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See detailBelgian children’s and adolescents’ views on the elderly
Flamion, Allison ULg; Missotten, Pierre ULg; Schroyen, Sarah ULg et al

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See detailEnvironmental impact assessment of bio-based binders: from production to industrial applications
Gerbinet, Saïcha ULg; Belboom, Sandra ULg; Briard, Vincent et al

Poster (2015, October 15)

A binder is used to hold together the fibers forming the mineral wool products (see figure 1). These fibers can be produced from sand and recycled glass for glass wool products (see figure 2) or from rock ... [more ▼]

A binder is used to hold together the fibers forming the mineral wool products (see figure 1). These fibers can be produced from sand and recycled glass for glass wool products (see figure 2) or from rock (volcanic rock, typically basalt or dolomite) for stone wool products. Traditionally, the binders used in mineral wool products are based on phenol-formaldehyde. Due to sanitary and environmental considerations and increased focus on indoor air quality, the producers developed new alternative binders. Especially, Knauf Insulation, a worldwide building insulation manufacturer, developed a binder based on plant starch and called ECOSE. In addition of not using added phenol-formaldehyde , this new binder is also supposed to reduce the environmental impacts of Knauf Insulation mineral wools. Moreover, due to its properties, others applications are now considered for ECOSE such as composite wood panels [1]. The aim of this study is to determine the environmental impact of ECOSE and to compare it with more traditional binders using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. LCA analyzes the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life. In this type of environmental assessment the energy and material flows for the entire life-cycle are surveyed and analyzed with special attention to possible environmental hazards or human health problems. The ISO 14040 and 14044 norms [2, 3] provide the general guidance for performing an LCA. The LCA methodology is first applied to ECOSE main component: glucose. The presentation will present results for glucose production from cereals starches After that, first ECOSE application, glass mineral wool products will be presented in details, including production process (see figure 3). The modelling of the glass mineral wool production process in LCA software GaBi 6 [4] is then described. One of the model specificity is that it allows to perform LCA of any glass wool products produced in Knauf Insulation plants in Europe. The adaptations to the model to allow studying former glass wool product when using phenol-formaldehyde binders will also be presented such as the advantages of this model. Moreover, preliminary results about ECOSE and phenol-formaldehyde glass wool products are explained. Références [1] Knauf Insulation. [cited 2014; Available from: http://www.knaufinsulation.ua/en. [2] ISO 14044, Environmental management - Life cycle assessment - Requirements and guidelines. 2006. [3] ISO 14040, Environmental management - Life cycle assessment - Principles and framework. 2006. [4] LBP, University of Stuttgart, and PE INTERNATIONAL AG, GaBI 6. 2012: Leinfelden-Echterdingen. p. GaBi 6: Software and database for life cycle engineering. [less ▲]

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See detailAgeism among nurses in oncology
Schroyen, Sarah ULg; Missotten, Pierre ULg; JERUSALEM, Guy ULg et al

Poster (2015, October 14)

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See detailHPLC-DAD IDENTIFICATION OF SOME FLAVONOIDS FROM THE LEAVES AND AERIAL PARTS OF BRYONIA ALBA L. SPECIES SPONTANEOUS IN THE ROMANIAN FLORA
Ielciu, Irina-Ioana ULg; Păltinean, Ramona; Cieckiewicz, Ewa ULg et al

Poster (2015, October 14)

Bryonia alba L. is a climbing species, spontaneous in the Romanian flora, which can be found throughout the whole country [1]. It is known for its cytotoxic, analgesic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory ... [more ▼]

