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See detailVariability of North Sea pH and CO2 pumping in response to North Atlantic Oscillation forcing
Salt, L; Thomas, H; Prowe, F et al

Poster (2013, April 07)

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See detailFrom a source to a sink: the role of biological activities on atmospheric CO2 exchange along the river-ocean continuum
Gypens, N; Passy, P; Lancelot, C et al

Poster (2013, April 07)

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See detailThe influence of biogeochemical processes on the pH dynamics in the seasonally hypoxic saline Lake Grevelingen
Hagens, M; Slomp, C; Meysman, F et al

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See detailDynamic of seed dispersal by large frugivores in a forest-savanna mosaic subject to anthropic pressure in Western D.R. Congo
Trolliet, Franck ULg; Serckx, Adeline; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg et al

Poster (2013, April 05)

The Western Congolian forest-savanna mosaic is an ecotone subject to anthropogenic as well as natural fragmentation. Its forests have thus a considerable proportion of edges. This vegetation structure is ... [more ▼]

The Western Congolian forest-savanna mosaic is an ecotone subject to anthropogenic as well as natural fragmentation. Its forests have thus a considerable proportion of edges. This vegetation structure is likely to impact animal and plant communities and its dynamics such as animal mediated seed dispersal. Synergetically, activities such as bush meat hunting deplete large frugivores populations and thus decrease recruitment potential of the plants they disperse. Indeed, zoochory is known to be of great importance for tropical forests and a number of studies proved that large-seeded tree species closely depend on large frugivores for their regeneration. In such a context, we aim to understand how forest edges affect the dynamics of seed dispersal. More precisely, we wonder if the interactions between large seeds and their dispersers and predators are affected when closer to edges and how this can impact plant regeneration capacity. Also, we wonder if the dispersal and regeneration of large-seeded tree species depend on a few disproportionally important frugivores species. Bonobos, Pan paniscus, are among the largest frugivores left in the area and thus likely to be disproportionally important seed dispersers, though, their role as seed dispersers has yet been little investigated. We thus focus on the qualitative role for seed dispersal of the potentially keystone and umbrella ape species, the bonobo. To answer those questions, we study the main steps characteristics of large-seeded tree species regeneration process; namely quantitative seed dispersal, seed deposition pattern, germination capacity after transit in frugivore’s gut and, seed and seedling fate. By studying five different tree species at varying distances from forest edge, we aim to drive an inter-species comparison and to highlight the effect of forest edge on the regeneration process. We first quantify the seed production for each tree species and then evaluate the quantitative capacity of seed dispersal. By combining direct focal observations and camera trapping, we are able to highlight variations in composition of dispersers community and their respective contribution to seed dispersal. A literature review on each disperser species’ seed retention time and habitat use will allow the computation of the seed dispersal kernels. We will also evaluate the effect of seed ingestion by the bonobo on its germination capacity: seeds will be collected from dung to evaluate the effect of seed ingestion on the rate and velocity of germination. Finally, we will study the predation pressure exerted on dispersed and non-dispersed seeds and seedlings by setting up two sets of seeds below the canopy of parent trees and away from any conspecific trees. One set will be dispersed unprotected to seed predators; another one will be enclosed in a cage and permit seeds to germinate, allowing us to evaluate the herbivores pressure on seedlings. [less ▲]

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See detailResearch on durable junction of multimaterials
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Lecomte, Jacky; Gerlach, Nathalie ULg et al

Poster (2013, April 04)

This collective project aimed to assess the potential of adhesive bonding in various applications in the field of building construction. This evaluation takes into account technical, economical and ... [more ▼]

This collective project aimed to assess the potential of adhesive bonding in various applications in the field of building construction. This evaluation takes into account technical, economical and ecological aspects and provides a methodology that can be easily transferred to other applications. [less ▲]

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See detailA multiscale model of the influence of oxygen during bone fracture healing.
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Geris, Liesbet ULg; Van Oosterwyck, Hans

Poster (2013, April 03)

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See detailAnalytical evaluation of virgin olive oils produced from three varieties Koroneiki , Arbequina and Arbosana grown in east of Morocco
Mansouri, F.; Ben Moumen, A.; Lopez, G. et al

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See detailÉtude de la virulence des sérotypes 4 et 9 du virus de la peste équine dans deux modèles murins
De la Grandière de Noronha Cotta, Maria Ana ULg; Zonta, William ULg; Dal Pozzo, Fabiana ULg et al

Poster (2013, April)

Objectifs Le virus de la peste équine (African horse sickness virus ; AHSV) est un virus segmenté à ARN double brin, appartenant à la famille des Reoviridae et au genre Orbivirus. L’AHSV se différencie en ... [more ▼]

Objectifs Le virus de la peste équine (African horse sickness virus ; AHSV) est un virus segmenté à ARN double brin, appartenant à la famille des Reoviridae et au genre Orbivirus. L’AHSV se différencie en 9 sérotypes distincts et est transmis par la piqûre d’un vecteur, principalement Culicoides imicola. L’AHSV cause une sévère morbidité et un taux de mortalité qui peut atteindre 95 % chez les chevaux avec de lourdes conséquences économiques. L’établissement d’un modèle d’étude en souris est nécessaire pour plusieurs applications, comme l’investigation de la pathogénie de ce virus, l’étude de la virulence, l’étude d’efficacité de nouveaux vaccins. Méthodes Deux modèles murins, soit une lignée de souris déficientes en récepteur à l’interféron α (A129 KO ou IFNAR -/-), et une lignée immunocompétente (A 129 WT) ont été testées. Les virus de sérotypes 4 et 9 de l’AHSV ont été utilisés pour les inoculations des souris ; ces deux sérotypes ont été à l’origine des épidémies observées en Espagne en 1969 et à la fin des années 80 en Espagne et au Portugal. Le virus a été inoculé par voie sous-cutanée (SC) et/ou par voie intra-nasale (IN) et un groupe de souris témoin (mock-infected) a été utilisé pour les deux modèles testés. Des échantillons de sang ont été prélevés de chaque souris infectée et témoin à intervalles réguliers. Les organes (foie, rate, reins, poumon et cerveau) ont été prélevés à la fin de l’expérience pour la plupart des souris ou lors de l’euthanasie des souris qui présentaient des signes cliniques très prononcés. Tous les échantillons, sang et organes, ont été analysés par qRT-PCR avec comme cible le segment 7 codant la protéine VP7 de l’AHSV qui est la protéine de structure la plus conservée entre les différents sérotypes. Résultats Les deux sérotypes de l’AHSV ont été détectés par qRT-PCR jusqu’à 3 semaines post-infection (ce qui correspond à la fin de l’expérience) dans le sang des souris IFNAR -/- et A129 WT infectées par la voie SC. Le virus de sérotype 4 atteint des niveaux de virémie légèrement plus élevés par rapport au virus de sérotype 9. Les souris A129 WT infectées par la voie intra-nasale ne montrent à aucun moment de l’expérience de virémie détectable par la qRT-PCR. Le pic de virémie a été mesuré entre le jour 2 et le jour 4 post-infection pour les deux lignées de souris. Au pic de virémie, la quantité de ADNc correspondant au segment-7 viral, après quantification par qRT-PCR, était plus élevée chez les souris IFNAR -/-. Conclusions Les souris immunodéficientes (IFNAR -/-) présentent des caractéristiques cliniques et biologiques permettant l’établissement d’un modèle in vivo pertinent. Selon les premiers résultats obtenus, il semble que la voie sous-cutanée soit la voie à privilégier pour les expériences in vivo futures. La mise au point de ce modèle sur souris permet de disposer d’un outil efficace et nécessaire pour l’étude in vivo de l’AHSV, afin de caractériser in vivo la virulence de ce virus et de suivre l’évolution des populations virales pendant la multiplication virale in vivo. Remerciements Recherche financée par le service Recherche Contractuelle, Service Public Fédérale, Santé Publique, Sécurité de la Chaîne alimentaire et Environnement (RT 12/6262 INDEVIREQ 2.0) [less ▲]

