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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 detailGeneralized Pascal triangle for binomial coefficients of finite words
Stipulanti, Manon ULg

Poster (2016, April 05)

Abstract. We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on bino- mial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a word appears as a subsequence of another finite ... [more ▼]

Abstract. We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on bino- mial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a word appears as a subsequence of another finite word. Similarly to the Sierpinski gasket that can be built as the limit set, for the Hausdorff distance, of a convergent sequence of normalized compact blocks extracted from Pascal triangle modulo 2, we describe and study the first properties of the subset of [0, 1] × [0, 1] associated with this extended Pascal triangle modulo a prime p. [less ▲]

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See detailSNP development from RADseq data for the non-model species Robinia pseudoacacia L.
Verdu, Cindy; Guichoux, Erwan; Quevauvillers, Samuel et al

Poster (2016, April 04)

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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 detailIterative pruning method of unsupervised clustering for categorical data
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Tongsima, Sissades; Shaw, Philip James et al

Poster (2016, April 03)

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are commonly used to identify population structures. Iterative pruning Principal Component Analysis (ipPCA) utilizes SNP profiles to assign individuals to ... [more ▼]

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are commonly used to identify population structures. Iterative pruning Principal Component Analysis (ipPCA) utilizes SNP profiles to assign individuals to subpopulations without making assumptions about ancestry. The strategy can be extrapolated to patient samples to identify molecular classes of patients. It is challenging to investigate the utility of substructure detection using profiles based on pre-defined genomic regions-of-interest rather than profiles based on SNPs. Using principles outlined in Fouladi, 2015, we can construct gene-based categorical variables representing different summary gene profiles in a region. These gene-based new constructs no longer have an equal number of unordered category levels. Here, we present C-PCA, an extension of ipPCA to target perform iterative pruning for categorical variables using optimal scaling. It allows performing non-linear principal component analyses to handle possibly non-linearly related variables with different measurement levels. To show the power of C-PCA compared to ipPCA, we simulated 500 individuals and assigned them to two populations of equal size. We considered genetic population distances using Fixation Index from 0.001 to 0.006. For each dataset, we simulated 10,000 independent random SNPs for 100 replicates using the Balding–Nichols model. These were used numerically in ipPCA and as categorical in C-PCA analysis. In conclusion, like ipPCA, we expect C-PCA to perform well in the presence of fine substructures. This paves the way to apply C-PCA to DNA-seq data and input categorical variable derived from genomic regions-of-interest to which common and rare variants are mapped. We foresee additional advantages of C-PCA in this context since region-based categorical variables are likely to be non-linearly associated at the background of underlying gene-gene interaction networks. C-PCA is implemented in R. [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 detailLa violence conjugale : persévérance vs abandon des auteurs masculins lors de leur participation à un groupe de responsabilisation
Di Piazza, Laetitia ULg; Kowal, Cécile; Hodiaumont, Fabienne et al

Poster (2016, April 02)

Le phénomène d'abandon thérapeutique lors de suivi dans le cadre de violence conjugale se trouve au cœur des préoccupations des intervenants venant en aide aux auteurs de ces violences. Ces thérapies en ... [more ▼]

Le phénomène d'abandon thérapeutique lors de suivi dans le cadre de violence conjugale se trouve au cœur des préoccupations des intervenants venant en aide aux auteurs de ces violences. Ces thérapies en groupe de responsabilisation se caractérisent par un taux d'abandon élevé, avec le risque potentiel de récidive associé. L’objectif de cette étude est d’identifier d’éventuelles caractéristiques intrapsychiques permettant de distinguer les usagers qui terminent leur suivi thérapeutique de ceux qui abandonnent au cours de celui-ci. Pour ce faire, une comparaison au sein de ces deux groupes d’individus (abandon : n=23 ; accomplissement du suivi : n=28) a été réalisée à partir de données sociodémographiques et de variables psychologiques spécifiques évaluées par des questionnaires auto-administrés (TAS-20, BIS-11, BDI, PBI, LEDS). Les résultats statistiques montrent que l’âge, le nombre d’événements stressants vécus au cours des six mois précédents l’évaluation et l’appréciation du soutien à l’autonomie perçu vis-à-vis de leur père sont les seules variables qui diffèrent significativement entre les deux groupes. Les autres dimensions mesurées telles que la dépression, l’alexithymie et l’impulsivité, quant à elles, ne produisent pas de résultats significatifs entre les deux groupes. Il semble donc, en définitive, que les hommes plus jeunes présenteront plus de risque de quitter le programme de façon précoce. Malgré tout, l’ensemble de ces résultats pose un sérieux défi pour les intervenants au sein des services d’aide spécialisés. En effet, si tous les individus qui participent aux groupes de responsabilisation présentent les mêmes caractéristiques intrapsychiques, comment prédire, mais surtout accrocher ceux qui abandonneront le programme ? [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 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 detailGlobal simulation of UV atmospheric emissions on Mars
González-Galindo; López-Valverde; Forget et al

Poster (2016, April)

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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

Poster (2016, April)

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 detailInfluence of plant roots on electrical resistivity measurements of cultivated soil columns
Maloteau, Sophie ULg; Blanchy, Guillaume ULg; Javaux, Mathieu et al

Poster (2016, April)