Bryonia alba L. is a climbing species, spontaneous in the Romanian flora, which can be found throughout the whole country [1]. It is known for its cytotoxic, analgesic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-rheumatic, laxative-purgative and smooth muscle relaxant proprieties, being used both in traditional medicine and in homeopathy [2]. The main objective of this study consists in the evaluation of the flavonoid profile of this species. The vegetal material was harvested from the spontaneous flora of Cluj county (Romania). The vegetal extracts were obtained by ultrasonication, in methanol. Analysis of flavonoids was performed by a HPLC-DAD method and revealed mainly the presence of C-glycosides, of which saponarine was found as the main compound. Quantification of saponarin was also performed, using the HPLC method, on samples collected at different periods of time. Variation of the quantity of saponarine according to harvested samples was determined. Further analysis are under process in order to investigate the structure of these flavonoids and the pharmacological effects of the Bryonia alba L. plant extracts. References: 1. *** Flora Europea, vol. 2, Cambridge, Univ. Press. Cambridge London-New York Melbourne, 1979, p. 298-299 2. Demarque D, Jouanny J, Poitevin B, Saint Jean Y. Pharmacologie et matière médicale homéopathique, 3ième edition, France, CEDH, 2007. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of CXCL8/IL-8 expression by ZO-1:
Lesage, J; Suarez-Carmona, Meggy ULg; Grelet, S et al

Poster (2015, October 12)

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See detailPROTEKER : Mise en place d’un observatoire sous-marin côtier aux Îles Kerguelen
Saucède, T; Améziane, N; Feral, JP et al

Poster (2015, October 10)

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See detailCross-Cultural Adaptation And Validation Of The VISA-A Questionnaire In French
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; DELVAUX, François ULg; Oppong-Kyei, Julian et al

Poster (2015, October 08)

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See detailCharacterisation of TLR7/8 in equine pulmonary alveolar macrophages
Tosi, Irène ULg; Frellstedt, Linda; Pirottin, Dimitri ULg et al

Poster (2015, October 08)

Purpose of the study: In both human and equine athletes, viral infections are common causes of respiratory diseases and of a sudden deterioration of expected performances. In both species, the underlying ... [more ▼]

Purpose of the study: In both human and equine athletes, viral infections are common causes of respiratory diseases and of a sudden deterioration of expected performances. In both species, the underlying mechanisms are still unclear, and an involvement of Toll-Like Receptors (TLRs), a fundamental link between innate and adaptive immunity, has been advocated. Our objectives were to verify the presence of TLR7 and TLR8, responsible for the early anti-viral response in mammals, in equine pulmonary alveolar macrophages (PAMs) and to assess their function through specific stimulation. Methods used: Equine PAMs were collected by broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL), isolated by adherence and stimulated with specific TLR7/8 ligands (an imidazoquinoline compound and single-stranded RNA), mimicking a viral attack. The expression of TLR7/8 was evaluated by rt-PCR and the ligand-induced production of cytokines (type I-IFNs and TNF-α) was assessed via ELISA. Summary of results: Our study demonstrated the expression of TLR7/8 in equine PAMs. QPCR analyses showed a high relative expression of genes coding for TLR7 and TLR8 on equine PAM. Stimulation with specific TLR7/8 ligands resulted in significantly up-regulated production of IFN-β and TNF-α, thereby confirming that TLR7/8 are functional in equine PAMs and that they play a role in the early pulmonary antiviral response. Conclusions: This study shows that TLR7 and TLR8 are present and functional in equine PAM and that they could play a role in the early pulmonary antiviral response. In terms of future perspectives, it is interesting to suggest that the extensively demonstrated efficacy of TLR7 and TLR8 synthetic ligands in the treatment of viral diseases in human medicine could motivate the pursuit of clinical trials in the equine patient for the therapeutic management or prevention of viral respiratory infections. [less ▲]

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See detailVISA-PF: A Cross-Cultural Adaptation And Validation Of The VISA-P Questionnaire In French
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Delvaux, François ULg; Oppong-Kyei, Julian et al

Poster (2015, October 08)

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See detailLandings profile of small-scale fisheries in Senegal: The case of the Kayar Marine Protected Area
Gueye, Ndiapaly; Diop, Mamadou; Denis, Antoine ULg et al

Poster (2015, October 08)

As marine fisheries in Senegal are in serious decline due to overexploitation, the management of sustainable fisheries requires effective tactics based on scientific data. In order to characterize the ... [more ▼]