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See detailTesting palaeoclimate and palaeovegetation model reconstructions with palaeovegetation data : an application to the Middle Miocene
François, Louis ULg; Utescher, Torsten; Hamon, Noémie et al

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See detailRelation entre composition floristique et accumulation de biomasse dans deux types de forêts de la Réserve de Biosphère du Dja (Cameroun)
Djuikouo, Marie Noel K.; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Nguembou, Charlemagne K. et al

Poster (2013, April)

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See detailEstimating Antarctic ice sheet surface mass balance contribution to future sea level rise using the regional atmospheric climate model MAR
Agosta, Cécile ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Gallée, Hubert

Poster (2013, April)

We report future projections of Surface Mass Balance (SMB) over the Antarctic ice sheet obtained with the regional climate model MAR, for different warming scenarios. MAR forcing is carefully selected ... [more ▼]

We report future projections of Surface Mass Balance (SMB) over the Antarctic ice sheet obtained with the regional climate model MAR, for different warming scenarios. MAR forcing is carefully selected among the CMIP5 GCMs panel according to its ability to simulate the current climate over Antarctica. MAR includes blowing snow modeling, an important process in Antarctica. [less ▲]

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See detailThe multiple SEA method: a method to synthesize Pt/carbon xerogel catalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC)
Zubiaur, Anthony ULg; Chatenet, Marian; Maillard, Frédéric et al

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See detailThermal adaptation of the ribosomal chaperone trigger factor
Godin, Amandine ULg

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See detailOzone tropospheric and stratospheric trends (1995-2012) at six ground-based FTIR stations (28°N to 79°N)
Vigouroux, Corinne; De Mazière, Martine; Demoulin, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2013, April)

In the frame of the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC), contributing ground-based stations have joined their efforts to homogenize and optimize the retrievals of ozone ... [more ▼]

In the frame of the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC), contributing ground-based stations have joined their efforts to homogenize and optimize the retrievals of ozone profiles from FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) solar absorption spectra. Using the optimal estimation method, distinct vertical information can be obtained in four layers: ground-10 km, 10-18 km, 18-27 km, and 27-42 km, in addition to total column amounts. In a previous study, Vigouroux et al. (2008) applied a bootstrap resampling method to determine the trends of the ozone total and four partial columns, over the period 1995-2004 at Western European stations. The updated trends for the period 1995-2009 have been published in the WMO 2010 report. Here, we present the updated trends and their uncertainties, for the 1995-2012 period, for the different altitude ranges, above five European stations (28°N-79°N) and above the station Thule, Greenland (77°N). In this work, the trends have been estimated using a multiple regression model including some explanatory variables responsible for the ozone variability, such as the Quasi Biennial Oscillation (QBO), the solar flux, the Arctic Oscillation (AO) or El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). A major result is the significant positive trend of ozone in the upper stratosphere, observed at the Jungfraujoch (47°N), which is a typical mid-latitude site, as well as at the high latitude stations. This positive trend in the upper stratosphere at Jungfraujoch provides a sign of ozone recovery at mid-latitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailStables isotopes in the fin whale Balaenoptera physalus from the Mediterranean Sea: implications for management and conservation
Das, Krishna ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Michel, Loïc ULg et al

Poster (2013, April)

The fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) is the commonest large whale species in the Mediterranean Sea, found mostly over deep, offshore waters of the western and central portion of the region. This whale is ... [more ▼]

The fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) is the commonest large whale species in the Mediterranean Sea, found mostly over deep, offshore waters of the western and central portion of the region. This whale is known to feed mainly on krill in contrast to its Atlantic counterpart, displaying a more diversified diet. δ13C and δ15N values were analysed by IR-MS (Isoprime 100) coupled to an N-C-S elemental analyser (Vario MICRO Cube, Elementar) in 113 skin biopsies from Mediterranean fin whales sampled in 2010 and 2011 during WWF campaign at sea. A lipid normalization equation was applied (adapted from Post al. 2007) because the measured C:N ratio was > 3.5. Normalized δ13C and δ15N values ranged from -20.3 to -17.3 ‰ and from 5.9 to 8.9 ‰, respectively. These values are in good agreement with those collected previously on baleen plates from Mediterranean fin whales (Bentaleb et al., 2011). A mean enrichment of 3.4 ‰ was observed between δ15N values measured in fin whale skin biopsies and Mediterranean krill (Meganyctiphanes norvegica) confirming the importance of the krill as a major food source. The narrow width of the isotopic niche of the Mediterranean fin whale (evaluated by SIBER Stable Isotope Bayesian Ellipses) compared to the Atlantic fin whale (Ryan et al. 2012) raises many concerns in the context of global changes and long-term consequences. One could expect that species displaying narrow niches would be more susceptible to ecosystem fragmentation and other anthropogenic impacts. [less ▲]

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See detailInformal caregiver involvement in innovative home care projects in Belgium
Lopez Hartmann; Van Durme, Thérèse; Maggi, Patrick ULg et al

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See detailExtensions of Superalgebras of Krichever-Novikov type
Kreusch, Marie ULg

Poster (2013, April)

An explicit construction of central extensions of Lie superalgebras of Krichever-Novikov type is given. In the case of Jordan superalgebras related to the superalgebras of Krichever-Novikov type we ... [more ▼]

An explicit construction of central extensions of Lie superalgebras of Krichever-Novikov type is given. In the case of Jordan superalgebras related to the superalgebras of Krichever-Novikov type we calculate a 1-cocycle with coefficients in the dual space. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-resolution modelling of the Antarctic surface mass balance, application for the 20th, 21st and 22nd centuries
Agosta, Cécile ULg; Favier, Vincent; Krinner, Gerhard et al

Poster (2013, April)

Although areas below 2000 m above sea level (a.s.l.) cover 40% of the Antarctic grounded ice-sheet, they represent about 75% of the surface mass balance (SMB) of the continent. Because the topography is ... [more ▼]