The goals of this experiment are to quantify the effect of plant roots on electrical resistivity of the soil subsurface and to map a plant roots system in space and time with ERT technique in a soil ... [more ▼]

The goals of this experiment are to quantify the effect of plant roots on electrical resistivity of the soil subsurface and to map a plant roots system in space and time with ERT technique in a soil column. For this research, it is assumed that roots system affect the electrical properties of the rhizosphere. Indeed the root activity (by transporting ions, releasing exudates, changing the soil structure,…) will modify the rhizosphere electrical conductivity (Lobet G. et al, 2013). This experiment is included in a bigger research project about the influence of roots system on geophysics measurements. Measurements are made on cylinders of 45 cm high and a diameter of 20 cm, filled with saturated loam on which seeds of Brachypodium distachyon (L.) Beauv. are sowed. Columns are equipped with electrodes, TDR probes and temperature sensors. Experiments are conducted at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, in a growing chamber with controlled conditions: temperature of the air is fixed to 20°C, photoperiod is equal to 14 hours, photosynthetically active radiation is equal to 200 µmol m-2s-1, and air relative humidity is fixed to 80 %. Columns are fully saturated the first day of the measurements duration then no more irrigation is done till the end of the experiment. [less ▲]

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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 detailiPot: Improved potato monitoring in Belgium using remote sensing and crop growth modelling
Piccard, Isabelle; Gobin, Anne; Curnel, Yannick 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 detailMars Topography Investigated Through the Wavelet Leaders Method: a Multidimensional Study of its Fractal Structure
Deliège, Adrien ULg; Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

Poster (2016, April)

This work examines the scaling properties of Mars topography through a wavelet-based formalism. We conduct exhaustive one-dimensional (both longitudinal and latitudinal) and two-dimensional studies based ... [more ▼]

This work examines the scaling properties of Mars topography through a wavelet-based formalism. We conduct exhaustive one-dimensional (both longitudinal and latitudinal) and two-dimensional studies based on Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data using the multifractal formalism called Wavelet Leaders Method (WLM). This approach shows that a scale break occurs at approximately 15 km, giving two scaling regimes in both 1D and 2D cases. At small scales, these topographic profiles mostly display a monofractal behavior while a switch to multifractality is observed in several areas at larger scales. The scaling exponents extracted from this framework tend to be greater at small scales. In the 1D context, these observations are in agreement with previous works and thus suggest that the WLM is well-suited for examining scaling properties of topographic fields. Moreover, the 2D analysis is the first such complete study to our knowledge. It gives both a local and global insight on the scaling regimes of the surface of Mars and allows to exhibit the link between the scaling exponents and several famous features of the Martian topography. These results may be used as a solid basis for further investigations of the scaling laws of the Red planet and show that the WLM could be used to perform systematic analyses of the surface roughness of other celestial bodies. [less ▲]

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See detailUncertainty quantification in profile Hidden Markov Models (pHMM)-based activity sequences characterization
Saadi, Ismaïl ULg; Liu, Feng; El Saeid Mustafa, Ahmed Mohamed ULg et al

Poster (2016, April)

Recently, Liu et al. (2015) proposed a method to characterize activity sequences stemming from activity-travel diaries. The framework is structured as follows: from an extracted set of activity sequences ... [more ▼]

Recently, Liu et al. (2015) proposed a method to characterize activity sequences stemming from activity-travel diaries. The framework is structured as follows: from an extracted set of activity sequences, (a) the occurrence probabilities of the different activities are determined as well as their sequential order for aligning the activity sequences. Then, (b) profile Hidden Markov Models (pHMM) are defined based on the previous output. This technique is interesting given the fact that it is also able to include the irregular activities and, as a result, their derived trips. In this context, thinking about integration with an agent-based micro-simulation model requires, as a preliminary step, an uncertainty quantification analysis in order to measure the variability of the outcome. This approach is all the more necessary when agent-based micro-simulation is used to predict mid- and long-term system states. [less ▲]

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See detailNew elicitors as biocontrol tools to protect wheat against Septoria Tritici Blotch
Le Mire, Géraldine ULg; SIAH, Ali; Jijakli, Haissam ULg

Poster (2016, April)

Wheat is one of the most cultivated crops in the European Union. This cereal must however face important losses every year due to a major foliar disease known as Septoria Tritici Blotch (STB) caused by ... [more ▼]

Wheat is one of the most cultivated crops in the European Union. This cereal must however face important losses every year due to a major foliar disease known as Septoria Tritici Blotch (STB) 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 and draw major interest in Integrated Pest Management strategies. These plant-immunity triggering compounds induce a general systemic resistance of the plant to a large spectrum of diseases. This study focuses on the screening of nine potential elicitors 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 towards the pathogen was evaluated under greenhouse and laboratory conditions. Furthermore, the modes of action of the best elicitors were investigated by studying the activity of some key defense enzymes of wheat. The corresponding results will be presented and discussed with the perspective to choose the two best elicitors for field trials and undertake further investigations on the signaling pathways triggered in the plant. [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 detailModeling of the cyclic lipodepsipeptide Pseudodesmin A self-assembly through molecular dynamic simulations
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Sinnaeve, Davy; Fehér, Kristina et al

