlies. The sedimentary records of Lago Esponja will be compared with Eastern lacustrine record from the same latitude in order to confirm the climate-driven record. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of tillage on CO2 and N2O efflux in an agricultural crop
Lognoul, Margaux ULg; Theodorakopoulos, Nicolas ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

CO2 and N2O fluxes exchanged by a maize crop were measured from June to Octboer 2015 using a homemade automated system of dynamic closed chambers. We studied the impact of tillage (reduced and ... [more ▼]

CO2 and N2O fluxes exchanged by a maize crop were measured from June to Octboer 2015 using a homemade automated system of dynamic closed chambers. We studied the impact of tillage (reduced and conventional) on greenhouse gas emissions and nitrous oxide flux dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailHeat tracer test in an alluvial aquifer: field experiment and inverse modelling
Klepikova, Maria; Wildemeersch, Samuel; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow ... [more ▼]

Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow alluvial aquifer. A thermal tracer test was conducted in the alluvial aquifer of the Meuse River, Belgium. The tracing experiment consisted in simultaneously injecting heated water and a dye tracer in a piezometer and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and tracer concentration in the recovery well and in monitoring wells. To get insights in the 3D characteristics of the heat transport mechanisms, temperature data from a large number of observation wells distributed throughout the field site (space-filling arrangement) were used. Temperature breakthrough curves in observation wells are contrasted with what would be expected in an ideal layered aquifer. They reveal strongly unequal lateral and vertical components of the transport mechanisms. The observed complex behavior of the heat plume was explained by the groundwater flow gradient on the site and heterogeneity of hydraulic conductivity field. Moreover, due to high injection temperatures during the field experiment a temperature-induced fluid density effect on heat transport occurred. By using a flow and heat transport numerical model with variable density coupled with the pilot point inverse approach, main preferential flow paths were delineated. [less ▲]

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See detailReactive gases in the chemistry climate model ECHAM6-HAMMOZ
Schultz, Martin; Franco, Bruno ULg; Kaffashzadeh, Najmeh et al

Poster (2016, April 18)

The recently developed global chemistry climate model ECHAM6-HAMMOZ contains comprehensive and detailed schemes for tropospheric aerosol (HAM) and reactive gases chemistry (MOZ). The Jülich Atmospheric ... [more ▼]

The recently developed global chemistry climate model ECHAM6-HAMMOZ contains comprehensive and detailed schemes for tropospheric aerosol (HAM) and reactive gases chemistry (MOZ). The Jülich Atmospheric (chemical) Mechanism (JAM002) consists of more than 300 species and 650 reactions, including relatively detailed degradation pathways for various volatile organic compounds in the troposphere and stratosphere. State-of-the-art parameterisations for chemical and physical processes are included. Here we present evaluation results from a multi-year simulation of the present-day atmospheric composition. [less ▲]

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See detailCanopy proximity estimation and impact on long term turbulent fluxes above a heterogeneous forest
Hurdebise, Quentin ULg; Vincke, Caroline; De Ligne, Anne ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 18)

With the development of eddy covariance networks like Fluxnet, ICOS or NEON, long-term data series of carbon dioxide, water vapor and other gas exchanges between terrestrial ecosystems and atmosphere will ... [more ▼]

With the development of eddy covariance networks like Fluxnet, ICOS or NEON, long-term data series of carbon dioxide, water vapor and other gas exchanges between terrestrial ecosystems and atmosphere will become more and more numerous. However, long-term analyses of such exchanges require a good understanding of measurement conditions during the investigated period. Independently of climate drivers, measurements may indeed be influenced by measurement conditions themselves subjected to long-term variability due to vegetation growth or set-up changes. The present research refers to the Vielsalm Terrestrial Observatory (VTO) where fluxes of momentum, carbon dioxide, latent and sensible heat have been continuously measured by eddy covariance during twenty years. VTO is an ICOS site installed in a mixed forest (beech, silver fir, Douglas fir, Norway spruce) in the Belgian Ardennes. A multidisciplinary approach was developed in order to investigate the spatial and temporal evolution of several site characteristics: - displacement height (d) and relative measurement height (z-d) were determined using a spectral approach that compared observed and theoretical cospectra; - turbulence statistics were analyzed in the context of Monin-Obukhov similarity theory; - tree height during the measurement period was obtained by combining tree height inventories, a LIDAR survey and tree growth models; - measurement footprint was determined by using a footprint model. A good agreement was found between the three first approaches. Results show notably that z-d was subjected to both temporal and spatial evolution. Temporal evolution resulted from continuous tree growth as well as from a tower raise, achieved in 2009. Spatial evolution, due to canopy heterogeneity, was also observed. The impacts of these changes on measurements are investigated. In particular, it was shown that they affect measurement footprint, flux spectral corrections and flux quality. All these effects must be taken into consideration in order to disentangle long-term flux evolutions due to climate or phenology from changes resulting from measurement set-up changes. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical and mineralogical proxies of erosion episodes in the dried lake sediments (Amik Lake, Southern Turkey): paleoenvironmental implications
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Lebeau, Héléne et al

Poster (2016, April 17)

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously occupied since 6000-7000 BC. The landscape has sustained with highly variable anthropic pressure culminating during the Late Roman ... [more ▼]

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously occupied since 6000-7000 BC. The landscape has sustained with highly variable anthropic pressure culminating during the Late Roman Period when the Antioch city reached its golden age. The basin also sustained a high seismic activity (M≥7) as it is a releasing step-over along the Dead Sea Fault. The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake occupying the central part of the Basin. Our objective is to constrain major paleo-environmental changes in the area over the last 4000 years and to unravel possible human impacts on the sedimentation. A diverse array of complementary methods was applied on the 6 m long record. High resolution of mineralogical (XRD) and geochemical (XRF) analyses were performed. Quantitative mineralogical phases of sediments by the Rietveld method were computed using Topaz software. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon dating, and checked using the correlation between the earthquake history and rapidly deposited layer identified. A high sedimentation rate of 0.12 cm/yr was inferred at the coring site. The 4000 years old record shows that significant fluctuations of the lake level and the riverine system inflow into the Amik Lake occurred. The Late Bronze lowstand leaded to punctual dryings of the lake at the end of the Bronze/Iron transition marked by the collapse of the Hittite Empire and during the Dark ages. At that time, the riverine was carrying a large terrigenous input linked to strong soil erosion related to deforestation, exploitation of mineral resources and the beginning of upland cultivation. During the Roman Period and in the later periods, upland soils were partly depleted and the riverine system completely transformed by channelization that leaded to a mashification of the Amik Basin. Chemical and mineralogical composition of sediments is quite diversified reflecting the significant geological variation of drainage basins. Abundant calcareous minerals, especially calcite, aragonite, dolomite and small amount of wollastonite characterize the different sedimentary levels recorded in the lake. Levels relatively rich in fluorite, richerite, enstatite, and wollastonite are a result of the erosion of the ophiolitic rocks from the surrounding Amanos Mountains. These levels are interpreted as corresponding to relatively high erosive periods, while more humid periods lead to more intensive weathering and consequently to the dominance of kaolinite, muscovite/illite and talc more advanced in the relative stability scale, indicating a climate with contrasting seasons. During the most recent Period a marked increase in terrigeneous minerals associated with a rise in dolomite indicates ungoing erosion as well as the drying-out of the lake. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of tillage practices on soil moisture dynamics in a temperate climate: potential of 3-D electrical resistivity tomography (ERT)
Chelin, Marie ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg; Blanchy, Guillaume et al

Poster (2016, April 12)

Adapted agricultural soil management practices can enhance soil health by providing improved aggregate stability and soil structural quality. Hence water infiltration may be improved and plant water ... [more ▼]