As marine fisheries in Senegal are in serious decline due to overexploitation, the management of sustainable fisheries requires effective tactics based on scientific data. In order to characterize the current state of the artisanal fishery of the Kayar Marine Protected Area (MPA), a daily survey of fish landings was carried out between October 2013 and May 2015, and a database was created. Results showed that the landings are largely dominated by pelagic species in terms of weight. In total, 84 taxa were registered, including the species Sardinella aurita, which has been the most landed (30.5%), followed by Trichiurus lepturus (18.9%). These species are mainly captured by means of purse seine. The other types of fishing gear used in the area are the long line and the single line, which target particular species (e.g., Epinephelus aeneus). The temporal evolution of landings shows a period of abundance between May and June, while fishing effort is generally increasing. Regarding the spatial distribution, landings originate primarily from the MPA, where the landing per unit of effort was higher in the Angleterre area compared to other studied areas. These temporal and spatial variations seem to be related to the upwelling intensity which is highly seasonal, habitat features (i.e., presence of an underwater canyon in the MPA), the ecological behaviour of fish species and overexploitation. Our results confirm the need for detailed and extensive population monitoring across fish species. As a result of this study, we hope to provide the first essential information for the integrated management of fisheries in the Kayar MPA and its surrounding area. [less ▲]

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See detailApplying Stable Isotopes Bayesian Ellipses (SIBER) to characterise trophic niches of large cetaceans from the north-Western Medterranean Sea
Pinzone, Marianna ULg; Michel, Loïc ULg; Ody, Denis et al

Poster (2015, October 08)

Diet composition and feeding preferences are of critical importance to understand a species' ecology; better knowledge of these matters is necessary for efficient conservation. Few is known on the trophic ... [more ▼]

Diet composition and feeding preferences are of critical importance to understand a species' ecology; better knowledge of these matters is necessary for efficient conservation. Few is known on the trophic ecology of Mediterranean cetacean populations and the elusiveness of these organisms limits acquisition of new information. Here, we analysed C and N isotopic ratios of skin biopsies of 17 fin whales Balaenoptera physalus, 15 long-finned pilot whales Globicephala melas and 25 sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus sampled through darting between summer 2010 and 2013 in the North-Western Mediterranean Sea. We subsequently used the SIBER R package to explore isotopic niche parameters as a proxy for trophic niches assessment. Fitting of standard ellipses to each species revealed that no niche overlap between the odontocetes and fin whales was present, in accordance with the lower trophic level of the latter. Moreover, overlap between the isotopic niches of the two odontocetes was limited, confirming resource partitioning between these two species. This could be linked with differences in hunting periods and depths and consequently in prey availability. Bayesian modelling of standard ellipses revealed that the isotopic niche of fin whales was larger than the two odontocetes in over 99.80% of 106 model simulations. It is the first time that such variability is observed in Mediterranean fin whales. This suggests possible exploitation of food items from different trophic levels (krill, small fishes) or from other regions, such as other areas in the Mediterranean Sea and the North-East Atlantic. Modelling also suggested that no meaningful differences were present in the width of isotopic niches of the two odontocetes. The very narrow isotopic niche of pilot whales is in strong contrast with the generalist feeding behaviour this species is believed to have according to literature analysis. Our results open new perspectives on the ecological role of Mediterranean cetaceans. [less ▲]

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See detailDecrease of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) over 2004-2013 as inferred from global occultation measurements with ACE-FTS
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Bernath, P. F.; Boone, C. D. et al

Poster (2015, October 05)

In this contribution, we use infrared solar occultation measurements performed by the ACE-FTS (Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment – Fourier Transform Spectrometer) instrument onboard the SCISAT-1 Canadian ... [more ▼]

In this contribution, we use infrared solar occultation measurements performed by the ACE-FTS (Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment – Fourier Transform Spectrometer) instrument onboard the SCISAT-1 Canadian satellite (Bernath et al., 2005). Since its launch in August 2003, this spectrometer has been in continuous operation with no significant degradation of its performance, and global measurements are available from late February 2004 onwards, spanning now more than a decade. [less ▲]

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See detailEpistasis associated to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in humans
Gusareva, Elena ULg; Wei, Zhi; Traherne, J.A. et al