Although areas below 2000 m above sea level (a.s.l.) cover 40% of the Antarctic grounded ice-sheet, they represent about 75% of the surface mass balance (SMB) of the continent. Because the topography is complex in many of these regions, SMB modelling is highly dependent on resolution, and studying the impact of Antarctica on the fu- ture rise in sea level requires high resolution physical approaches. We have developed a new, low time consuming, physical downscaling model for high-resolution (15 km) long-term SMB projections. Here, we present results of our SMHiL (surface mass balance high-resolution downscaling) model, which was forced with the LMDZ4 atmo- spheric general circulation model to assess SMB variation in the 21st and the 22nd centuries under two different scenarios. The higher resolution of SMHiL reproduces the geographical patterns of SMB better and induces a significantly higher averaged SMB over the grounded ice-sheet for the end of the 20th century. Our comparison of more than 2700 quality-controlled field data showed that LMDZ4 and SMHiL fit the observed values equally well. Never- theless, field data below 2000 m a.s.l. are too scarce to settle SMHiL efficiency. Measuring the SMB in these undocumented areas is a future scientific priority. Our results suggest that running LMDZ4 at a finer resolution may give a future increase in SMB in Antarctica between 15% to 30% higher than its standard resolution. Future changes in the Antarctic SMB at low elevations will result from the conflict between higher snow accumulation and runoff. For this reason, developing a downscaling model was crucial to represent processes in sufficient detail and correctly model the SMB in coastal areas. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of four safflower oils (Carthamus tinctorius) varieties grown in eastern of Morocco
Ben Moumen, A.; Mansouri, F.; Zraibi, L. et al

Poster (2013, April)

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is an oilseed crop, which, for many years, has been grown on a relatively small scale in parts of North Africa and Middle East (Purdy and al., 1959).

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See detailGlioblastoma metastases:case report and literature review
REUTER, Gilles ULg; Lombard, Arnaud ULg; SCHOLTES, Félix ULg et al

Poster (2013, March 30)

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See detailPB15’s discrimination in oil paintings by non-destructive methods
Defeyt, Catherine ULg; Vandenabeele, Peter; Van Pevenage, Jolien et al

Poster (2013, March 29)

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See detailEffects of climate change on the river Meuse: Hydraulic 2D modeling from Amspin to Maaseik (and beyond)
Huismans, Ymkje; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; van der Mark, Rolien et al

Poster (2013, March 22)

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See detailLaser Cooling of Iron Atoms
Huet, Nicolas ULg; Krins, Stéphanie ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg

Poster (2013, March 21)

We report on the first laser cooling of Iron atoms. Our laser cooling setup makes use of 2 UV laser radiations sent colinearly in a 0.8 m Zeeman slower. One laser is meant for optical pumping of the Iron ... [more ▼]

We report on the first laser cooling of Iron atoms. Our laser cooling setup makes use of 2 UV laser radiations sent colinearly in a 0.8 m Zeeman slower. One laser is meant for optical pumping of the Iron atoms from the ground state to the lowest energy metastable state. The second laser cools down the atoms using a quasi-perfect closed transition from the optically pumped metastable state. The velocity distribution at the exit of the Zeeman slower is obtained from a probe laser crossing the atomic beam at an angle of 50 degrees. The fluorescence light is detected using a photomultiplier tube coupled with a boxcar analyzer. The Iron atom beam is produced with a commercial effusion cell working at around 1600°C. Our laser radiations are stabilized using standard saturated-absorption signals in both an Iron hollow cathode absorption cell and an Iodine cell. [less ▲]

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See detailMultifractality of quantum wave functions
Martin, John ULg; Garcia-Mata, Ignacio; Giraud, Olivier et al

Poster (2013, March 19)

We study the multifractality of individual wave packets in a periodically kicked system through a combination of numerical and analytical works. We consider a version of the mathematical Ruijsenaars ... [more ▼]

We study the multifractality of individual wave packets in a periodically kicked system through a combination of numerical and analytical works. We consider a version of the mathematical Ruijsenaars-Schneider model and reinterpreted it physically in order to describe the spreading with time of quantum wave packets in a system where multifractality can be tuned by varying a parameter [1]. We compare different methods to measure the multifractality of wave packets and identify the best one. We find the multifractality to decrease with time until it reaches an asymptotic limit, which is different from the multifractality of eigenvectors but related to it, as is the rate of the decrease. Our results could guide the study of experimental situations where multifractality is present in quantum systems. [less ▲]

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See detailHighly non-classical symmetric states of an N-qubit system
Baguette, Dorian ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2013, March 19)

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See detailWeakening of superradiance due to dipole-dipole interactions
Damanet, François ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2013, March 19)

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See detailInhibition of Fusarium culmorum and Cochliobolus sativus growth
Kaddes, Amine ULg

Poster (2013, March 19)

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See detailSelf-Defining Memories and Identity in Schizophrenia: Preliminary Results.
Boulanger, Marie ULg; Marchal Laurie; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2013, March 18)

The reciprocal relationship between autobiographical memory (AM) and identity is well known. In schizophrenia, there is evidence that both identity and AM are impaired. Indeed, identity has been described ... [more ▼]

The reciprocal relationship between autobiographical memory (AM) and identity is well known. In schizophrenia, there is evidence that both identity and AM are impaired. Indeed, identity has been described as fragmented, instable or still discontinuous in these patients (Boulanger et al., submitted; deBonis et al., 1995; Nieznanski, 2004). Further, schizophrenia patients’ (SCh) AM impairments were described as difficulties to retrieve specific memories (Cuervo-Lombard et al., 2007; D’argembeau et al., 2008; Neumann et al., 2007; Wood et al., 2006). SCh have specificity impairment for mill run autobiographical memories (AMs) and also, for AMs particularly important for construction and continuity to identity as self-defining memories (SDMs; Benounna-Greene, 2001; Raffard et al., 2009, 2010; Robinson and Taylor, 1998). SDMs have been particularly relevant in understanding the relationship between the identity and AM. Identity emerges during late adolescence and early adulthood period called “remimiscence bump period” because, it is characterized by a profusion of recalled memories in comparison to others periods of life span. Possibly, many memories from this period are of SDMs (Singer & Salovey, 1993) and have a powerful effect in binding the identity to a specific reality. Consequently, we supposed that identity impairments showed by SCch are related to SDMs deficits. 19 SCh and 19 healthy controls paired participated to this study. They were asked to give ten enduring “I am” statements that they felt “defined their identity.” Then, they selected the three statements among the ten, which are the “most personally significant to their sense of identity”. They were asked to recall three SDMs by each of three statements selected. Afterwards, they were asked to give: (1) their age for each statement when they felt it was a significant part of their identity, (2) their age at the time that the remembered event occurred. In parallel, the participants were completed neuropsychological measures, BDI-II, PANSS and, an identity stability measure. The results are discussed on the light of previous research [less ▲]

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See detailUse of supercritical carbon dioxide to elaborate drug-loaded polymeric implants
Champeau, Mathilde; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

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See detailPILOT PROJECT « WALPHY »: WALLOON EXPERIMENTATION OF RIVER RESTORATION
Peeters, Alexandre ULg; Verniers, Gisèle; de le Court, Bernard et al

Poster (2013, March 13)

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See detailSearching for water in the atmosphere of the hot Saturn WASP-49b
Delrez, Laetitia ULg; Lendl, M.; Gillon, Michaël ULg et al

Poster (2013, March 11)

At the forefront of comparative exoplanetology, the atmospheric characterization of transiting exoplanets is revealing the intimate nature of these 'new worlds'. In this exciting context, we present here ... [more ▼]

At the forefront of comparative exoplanetology, the atmospheric characterization of transiting exoplanets is revealing the intimate nature of these 'new worlds'. In this exciting context, we present here some preliminary results of our VLT program that consisted in monitoring three transits of the new 'hot Saturn' WASP-49b (Lendl et al. 2012) with the FORS instrument in Multi-Object Spectroscopic mode (MXU). [less ▲]