Adapted agricultural soil management practices can enhance soil health by providing improved aggregate stability and soil structural quality. Hence water infiltration may be improved and plant water availability increased. In this study, we aim at quantifying the effect of tillage practices on the water dynamics in a loamy soil under temperate climate (Gembloux, Belgium). Therefore, we evaluated the ability of electrical resistivity tomography to estimate the water content at the field scale and under complex field conditions: varying pore water conductivity, rainfall, crop water uptake, root growth, varying temperature and changing soil structure due to tillage practices. During the summer of 2015, we studied four different treatments: conventional spring and winter tillage, strip tillage and a bare soil. We used ERT to estimate the spatio-temporal distribution of soil moisture. In each of the plots, 2 time-domain reflectometry (TDR) probes and 2 suction cups were installed. A calibration trench was constructed with 4 electrodes, 1 TDR probe and 1 temperature sensor at 4 different depths. We quantified changes of porosity over the growing season using X-ray tomography. Combining these data, we will investigate and quantify the effect of simultaneously changing pore water conductivity, soil porosity, soil temperature and soil moisture on the effectiveness of time-lapse ER measurements as a proxy for soil moisture changes under different tillage practices. [less ▲]

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See detailGenotypic characterization of T. mentagrophytes complex strains circulating in Belgium with the Diversilab® system.
SACHELI, Rosalie ULg; Utri, Tania ULg; ADJETEY BAHUN, Akolé ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 09)

Background Infections due to the zoophilic dermatophyte Arthroderma benhamiae are being more frequently diagnosed in Belgium since a few years. The most common source of infection is guinea pigs. This ... [more ▼]

Background Infections due to the zoophilic dermatophyte Arthroderma benhamiae are being more frequently diagnosed in Belgium since a few years. The most common source of infection is guinea pigs. This species which is referred to the Trichophyton species of A.benhamiae can cause tinea capitis, tinea corporis, tinea manus and more frequently tinea faciei. These strains appear with a bright yellow thallus in culture and do not easily sporulate making them difficult to identify. Sequencing of these strains reveals “Arthroderma benhamiae”. At the contrary white strains of T. mentagrophytes complex are identified by sequencing as “T. mentagrophytes variety interdigitale” or T. interdigitale. The aim of the study is the evaluation of the genetic heterogeneity of these two subtypes of the T. mentagrophytes complex by using the DiversiLab® system. Material and methods 32 strains were collected by the National Reference Center for mycoses between 2012 and 2015. The fungal strains were identified by microscopy or ITS sequencing. All strains appearing white with a yellow pigment in culture and being identified as “A. benhamiae” by DNA sequencing were included as well reference strains. Some selected strains appearing white in culture and being identified as “T. mentagrophytes var. interdigitale” by DNA sequencing were also included. The genotypic analysis was performed by the DiversiLab® system (bioMérieux) by DNA fingerprinting generation. Results Both groups showed huge differences in DNA fingerprints. The similarity calculated by the DiversiLab® tool between the two groups was 70%. This reflects a high genotypic heterogeneity regarding the two types of strains analyzed. This is surprising given that both groups belong to the same species complex. The comparison of these two distinct DNA fingerprints with the mold database of bioMérieux generated identification as “T. mentagrophytes” for both groups. We noticed that the library contained two distinct patterns of DNA fingerprints (profile 1, strains MK55-60 and profile 2, strains MK138-143). Yellow strains were highly similar to profile 1 and white strains were highly similar to profile 2. Unfortunately, no additional information regarding the subspecies implicated could be obtained from the manufacturer. However, this study demonstrates that it may represent respectively “yellow strains types Trichophyton species of A. benhamiae” and “ white strains types T. interdigitale”. Conclusion This study highlights the genotypic differences between two types of strains belonging to the T. mentagrophytes species complex. Yellow strains which incidence is increasing in Belgium are clearly different from other strains previously characterized and the DiversiLab® method shows a high efficiency for discriminating between these two species difficult to separate by microscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent progress in the development of a hydrogen maser in the TE111 mode
Van Der Beken, Emeline ULg; Léonard, Daniel; Counet, Arnaud et al

Poster (2016, April 06)

We present the recent progress in the development of a hydrogen maser in the unusual TE111 mode. In contrast to standard hydrogen maser that exploits the TE011 mode, the TE111 mode allows one to design ... [more ▼]

We present the recent progress in the development of a hydrogen maser in the unusual TE111 mode. In contrast to standard hydrogen maser that exploits the TE011 mode, the TE111 mode allows one to design hydrogen masers with significant reduced dimensions which represents a huge benefit for space applications and in particular for the global positioning system. We present in details the different parts of our model : cavity with a thin Teflon sheet, magnetic shielding, temperature control of the maser... [less ▲]

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See detailCoupling the Electron and Phonon Baths via the Boltzmann Transport Equations
Pike, Nicholas ULg

Poster (2016, April 03)

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See detailEpisodic memory and aging: The effect of perceptual processing fluency on recognition memory processes
Bastin, Christine ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2016, April 03)

Normal aging is characterized by decreased recollection, but better preserved familiarity. Memory tasks that facilitate the use of familiarity should allow attenuating age-related differences in memory ... [more ▼]

Normal aging is characterized by decreased recollection, but better preserved familiarity. Memory tasks that facilitate the use of familiarity should allow attenuating age-related differences in memory. The study tested two hypotheses: (1) can the reliance on familiarity during recognition memory be promoted by increasing the difference in perceptual processing fluency between old and new items; (2) can this manipulation reduce age-related difficulties in episodic memory? Twenty-four young and 24 older adults performed two verbal recognition memory tasks. In the No-Overlap task, target words and new words did not share any letter. Prior exposition to the target words thus induced increased processing fluency of the words and letters, so that fluency difference was a salient and reliable cue to discriminate between old and new words. In the Overlap task, target and new words had letters in common, so fluency cues were less useful. Recollection and familiarity was assessed with the Remember/Know/Guess paradigm. The results showed an age effect on recollection but intact familiarity. Moreover, (1) memory performance was better in the No Overlap than the Overlap task, with a greater hit rate and a smaller false alarm rate associated with familiarity. And, (2) age-related differences in recognition accuracy (hits – false alarms) were significantly attenuated in the No Overlap task compared to the Overlap task. These findings suggest that minimizing the perceptual similarity between targets and distractors, and thus increasing processing fluency differences, allowed to reduce the effect of age on recognition memory performance by facilitating the use of familiarity. [less ▲]

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See detailAnodal transcranial direct stimulation (tDCS) targeting the anterior cingulate gyrus for the preventive treatment of chronic cluster headache: a proof of concept trial.
MAGIS, Delphine ULg; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Cosseddu, Anna et al

Poster (2016, April)

Background There is a need for better treatments in chronic cluster headache (CCH). In responders to percutaneous occipital nerve stimulation, the subgenual anterior cingulate gyrus (sACG) was found ... [more ▼]

Background There is a need for better treatments in chronic cluster headache (CCH). In responders to percutaneous occipital nerve stimulation, the subgenual anterior cingulate gyrus (sACG) was found hypermetabolic (Magis et al. 2011). We reasoned that activation of this area by transcranial neurostimulation could be effective in CCH. Aim To explore the preventive effect of anodal (i.e. activating) transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) targeting the anterior cingulate gyrus in CCH patients. Method & subjects Difficult-to-treat CCH patients with a stable preventive drug regimen applied tDCS (2mA) interictally in 20-minute daily sessions for 4 weeks with the anode positioned over the forehead (FpZ), the cathode over the C7 spinous process. Therapeutic effects were monitored with paper diaries. Results Nineteen patients were enrolled up to now. In 13 patients who completed the trial, mean weekly attack frequency decreased by 38% after 4 weeks of daily stimulation (W-test: p = 0.002). The 50% responder rate was 54%. Patients (n=12) reported an improvement in headache impact, as shown by 5-point decrease in the mean HIT-6 score (from 67 to 62, p = 0.02). In 10 patients who were followed up after the treatment period, the benefit remained stable up to 4 weeks after the last stimulation. The first 3 enrolled patients had superficial skin burns under the adhesive cathode electrode. Sponge electrodes were therefore used in all subsequent patients without any adverse effect. Conclusion Anodal tDCS targeting the anterior cingulate gyrus seems promising for the preventive treatment of chronic cluster headache as suggested by this ongoing proof-of-concept trial. Use of adhesive electrodes is not recommended. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-invasive vagus nerve stimulation with the gammaCore® in healthy subjects: is there electrophysiological evidence for activation of vagal afferents ?
Schoenen, Jean ULg; NONIS, Romain ULg; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg et al