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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 detailUnderground Pumped Storage Hydropower using abandoned open pit mines: influence of groundwater seepage on the system efficiency
Pujades, Estanislao ULg; Bodeux, Sarah ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg et al

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Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) plants can be used to manage the production of electrical energy according to the demand. These plants allow storing and generating electricity during low and high demand ... [more ▼]

Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) plants can be used to manage the production of electrical energy according to the demand. These plants allow storing and generating electricity during low and high demand energy periods, respectively. Nevertheless, PSH plants require a determined topography because two reservoirs located at different heights are needed. At sites where PSH plants cannot be constructed due to topography requirements (flat regions), Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) plants can be used to adjust the electricity production. These plants consist in two reservoirs, the upper one is located at the surface (or at shallow depth) while the lower one is underground (or deeper). Abandoned open pit mines can be used as lower reservoirs but these are rarely isolated. As a consequence, UPSH plants will interact with surrounding aquifers exchanging groundwater. Groundwater seepage will modify hydraulic head inside the underground reservoir affecting global efficiency of the UPSH plant. The influence on the plant efficiency caused by the interaction between UPSH plants and aquifers will depend on the aquifer parameters, underground reservoir properties and pumping and injection characteristics. The alteration of the efficiency produced by the groundwater exchanges, which has not been previously considered, is now studied numerically. A set of numerical simulations are performed to establish in terms of efficiency the effects of groundwater exchanges and the optimum conditions to locate an UPSH plant. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse qualitative et quantitative des populations de norovirus murins générées lors d’infections in vitro synchrones et asynchrones avec des souches homologues : détection de phénomènes de dominance, d’interférence due aux particules non-infectieuses et d’exclusion à la surinfection
Di Felice, Elisabetta; Ludwig, Louisa ULg; Toffoli, Barbara et al

Poster (2016, March 24)

RÉSUMÉ Buts du travail La recombinaison est un des mécanismes moteurs de l’évolution génétique des norovirus. Malgré une détection fréquente de séquences recombinantes à partir d’échantillons de terrain ... [more ▼]

RÉSUMÉ Buts du travail La recombinaison est un des mécanismes moteurs de l’évolution génétique des norovirus. Malgré une détection fréquente de séquences recombinantes à partir d’échantillons de terrain, la reproduction du phénomène de recombinaison en conditions de laboratoire semble difficile. Utilisant le modèle du norovirus murin, cette étude a pour objectif d’évaluer de manière qualitative et quantitative les populations virales, y compris potentiellement recombinantes, générées lors de variations des conditions de temps et de multiplicité d’infection dans des expériences de coinfections ou de surinfections in vitro. Méthodes Des cellules RAW264.7 ont été inoculées par deux souches homologues de norovirus murins (infection primaire : Wu20 ; surinfection : CW1) en utilisant des multiplicités d’infection (MOI : Wu20 = 1; CW1= 0.1, 1 ou 10) et des temps d’inoculation (surinfection après un délai allant de 0 minutes à 24 heures) variables. Les surnageants ont été prélevés 24h post-surinfection et une quantification moléculaire discriminante sur la région 5’ du génome a été réalisée. Des cellules ont été ré-inoculées par ces surnageants et 36 isolats ont été amplifiés. Ces isolats ont été caractérisés moléculairement comme de type CW1, Wu20 ou recombinant par une méthode discriminante sur leurs extrémités génomiques 3’ et 5’. Les recombinants potentiels ont été séquencés sur la région génomique classiquement impliquée dans la recombinaison (chevauchement ORF 1/2). Résultats et discussion L’analyse des ratios des isolats a montré une tendance à une dominance potentielle de Wu20 sur CW1 pour les conditions de MOI relatives 0.1/1 et 1/1 avec un phénomène d’exclusion à la surinfection entre les temps t4 (4h post-infection primaire) et t8. Cependant, cette tendance n’a pas été détectée dans la condition de MOI relative 10/1. Ceci suggère une hypothèse de présence de particules défectives interférentes (PDI) dans la population de Wu20 qui pourrait interférer avec les étapes précoces de l’attachement et de l’entrée et donc modifier les ratios attendus 24h post-infection. La comparaison des ratios de copies génomiques a soutenu l’hypothèse de présence de PDI dans la population de Wu20 avec des ratios différents de ceux logiquement escomptés aux MOI relatives 0.1/1 et 1/1, et qui se sont vérifiés cette fois en condition 10/1 (condition dans laquelle CW1 peut retrouver une chance réelle dans la compétition à l’attachement et à la pénétration). Cependant le temps t1 de cette condition a dévié clairement de la tendance générale et pourrait constituer une population virale de choix pour la présence de recombinants ou suggérer un autre mécanisme par lequel CW1 pourrait momentanément être dominant par rapport à Wu20. L’exclusion à la surinfection a également pu être corroborée par l’analyse moléculaire quantitative. Trois isolats ont été détectés comme des recombinants potentiels mais les séquençages n’ont pu les confirmer. Les évènements de recombinaison pourraient avoir eu lieu sur une autre région que celle classiquement décrite. Cette étude permet de montrer que la composition de la population virale peut avoir un effet majeur sur la compétition entre deux norovirus. Elle suggère également l’existence d’un mécanisme d’exclusion à la surinfection. Elle confirme enfin que malgré les fréquentes détections de souches recombinantes in silico, le phénomène de recombinaison est difficile à reproduire in vitro chez les norovirus. [less ▲]

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See detailrapport de mission colloque Rencontres Waterloo Paris 24-25 mars 2016
Raxhon, Philippe ULg

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Présence mémorielle de la bataille de Waterloo au cours de la Première Guerre mondiale, dans le contexte du centenaire de l'événement en 1915.