Poster (2015, October 05)

Gene-gene interactions underlie biochemical pathways and have been well demonstrated in model organisms. Very few examples exist on replicated epistasis in humans. Here, we performed genome-wide scans to ... [more ▼]

Gene-gene interactions underlie biochemical pathways and have been well demonstrated in model organisms. Very few examples exist on replicated epistasis in humans. Here, we performed genome-wide scans to detect epistasis associated to Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). We used extensive data of the IIBDGC consisting of 18277 and 14224 CD and UC patients, respectively, and ~34050 healthy controls from 15 European countries typed on the Immunochip. At first, we removed rare variants at MAF<0.05 and filtered common variants at linkage disequilibrium (LD) of r2>0.75. To limit our results to independent effects, SNPs on chromosome 6 (which contains the HLA locus), were furthermore pruned to ensure an LD of r2<0.35. We adjusted the binary traits, CD and UC, for population stratification by regressing out the first 5 principal components in R-3.0.1. The study cohorts were randomly stratified into two subgroups (referred as discovery and replication). We then performed screenings for epistatic interactions with new adjusted trait values in the two subgroups using multidimensional reduction tool MB-MDR with permutation-based (step-down MaxT) multiple testing correction and significance assessment at 0.05. We identified 14 and 6 SNP-pairs associated to CD and UC, respectively, which were concordant between the discovery and replication groups. All SNP-pairs involved concomitant variants located on the same chromosomes (for CD at 1p31.3, 5p13.1, 16q12.1 and for UC at 1p31.3, 6p21.3). A more detailed investigation of these findings, as well as the implementation of different analysis protocols, will further increase our understanding of possible epistatic mechanisms underpinning IBD. [less ▲]

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See detailLa prise en charge interdisciplinaire des patients lithiasiques réduit-elle à long terme le taux de geste urologique pour récidive ?
Castiglione, Vincent ULg; Pieroni, Laurence; Conort, Pierre et al

Poster (2015, October 01)

Certains patients lithiasiques sont hautement récidivants, malgré les progrès considérables en urologie et une prise en charge des facteurs de risque. Nous avons fait l’hypothèse qu’une prise en charge ... [more ▼]

Certains patients lithiasiques sont hautement récidivants, malgré les progrès considérables en urologie et une prise en charge des facteurs de risque. Nous avons fait l’hypothèse qu’une prise en charge interdisciplinaire au long court dédiée au diagnostic du processus lithogène, à l’analyse des causes de récidive, et à la détermination d'objectifs chiffrés de prévention, réduirait le nombre de gestes chirurgicaux pour récidive lithiasique et améliorerait ainsi la qualité de vie des patients. [less ▲]

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See detailCounseling Program For Caregivers Of People With Alzheimer's Disease: A Case Study
Clesse, Audrey ULg; Adam, Stéphane ULg

Poster (2015, October)

It is widely recognized that living day to day with a family member with Alzheimer's disease is a difficult situation for the relatives. Burden generated by this disease can lead to psychological and ... [more ▼]

It is widely recognized that living day to day with a family member with Alzheimer's disease is a difficult situation for the relatives. Burden generated by this disease can lead to psychological and physical exhaustion for the caregiver, called burnout. Several health studies have shown that caregivers are a population at risk, particularly in terms of depressive symptoms (Covinsky et al., 2003), psychological distress (Pinquart and Sörensen, 2003) or health problems (Schulz et al., 1997). They also present a higher risk of mortality than noncaregivers (Schulz and Beach, 1999). Given these results, we understand the major interest of establishing support program to offer therapeutic monitoring for people caring for a relative with dementia. We present Mrs C.G’s case study, who followed the counselling program developed by Adam et al. (2009). This program aims to meet the specific demands of the caregiver by providing informative elements about the disease, relevant advice based on cognitive functioning through the specific profile of the patient and real daily challenges experienced by the caregiver. The “stress management approach” proposed by Zarit et al. (1987) induces the use of coping strategies focused on problem solving. The comparison between pre and post-intervention brings us positive elements, particularly in enhancement of the caregiver’s quality of life, of his sense of competence and efficiency in managing the disease on a daily basis. About burnout, which was the primary focus this intervention, we find that emotional exhaustion tends to decrease during the counselling sessions. A particularly important finding relates to family changes made throughout the therapy, questioning the organization of family dynamics. These positive results show the importance of developing support programs for caregivers adapted to their needs. Moreover, training therapists for this purpose seems essential because it requires a comprehensive and holistic clinical approach, given the neuropsychological, cognitive behavioural and systemic components involved. [less ▲]