Poster (2016, April)

Abstract: Background Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) with the gammaCore® improves migraine and cluster headache. Animal experiments suggest that nVNS acts via stimulation of vagal afferents ... [more ▼]

Abstract: Background Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) with the gammaCore® improves migraine and cluster headache. Animal experiments suggest that nVNS acts via stimulation of vagal afferents, but proof in humans is lacking. Vagal somatosensory evoked potentials (vSEP) are identified after invasive VNS or transcutaneous stimulation of auricular vagal branches, but late components could be muscle artifacts. Objective To search in healthy volunteers for reliable vSEP during nVNS with the gammaCore® Methods In 12 healthy subjects (7males) evoked potentials were recorded at A1/A2 (ref Cz) and C3/C4 (ref F3/F4) during 2-minute stimulation over left/right cervical vagus nerve with the gammaCore® (25Hz, 6-24V) and during stimulation over the inner tragus with a monopolar stimulator (2Hz, 50 stimuli, mean intensity 8mA). Results We identified 3 reproducible peaks P1, N1, P2 in 10 patients on the side of the gammaCore® stimulation at mean latencies of 2.05ms, 5.20ms and 9.13ms. P1-N1 amplitude increased significantly (p<0.01) with increasing voltage from 0.04μV to 0.52μV (C3/C4) and from 0.13µV to 2.04μV (A1/A2) respectively at 10V and 30V. Inner tragus stimulation elicited P1, N1, P2 peaks with shorter mean latencies (2.21ms, 3.72ms, 5.71ms) and a mean P1-N1 amplitude (A1/A2) of 5.0µV. When the gammaCore® was placed over the sternocleidomastoid muscle, there were no reproducible evoked potentials. Conclusion Non-invasive transcutaneous stimulation of the cervical vagus nerve with the gammaCore® elicits evoked potentials similar to those found with implanted electrodes or stimulation of Arnold’s nerve in the outer ear. The gammaCore®-evoked potentials increase in amplitude with stimulation intensity and disappear when the stimulator is positioned over neck muscles, suggesting that they are not muscle artifacts. Their short latency is compatible with their generation at the level of the foramen jugulare. The therapeutic effects reported with the gammaCore® in primary headaches can thus be mediated by genuine activation of vagus nerve afferents. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal simulation of UV atmospheric emissions on Mars
González-Galindo; López-Valverde; Forget et al

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See detailRhizosecreted proteases inhibition for the improvement of recombinant protein production in Arabidopsis thaliana
Lallemand, Jérôme ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg; Tocquin, Pierre ULg

Poster (2016, April)

Plant-based biopharmaceuticals have gained a lot of interest in the past decade due to their reduced cost and relative safety compared to mammalian cell cultures. While the first plant-made recombinant ... [more ▼]

Plant-based biopharmaceuticals have gained a lot of interest in the past decade due to their reduced cost and relative safety compared to mammalian cell cultures. While the first plant-made recombinant proteins are now reaching the market, the production systems still need improvements to maximize their competitiveness. Optimizing production hosts requires the identification and subsequent inhibition of the most active endogenous peptidases, proteolysis being one of the main factors limiting yields. The aim of our study was to identify root-secreted proteases of Arabidopsis thaliana involved in target protein degradation (BSA) and inhibit them in vivo. Biochemical analyses identified serine proteases as the main class responsible for BSA degradation. An RT-qPCR experiment led to the choice of the serine protease gene SBT4.12 and its homologs as targets for an amiRNA-mediated silencing approach. Arabidopsis amiRNA-expressing lines showed lower levels of expression for SBT4.12 and reduced proteolytic activity in their rhizosecreted extracts. Crossing these lines with recombinant protein producing lines could lead to an improved production platform for proteins of interest. [less ▲]

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See detailAlpha-synuclein as biomarker in Parkinson’s disease: strategies for detection in CGE-LIF
Houbart, Virginie ULg; Napp, Aurore ULg; Rudaz, Serge et al

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See detailFirst steps of the regional climate model MAR over the Euro-CORDEX domain
Scholzen, Chloé ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg

Poster (2016, April)

In the framework of the Euro-CORDEX initiative, the Laboratory of Climatology of the University of Liège, Belgium, is currently using the regional climate model MAR (for “Modèle Atmosphérique Régional” ... [more ▼]

In the framework of the Euro-CORDEX initiative, the Laboratory of Climatology of the University of Liège, Belgium, is currently using the regional climate model MAR (for “Modèle Atmosphérique Régional”) to simulate the past, present and future climate over Europe. Simulations are to be performed for both available resolutions over the Euro-CORDEX domain, namely 0.11 deg. (12.5 km) and 0.44 deg. (50 km). Historical and present-day runs (1979-2015) will use the ERA-Interim and the NCEP/NCAR-v1 reanalyses as boundary conditions, whereas future projections will be driven by two selected GCMs from the CMIP5 database: NorESM1-M and MIROC5. All CMIP5-GCMs were previously compared against ERA-Interim reanalysis data in terms of their ability to represent the current mean climate over Europe. The GCMs also underwent a statistical classification based on the calculation of skill-scores evaluating for instance 850 hPa temperature and 500 hPa geopotential height. Several settings and parameters were tested in order to calibrate the regional climate model MAR over the Euro-CORDEX domain. MAR is to be validated against observations from the European Climate Assessment & Dataset (ECA&D). The final aim of this study is to assess the performance of MAR in comparing its results to other RCMs used within the Euro-CORDEX initiative. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of the ionospheric model on DCB computation and added value of LEO satellites
Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Lestarquit, Laurent; Loyer, Sylvain et al

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In order to compute inter-frequency Differential Code Biases (DCBs), the Geometry-Free combination of a GNSS signal pair needs to be corrected from the ionospheric refraction effect. Such information is ... [more ▼]

In order to compute inter-frequency Differential Code Biases (DCBs), the Geometry-Free combination of a GNSS signal pair needs to be corrected from the ionospheric refraction effect. Such information is obtained using either Global Ionospheric Maps (GIMs) or local models. In this work we investigate the influence of GIMs on the final value and precision of DCB solution. The study covers different ionospheric conditions, ranging from very quiet ionospheric background up to a severe ionospheric storm. In a first step, the Slant Total Electron Content (STEC) between GIMs is assessed as a function of receiver latitude, elevation mask and ionospheric conditions. Then, daily DCBs are estimated using these different GIMs, receiver and satellite contributions being separated using a zero-mean constraint. At last, an independent estimation of DCBs is performed using Low Earth Orbit (LEO) observations (such as JASON's GPS data). This solution is compared with our ground network solution and with DCBs coming from Analysis Centers (ACs) of the International GNSS Service providing ionospheric and DCB solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of tillage on N2O and CO2 efflux in an agricultural crop
Lognoul, Margaux ULg; Theodorakopoulos, Nicolas ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, April)

In an experiment conducted in the Belgian loess belt between June and October 2015, the effect of two tillage treatments (CT - conventional tillage and RT - reduced tillage) on CO2 and N2O fluxes ... [more ▼]

In an experiment conducted in the Belgian loess belt between June and October 2015, the effect of two tillage treatments (CT - conventional tillage and RT - reduced tillage) on CO2 and N2O fluxes exchanged by a maize crop were compared. Fluxes were measured using two fully automated sets of dynamic closed chambers, allowing a 4.5h temporal resolution. Soil water content and temperature were also monitored as well as pH, total N (TN) and total organic C (TOC) content. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de dermatophytes isolés dans les services de revalidation et physiothérapie d’une structure hospitalière en région Liégeoise (Belgique)
SACHELI, Rosalie ULg; Utri, Tania ULg; Abdel-Sadick, Hidjab Abdoulaye ULg et al

Poster (2016, March 23)