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See detailPrecisely controlled mesoporous films to assess the role of architecture in nanocrystal-.based electrodes for Li-ion batteries
Krins, Natacha ULg; Buonsanti, Raffaella; Shukla, Alpesh K. et al

Poster (2013, March 04)

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See detailPhotocatalytic TiO2 Macroscopic Fibers Obtained Through Integrative Chemistry
Kinadjian, Natacha ULg; Le Bechec, Mickael; Pigot, Thierry et al

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The photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide depend not only on its electronic properties, but also on the material size and shape, which can increase interactions between the reactants and catalyst ... [more ▼]

The photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide depend not only on its electronic properties, but also on the material size and shape, which can increase interactions between the reactants and catalyst. Most studies to date show that reducing the particle size down to the nanoscale increases photocatalytic efficiency, as a result of a higher surface to volume ratio and because a larger proportion of the material is actually irradiated by light. We demonstrate that a multiscale shape design, which integrates surface roughness, particle shape, and 1D material processing and orientation, can favor photocatalytic properties in the solidgas regime, especially mineralization (conversion into CO2), when the hierarchical 1D orientation of the material is combined with unidirectional gas flow. Several materials with hierarchical structure were prepared and characterized. They have been tested for the photocatalytic mineralization of gaseous acetone and compared with commercial catalysts. Our study reveals that a suitable combination of multiscale design and optimization of the material orientation and gas flow favors high mineralization. [less ▲]

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See detailHierarchical Porous TiO2 thin films by soft and dual templating: A quantitative approach of specific surface and porosity
Henrist, Catherine ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2013, March)

Hierarchical porous structures, with different pore sizes, constitute an important field of research for many applications. However, increasing the pore size results in the decrease of specific surface ... [more ▼]

Hierarchical porous structures, with different pore sizes, constitute an important field of research for many applications. However, increasing the pore size results in the decrease of specific surface. There is a need to quantify and predict the resulting porosity and specific surface. We have prepared hierarchical porous TiO2 thin films either by surfactant templating (soft) or dual surfactant/microspheres templating (soft/hard). They all show narrow, bimodal distribution of pores. Soft templating route leads to very thin films showing high specific surface and bimodal porosity with diameters of 10 nm and 54 nm. Dual templating route combines a Pluronic surfactant-based precursor solution with polystyrene (PS) microspheres (diam. 250 nm) in a one-pot simple process. This gives thicker films with a bimodal distribution of pores (8 nm and 165-200 nm). The dye loading of hierarchical films is compared to pure Pluronic-templated TiO2 films and shows a relative decrease of 29% for Single Templating (ST) and 43% for Dual Templating (DT-250). Finally, a geometrical model is proposed and validated for each system, based on the agreement between calculated specific surfaces and experimental dye loading with N719 dye. [less ▲]

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See detailTools for surveillance system evaluation: Reviewing the need for participatory approaches
Calba, Clémentine; Grobois, Vladimir; Peyre, Marisa et al

Poster (2013, March)

While the need for effective animal health surveillance is widely recognised for diseases management, most veterinary services are facing significant budget constraints. There is a real need to develop ... [more ▼]

While the need for effective animal health surveillance is widely recognised for diseases management, most veterinary services are facing significant budget constraints. There is a real need to develop cost-effective surveillance systems. To ensure quality of these systems, there is a further need to design comprehensive, timely, effective and affordable evaluation frameworks. Depending on epidemiological, sociological and economic factors, animal diseases surveillance systems can be complex, likewise the choice of attributes to describe them and therefore the choice of methods and tools to evaluate them. Participatory approaches could provide the framework needed to tackle that complexity with sufficient flexibility. [less ▲]

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See detailLong term stability of TiO2 templated multilayer films used as high efficiency photoelectrode in liquid DSSCs
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2013, March)

To our knowledge, the stability results reported in the literature only concern cells made from classical doctor-bladed or screen-printed nanoparticles films. This study focuses on the comparison of the ... [more ▼]

To our knowledge, the stability results reported in the literature only concern cells made from classical doctor-bladed or screen-printed nanoparticles films. This study focuses on the comparison of the long-term stability of these cells with DSSCs working with templated mesoporous films. Indeed, the increased surface area of templated films could lead to a faster degradation of the resulting cells. In accordance with IEC:1646:1996 standard tests, light soaking test at 45°C has been applied to determine the cells stability under prolonged illumination. Moreover, thermal stress in the dark has been applied. Unfortunately, due to the sealing material heat resistance, thermal stress test was only performed at 45°C. [less ▲]

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See detailRelevance of pedotopographical indicators in the assessment of spatial distributions of soil depth and soil water resources under forest stands : General Methodology
Ridremont, François ULg; Deraedt, Deborah ULg; Robert, Tanguy et al

Poster (2013, March)

Water resources constitute one of the most decisive factors of the adaptation of forest ecosystems facing climate changes. The assessment of soil water resources should lead a better understanding of ... [more ▼]

Water resources constitute one of the most decisive factors of the adaptation of forest ecosystems facing climate changes. The assessment of soil water resources should lead a better understanding of forest sites vulnerability to water stress and provide appropriate management recommendations for the choice of trees species and sylvicutlural techniques. This study aims to assess the relevance of pedotopographical indicators in the assessment of spatial distributions of soil depth and soil water resources under forest stands. The study area is located in the shale-slate stones pedological context of the Belgian Ardenne ecoregion. It falls within the constrasted relief of the Houille watershed and is 90% covered by forests. The estimation of spatial and profile distributions of water resources will be based on a multi-year monitoring of real time soil moisture content using TDR technology : subsurface (15 cm) on systematic sampling and profile (. 70 cm) on 32 local sites equipped with TDR pvc tubes. Additional laboratory analysis will be conducted to determine soil properties influencing soil water content (texture, organic matter content...). Directly impacting soil water content, soil depth and stoniness will be investigated in contrasting topographic conditions by (i) two traditional and destructive methods : 32 soil pits & 160 holes with auger soil; and (ii) an electromagnetic and non intrusive method : 5120m of Ground Penetrating Radar traces with 200 and 500 MHz antennas. The identification of soil and terrain attributes, able to explain distribution of soil water content and soil depth, will be done by digital cartographic resources exploitation : (i) Digital Elevation Model with different spatial resolutions (Lidar, 1 m2; Erruissol DEM, 100 m2; Aster DEM, 9.103m2) and (ii) Digital Soil Map of Wallonia. It is expected that the results could lead to the development of operational tools to ensure the forest site . tree species adequacy in order to increase resilience of forest ecosystems to ecological drifts. [less ▲]

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See detailEverolimus Plus Exemestane Versus Everolimus or Capecitabine Monotherapy in Breast Cancer : BOLERO-6
Ejlertsen, Bent; JERUSALEM, Guy ULg; Hurvitz, Sara et al

Poster (2013, March)

The data from this trial will provide insight into the safety and efficacy of the combination of EVE and EXE versus EVE or capecitabine monotherapy in women with ER+, HER2- ABC progressing on/after prior ... [more ▼]

The data from this trial will provide insight into the safety and efficacy of the combination of EVE and EXE versus EVE or capecitabine monotherapy in women with ER+, HER2- ABC progressing on/after prior LET or ANA. [less ▲]