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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

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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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Lambert, Jérémy ULg; Kaoma, Tony; Van Dyck, Eric et al

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See detailPancreatic Beta Cell Regeneration: Duct Cells Act as Progenitors in Adult Zebrafish
Bergemann, David ULg; Ghaye, Aurélie; Tarifeño, Estefania et al

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Diabetes is characterized by the loss of insulin producing beta cells. Although different therapeutic strategies do exist, they lack precise and dynamic control of glycemia as carried out by endogenous ... [more ▼]

Diabetes is characterized by the loss of insulin producing beta cells. Although different therapeutic strategies do exist, they lack precise and dynamic control of glycemia as carried out by endogenous beta cells. One promising alternative is to replenish the pancreas with bona fide functional beta cells by triggering regeneration mechanisms. Previous studies have shown beta cell neogenesis but still remain controversial about their origin as they used different models. However, among the different hypotheses, it is tempting to assume that pancreatic ducts contain progenitor/precursor cells in adults. The latter is supported by the fact that the embryonic duct epithelium gives rise to the endocrine lineage, and that in healthy and diabetic human adults, insulin positive cells could be found next to or in pancreatic ducts. Despite these observations, mammals show very limited regenerative capabilities, making it difficult to investigate those mechanisms. In contrast, zebrafish are extensively used for regeneration studies. The ability of adult zebrafish to regenerate its beta cells and restore normoglycemia after massive beta cell ablation has already been shown. Our work focuses on the understanding of the underlying mechanisms leading to this retained potential. Here we show that adult pancreatic duct cells act as progenitors, giving rise to beta cells, in physiological and induced diabetic condition in vivo. To get insight into this process, we conducted RNA-seq experiments on zebrafish pancreatic duct cells. By this mean we could identify new ductal markers and noticed that adult duct cells also show strong expression of embryonic pancreatic progenitor markers. In our ongoing comparative analyses we are deciphering the key genes and pathways needed to set in motion the regenerative machinery. The differences between zebrafish and mammal duct cells that will thereby be underlined might then be transposed to mammalian model s to restore regenerative processes. [less ▲]

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See detailRegain of fitness through in vitro replication for a recombinant murine norovirus
de Oliveira-Filho, Edmilson; Ludwig, Louisa ULg; Toffoli, Barbara et al

Poster (2016, March 18)

INTRODUCTION Molecular mechanisms driving norovirus evolution are the accumulation of point mutations and recombination. Recombination can create considerable changes in viruses, allowing for complete ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION Molecular mechanisms driving norovirus evolution are the accumulation of point mutations and recombination. Recombination can create considerable changes in viruses, allowing for complete antigenic shifts, host jumps and fitness and pathogenesis modifications. Mathijs et al. recently isolated a viable recombinant murine norovirus (RecMNV) in vitro after coinfection of two parental MNV strains (MNV1-CW1 and -WU20) in a mouse leukaemic monocyte-macrophage cell line (RAW 264.7). The ensuing RecMNV possessed reduced in vitro fitness compared to its parental strains but has also been shown to have retained in vivo infectivity (Mathijs et al, submitted). The aim of this study was to follow the replicative and genetic adaptations of RecMNV over serial in vitro passages in order to characterise its capability of replicative fitness adaptation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: RecMNV was serially replicated in vitro in monolayers of RAW 264.7 cells over ten passages. Following a first initial infection at an MOI of 0.05, cell layers were consecutively infected with 100 μl neat supernatant of the preceding passage. Two independent lysis plaque assays were performed in triplicate with RecMNV progenies resulting from the first (early) and tenth (late) passage (RecE and RecL). Viral plaque sizes of RecE and RecL were measured with image processing program Image J and statistical analyses of plaque size diameters were subsequently performed. To obtain the complete genome sequences of RecE and RecL, a sequencing strategy was developed in which the MNV genome was divided into seven regions and amplification was performed using overlapping primers. Nucleotide sequences of RecE and RecL were analysed via BioEdit Sequence Editor. Growth curves of RecE and RecL progenies were established for high (10) or low MOI (0.01). RESULTS After ten in vitro passages, viral lysis plaque size diameters had increased significantly. Molecular analysis of RecMNV and both parental strains showed nine nucleotide mutations in the RecMNV genome, comprising three non-silent mutations. In addition, a mutation at position 7245 (A187G) introduced a stop codon, resulting in a 20 AA shorter VP2 in RecMNV (for both RecE and RecL). A comparison of RecE and RecL revealed four non-silent mutations in the NS1-2 and NS7 region of ORF1, two of which were present in the latter region (G1384D and S1393N). DISCUSSION This is the first study in which the fitness of a recombinant NoV strain was evaluated in vitro. Our data provides evidence of viral adaptation to a new environment (here a cell culture system) after a recombination event. Evidence of gain-of-function of RecMNV was demonstrated by differences in growth curves and viral lysis plaque size. In addition, non-silent mutations associated to the gain-of-function/in vitro adaptation were detected. It is noteworthy, that the mutation causing a shorter VP2 in RecE and RecL did not compromise its ability to infect and replicate either in vitro or in vivo (Mathijs et al, submitted). As a perspective we should like to characterise the precise mutation(s) responsible for the fitness regain via infectious clone assay. [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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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