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See detailIrrigation Development Support Program - Agricultural water management in Burkina Faso
Traoré, Farid; Wellens, Joost ULg; Tychon, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2015, October)

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See detailFungal biofilm reactor improves the quality of a fusion protein GLA::GFP produced by Aspergillus oryzae
Zune, Quentin ULg; Delepierre, Anissa ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2015, October)

Fungal biofilm is known to promote the excretion of secondary metabolites, in accordance with solid-state related physiological mechanisms. In this work, the potentialities of fungal biofilm will be ... [more ▼]

Fungal biofilm is known to promote the excretion of secondary metabolites, in accordance with solid-state related physiological mechanisms. In this work, the potentialities of fungal biofilm will be investigated in the context of the production of a Gla::GFP fusion protein by Aspergillus oryzae. Since the production of this protein is under the control of the promoter glaB, specifically induced in solid-state fermentation, biofilm mode of culture is expected to enhance the global productivity. However, we found that the glaB promoter is also activated in submerged bioreactor and the fusion protein production is higher in this mode of culture. This result is related to the high shear stress leading to biomass autolysis and leakage of intracellular fusion protein into the extracellular medium. Moreover, 2D-gel electrophoresis highlights preservation of the fusion protein integrity produced in biofilm conditions whereas proteolysis strongly affects fusion protein recovery in the submerged cultures performed at high stirring rate. Fungal biofilm reactor design was then further investigated and the scale-up potentialities were evaluated. Indeed, the specific design investigated in this work involves the use of metal structured packing exhibiting a high specific area and that can be easily expanded to large-scale bioprocessing conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of experimental infection of piglets with a field strain of wild boar HEV, a wild boar HEV strain previously passed in porcine model and a swine HEV strain
Thiry, Damien ULg; Rose, Nicolas; Mauroy, Axel ULg et al

Poster (2015, October)

Domestic pig and wild boar are reservoirs for hepatitis E virus (HEV). This study aims to investigate the infection of pigs with HEV strains from wild boar and to compare the behaviour of a wild boar ... [more ▼]

Domestic pig and wild boar are reservoirs for hepatitis E virus (HEV). This study aims to investigate the infection of pigs with HEV strains from wild boar and to compare the behaviour of a wild boar strain to a pig strain in vivo. The objective is to contribute to the elucidation of the crossing barrier between wild boar and pig with this zoonotic virus. A total of 12 specific pathogen free piglets were divided into four groups and orally inoculated respectively with a wild boar HEV strain previously passed in pigs (WbHEV), a wild boar HEV (WbHEVs), a swine HEV (SwHEV) and a negative control group. One pig from each group was euthanized 15 days after inoculation. The remaining pigs were sacrificed on day 56. A serological monitoring by ELISA was realized throughout the experiment, the viral load was determined in different organs by qRT-PCR. Viral RNA was found in several organs and tissues of the inoculated pigs. Most of the pigs were HEV positive at the 15th day and no clinical signs were observed during infection. Liver enzymes (ALT and AST) remained within the reference values. This study provides experimental evidence of the swine infection with a strain of HEV isolated from wild boar and previously passed in pig. Furthermore, these data indicate the possibility of the transfer of the virus from wild boar to pig, for example, in the context of outdoor pig breeding. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of a HCV patients' education tool: the knowledge questionnaire with confidence degrees
Kerrad, Amel; Leclercq, Dieudonné ULg; Barreteau, H. et al

Poster (2015, October)