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See detailThiamine and thiazolium binding proteome includes DJ-1, amyloid beta and several membrane proteins
Bunik; Parkhomenko, Y; Kaehne, T et al

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See detailThe Day George Avellis Met Miller Fisher – About the Unsual Presentation of an Anti-GQ1b IgG Antibody Syndrome
PHAN BA, Remy ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg; LIEVENS, Isabelle ULg et al

Poster (2013, March)

Objective: OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical, laboratory and electrophysiological features of a patient who presented an Avellis syndrome as the initial feature of Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS ... [more ▼]

Objective: OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical, laboratory and electrophysiological features of a patient who presented an Avellis syndrome as the initial feature of Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS). Background: BACKGROUND: Anti-GQ1b Ig antibodies are associated with an increasing spectrum of neurological disorders, including MFS and Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). Design/Methods: DESIGN/METHODS: Clinical case description. Results: RESULTS: A 67-year old woman was seen for subacute dysphagia and dysphonia, preceded by rapidly worsening paresthesia of the extremities and face, with a history of upper respiratory tract infection two weeks before admission. Nasotracheal examination showed a left velopalatine and left vocal cord paresis. Twelve hours later, sensory ataxia appeared and deep tendon reflexes weakened. Diffuse paresis affecting predominantly the axial muscles developped. Oculomotricity was preserved. Brain MRI was normal, while EMG suggested a mild sensory neuropathy. Within hours, dysphagia worsened and dyspnea appeared, prompting ICU admission for airway support. She developed a proximal paresis and dysautonomia, global areflexia. CSF findings were unremarkable. IVIg were administered at a dose of 0.2g/kg per day during five days. Control EMG showed signs of polyradiculoneuropathy. She gradually recovered and was discharged at home after 32 days, with only a slight velopalatal paresis and a mild fatigue. Anti-ganglioside antibodies screen was positive for IgG-GM3, GD1b, GD3, GQ1b, GT1a and GT1b. In front of this clinical and biological picture, the diagnosis of atypical MFS was retained. Thirty day after discharge, both clinical and electrophysiological parameters were normalised. Conclusions: CONCLUSIONS: This case highlights that (i) MFS can show atypical presentation (here a pure Avellis syndrome, never reported in the context of the anti-GQ1b syndrome to our knowledge) and should be considered in front of an isolated impaired cranial nerve function, even in the absence of the classical triad of ophtalmoplegia, areflexia and ataxia, and (ii) that the boundaries between MFS and GBS are usually neater in textbooks than in real life. [less ▲]

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See detailLes représentations d’attachement chez les enfants de 5 à 8 ans placés en institution
Degraux, Christine ULg; Deschênes, Marie; Cyr, Chantal et al

Poster (2013, March)

A ce jour aucune étude n’a investigué la qualité d’attachement d’enfants hébergés en institution suite à de la maltraitance ou des négligences sévères. Or les recherches menées auprès de populations ... [more ▼]

A ce jour aucune étude n’a investigué la qualité d’attachement d’enfants hébergés en institution suite à de la maltraitance ou des négligences sévères. Or les recherches menées auprès de populations maltraitées indiquent de graves conséquences sur leur patron d’attachement ((Cyr et al., 2010) et de plus en plus de recherches soulignent les effets d’un attachement insécurisé sur le développement, surtout s’il est de type désorganisé (Lyons-Ruth & Jacobvitz, 2008). C’est pourtant ce type d’attachement qui est observé auprès d’environ la moitié des adolescents hébergés ou des adultes ayant été hébergés (Nowacki & Schoelmerich, 2010; Wallis & Steele, 2001; Webster et al., 2009). Cette étude a pour objectif d’évaluer la prévalence des modes d’attachement dans un échantillon d’enfants hébergés âgés entre 5 et 8 ans (N=73). L’évaluation de l’attachement a porté non pas sur les comportements d’attachement mais sur les modèles relationnels que les enfants ont intériorisés suite aux expériences vécues auprès de leur(s) figure(s) d’attachement. La procédure des histoires à compléter a été utilisée, filmée et codée en Q-sort via les cartes pour le complément d’histoires (C.C.H.) développé par Miljkovitch et collaborateurs (2003). Les résultats indiquent que 22% des enfants présentent un attachement de type sécure, 37% de désorganisé, 31% d’évitant et 10% d’ambivalent. Ceux-ci soulignent qu’à cet âge aussi, la désorganisation est observée dans de nombreux cas et nous constatons également qu’un nombre élevé d’enfants présentent des stratégies d’évitement qui risquent de leur causer de nombreuses difficultés relationnelles. Etant donné l’importance d’une prise en charge précoce des troubles d’attachement, il est primordial de s’interroger sur les interventions à proposer dans un cadre institutionnel face aux besoins spécifiques de ces enfants. [less ▲]

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See detailTreasures from the cave – mining for actinomycetes diversity
Maciejewska, Marta ULg

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See detailIn silico study of antimicrobial cyclic peptides Sequence analysis, molecular modelling and multi-scale molecular dynamics
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Soumillion, Patrice; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 26)

The selection and use of antimicrobial cyclic peptides is an active way of research. These peptides are naturally produced by several microorganisms et libraries of biosynthetic peptides are actually ... [more ▼]

The selection and use of antimicrobial cyclic peptides is an active way of research. These peptides are naturally produced by several microorganisms et libraries of biosynthetic peptides are actually build to find new antibiotics candidats. However, the mecanism of action of these peptides is not well known and it exists several hypothesis for their interactions with membrane. These peptides are causing broad perturbations to lipidic membranes and it has been shown that they can form disordered toroidal pores or self assemble as amphipathic nanotubes leading to lipid extrusion. Through the analysis of several peptides from the libraries of Pr Soumillion with increasing activity it will be possible to study the relation between the sequence/structure and the membrane activity of these peptides. This will help to decipher between preferential modes of action and the parameters important for the activity. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of membrane protein structures and TM interactions Rosetta and molecular dynamic studies
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Dony, Nicolas ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 26)

The structures of membrane domains of the Divisome proteins and BlaR are not known and there is no homolog proteins of known structure to build homolgy models. Although the structure prediction of ... [more ▼]

The structures of membrane domains of the Divisome proteins and BlaR are not known and there is no homolog proteins of known structure to build homolgy models. Although the structure prediction of membrane proteins seems easier than for globular proteins, their ab initio prediction remains a difficult task. Only few methods have been used and validated on experimental pdb structures. By using the MARTINI or Bond coarse grain representation, the multimerization of transmembrane helices has been carried out by molecular dynamics, and the structure of several membrane proteins has been predicted by a tool of the Rosetta package. These methods are used here to predict the structure of the membrane embedded part of the politopic proteins from the divisome (FtsW, FtsK, FtsX and MraY) and BlaR. In a following part the MARTINI force field can be used to predict the TM helices interactions between the Divisome protein members. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of monoclonal antibodies against Hemolysin Alpha of Staphylococcus aureus
Crasson, Oscar ULg; Rhazi, Noureddine; Kinet, Marie et al

Poster (2013, February 26)

In this study, vaccine-based targeting of Hemolysin Alpha (HLA) provides protection against lethal staphylococcal infection in a murine model system, suggesting that a monoclonal antibody-based therapy ... [more ▼]