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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 detailAntihyperglycémiants, antihypertenseurs et hypolipidémiants : comparaison des effets sur la mortalité et la morbidité cardiovasculaire chez le patient diabétique de type 2
SCHEEN, André ULg

Poster (2016, March)

Introduction : Réduire le risque de mortalité et morbidité cardiovasculaire (CV) chez le patient diabétique de type 2 (DT2) est primordial, mais les effets protecteurs semblent différents selon le mode ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Réduire le risque de mortalité et morbidité cardiovasculaire (CV) chez le patient diabétique de type 2 (DT2) est primordial, mais les effets protecteurs semblent différents selon le mode d’intervention pharmacologique étudié. Patients et méthodes : Les données de mortalité (totale et CV) et morbidité (infarctus du myocarde ou IDM, accidents vasculaires cérébraux ou AVC) rapportées (réduction du risque relatif) dans les essais ayant testé un traitement anti-hyperglycémiant sont comparées avec les résultats publiés dans deux méta-analyses concernant les hypolipidémiants et les anti-hypertenseurs consacrées au DT2. Résultats : Les antihypertenseurs réduisent les IDM (-12%) et la mortalité globale (-13%) de façon comparable, et diminuent davantage les AVC (-27%). Les hypolipidémiants diminuent davantage les IDM (- 22%) et les AVC (-21%) que la mortalité globale (-9%) (ou la mortalité CV : - 13%). Les données concernant les antihyperglycémiants diffèrent considérablement selon les médications testées. L’insuline et les sulfamides (UKPDS) réduisent plus les IDM (- 21%) que la mortalité totale (-8%), mais augmentent les AVC (+ 14%). La metformine (UKPDS) réduit, de façon comparable, les IDM (-39%), les AVC (-41%) et la mortalité totale (-36%). La pioglitazone (PROactive) diminue davantage les IDM (-17%) et les AVC (-19%) que la mortalité (-4%). Les gliptines (combinaison de SAVOR TIMI 53, EXAMINE, TECOS) ont montré des effets globalement neutres sur la mortalité totale (0%), les IDM (-2%) et les AVC (-1%). L’empagliflozine (EMPA-REG OUTCOME) se singularise par un effet favorable nettement plus marqué sur la mortalité totale (-32 %) et CV (- 38%) que sur les IDM (-13%) ou les AVC (+18%). Conclusion : Les discordances observées suggèrent l’implication de mécanismes protecteurs différents selon les interventions testées. EMPA-REG OUTCOME, le seul essai démontrant un effet plus marqué sur la mortalité que sur les événements CV, suggère un mécanisme propre de l’inhibiteur des SGLT2. [less ▲]

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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 detailA novel protocol for the design of artificial (β/α)8-barrel proteins
Martina, Cristina ULg; Figueroa Yévenes, Maximiliano ULg; Combs, Steven et al

Poster (2016, March)

Designing de novo proteins of more than 100 amino acids is still challenging. The creation of artificial (β/α)8-barrel proteins had only one successful example in literature, thank to use of internal ... [more ▼]

Designing de novo proteins of more than 100 amino acids is still challenging. The creation of artificial (β/α)8-barrel proteins had only one successful example in literature, thank to use of internal spatial symmetry. Here we present a protocol to design de novo (β/α)8-barrel proteins without symmetry restriction. First, the backbone was created in 4 steps: (I) Rosetta ParametricDesign produced an highly symmetric polyalanine scaffold with no loops; (II) Rosetta Fixed-Backbone Design used the previous output to substitute the alanines in all the position; (III) Loops were constructed with Modeller joining the terminus of the secondary structure elements and (IV) RosettaRelax performed relaxation, creating around 4000 different models. 28 backbone models were selected for the next steps of sequence design. To design the final proteins for experimental validation, 10 cycles of Rosetta Design and Relax were performed. In the first cycle only apolar amino acids were allowed in hydrophobic regions; in the next 6 cycles, amino acids were allowed based on the definition of 3 regions: core, boundaries and surface. All the amino acids were allowed in each position in the last 3 cycles. More than 10000 different sequences were created and analyzed in term of amino acid composition, sequence similarity with natural protein, secondary structure prediction, and molecular dynamics simulations. The 30 best candidate sequences have been selected for experimental verification. [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 detailRelations entre neuropathie autonome cardiaque (NAC), pression pulsée (PP) et insuffisance rénale chronique (IRC) chez le patient diabétique de type 2 (DT2)
PHILIPS, Jean-Christophe ULg; MARCHAND, Monique ULg; SCHEEN, André ULg

Poster (2016, March)

Objectifs : Ce travail étudie les relations entre trois complications diabétiques, la NAC, l’élévation de PP (marqueur de rigidité artérielle) et la diminution du débit de filtration glomérulaire (DFG ... [more ▼]