13 patiuent ssuffering of C hepatis have received a pretest on knowledge with confidence degrees accompanying their responses. On the basis of thes responses, they received individual education by a ... [more ▼]

13 patiuent ssuffering of C hepatis have received a pretest on knowledge with confidence degrees accompanying their responses. On the basis of thes responses, they received individual education by a pharmacist about their treatment. A post-test, again with confidence degrees, permitted to measure, according to methods described by Leclercq (2009), to evidence objective and subjective gains in knowledge as well in patients' adherence to treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailWhere is the ancient harbour of Utica ? Geoarchaeology and palaeoenvironment of the Medjerda delta (Tunisia)
Pleuger, Elisa ULg; Abichou, Hakim; Gadhoum, Ahmed et al

Poster (2015, October)

Ancient authors mention Utica as a maritime and port city and estimate its origin around the 11th c. BC. However, in the present state of research, no archaeological evidence is earlier than the 9th c. BC ... [more ▼]

Ancient authors mention Utica as a maritime and port city and estimate its origin around the 11th c. BC. However, in the present state of research, no archaeological evidence is earlier than the 9th c. BC, and the location of the Phoenician and Roman port infrastructures remains unknown. Today, the ancient city is located on a promontory in the heart of the Medjerda delta, 10 km inland. This project proposes an interdisciplinary effort to understand the Medjerda delta landscape changes during the Holocene. It starts from an archaeological problem and proposes the contribution of geoarchaeology to the understanding of the relationship between ancient societies and their environment. The fluvial palaeoenvironments and sedimentary processes are studied through the mechanical extraction of cores (15-20 m deep) to reach the early Holocene. Selected sediment samples are then studied in laboratory, using different and complementary approaches. First results permitted to draw an hypothesis of the coastline during Antiquity and to bring out the evidence of an intense sedimentation event post 10th c. BC. The location of port infrastructures will bring initial answers to the question of the foundation of the city. The study of river palaeoenvironments of the Medjerda delta during the Holocene aim at a better understanding of the nature of the settlement, as well as the function of the city of Utica over time. This study will also assess the impact of the ancient city on the environment and understand how the city adapted to the mobility of this Mediterranean delta. Furthermore, the analysis of sedimentary processes causing the filling of the harbour basin will lead to speculation about the causes of the abandonment of the structures and more generally the decline of the city in favor of Carthage. It will also examine whether natural or anthropogenic factors have influenced this deltaic progradation over the centuries. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the interaction between the MtgA and inhibitory compounds
Dahmane, Ismahene ULg

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See detailPerformance evaluation of mid-IR vortex coronagraphs with centrally obscured segmented pupils
Carlomagno, Brunella ULg; Absil, Olivier ULg; Ruane, Garreth J. et al

Poster (2015, October)

In its original design, the E-ELT/Metis instrument envisages a vortex coronagraph in the mid-IR regime for detection and characterization of exoplanets, with a contrast of 1e-4 at 2 lambda/D (~40 mas in L ... [more ▼]

In its original design, the E-ELT/Metis instrument envisages a vortex coronagraph in the mid-IR regime for detection and characterization of exoplanets, with a contrast of 1e-4 at 2 lambda/D (~40 mas in L band). The AGPM (Annular Groove Phase Mask) is a vortex phase mask with impressive characteristics: small inner working angle, high throughput, achromaticity. A non-perfectly circular pupil and non-flat input wavefront result in a starlight leakage, degrading the performance of the vortex coronagraph. In this work, we present end-to-end performance simulations using Fourier optical propagation to determine the quality of the starlight rejection obtained with an infrared vortex coronagraph. We first analyse the performance facing E-ELT pupil variations (segmentations, central obscuration, spiders, missing segments), then pointing jitter and random adaptive optics residual phase screens are introduced to derive more realistic performance. Finally, more advanced concepts of the infrared vortex coronagraph are presented, in order to compensate for performance degradation. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of NIR hyperspectral imaging and chemometrics to quantify roots and crop residues in soil
Eylenbosch, Damien ULg; Fernández Pierna, Juan Antonio; Baeten, Vincent et al

Poster (2015, October)

Discrimination of roots and crop residues, in order to quantify them, based on their Near Infrared spectral signature and chemometrics was tested as a new rapid and reliable method.