In this study, vaccine-based targeting of Hemolysin Alpha (HLA) provides protection against lethal staphylococcal infection in a murine model system, suggesting that a monoclonal antibody-based therapy may likewise prove to be efficacious for prevention and treatment of this infection. We report the generation of four distinct anti-α-hemolysin monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) that antagonize toxin activity in vitro and protecting experimental animals against lethal S. aureus infection. [less ▲]

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See detailComplex regulation of the FRD3 gene in Arabidopsis relatives
Charlier, Jean-Benoit ULg; Polese, Catherine ULg; Nouet, Cécile ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 26)

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See detailBiochemical and Structural studies of the type I tagatose bisphosphate aldolases
Freichels, Régine ULg; Guarino, Carla; Delmarcelle, Michaël ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 26)

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See detailSAHBEN, an accessible surface-based elastic network to insert a protein in a complex lipid membrane
Dony, Nicolas ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 26)

Study of membrane proteins have become one of the most challenging fields in biology. Solving their structure is one important step toward the understanding of their physiological activity but despite the ... [more ▼]

Study of membrane proteins have become one of the most challenging fields in biology. Solving their structure is one important step toward the understanding of their physiological activity but despite the recent advances in membrane protein crystallization, it represents less than 1 % of the entries in the Protein Data Bank. Therefore, calculation methods to study membrane proteins are helpful to complement experimental studies and fill the gap between the information obtained from the sequence and/or structure, the experimental results and the biological activity. Molecular Dynamics (MD) is a method of choice for membrane simulations and the rising of coarse-grained forcefields has opened the way to longer simulations with reduced calculations times. However, these approaches have two main drawbacks, the preparation of the membrane system and the preservation of the 3D protein structure, which is not trivial in CG approach. To circumvent these problems, we propose to use a modified version of the Gromacs tool genbox to easily insert lipids and a network based on hydrogen bonds and accessible surface to maintain the protein 3D structure. This protocol is available through a website (gcgs.gembloux.ulg.ac.be). [less ▲]

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See detailAn occupational therapist as a new professional at home: which profiles of clients are reached ?
Maggi, Patrick ULg; de Almeida Mello, Johanna; Delye, Samuel ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 22)

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See detailCase management projects enabling frail older people to stay in their own home a nested analysis within the framework of the evaluation of Protocol 3 projects
Van Durme, Thérèse; Macq, Jean; Lopez Hartmann, Maja et al

Poster (2013, February 22)

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See detailSTUDY OF THE EFFECT OF TWO SURFACTANTS ON SPRAY RETENTION BY BARLEY LEAVES
Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2013, February 08)

Surfactants are nowadays very useful additives to improve the effectiveness of phytosanitary treatments. They contribute to change the types of impact and thus the amount of spray retained by the leaves ... [more ▼]

Surfactants are nowadays very useful additives to improve the effectiveness of phytosanitary treatments. They contribute to change the types of impact and thus the amount of spray retained by the leaves of the treated plant. We performed tests of retention on whole barley plants on BBCH 12 stage and small pieces of barley leaves at the same stage of growth. Spraying was done in three ways: water without surfactant, water with Break-Thru S240 and water with Li700. The three slurries of fluorescein contained in an amount of 0.2 g / l. Fluorescein retained by the leaves in both cases is then measured by a spectrofluoremeter. The retention tests on whole plants show that it is tripled by the first surfactant and doubled by the second. By cons on small pieces of barley leaves, the amount was increased by the use of surfactants but not to the same scale. This study concluded that the use of surfactants in spray pesticides may increase the amount of retention as a function of leaf area and the surfactant used. [less ▲]

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See detailCHARACTERIZATION OF AGRICULTURAL SPRAY BY DIGITAL ANALYSIS OF SHADOWGRAPHY IMAGES
De Cock, Nicolas; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2013, February 08)

Agricultural sprays are among the most common two-phase flows studied because their characteristics determine the efficiency of treatment as well as environmental contamination. At present, the relevance ... [more ▼]

Agricultural sprays are among the most common two-phase flows studied because their characteristics determine the efficiency of treatment as well as environmental contamination. At present, the relevance of different characterization techniques of the highly polydispersed sprays used in this application remains controversial. Digital analysis of shadowgraphy images presents an attractive option for the characterization of both velocity and size of droplets present in the spray. This study presents an overview of the contrast problems inherent in the use of backlighted images and propose appropriate solution to ensure the quality of measurements. Generally, background light presents heterogeneities associated with light sources and optical arrangement. These can be solved by substracting from each images a composite background. An other particular focus is given to one major drawback of volumetric lighting, the presence of out focus droplets. These droplets have to be removed during the image analysis process because the measurement of their diameters can't be done accuratly. The rejection of these out of focus objects is based on a quantitative parameter which was calibrated with a obliquely shot monodispersed spray. The final step of the image processing is determining velocity of the droplet by tracking a same droplet on two successive images. The tracking algorithm is based on the size of the droplet, its more probable displacement and its direction. [less ▲]

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See detailSURVEY OF RICE DISEASES IN THREE REGIONS IN MADAGASCAR
Mamiharisoa Razanakoto, Léa ULg; De Clerck, Caroline ULg; Zalmine, Francia et al

Poster (2013, February 08)

Rice (Oryza sativa) is the most cultivated crop and the staple food in Madagascar. However, the country has never achieved food self-sufficiency and continues to import rice abroad. Rice diseases are one ... [more ▼]

Rice (Oryza sativa) is the most cultivated crop and the staple food in Madagascar. However, the country has never achieved food self-sufficiency and continues to import rice abroad. Rice diseases are one of the factors limiting rice production and causing significant yield reductions. Our study aims to identify the rice pathogens present in three region of Madagascar: two of these regions (Analamanga and Vakinankaratra) are located in upland region when the last (Atsinanana) is located in coastal regions. Fifty five (55) rice samples were collected and cultured on standard media. A survey questionnaire was also conducted with the farmers in order to collect information about the context in which the diseases appeared. Micro-organisms isolated were identified by morphological characteristics for fungi, gram stain and anaerobic growth test for bacteria. In addition, molecular DNA characterization was performed by PCR using universal primers for both fungi and bacteria. The amplicons obtained were sequenced and analyzed by BLAST. In Analamanga and Vakinankaratra, Alternaria sp. and Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae were pre-dominant. In the Atsinanana region, however, Curvularia lunata and Pseudomonas fuscovaginae were the most present. The weather in upland regions is indeed warm and humid in summer, dry and cold in winter which favours Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae and Alternaria sp.growth. Moreover, irrigation is practiced in those regions which can explain the spread of the diseases. The weather in coastal region is warm and humid all year long which tend to favor weed development all year, serving as alternative hosts for Pseudomonas fuscovaginae and Curvularia lunata in interseason. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the volatile emission changes from Arabidopsis thaliana Col-0 in response to temperature stress and Myzus persicae infestation interaction by HS-SPME-GC/MS
Hien, Truong Thi Dieu ULg

Poster (2013, February 08)

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are considered to be priming agents in plant responsive defense to protect themselves against abiotic or/and biotic stresses. Such stresses often influence on plant ... [more ▼]