Objectifs : Ce travail étudie les relations entre trois complications diabétiques, la NAC, l’élévation de PP (marqueur de rigidité artérielle) et la diminution du débit de filtration glomérulaire (DFG) chez le patient DT2. Patients et méthodes : L’étude comprend 79 patients DT2 (53H/26F; 56±8 années; 11±8 années de DT2; IMC 28,4±4,6 kg/m²) analysés par enregistrement continu de la pression artérielle (PA) et de la fréquence cardiaque (appareil Finapres) lors d’un test postural standardisé. Le gain baro-réflexe (GBR, indice de NAC) correspond à la pente de la relation entre les espaces R-R et PA systolique (PAS) lors du redressement accroupi-debout. PP est analysée pendant tout le test et par son augmentation durant l’accroupissement (delta PP). DFG est estimé par la formule MDRD au début puis après un suivi moyen de 12±5 ans. Résultats : Les valeurs initiales sont : HbA1c : 8,8± 1,7%; DFG : 86±25 ml/min ; PP : 62±10 mmHg; BRG : 1,8±1,4 msec/mmHg. DFG est inversement corrélé à l’âge (r=-0,317; p=0,020), très positivement corrélé avec GBR (r=0,453; p=0,008), sans corrélation significative avec HbA1c (r=-0,023; p=0,935) ni avec PAS, PP ou encore delta PP (r=-0,206; p=0,114; NS). La diminution de DFG (-12±23 ml/min) lors du suivi de 12 ans n’a pu être corrélée de façon significative aux valeurs initiales et finales d’HbA1c, ni aux valeurs initiales de GBR (et d’autres marqueurs de NAC) ou de PA, même si la relation est proche de la signification pour delta PP (r=0,20; p=0,060). Conclusion : La forte relation initiale entre DFG et GBR suggère que IRC et NAC sont aggravées de façon conjointe et, possiblement, qu’une des deux complications influence l’autre. L’absence de toute corrélation entre la chute ultérieure de DFG et les autres paramètres initiaux peut s’expliquer par l’origine multifactorielle de la progression de l’IRC chez le patient DT2. [less ▲]

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See detailTheoretical study of the organocatalyzed synthesis of NIPUs
Alves, Margot ULg; Méreau, Raphaël; Grignard, Bruno ULg et al

Poster (2016, March)

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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

Poster (2016, March)

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

Poster (2016, February 27)

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See detailL’ACCOUTUMANCE À L’EAU, UN PASSAGE OBLIGÉ AVANT LA NATATION ?
Mornard, Manhattan ULg; Delvaux, Anne ULg; Delsupexhe, Nadège et al

Poster (2016, February 27)

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See detailAnnual dynamics of pCO2 within bulk sea ice and related CO2 fluxes at Cape Evans (Antarctica)
Van Der Linden, Fanny ULg; Champenois, Willy ULg; Heinesch, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2016, February 26)

Sea ice is a biome actively participating in the regional cycling of CO2 as both a source and a sink at different times of the year. In the frame of the YROSIAE project (Year-Round Ocean-Sea-Ice ... [more ▼]

Sea ice is a biome actively participating in the regional cycling of CO2 as both a source and a sink at different times of the year. In the frame of the YROSIAE project (Year-Round Ocean-Sea-Ice-Atmosphere Exchanges), annual dynamics of sea ice pCO2 was compared with CO2 fluxes measured by automated accumulation chambers at Cape Evans (Ross Island, Antarctica). Results confirmed a general trend of brine pCO2 supersaturation with respect to the atmosphere during the late winter (concentration of dissolved inorganic carbon - DIC - in brine and brine expulsion in the brine skim) leading to CO2 degassing, and undersaturation during the spring (carbon-uptake by autotrophs and brine dilution) leading to atmospheric CO2 uptake. Despite high primary production at the bottom of the ice in spring, DIC profiles suggest that sea ice as a whole appears to be net heterotrophic. Still, sea ice absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere, as a result of physical processes. Some variability in the CO2 fluxes (both in magnitude and sign) could not be explained by variability in sea ice pCO2 but rather seemed driven by variability in atmospheric conditions and sea ice surface properties. For instance, in late spring, CO2 fluxes showed a diurnal variability (from CO2 degassing to uptake) related to atmospheric temperature variations. Large and episodic CO2 fluxes were systematically positively correlated with strong wind events, and large CO2 degassing was observed over thin, wet and salty snow cover. [less ▲]

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See detailRecyclable shape-memory materials based on photo- or thermo-reversible reactions
Defize, Thomas ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Poster (2016, February 16)

Shape-memory polymers (SMPs) are remarkable materials able to switch from a stressed deformed state (temporary shape) to their initial relaxed state (permanent shape) by the application of a stimulus ... [more ▼]