Objectifs : Les dermatophytes sont responsables d’infections de la peau, des ongles et du cuir chevelu. Les espèces anthropophiles peuvent se transmettre d’une personne à une autre par un simple contact ... [more ▼]

Objectifs : Les dermatophytes sont responsables d’infections de la peau, des ongles et du cuir chevelu. Les espèces anthropophiles peuvent se transmettre d’une personne à une autre par un simple contact. Leur présence en milieu sportif (salles de sport, piscine, tatamis), douches collectives, vestiaires des écoles, a été largement décrite. Par contre il existe peu de littérature concernant les établissements de soins. C’est pourquoi, nous nous sommes intéressés au risque potentiel d’infection par des dermatophytes en milieu hospitalier et particulièrement dans les salles de kinésithérapie et de revalidation ainsi que dans une piscine du CHU de Liège. Matériel et méthodes : Trois sites du CHU de Liège ont été investigués: le site du Sart Tilman (ST), le site Ourthe Amblève (OA) et le site Notre-Dame des Bruyères (NDB). Les prélèvements ont été effectués en salle de revalidation et kinésithérapie ainsi qu’à la piscine de revalidation. Ces prélèvements ont été réalisés sur les surfaces à l’aide de géloses de contact (milieu de Sabouraud/chloramphénicol/actidione/gentamicine, Tritium Microbiologie, Pays-bas). L’identification des espèces fongiques a été réalisée par observation macro-microscopique des cultures, spectrométrie de masse (Maldi-Tof) et séquençage moléculaire. Résultats : Au total, 552 prélèvements ont été réalisés parmi lesquels 15 dermatophytes ont été recensés (2,72%). On retrouve: 7 T. rubrum, 7 T. interdigitale, 1 T. mentagrophytes var. mentagrophytes. Sur le site ST, 207 prélèvements ont été effectués parmi lesquels 4 T. rubrum, 1 T. interdigitale et 1 T. mentagrophytes var. mentagrophytes (zoophile). Sur le site OA, parmi les 226 prélèvements effectués, 4 Trichophyton interdigitale et 3 Trichophyton rubrum ont été retrouvés. Aucun dermatophyte n’a été isolé de l’eau de piscine ou pédiluve. Sur le site de NDB, sur 119 prélèvements, seuls 2 isolats de Trichophyton interdigitale ont été identifiés. Les prélèvements positifs pour les dermatophytes concernent des tapis de gymnastique, vélos, rameurs, balances, trampolines, demi-sphères d’équilibre, table de kinésithérapie, sols de douches et vestiaires de la piscine. Conclusion Grâce à ces investigations, nous avons pu mettre en évidence sur le matériel de revalidation et les sols des vestiaires, la présence de deux espèces anthropophiles, T. rubrum et T. interdigitale fréquemment impliquées dans les cas d’onychomycoses et atteintes cutanées. Une souche zoophile de T. mentagrophytes a également été mise en évidence. Cette étude démontre qu’un renforcement de la fréquence de nettoyage des sols et des instruments utilisés dans les salles de sport du CHU de Liège est nécessaire de façon à minimaliser les risques de contamination de patients et du personnel médical. [less ▲]

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See detailRecollection versus familiarity in normal aging and in mild cognitive impairment: Impact of test format
Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; Simon, Jessica ULg; SALMON, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2016, March 18)

Objectives. Memory retrieval typically involves a combination of recollection and familiarity. However, test format can promote one or the other process (Norman & O’Reilly, 2003). The aim of this study ... [more ▼]

Objectives. Memory retrieval typically involves a combination of recollection and familiarity. However, test format can promote one or the other process (Norman & O’Reilly, 2003). The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of test format on recollection and familiarity in normal aging and in mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Methods. Seventy young participants (18-30 years), 65 “younger-old” (55- 69 years), 53 “older-old” (70-85 years), and 13 MCIs (55-82 years) were enrolled. In the “forced-choice” task, they had to recognize which picture, among three, was presented during the encoding stage. In the “yes/no” task, they had to judge whether each item, successively presented, was previously seen or not. In each task, they had to give a “Remember/Know/Guess” judgment. Results. Group × Format repeated measures ANOVAs revealed that young people had better recognition performance (d’) than “younger-old”, which were better than “older-old” and MCIs. Moreover, young people used familiarity more accurately than both groups of old participants and MCIs, with MCIs being equivalent to “younger-old” and “older-old”. However, MCIs displayed a high rate of familiarity-based false alarms. The resort to recollection decreased with age and in MCIs. Finally, Group × Format interaction revealed that young people (but not the other groups) could use recollection more often in the “forcedchoice” task compared to the “yes/no” task. Conclusions. Recollection and familiarity decline progressively in healthy aging. In MCI, recollection is more affected than familiarity, but patients demonstrated a more liberal use of familiarity. Finally, test format did not influence strongly the results. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of cognitive reserve on recognition memory performance is dependent of the task format in healthy aging
Simon, Jessica ULg; Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg

Poster (2016, March 17)

Objective: According to the cognitive reserve hypothesis (Stern, 2009), individuals who have developed a high level of reserve should resist better to the effects of aging than individuals with lower ... [more ▼]

Objective: According to the cognitive reserve hypothesis (Stern, 2009), individuals who have developed a high level of reserve should resist better to the effects of aging than individuals with lower cognitive reserve. In this study, we identified the factors of cognitive reserve that impact most memory performance in aging. Methods: 118 healthy older participants performed one yes/no recognition task and one 3-alternative forced-choice recognition task. For each recognized item, participants provided a Remember/Know/Guess judgment. Furthermore, participants completed a questionnaire assessing different aspects of cognitive reserve (level of education, occupation, physical, social, cultural and intellectual activities). We determined the moderators of cognitive reserve that explain a significant proportion of variance for each memory index through stepwise regression analyzes (p<0.05). Results: In the forced-choice test, the level of education explained positively the use of recollection and negatively the level of false alarms associated with familiarity. In the yes/no recognition task, the precision of recognition was explained positively by the physical activities. Recollection was positively explained by the physical activities and the level of education. Finally, the level of false alarms associated with familiarity was explained negatively by the level of education although the precision of the use of the familiarity is explained positively by physical activities. Conclusion: The more older adults were educated and/or were practicing physical activities, the better their recollection was. The impact of the moderators of the cognitive reserve is dependent on the format of the recognition task. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancing the salience of perceptual fluency improves familiarity-based recognition memory in aging
Bastin, Christine ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2016, March 17)

Objective. Normal aging is characterized by decreased recollection, but better preserved familiarity. Memory tasks that facilitate the use of familiarity should allow attenuating age-related differences ... [more ▼]

Objective. Normal aging is characterized by decreased recollection, but better preserved familiarity. Memory tasks that facilitate the use of familiarity should allow attenuating age-related differences in memory. The study tested two hypotheses: (1) can the reliance on familiarity during recognition memory be promoted by increasing the difference in perceptual processing fluency between old and new items; (2) can this manipulation reduce age-related difficulties in episodic memory? Methods. Twenty-four young and 24 older adults performed two verbal recognition memory tasks. In the No-Overlap task, target words and new words did not share any letter. Prior exposition to the target words thus induced increased processing fluency of the words and letters, so that fluency difference was a salient and reliable cue to discriminate between old and new words. In the Overlap task, target and new words had letters in common, so fluency cues were less useful. Recollection and familiarity was assessed with the Remember/Know/Guess paradigm. Results. There was an age effect on recollection but intact familiarity. Moreover, (1) memory performance was better in the No Overlap than the Overlap task, with a greater hit rate and a smaller false alarm rate associated with familiarity. (2) Age-related differences in recognition accuracy (hits – false alarms) were significantly attenuated in the No Overlap task compared to the Overlap task. Conclusion. These findings suggest that minimizing the perceptual similarity between targets and distractors, and thus increasing processing fluency differences, allowed to reduce the effect of age on recognition memory performance by facilitating the use of familiarity. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the impact of tillage and nitrogen fertilization on the root development of a winter wheat crop by use of NIR hyperspectral imaging combined to chemometrics
Fraipont, Guillaume ULg; Eylenbosch, Damien ULg; Fernández Pierna, Juan Antonio et al