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See detailPlankton ecosystem response to the decadal variation of winter intensity in the Mediterranean Sea : a long-term study (1979-2014)
Goffart, Anne ULg; Collignon, Amandine ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg et al

Poster (2015, October)

In the Mediterranean Sea, several studies with distinct data sets indicate that the pelagic ecosystem underwent periods of change in the late 1980s and in the early 2000s. Here we used a unique long-term ... [more ▼]

In the Mediterranean Sea, several studies with distinct data sets indicate that the pelagic ecosystem underwent periods of change in the late 1980s and in the early 2000s. Here we used a unique long-term time series of data collected in the well-preserved Bay of Calvi (Corsica island, Ligurian Sea, NW Mediterranean) from 1979 and 2014 to explore the synchrony between changes in environmental conditions and phyto- and zooplankton dynamics. We identified an almost decadal, long-term variability in winter intensity, with three distinct periods: the 1980s (1979-1988), the 1990s (1989-1998) and the 2000s (1999-2014), which were characterized by moderate, mild and highly variable winters, respectively. We pointed out how the decadal changes in winter intensity affected (i) the duration and intensity of phyto- and zooplankton blooms, (ii) the mean yearly biomasses, and (iii) the nature of the assemblages. High phyto- and zooplankton biomasses were observed in years characterized by moderate and severe winters, and low phyto- and zooplankton abundances were recorded in years with mild winters. Moderate/severe and mild winters were favorable for diatoms and gelatinous zooplankton, respectively. Focusing on meroplanktonic species, we explored ecological consequences of decadal variations observed in the Bay of Calvi for resource management. We highlighted parallelisms with other European seas. [less ▲]

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See detailCanine idopathic pulmonary fibrosis is not associated with herpes virus infection
Roels, Elodie ULg; Dourcy, Mickael ULg; Holopainen, S. et al

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See detailPALEO-DELTA: Palaeoenvironment and geoarchaeology of the Medjerda delta (Tunisia)
Pleuger, Elisa ULg; Abichou, Hakim; Gadhoum, Ahmed et al

Poster (2015, October)

Phoenician Utica remains today largely unknown, as is its role in the Phoenician expansion in the western Mediterranean. Aristotle and Pliny the Elder mention Utica as a maritime and port city and ... [more ▼]

Phoenician Utica remains today largely unknown, as is its role in the Phoenician expansion in the western Mediterranean. Aristotle and Pliny the Elder mention Utica as a maritime and port city and estimate its origin around the 11th c. BC. However, in the present state of research, no archaeological evidence is earlier than the 9th c. BC, and the location of the Phoenician and Roman port infrastructures remains unknown. Today, the ancient city is located on a promontory in the heart of the Medjerda delta, 10 km inland. This project proposes an interdisciplinary effort to understand the Medjerda delta landscape changes during the Holocene. It starts from an archaeological problem and proposes the contribution of geoarchaeology to the understanding of the relationship between ancient societies and their environment. The fluvial palaeoenvironments and sedimentary processes are studied through the mechanical extraction of cores (15-20 m deep) to reach the early Holocene. Selected sediment samples are then studied in laboratory, using different and complementary approaches. The location of port infrastructures will bring initial answers to the question of the foundation of the city. The study of river palaeoenvironments of the Medjerda delta during the Holocene aim at a better understanding of the nature of the settlement, as well as the function of the city of Utica over time. This study will also assess the impact of the ancient city on the environment and understand how the city adapted to the mobility of this Mediterranean delta. Furthermore, the analysis of sedimentary processes causing the filling of the harbour basin will lead to speculation about the causes of the abandonment of the structures and more generally the decline of the city in favor of Carthage. It will also examine whether natural or anthropogenic factors have influenced this deltaic progradation over the centuries. [less ▲]

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See detailTrace metal speciation? An essential aspect of biomonitoring to avoid wrong conclusions
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Donnay, Annick et al