Shape-memory polymers (SMPs) are remarkable materials able to switch from a stressed deformed state (temporary shape) to their initial relaxed state (permanent shape) by the application of a stimulus, such as heat or light. Typically, the shape-memory property is generally observed for chemically or physically cross-linked polymers that exhibit an elastomeric behavior above a phase transition, e.g. glass or melting transition. As an example, cross-linked semi-crystalline poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) is widely studied for the development of SMPs. As most of SMPs are irreversibly cross-linked material, their reprocessing is impossible preventing any recycling. Thereby, reversible reactions, allowing the formation/cleavage of the network, raise tremendous interest for the development of new SMPs. Recently, we reported the preparation reversibly cross-linked PCL-based SMP using the Diels-Alder (DA) reaction between furan and maleimide end-groups of 4-arm star-shaped PCL, well-known to create reversible bonds. After implementation, this shape-memory material was demonstrated to be recyclable, and was characterized by excellent fixity and recovery before and after recycling experiments. However, the relatively low retro DA temperature of the furan-maleimide adducts led to an inelastic deformation during shape-memory tensile cycles. In order to get rid of this drawback, an alternative approach was investigated. The substitution of the DA reaction by a photo-reversible reaction, typically the photo-induced (2+2) cycloaddition of coumarins, was proposed to prepare cross-linked PCL matrix presenting one-way and two-way memory properties, since photolabile adducts are supposed to be stable during shape-memory tensile cycles. [less ▲]

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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

Poster (2016, February 12)

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 detailAnnual dynamics of pCO2 within bulk sea ice and related CO2 fluxes at Cape Evans (Antarctica)
Van Der Linden, Fanny ULg; Champenois, Willy ULg; Heinesch, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2016, February 12)

Sea ice is a biome actively participating in the regional cycling of CO2 as both a source and a sink at different times of the year. In the frame of the YROSIAE project (Year-Round Ocean-Sea-Ice ... [more ▼]

Sea ice is a biome actively participating in the regional cycling of CO2 as both a source and a sink at different times of the year. In the frame of the YROSIAE project (Year-Round Ocean-Sea-Ice-Atmosphere Exchanges), annual dynamics of sea ice pCO2 was compared with CO2 fluxes measured by automated accumulation chambers at Cape Evans (Ross Island, Antarctica). Results confirmed a general trend of brine pCO2 supersaturation with respect to the atmosphere during the late winter (concentration of dissolved inorganic carbon - DIC - in brine and brine expulsion in the brine skim) leading to CO2 degassing, and undersaturation during the spring (carbon-uptake by autotrophs and brine dilution) leading to atmospheric CO2 uptake. Despite high primary production at the bottom of the ice in spring, DIC profiles suggest that sea ice as a whole appears to be net heterotrophic. Still, sea ice absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere, as a result of physical processes. Some variability in the CO2 fluxes (both in magnitude and sign) could not be explained by variability in sea ice pCO2 but rather seemed driven by variability in atmospheric conditions and sea ice surface properties. For instance, in late spring, CO2 fluxes showed a diurnal variability (from CO2 degassing to uptake) related to atmospheric temperature variations. Large and episodic CO2 fluxes were systematically positively correlated with strong wind events, and large CO2 degassing was observed over thin, wet and salty snow cover. [less ▲]

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See detailNitrous oxide dynamics in sea ice
Kotovitch, Marie ULg; Fripiat, François; Moreau, Sebastien et al

Poster (2016, February 12)

Fluctuations in greenhouse gases (GHGs) concentration alter the energetic budget of the climate system. There is high confidence that natural systems related to snow, ice and frozen ground (including ... [more ▼]

Fluctuations in greenhouse gases (GHGs) concentration alter the energetic budget of the climate system. There is high confidence that natural systems related to snow, ice and frozen ground (including permafrost) are affected. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is one of the potent GHG naturally present in the atmosphere, but witch has seen his concentration growing since industrial era. N2O has a lifetime in the atmosphere of 114 years and a global warming potential (GWP) of 298 to be compared to carbon dioxide that has a GWP of 1. N2O is also describe as the dominant ozone-depleting substance emitted in the 21st Century. Yet, there are still large uncertainties and gaps in the understanding of the cycle of this compound through the ocean and particularly in sea ice. Sources and sinks of N2O are therefore still poorly quantified. The main processes (with the exception of transport processes) involved in the N2O cycle within the aquatic environment are nitrification and denitrification. To date, only one study by Randall et al. present N2O measurements in sea ice. Randall et al. pointed out that sea ice formation and melt has the potential to generate sea-air or air-sea fluxes of N2O, respectively. Study on ammonium oxidation and anaerobic bacterial cultures shows that N2O production can potentially occur in sea ice. Denitrification can act as a sink or a source of N2O. In strictly anaerobic conditions, N2O is removed by denitrification. However, denitrification can also occur in presence of O2 at trace level concentrations (<0.2 mg L-1), and in these conditions there is a large N2O production. Recent observations of significant nitrification in Antarctic sea ice shed a new light on nitrogen cycle within sea ice. It has been suggested that nitrification supplies up to 70% of nitrate assimilated within Antarctic spring sea ice. Corollary, production of N2O, a by-product of nitrification, can potentially be significant. This was recently confirmed in Antarctic land fast ice in McMurdo Sound, where N2O release to the atmosphere was estimated to 4 µmol.m-2.yr-1. This assessment is probably an underestimate since it only accounts for dissolved N2O while a significant amount of N2O is likely to occur in the gaseous form like N2, O2 and Ar. Finally, nitrification produces little N2O in oxygenated waters but the N2O production yield from nitrification strongly increases as O2 levels decrease. Hence, it is not possible to distinguish the sources of N2O solely based on bulk N2O concentrations or environmental conditions, while deepened knowledge of processes is needed to well understand N2O emissions. [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 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 detailA glance on characterization of almond kernels from five varieties cultivated in eastern Morocco
Houmy, Nadia; Abid, M.; Addi, M. et al