Poster (2016, March 16)

The objective of this study is to characterize the impact of tillage management and nitrogen fertilization on the root system development of a winter wheat crop. To reach this objective, an innovative ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study is to characterize the impact of tillage management and nitrogen fertilization on the root system development of a winter wheat crop. To reach this objective, an innovative root quantification method that combines NIR hyperspectral imaging (NIR-HSI) and chemometric tools will be applied. [less ▲]

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See detailAgeism and communication in oncology
Schroyen, Sarah ULg; Adam, Stéphane ULg; Marquet, Manon ULg et al

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de Bournonville, Sébastien; Pironet, Antoine ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2016, March 04)

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See detailReversal of Long-Term Trends in Ethane Identified from the Global Atmosphere Watch Reactive Gases Measurement Network
Helmig, Detlev; Buchmann, Brigitte; Carpenter, Lucy et al

Poster (2016, March 02)

Reactive gases play an important role in climate and air pollution issues. They control the self-cleansing capability of the troposphere, contribute to air pollution and acid deposition, regulate the ... [more ▼]

Reactive gases play an important role in climate and air pollution issues. They control the self-cleansing capability of the troposphere, contribute to air pollution and acid deposition, regulate the lifetimes and provide tracers for deciphering sources and sinks for greenhouse gases. Within GAW, the focus is placed on long-term, high-quality observations of ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sulfur dioxide (SO2). More than 100 stations worldwide carry out reactive gases measurements with data reported to two World Data Centers. The reactive gases program in GAW cooperates The WMO GAW Reactive Gases Program with regional networks and other global monitoring initiatives in order to attain a complete picture of the tropospheric chemical composition. Observations are being made by in-situ monitoring, measurements from commercial routine air-crafts (e.g. IAGOS), column observations, and from flask sampling networks. Quality control and coordination of measurements between participating stations are a primary emphasis. GAW reactive gases data in rapid delivery mode are used to evaluate operational atmospheric composition forecasts in the EU Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service. Oversight of the program is provided by GAW-WMO coordinated Reactive Gases Scientific Advisory Committee (RG-SAG). [less ▲]

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See detailAnticoherence of spin states with point-group symmetries
Baguette, Dorian ULg; Damanet, François ULg; Giraud, Olivier et al

Poster (2016, March 02)

We investigate multiqubit permutation-symmetric states with maximal entropy of entanglement. Such states can be viewed as particular spin states, namely anticoherent spin states. Using the Majorana ... [more ▼]

We investigate multiqubit permutation-symmetric states with maximal entropy of entanglement. Such states can be viewed as particular spin states, namely anticoherent spin states. Using the Majorana represen- tation of spin states in terms of points on the unit sphere, we analyze the consequences of a point-group symmetry in their arrangement on the quantum properties of the corresponding state [1]. We focus on the identi cation of anticoherent states (for which all reduced density matrices in the symmetric subspace are maximally mixed) associated with point-group-symmetric sets of points. We provide three di erent characterizations of anticoherence and establish a link between point symmetries, anticoherence, and classes of states equivalent through stochastic local operations with classical communication. We then in- vestigate in detail the case of small numbers of qubits and construct in nite families of anticoherent states with point-group symmetry of their Majorana points, showing that anticoherent states do exist to arbitrary order. [1] D. Baguette et al., Phys. Rev. A 92, 052333 (2015). [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a translation stage for in situ non-invasive analysis and high resolution imaging
Strivay, David ULg; Clar, Mathieu ULg; Rakkaa, Saïd ULg et al

Poster (2016, March)

Non-invasive imaging techniques and analytical instrumentation for cultural heritage object studies have undergone a tremendous development over the last years. Many new miniature and/or handheld systems ... [more ▼]

Non-invasive imaging techniques and analytical instrumentation for cultural heritage object studies have undergone a tremendous development over the last years. Many new miniature and/or handheld systems have been developed and optimized. Nonetheless, these instruments are usually used with a tripod or a manual position system. This is very time consuming when performing point analysis or 2D scanning of a surface. The Centre Européen d’Archéométrie (CEA) has build a translation system made of pluggable rails of 1 m long with a maximum length and height of 3 m. Three motors embedded in the system allow the platform to be moved along these axis, toward and backward from the sample. The rails hold a displacement system, providing a continuous movement. Any position can be reached with a reproducibility of 0.1 mm. The displacements are controlled by an Ethernet connection through a laptop computer running a multiplatform homemade software written in JAVA. This software allows a complete control over the positioning using a simple, unique, and concise interface. Automatic scanning can be performed over a large surface of 3 meters on 3 meters. The Ethernet wires provide also the power for the different motors and, if necessary the detection head. The platform has been originally designed for a XRF detection head (with its full power alimentation) but now can accommodate many different systems like IR reflectography, digital camera, hyperspectral camera, Raman probes, etc. The positioning system can be modified to combine the acquisition software of the imaging or analytical techniques and the positioning software. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving laboratory diagnostic efficiency of epizootic diseases in Belgium
Cargnel, Mickaël ULg; Roelandt, Sophie; Van der Stede, Yves et al

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See detailInfection expérimentale de porcs, par voie intraveineuse ou orale, avec une souche du virus de l’hépatite E (HEV) de sanglier, une souche de HEV porcine et une souche de HEV de sanglier préalablement passée en modèle porcin
Thiry, Damien ULg; Rose, Nicolas; Mauroy, Axel ULg et al

Poster (2016, March)

La transmission zoonotique du HEV est particulièrement mise en cause dans les pays développés dans lesquels la transmission via les eaux usées est beaucoup moins fréquente que dans les pays en voie de ... [more ▼]

La transmission zoonotique du HEV est particulièrement mise en cause dans les pays développés dans lesquels la transmission via les eaux usées est beaucoup moins fréquente que dans les pays en voie de développement. Des séroprévalences élevées sont observées chez certaines espèces animales dans plusieurs pays européens. Cette étude a porté sur la transmission potentielle au porc d\'une souche de HEV provenant du sanglier (WbHEV) par inoculation intraveineuse ou par voie orale et sur l’étude des conséquences de l’infection du porc par une souche de WbHEV, une souche de WbHEV précédemment passée chez le porc et une souche porcine de HEV après inoculation orale. Tout d\'abord, une infection par voie intraveineuse a été réalisée au cours de laquelle cinq porcelets ont été répartis en deux groupes. Le premier était constitué de trois porcs inoculés avec du WbHEV et le second, de deux porcs inoculés avec un foie de porc négatif envers le HEV. Tous les porcs ont été euthanasiés et autopsiés 8, 9 et 10 jours après l’inoculation. Cette première expérience avait pour objectif d’obtenir suffisamment de virus en vue de réaliser les inoculations par voie orale. Elle a également permis d’étudier l’infectivité d’une souche de HEV-3 provenant du sanglier chez le porc. Ensuite, une infection par voie orale a été réalisée sur 12 porcelets répartis en 4 groupes inoculés respectivement avec une souche de WbHEV, une souche de WbHEV précédemment passée chez le porc, une souche porcine de HEV et un foie de porc HEV négatif. Cette expérience a duré 56 jours. Les échantillons récoltés ont ensuite été analysés par qRT-PCR, ELISA, Western blot et histopathologie. Le nombre de porcs virémiques était plus faible après infection orale qu’après inoculation intraveineuse. Ce résultat contraste avec la présence du HEV dans les matières fécales des porcs au cours des deux expériences. Les résultats montrent également une propagation du virus dans différents organes après inoculation intraveineuse, mais pas après inoculation par voie orale. Cette étude fournit la première preuve expérimentale de la propagation précoce du virus dans l\'organisme après infection intraveineuse avec une souche de HEV provenant du sanglier et montre qu’une telle souche pourrait être naturellement transmise entre les sangliers et les porcs, mais aussi entre porcs et donc survivre dans la population porcine. [less ▲]

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See detail“Color is a kind of holy substance for me”: analytical study of the Sam Francis’ palette from the 1940’s to the 1990’s
Defeyt, Catherine ULg; Mazurek, Joy; Zebala, Aneta et al