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are considered to be priming agents in plant responsive defense to protect themselves against abiotic or/and biotic stresses. Such stresses often influence on plant photosynthesis and defense responses, resulting in a variety of volatile profiles. We investigated how different temperature regimes affect the VOCs emission capacity of Arabidopsis thaliana Col-0 (A.t Col-0) in the presence and absence of a sucking insect – Myzus persicae (green peach aphid). VOCs analyses were made with solid-phase micro-extraction coupled with gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (SPME- GC/MS) under controlled and various stress treatments. In response to temperature stresses, alcohols, ketones, aldehydes and terpenes were the most emitted VOCs. Moreover, the compared results showed that the percent emission of several compounds changed significantly. The interaction between temperature stresses and aphids released some new volatile components; like isothiocynates, esters, sulfur compound and nitrile. Besides, the qualitative and overall proportion of volatile blends differed significantly from plants subjected to the stress treatments within different time intervals (0-24h; 24-48h and 48-72h). Overall, both stress treatments correlated with increased or decreased levels of VOCs classes from Arabidopsis shoot organs. Knowledge of how the temperature – aphids interaction influences on VOCs emission in this study also provides interesting information for evaluating the responsive resistance in plants under natural environments. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of rhizobacterial volatile compounds on growth and root system architecture of Brachypodium distachyon (L.) Beauv.
Mendaluk, Magdalena ULg; Varin, Sébastien; Baudson, Caroline ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 08)

Many rhizobacterial strains are classified as plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and are potentially useful to enhance plant fitness and productivity. Among the mechanisms by which PGPR improve ... [more ▼]

Many rhizobacterial strains are classified as plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and are potentially useful to enhance plant fitness and productivity. Among the mechanisms by which PGPR improve plant growth, the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and their biological impacts on plants remain little documented. The aim of this work is to evaluate the growth promotion ability of 19 bacterial strains on the model grass Brachypodium distachyon Bd21 (Bd21), with a focus on this peculiar mode of interaction. A collection of 19 strains was selected for their known growth promotion potential. The impact of the rhizobacteria on the model grass was studied using an in vitro cocultivation system allowing interactions through VOCs without physical contact between plants and bacteria. The results show that the VOCs of several strains promote total biomass production, modulate biomass partitioning and affect shoot and root architecture of Bd21. The effects of the PGPR strains emitting different volatile blends were investigated via principal component analysis coupled to clustering and univariate analysis to unravel their biological effects. On the basis of volatile emissions and of their effects on plant growth, two strains have been selected in order to evaluate such interactions using an ex vitro system. The set-up of this system is in progress. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the depth on bacterial diversity in an agricultural soil
Stroobants, Aurore ULg; Degrune, Florine ULg; Lambert, Christophe et al

Poster (2013, February 08)

Bacteria are the most abundant and diverse microorganisms in soils. They play an important role in soil formation, contribute to plant nutrition and are involved in various processes in agroecosystems ... [more ▼]

Bacteria are the most abundant and diverse microorganisms in soils. They play an important role in soil formation, contribute to plant nutrition and are involved in various processes in agroecosystems such as nutrient cycling. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of the depth on bacterial diversity and quantity in an agricultural soil. Samples was collected on May 2011 and May 2012 at three different depths : 10, 25 and 45 centimeters. The quantity of total bacteria was measured by real time PCR and the analysis of the diversity was performed by the high throughput sequencing technology. Results obtained by these methods show that the biomass and the bacterial quantity and diversity (Shannon index) decrease with the depth, particularly at 45 centimeters. The biomass is, in average, 6.5 fold less important at 45 cm than at 10 cm and the quantity is 17 fold lower at 45 cm than at 10 cm. Our results also indicate that many taxa, such as Betaprotebacteria, Deltaproterobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, Acidobacteria and Burkholderiales are influenced by the depth. The results will be presented in more details on the poster. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of drying and hydrothermal treatments on the denaturation of corn proteins
Odjo, Djosse Psijus Sylvanus ULg; Malumba Kamba, Paul ULg; Bera, François ULg

Poster (2013, February 08)

Corn (Zea mays L.) is the most abundant cereal grain produced in the world. It also provides a significant amount of protein in human and animal diets. During drying corn grains undergo several ... [more ▼]

Corn (Zea mays L.) is the most abundant cereal grain produced in the world. It also provides a significant amount of protein in human and animal diets. During drying corn grains undergo several alterations including protein denaturation. A series of studies have been conducted in order to understand mechanisms behind denaturation of corn proteins during drying and heat moisture treatments. Using a laboratory fluidized-bed dryer, a flint corn variety have been dried between 54° and 130°C and subjected to different analyses from a qualitative point of view with a sequential extraction of corn protein fractions and from a quantitative point of view with the modeling of salt-soluble proteins using Promatest assay. Albumin, globulin and zein solubilities dropped significantly when the drying temperature increased. The electrophoretic patterns of zein and glutelin-G1 were not significantly modified, although the solubility of zein was affected by the drying temperature. The analysis of the different protein group solubilities suggested that denaturation mechanisms other than the creation of new disulfide bonds occurred during the drying of corn at high temperature. The study of the effect of heat treatments on the extractability of salt-soluble proteins shows that temperature; moisture content and time of processing greatly influence their kinetic denaturation. Modeling of salt-soluble proteins reveals that the evolution of extractible salt-soluble proteins content of corn kernels during drying at high temperature is more correctly described with a second order kinetic reaction. Investigations continue in order to understand protein denaturation and influence in functional properties and end-use of corn protein-based products. [less ▲]

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See detailIs ultra-short cold ischemia the key to IBDL avoidance in DCD-LT?
DETRY, Olivier ULg; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; Ledinh, Hieu et al

Poster (2013, February 08)

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See detailSurvey of rice diseases in three regions in Madagascar
Razanakoto Mamiharisoa, Lea; De Clerck, Caroline ULg; Zalmine, F. et al

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See detailTowards a characterisation of iron oxide-rich rocks used during the Archaic period on the Costa Arreica in Northern Chile
Salomon, Hélène ULg; Coquinot, Yvan; Salazar, Diego et al

Poster (2013, February 07)

Iron or manganese oxide rich rocks were constantly and intensively used by hunter- gatherers from around 300 kya. Nonetheless, few is none concerning the supply in raw ferruginous materials. The mine San ... [more ▼]

Iron or manganese oxide rich rocks were constantly and intensively used by hunter- gatherers from around 300 kya. Nonetheless, few is none concerning the supply in raw ferruginous materials. The mine San Ramón 15 in northern part of the Chilean coast reveals an exceptional evidence of the extraction of iron and probably manganese oxide rich materials by groups of hunters-fishers-gatherers. Two extraction phases were determined during the excavation of the mine trench: the oldest one during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition (11000-8000 cal. BP) and the second one from 4300 cal. BP. A rich set of lithic pounding stones and hammer stones were recorded in the mine refus. The mine trench follows a various meters wide lenticular vein in the granodioritic bedrock from the Jurassic. The vein is principally made of hydrothermal pyrolusite, magnetite and goethite which are extremely hard materials and yellow to brown and black. Thus we suppose that the prehispanic miners intensively extracted a peculiar part of the vein, between the hard magnetite and the bedrock, so that few evidence of the material extracted in the mine were recorded. Our investigations focus on the determination of the characteristics of the quite messing materials which were extracted and we try to identify the following phases of transformation and utilisation. In order to address these issues, we sampled and document the lithology of the vein and of the numerous geological formations which provide iron rich materials in the neighbourhood. Furthermore, fragments of iron oxides from the mine refus, as well as red or black residues on tools from divers Archaic sites in the area (hammer stones in the mine, lithic weapons, grinding-stones and shells in the shellmiddens and rock-shelters) in order to compare their mineralogical and geochemical composition. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic and genetic variability of methane emissions and milk fatty acid contents of Walloon Holstein dairy cows
Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg; Kandel, Purna Bhadra ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 07)