Poster (2016, February 05)

The Green Morocco Plan is established for 2008-2020 to improve productivity in the agriculture sector and to plant more productive perennial tree crops such as almonds that are better suited for Morocco's ... [more ▼]

The Green Morocco Plan is established for 2008-2020 to improve productivity in the agriculture sector and to plant more productive perennial tree crops such as almonds that are better suited for Morocco's climate. Belgian Development Agency support almond orchards extension in eastern Morocco in purpose to achieve socio-economic improvement. This research is part of a local project (PROFAO) for development of almond in eastern Morocco. The present study evaluates some almond oil parameters fiber and protein content of five almond varieties (Beldi, Fournat, Ferraduel/Ferragnes and Marcona). The aim is to classify varieties on the basis of kernels content of oil and their richness of fibers. Significant variations were found among the five almond varieties examined. Almond oil content ranged from 48 % for Fournat to aproximativly 60 % for Marcona & Beldi. Fatty acids (FA) profiles are slightly different. Oleic acid ranged from 58 % for Marcona to 68 % for Beldi; linoleic acid ranged from 20 % for Beldi to 30 % for Marcona. Saturated FA (palmitic and stearic) were found at levels lesser than 10 %. In almond press cake, total protein content varied between 55 % for Beldi and 48 % for Fournat. The highest total fiber content was found for Fournat (25 %), however Beldi present the lowest rate (16 %). We conclude that Marcona & Beldi would be interesting varieties for almond oil; Fournat seems to be interesting for its richness in fiber. [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 detailVolatile Organic Compounds:a new tool to control barley pathogens?
Kaddes, Amine ULg; Massart, Sébastien ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Poster (2016, February 05)

Barley is threatened by various edaphic fungal diseases. In particular, common root rot caused by Fusarium culmorum and Cochliobolus sativus is causing between 9 and 23 % of yield losses. Today, since ... [more ▼]

Barley is threatened by various edaphic fungal diseases. In particular, common root rot caused by Fusarium culmorum and Cochliobolus sativus is causing between 9 and 23 % of yield losses. Today, since most of the chemicals used for crop protection are being forbidden, there is a growing need of sustainable ways to control these diseases. A recent study has shown that barley roots infected by common root rot emitted 23 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that were not emitted by healthy barley roots. In addition it was shown that the blend of these molecules negatively impacted the growth of the two fungi. The main objective of the present study was to determine which VOCs of the blend were the most efficient in this growth reduction, and to understand their mode of action. We have found that methyl propionate (MP) and methyl acrylate (MA) reduced significantly the development of the two fungi in vitro. We also observed an inhibition of the spores’ germination in the presence of the two esters. The effect of the two molecules on infected barley seeds was also tested. We have observed that the plants coming from the seeds in contact with the VOCs did not develop symptoms of the disease. The antifungal and antibacterial activity of these VOCs on a wider range of fungal and bacterial diseases was also tested in vitro with success The two esters that we have studied could thus be an interesting starting point in the development of a sustainable way to control barley’s diseases. [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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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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 detailBibliothEP : a study evaluating the effectiveness of bibliotherapy for
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; Andrianne, Robert ULg; Bauwens,, Sabrina et al

Poster (2016, February)

Objective. The BibliothEP study aimed to assess the efficacy of a bibliotherapy for premature ejaculation (PE) Design and method. The study was conducted in two phases. First, a sample of 120 participants ... [more ▼]

Objective. The BibliothEP study aimed to assess the efficacy of a bibliotherapy for premature ejaculation (PE) Design and method. The study was conducted in two phases. First, a sample of 120 participants suffering from PE read a concise cognitive behavioural self-help manual for PE (51 A5 pages including illustrations) and were compared after treatment to 66 waiting list controls. Second, 36 subjects received and read the self-help manual and were compared after treatment to 32 subjects having received the same manual plus a complementary brief guidance (45-90 minutes) from a coach not specialised in sex therapy, but who had been specifically trained to support the bibliotherapy intervention (by attending a 5-hour training module). The main outcome measures were selfdetermined latency time to ejaculation, feelings of control, sexual satisfaction, PErelated distress and subjective impression of improvement. Results. At 6-month posttreatment, all participants showed significant improvements as compared to waiting list condition. The improvements were maintained at 12 month. They were slightly greater in the case of complementary therapist support. Improvements were demonstrated for all forms of PE, but the intervention appeared to be slightly more effective when the problem was of moderate severity. In all cases, improvements in sexual functioning were accompanied by improvements in sexual cognitions. Conclusions. The cost-effectiveness of the self-help manual makes it a valuable first-line treatment for any form of PE. Moreover, the outcome of the bibliotherapy process might be increased by coaching from a health worker specifically trained to this aim. [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 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 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 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 detailIdentification of small molecule ligands for the orphan GPCR GPR27
Dupuis, Nadine ULg; Gilissen, Julie; Derj, Anouar ULg et al

Poster (2016, January 25)

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