Poster (2016, March)

The Sam Francis’s colors, literally described as vivid, saturated, pure, vibrant intense and rich, largely contribute to the unique character of his work. This idiosyncrasy explains the interest in ... [more ▼]

The Sam Francis’s colors, literally described as vivid, saturated, pure, vibrant intense and rich, largely contribute to the unique character of his work. This idiosyncrasy explains the interest in conducting an extended study on the Francis’ painting materials through analytical techniques. On the other hand, many Francis’ paintings display colored surfaces that exhibit bronzing, fluorescent or opalescent effects. As a consequence, retouching paint losses from Sam Francis works may become a challenging task for the involved conservators, the degree of the color matching required in the imitative technique being particularly difficult to attain, in the presence of such surfaces. Furthermore, the attained degree of the color match has to be conserved in all conditions of illumination and observation. The use of pigments chemically similar to the original ones is often necessary for matching highly chromatic pigments. Though, many modern synthetic organic pigments (SOPs) possess high color strength. That is why the characterization of the Francis palette would provide helpful information to the conservators, which have to deal with this type of issue. The upcoming Getty publication Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials, planned for 2016, offered the opportunity for in-depth analyses of hundreds paint samples. Almost three hundreds of paint fragments supplied by the Sam Francis Foundation have been investigated at the GCI laboratory, by using three complementary analytical techniques, Py-GC-MS, Raman and FTIR spectroscopies. The Raman spectroscopy is one of the most efficient techniques for identifying SOPs in paint systems, while the Py-GC-MS and FTIR methods provide essential information concerning the binding media. The analyzed paint fragments were sampled from twenty-nine canvases and works on paper, made between 1946 and 1992. Although, primary established in Southern California, Sam Francis spent numerous long journeys in different places around the world, including Paris, Bern, Mexico City, New York and Tokyo. However, the material study has outlined the uninterrupted use of` certain classes of SOPs in specific colors. For example, copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) pigments were systematically detected in the blue and green samples, while azo pigments have been identified in most of the yellow areas sampled from post 1940s works. Regardless of the support and the paint technique, the Francis’ blues primary contain Ultramarine and/or CuPc blue pigments. And, it has been shown that the bronzing blue surfaces noticed for some of the investigated artworks correspond to PB15-based paint films. The present study has also underlined the recurrent use of perinone orange and dioxazine violet in fluorescent orange and purple area. Despite the early introduction of SOPs, on the Francis’ palette, the works dating from the 1940’s remained mainly composed of traditional inorganic pigments, for instance lead white and red, chrome yellow, viridian and iron oxides. Interestingly, various binding media, i.e. Shellac gum, modified and unmodified oils, PVA, alkyd resins and acrylic copolymers have been identified. Actually, the investigated samples have pointed out the frequent combination of more than three types of binders on a same painting. Through the identification of the various SOPs used by Francis over fifty years, this research provide helpful information for selecting the most appropriate retouching pigments. [less ▲]

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See detailGalectin-1 is involved in osteoclast biology
Muller, Joséphine ULg; Binsfeld, Marilène ULg; DUBOIS, Sophie ULg et al

Poster (2016, February 28)

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Mornard, Manhattan ULg; Delvaux, Anne ULg; Delsupexhe, Nadège et al

Poster (2016, February 27)

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See detailIntérêt d’un modèle de compétition adapté aux enfants en athlétisme : le Kid’s Athletics
Jidovtseff, Boris ULg; Wuillaume, Sandrine; Cloes, Marc ULg

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See detailMercury and persistent organic pollutant concentrations in free-ranging bottlenose dolphins from Lower Keys and Coastal Everglades (South Florida)
Damseaux, France ULg; Kiszka, Jeremy; Heithaus, Michael et al

Poster (2016, February 12)

The bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is a major apex predator and the most common cetacean species found in nearshore waters of South Florida, including the Lower Florida Keys (LFK) and the Florida ... [more ▼]

The bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is a major apex predator and the most common cetacean species found in nearshore waters of South Florida, including the Lower Florida Keys (LFK) and the Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE). The objective of this study was 1) to assess contamination levels of total mercury (T-Hg) in skin and persistent organic pollutants (PCBs, PBDEs, DDT, HCH, HCB, DLCs and PCDD/Fs) in blubber samples of bottlenose dolphins from the LFK (8 males and 16 females) and from the FCE (13 males and 9 females). Pollutants were analysed by the mean of Direct Mercury analyser (for T-Hg), GC-ECD (POPs) and GC-MS (DLCs and PCDD/Fs). The PCBs were the main compounds found in bottlenose dolphins from the LFK and FCE. The most present congeners where the CB no. 28, 52, 101, 138, 153 and 180 (ΣPCBs LFK males: 13420.5 ng.g-1 lipids, ΣPCBs LFK females: 9683.4 ng.g-1 lipids, ΣPCBs FCE males: 5637.9 ng.g-1 lipids, ΣPCBs FCE females: 1426.9 ng.g-1 lipids). PCBs concentrations were significantly higher in individuals from the LFK than those from the FCE but significantly lower than those from other locations in the south-eastern US. Unlike organic pollutants, T-Hg concentrations were significantly higher in FCE male dolphins (LFK: 2936.0 ng.g-1 dw, FCE: 10048.3 ng.g-1 dw). These high concentrations were the highest recorded in the south-eastern US and are most likely due to the presence of mangrove ecosystems. This study highlights the complexity of contaminant dynamics (inorganic vs. organic), even at small spatial scales. [less ▲]

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See detailTrophic plasticity of Antarctic echinoids under contrasted environmental conditions
Michel, Loïc ULg; David, Bruno; Dubois, Philippe et al

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Echinoids are common members of Antarctic zoobenthos, and different groups can show important trophic diversity. As part of the ANT-XXIX/3 cruise of RV Polarstern, trophic plasticity of sea urchins was ... [more ▼]

Echinoids are common members of Antarctic zoobenthos, and different groups can show important trophic diversity. As part of the ANT-XXIX/3 cruise of RV Polarstern, trophic plasticity of sea urchins was studied in three neighbouring regions (Drake Passage, Bransfield Strait and Weddell Sea) featuring several depth-related habitats offering different trophic environments to benthic consumers. Three families with contrasting feeding habits (Cidaridae, Echinidae and Schizasteridae) were studied. Gut content examination and stable isotopes ratios of C and N suggest that each of the studied families showed a different response to variation in environmental and food conditions. Schizasteridae trophic plasticity was low, and these sea urchins were bulk sediment feeders relying on sediment-associated organic matter in all regions and/or depth-related habitats. Cidaridae consumed the most animal-derived material. Their diet varied according to the considered area, as sea urchins from Bransfield Strait relied mostly on living and/or dead animal material, while specimens from Weddell Sea fed on a mixture of dead animal material and other detritus. Echinidae also showed important trophic plasticity. They fed on various detrital items in Bransfield Strait, and selectivity of ingested material varied across depth-related habitats. In Weddell Sea, stable isotopes revealed that they mostly relied on highly 13C-enriched food items, presumably microbially-reworked benthic detritus. The differences in adaptive strategies could lead to family-specific responses of Antarctic echinoids to environmental and food-related changes. [less ▲]

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See detailNew ventures in nuclear emergency planning and response: a governance perspective
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Turcanu, Catrinel

Poster (2016, February 11)

Emergency and disaster management is structured by the complex interaction of natural, social, and technological factors, and contingent on features of culture and organization. Our research serves to ... [more ▼]

Emergency and disaster management is structured by the complex interaction of natural, social, and technological factors, and contingent on features of culture and organization. Our research serves to highlight how these features come into play and shape emergency planning, anticipation, and response. Based on qualitative and quantitative analyses, we devise more resilient, responsive, and adaptive emergency policies for implicated stakeholders (e.g. policymakers, emergency services, regulators) and society at large. Our research foci include citizen science initiatives and stakeholder forums on contaminated goods in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima accident. Our methods are grounded in vulnerability analysis, which accepts that vulnerability is an inherent trait of contemporary societies. [less ▲]