There is a growing interest in reducing methane (CH4) emissions from enteric fermentation of dairy cows because these emissions contribute to climate change and represent losses of gross energy intake for ... [more ▼]

There is a growing interest in reducing methane (CH4) emissions from enteric fermentation of dairy cows because these emissions contribute to climate change and represent losses of gross energy intake for cows. Milk fatty acid (FA) profile is influenced by rumen fermentations. The aim of this study was to estimate phenotypic and genetic variability of enteric CH4 emissions of dairy cows and FA contents of milk. CH4 emissions (g/d) and milk FA contents are predicted from milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectra based on calibration equations developed by Vanlierde et al. (2013) and Soyeurt et al. (2011), respectively. Data included 161,681 records from 22,642 cows in 489 herds. Genetic parameters of MIR CH4 emissions and 7 groups of FA contents in milk were estimated for Walloon Holstein cows in first parity using bivariate (CH4 emission with a FA trait) random regression test-day models. Saturated FA presented higher genetic correlations with MIR CH4 production than unsaturated FA (0.25 vs. 0.10). Genetic correlations with MIR CH4 emissions were higher for short-(SC) and medium-chain (MC) FA (0.24 and 0.23, respectively) than for long-chain (LC) FA (0.13). Phenotypic correlations between MIR CH4 emissions and SC and MC FA were also higher than those between MIR CH4 emissions and LC FA (0.20 vs. -0.08). Finally, results showed that MIR milk FA profile and MIR CH4 emissions are correlated emphasizing indirect link between milk FA and CH4 emissions through rumen metabolism. [less ▲]

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See detailNeanderthals see red : production of red powder in the Late Mousterian in Ormesson, France
Salomon, Hélène ULg; Geurten, Stéphanie; Bodu, Pierre et al

Poster (2013, February 07)

Les Bossats, near Ormesson, is a newly discovered late Mousterian site dated around 47.000 B.P. by thermoluminescence. The archaeological level, fossilized by loess, revealed a rich industry based on the ... [more ▼]

Les Bossats, near Ormesson, is a newly discovered late Mousterian site dated around 47.000 B.P. by thermoluminescence. The archaeological level, fossilized by loess, revealed a rich industry based on the discoide mode, associated with numerous fragments of red iron-rich rocks. The geological sources were identified by means of SEM-EDX, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, PIXE and by petrographical observation of thin sections. The past mechanical and morphological modifications of the pigment blocks were characterized by macro-photography, microscopy and topographical micro- measures of the used surfaces. It was thus possible to demonstrate that the colouring materials were selected in the neighbouring by the Neanderthals. Fourteen blocks and fragments show different use wears such as facets, grooves and scars. The Neanderthals implemented numerous techniques in order to produce preferentially red powder. The archaeological remains reveal an organized and versatile processing sequence of red ferruginous materials. During the late Mousterian a great phenomenon in expansion in western Europe is remarkable by the much wider exploitation of mineral red and black materials corresponding to technical modifications and divers utilizations under development. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévalence des cas de lymphadénite granulomateuse sous‐maxillaire chez des porcs abattus en Belgique
Vyt, Philip; Denoël, Joseph ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

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In pigs the Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) causes granulomatous lymphadenitis. Carcasses with such lesions must be detected, as parts of the affected carcasses and organs have to be condemned. These ... [more ▼]

In pigs the Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) causes granulomatous lymphadenitis. Carcasses with such lesions must be detected, as parts of the affected carcasses and organs have to be condemned. These nontuberculous mycobacteria are opportunistic pathogens which have acquired an increasing importance in public health in recent decades due to their ability to cause lung diseases, lymphadenitis in children and systemic infections in immunocompromised patients ‐ even if the potential risk of infection of an immunocompromised person by MAC in the consumption of undercooked pork still has to be determined. The first objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of submandibular granulomatous lymphadenitis in pigs slaughtered in Belgium. Between August 2010 and September 2011, 16,211 carcasses were inspected by the same veterinarian in 2 slaughterhouses – one in Flanders, the other in Wallonia. Eighty‐six suspected cases of submandibular granulomatous lymphadenitis (0.53% of pigs; 95% Confidence Interval: 0.42‐0.65%) were identified, collected and submitted to histopathological (Ziehl‐Neelsen and haematoxylin‐eosin staining) and bacteriological (culture, PCR, molecular typing) tests. The second objective of the study was to characterize lesions and to identify the relative importance of MAC and Rhodococcus equi to explain the lesions. Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (MAH) was isolated from 6 lymph nodes (7.0%; 95% CI: 2.6‐14.6%) and Rhodococcus equi from 45 (52.3%; 95% CI: 41.3‐63.2%). The final objective of the study consisted in farm investigation to evaluate the possible source of contamination of pigs by MAH. Potential sources such as sawdust, water, wild birds and/or cattle were identified. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling the mutation of socio-ecosystems in Central Africa
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

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See detailScan for selective sweeps associated with muscular devolpment in Belgian Blue beef cattle
Druet, Tom ULg; Ahariz, Naïma ULg; Cambisano, Nadine ULg et al

Poster (2013, February)

The Belgian Blue beef cattle is well known for its double muscling phenotype resulting from fixation of a deletion in the myostatin gene. Since this fixation, further intensive selection for muscular ... [more ▼]

The Belgian Blue beef cattle is well known for its double muscling phenotype resulting from fixation of a deletion in the myostatin gene. Since this fixation, further intensive selection for muscular development has been particularly succesful. This response to selection might be due to fixation of more genetic variants increasing muscular development. In the present study, we search for selective sweeps in the Belgian Blue genome which might result from the fixation of such variants. To that end we used data from 593 sires genotyped with the BovineHD SNP array. In addition, we used the Belgian Blue dual purpose and the Holstein breeds as controls. We first performed scans for regions of complete homozygosity resulting from fixation. Large fixed regions were found around major genes known to be fixed in the Belgian Blue cattle breed (MSTN, PLAG1 and MC1R) but no other regions of the same magnitude was found. Among the smaller identified regions, only few of them were unique to the Belgian Blue breed. Statistical tests based on long range haplotype information were also implemented, revealing large regions in the genome of reduced haplotype homozygosity specific to the Belgian Blue breed. Some of these regions corresponded to known major genes (MSTN, roan locus, PLAG1 or MC1R) while other regions were new. To determine whether these regions might be the result of selection for muscular development, we performed association studies for muscular development. None of the identified QTL matched with the regions of reduced haplotype homozygosity and the largest QTLs did not presented evidence of strong selective sweeps. These results suggest that the response to selection for muscular development in Belgian Blue beef cattle is probably the result of polygenic selection. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalentie van eenzaamheid bij 65-plussers in België
Vermeulen, Bram; Maggi, Patrick ULg; Delye, Samuel ULg et al

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