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See detailScience, technology and society: opening pathways for integrating social sciences and humanities into nuclear research
Turcanu, Catrinel; Meskens, Gaston; Perko, Tanja et al

Poster (2016, February 11)

The PISA programme was initiated in 1999 within the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN to study the societal, political, cultural and ethical aspects of the development and use of nuclear technology ... [more ▼]

The PISA programme was initiated in 1999 within the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN to study the societal, political, cultural and ethical aspects of the development and use of nuclear technology and applications of ionising radiation. The programme was launched as the result of an internal reflection acknowledging that insights from social sciences and humanities were required to better explore normative concepts such as precaution and sustainable development, and to understand attitudes towards nuclear technologies and its governance. This presentation elaborates on the objectives of PISA and its main research tracks. It shows that through its multi-disciplinary approach, the PISA programme of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN opens pathways towards such integration, and thus contributes to rendering nuclear research more reflective and more responsive towards society. It explicates the interactions between science, technology and society, in general, and the complexity of nuclear technology assessment, in particular. Last, but not least, due do its reflexive character, PISA research creates an epistemologically and socially enriching dynamic in the organisation itself. [less ▲]

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See detailLeachate and leonardite Humic substances effect on in vitro root initiation and elongation of woody species
Tahiri, Abdelghani ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Thonart, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2016, February 05)

Arise from the chemical and biological degradation of plant and animal residues and from the synthetic activities of microorganisms in the soil, humic substances (HS) are natural heterogeneous aromatic ... [more ▼]

Arise from the chemical and biological degradation of plant and animal residues and from the synthetic activities of microorganisms in the soil, humic substances (HS) are natural heterogeneous aromatic and organic compounds. These substances are chemically complex with no clearly defined chemical structure, although generalized models have been proposed. Present everywhere in the nature; they take part in basic functionalities in any ecosystems involving soils, sediments, water and landfills. They have long been recognized as plant growth promoting substances, particularly with regard to influencing nutrient uptake, root growth and architecture. They influence plant productivity directly by the stimulation of biochemical and metabolic processes or indirectly through the modification of soil characteristics and microflora activities. All together, these properties mainly affect root architecture by inducing root hairs proliferation, differentiating root cells and enhancing lateral root emergence. Experiments targeting the rooting stages in absence of interferences were conducted in vitro using HS extracted from landfill leachate and a stable commercial formulation (“Humifirst” from TRADECORP company: 12% humic acid and fulvic acid 3%) issued from leonardite. Shoots and leaves explants of silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) and black alder (Alnus glutinosa L. Gaertn) explants were treated with 10 ppm of leachate and leonardite HS for 5 days during the rooting induction/initiation phase or during rooting elongation phase. The results obtained show that treatment with a low concentration (10 ppm) during induction/initiation phase may be slightly unfavorable to the formation of roots in alder but not in birch. While, in root elongation phase, there is an increase in the number of roots per shoot only in birch. The direct effects of leachate and leonardite HS on root development vary from one species to another. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly life programming of pigs' intestinal microbiota, intestinal functioning and hepatic metabolism by maternal wheat bran supplementation
Leblois, Julie ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg; Dehareng, Frédéric et al

Poster (2016, February 05)

The gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota plays many roles on the host’s health, acting as a barrier against pathogens and influencing the development and maturation of the mucosa, important for host’s ... [more ▼]

The gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota plays many roles on the host’s health, acting as a barrier against pathogens and influencing the development and maturation of the mucosa, important for host’s immunity. Microbial colonization occurs pre- and postnatally, via maternal transfer i.e. by milk and by the contact with sows faeces. Hence, the early establishment of a beneficial gastrointestinal microbiota in piglets was investigated by supplementing the sows with wheat bran that we consider as a prebiotic (rich in non-starch polysaccharides). Sows were fed either a wheat bran-enriched diet (25% in gestation, 14% in lactation) either a control diet. Piglets were suckling during 4 weeks, receiving a standard creep feed containing no pre- or probiotic from the second week until weaning. The direct effect of wheat bran on the fecal microbial composition of the sow has been analyzed as well as the chemical composition and immunoglobulins content of the colostrum and milk. Sows and piglets growth performances have been recorded at different time points to verify that wheat bran doesn’t impair performances. At weaning, piglets have been euthanized and the impact of the maternal treatment was investigated at different levels: growth performances, ileal and colonic microbiota, intestinal physiology and immunological response and metabolism. A second animal experiment will be performed next year including a metabolic challenge by giving half of the piglets a high-energy diet post-weaning. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro evaluation of protein precipitation capacity of temperate browse species
Vandermeulen, Sophie ULg; Leblois, Julie ULg; Ramírez-Restrepo, Carlos Alberto et al

Poster (2016, February 05)

European agri-environmental policies are promoting the establishment of shrubs and trees on grasslands. The use of browse as fodder requires knowledge on their nutritive value since intensive production ... [more ▼]

European agri-environmental policies are promoting the establishment of shrubs and trees on grasslands. The use of browse as fodder requires knowledge on their nutritive value since intensive production systems are still relying on expensive and environment-costing protein sources. However, information on the influence of temperate condensed tannins (CT)-containing browse forage on rumen protein metabolism is elusive. The study aimed to assess the protein precipitation capacity (PPC) of 10 temperate browse species and establish the correlation between PPC values and plants CT content. PPC of foliage of 3 individuals per woody plants was measured using 2 model proteins: bovine serum albumin (BSA) and casein. The N content in protein solutions (4.6g/L; pH=6.8) was determined before and after adding each forage sample. Extractable CT concentration was quantified by spectrophotometry. The PPC varied across plant species (P<0.001). Corylus avellana had the highest ability to precipitate casein (52.4%). In contrast, the BSA precipitation (18.3%) of this plant was similar to Cornus sanguinea (12.7%), Quercus robur (12.1%) and Crataegus monogyna (11.0%). CT content ranged from 1.4 in Fraxinus excelsior to 82.7g/kg of depigmented sample in Corylus avellana (P<0.001) and was correlated to BSA (r=0.70; P<0.001) and casein PC (r=0.51; P<0.01). It was concluded that woody species could play a significant role in modifying protein metabolism, but further in vivo trials are required. [less ▲]

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See detailBioncontrol of wheat against Septoria Tritici Blotch: new elicitors
Le Mire, Géraldine ULg; SIAH, Ali; Jijakli, Haissam ULg

Poster (2016, February 05)

Wheat is one of the most cultivated crop plants in the world. However, this plant must constantly face numerous biotic challenges, including major yield losses every year (up to 30-50%) due to a foliar ... [more ▼]

Wheat is one of the most cultivated crop plants in the world. However, this plant must constantly face numerous biotic challenges, including major yield losses every year (up to 30-50%) due to a foliar disease known as Septoria Tritici Blotch (STB). This persistent and harmful disease is caused by the fungus Zymoseptoria tritici. Disease control mainly depends on phytosanitary products. However, conventional agriculture is evolving towards more sustainable practices, out of respect for human health and the environment. Elicitors are considered as promising biological control tools for Integrated Plant Management (IPM) strategies. Contrary to conventional products, these natural compounds do not inhibit directly the pathogen but induce a general and systemic resistance in the plant to a large spectrum of diseases. The natural defense mechanisms of the plant are thus stimulated. Few elicitors have yet been successfully tested and formulated to protect wheat against STB. This study focuses on the screening of ten potential elicitor products of various origins and structures to protect winter wheat against Zymoseptoria tritici. Greenhouse trials were carried out to measure the ability of the different products to reduce disease foliar symptoms (necrosis, chlorosis and pycnidia). In addition, the biocide activity of these products directly towards the pathogen was evaluated under greenhouse and laboratory conditions, respectively. The corresponding results will be presented and discussed with the perspective to choose the best elicitor candidates for field trials and to undertake further investigations on the signaling pathways, and the influence of environmental parameters, on the elicitation capacity. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent and rapid radiation of the lichen genus Sticta in the Western Indian Ocean islands
Simon, Antoine ULg; Magain, Nicolas ULg; Goffinet, Bernard et al

Poster (2016, February 05)

In the framework of a global project on the phylogeny of the lichen genus Sticta (Lobariaceae), extensive sampling was performed on the islands of Reunion and Mauritius as well as in several parts of ... [more ▼]

In the framework of a global project on the phylogeny of the lichen genus Sticta (Lobariaceae), extensive sampling was performed on the islands of Reunion and Mauritius as well as in several parts of Madagascar (mainly in two National Parks : Marojejy and Amber Mountain). The aim of this study is to provide the first comprehensive molecular phylogeny of the genus in the Western Indian Ocean islands (and more specifically of a presumably local endemic lineage), and to date its local radiation. DNA sequences were obtained from 69 specimens for four loci and phylogenetic relationships were inferred using maximum likelihood and Bayesian inferences methods. We estimated divergence times using BEAST. Thirty putative species can be recognized, only 5 have a validly published epithet. All these species form a well-supported monophyletic group within the genus Sticta, and display interesting patterns of endemism: a single species is present in all islands, while the others are restricted either to Madagascar, to Reunion and Mauritius, or to Reunion only. The estimated divergence time of the radiation of this clade occurred in the upper Miocene, apparently concurrent with the emergence of Mauritius. The tree topology obtained supports an original diversification of the clade in the Mascarenes archipelago rather than in Madagascar. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrodélétions et duplications 22q11.22 distales
PIERQUIN, Geneviève ULg; CABERG, Jean-Hubert ULg; BULK, Saskia ULg

Poster (2016, February 03)

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See detailThe global chemistry climate model ECHAM6-HAMMOZ
Schultz, Martin G.; Franco, Bruno ULg; Kaffashzadeh, Najmeh et al

Poster (2016, February 02)

Atmospheric composition of short-lived gases and aerosols is an important component of the global climate system. Complex processes from emissions, transport, and chemical reactions to heterogeneous loss ... [more ▼]

Atmospheric composition of short-lived gases and aerosols is an important component of the global climate system. Complex processes from emissions, transport, and chemical reactions to heterogeneous loss processes and radiation interactions need to be implemented in climate models to reach an adequate understanding of the role of short-lived climate forcers on the climate system and to allow the assessment of climate impacts on the regional scale. With ECHAM6-HAMMOZ we have developed a comprehensive model of tropospheric and stratospheric aerosols and gas-phase chemistry which is now running successfully on the Jülich supercomputer JURECA. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights into the fossil record of the mangrove palm Nypa: a taphonomic study from the Iberian Peninsula
Moreno-Dominguez, Rafael; Cascales-Miñana, Borja ULg; Ferrer, Javier et al

Poster (2016, February)

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See detailSciaenops ocellatus: Daily and seasonal sound variation during spawning in aquaculture.
Henry, Séverine ULg; Falguière, Jean Claude; Devillers, Samson et al

Poster (2016, February)

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See detailThe Devonian palynology of the Iberian Península: current state and future goals
Rial, Gonzalo; Diez, José B.; Cascales-Miñana, Borja ULg

Poster (2016, February)

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See detailOUTDOOR MEASUREMENT OF CATTLE METHANE EMISSIONS USING THE EDDY-COVARIANCE TECHNIQUE IN COMBINATION WITH GEOLOCALIZATION DEVICES
Dumortier, Pierre ULg; Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2016, February)

Methane emissions account for 8% of the EU-15 GHG emissions and livestock generates approximately half of these emissions [1]. In order to improve emissions reporting and properly test mitigation options ... [more ▼]

Methane emissions account for 8% of the EU-15 GHG emissions and livestock generates approximately half of these emissions [1]. In order to improve emissions reporting and properly test mitigation options, techniques for measuring methane emissions from cattle must be developed and adapted to each management system. Among available micrometeorological methods, the use of eddy-covariance is still in its infancy [2] and its relevance and robustness for cattle flux estimation has still to be proved. On one hand, it is well adapted to seasonal grazing systems, is non-invasive, needs little animal handling and allows detection of daily emission patterns. On the other hand, it has the drawback of requiring cattle geo-localization and long periods of measurements (typically one month). In this study, we combined measured CH4 fluxes with a footprint model [3] and cattle positions (GPS devices) over several one-month campaigns at key periods in the grazing season in order to obtain CH4 emissions per cow at herd scale. Accelerometers were also added to the system for behaviour detection, opening the possibility of linking emissions to feeding behaviour. Measurements were performed and are still ongoing at the Dorinne Terrestrial Observatory in 2014/2015. The first campaign provided a mean emission per cow of 65±6 kg CH4.LSU-1.year-1. Cattle emission pattern was tightly linked with behaviour pattern, emissions being higher during and shortly after grazing (i.e. at dawn and dusk). Uncertainties linked to the method will be discussed and quantified (footprint model validity, geo-localization precision, eddy covariance corrections and filtering specificities linked to CH4 measurements). Compilation of data from multiple campaigns will allow quantification of the effects of forage quality, animal weight and lactating state on emissions per cow. [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnosis of sickle cell disease by innovative PCR without DNA extraction
DETEMMERMAN, Liselot; BOEMER, François ULg; OLIVIER, Sabine

Poster (2016, February)

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See detailSalt but not glucocorticoïds enhances Th17 differentiation from naïve T cells in vitro
Delens, Loïc ULg; SERVAIS, Sophie ULg; Vrancken, Louise et al

Poster (2016, January 29)

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See detailTwo cases of atypical CALR mutations in MPN patients
SAGOT, Clémence ULg; CHARLIER, Hélène ULg; KOOPMANSCH, Benjamin ULg et al

Poster (2016, January 29)

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See detailHolocene paleoenvironmental reconstructions from speleothem and peat bog archives
Allan, Mohammed ULg; VERHEYDEN; CRUCIFIX, Michel et al

Poster (2016, January 28)

The geological materials (speleothems and peatbogs) presented in Belgium (Hautes-Fagnes Plateau, Ardennes caves) are interesting archives for atmospheric pollution record and climate variability. Both ... [more ▼]

The geological materials (speleothems and peatbogs) presented in Belgium (Hautes-Fagnes Plateau, Ardennes caves) are interesting archives for atmospheric pollution record and climate variability. Both archives are easily dated (U/Th and counting for laminated speleothems, 210Pb and 14C for peatbogs), have a high temporal resolution (decadal to seasonal), contain multiple measurable parameters (elemental geochemistry, stable isotopes, radiogenic Nd and Pb isotopes, pollens, rates of peat humification, luminescence and thickness of laminated speleothems) and depending on environmental conditions of temperature and / or humidity. The aim of this study is to determine the sensitivity of both archives (speleothems and peatbogs) to human perturbations and climate changes. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to a better understanding of natural interglacial climate variability by generating and confronting high resolution paleoclimate reconstructions from 2 continental archives. [less ▲]

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See detailTreg, Th17 and γδ T cells during normal and abortive pregnancy
Polese, Barbara ULg; Gridelet, Virginie ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg et al

Poster (2016, January 25)

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See detailTargeted and random mutagenesis of orphan GPCRs of the SREB family
Laschet, Céline ULg; Dupuis, Nadine ULg; Derj, Anouar ULg et al

Poster (2016, January 25)

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Freeman, Stephen ULg et al

Poster (2016, January 25)

We planned to investigate the role of Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex, in inner ear formation. We first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of Elp3 mRNA expression and showed ... [more ▼]

We planned to investigate the role of Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex, in inner ear formation. We first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of Elp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea, in the spiral ganglion and in the vestibule. To unravel functions of Elp3, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3cKO spiral ganglion leading to a reduced number of neurons and fibers innervating the sensory cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons. Moreover, the remaining spiral ganglion neurons extend processes showing clearly defects regarding sensory cell innervation. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailDe novo sequencing using MELD proteolysis coupled to a "sequence assembly" algorithm
Mazzucchelli, Gabriel ULg; Zimmerman, Tyler A; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2016, January 22)

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