Poster (2015, September 29)

The Mediterranean mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis is widely used as a bioindicator species in active monitoring surveys. As a filter feeder artificially maintained in the water column, it bioaccumulates ... [more ▼]

The Mediterranean mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis is widely used as a bioindicator species in active monitoring surveys. As a filter feeder artificially maintained in the water column, it bioaccumulates trace metals from the surrounding water in their dissolved and particulate forms. However, most monitoring surveys don’t take into account that speciation aspect when studying trace metal accumulation kinetics in mussels. In the framework of the STARECAPMED project, we monitored trace metal concentrations in the flesh of mussels together with their “most bioavailable” dissolved and particulate fractions in the water column for almost 5 months (February-June 2011). Mussels were purchased from 2 little contaminated French shellfish farms (SARL Etang de Diane and ferme marine des Aresquiers), placed in several pouches to allow regular sampling, and immerged near the Oceanographic Research Station STARESO in the Calvi bay, northwestern Corsica. Mussels and water samples for suspended matter filtration were collected every week to two weeks, as were deployed DGTs. Seawater samples were filtered through 47 mm hydrophilic PTFE membrane filters with a 0.45 µm pore size until clogging. In the laboratory, mussel flesh and filters were digested in Teflon vessels with acids (HNO3/H202) in a closed microwave digestion lab station. DGT resins were eluted for 24h in 1.0 M HNO3. Trace metal concentrations (Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ag, Cd, Pb) were measured by DRC-ICP-MS. Analytical accuracy was checked by analyzing CRMs. All the studied metals except Pb and Zn were present in the water column to over 80% in their dissolved form. The contribution of the dissolved pathway was thus likely to be predominant in the oligotrophic Calvi bay. Dissolved trace metals showed little temporal variability of their levels, likely resulting from the integration over time of their levels in the DGT probes and the lack of seasonality of this fraction. In contrast, Zn showed great variability of its particulate fraction during the survey. Such temporal variability was also observed for Cr, more abundant in its particulate form at the end of the survey, and for Mn and Pb that conversely tended to decrease. The dynamic of trace metals in the mussel flesh is regulated by the environmental bioavailability of dissolved and particulate metals, the ecophysiological status of mussels and the trophic conditions of the water body. In the oligotrophic Calvi bay, showing background contamination levels by metals, the trophic conditions played a major role once out of the spring plankton bloom. It led to the increase of metal concentrations measured in the flesh of mussels undergoing starvation. However, some metals such as Cu and Co displayed only little temporal variations of their concentrations, these essential micronutrients being well regulated. The combined study of trace metal bioavailability and mussel ecophysiology in defined environmental conditions allows discriminating against biotic and abiotic factors regulating contaminant uptake in mussels, thus avoiding wrong conclusions about the observed dynamics of the studied contaminants. Mussels are a good proxy of coastal water quality, but their proper use notably requires adjustment of raw contaminant concentrations with trophic status of monitored sites. [less ▲]

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See detailStatistical analysis and multi-instrument overview of the quasi-periodic 1-hour pulsations in the Saturn's outer magnetosphere
Palmaerts, Benjamin ULg; Roussos, Elias; Krupp, Norbert et al

Poster (2015, September 29)

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See detailAnalysis of the retaining wall design problem in the framework of the Tyler Rationale
Charlier, Robert ULg; Bertrand, François ULg; Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 28)

The coherence of any education system lies on the respect of the Tyler Rationale which puts the relationship between the objectives, the teaching method and the evaluation forward. The practical part of ... [more ▼]

The coherence of any education system lies on the respect of the Tyler Rationale which puts the relationship between the objectives, the teaching method and the evaluation forward. The practical part of the examination of the course of Geotechnics generally includes a retaining wall design problem. We listed and classified the mistakes identified in the student answers for the retaining wall design problem. In this classification, the mistakes specific to geotechnics are distinguished from the ones which are not specific to geotechnics. This list allows the teacher to be aware of the most common mistakes so he can insist on things not to do during the learning experiences. The classification is also fundamental. Indeed, if a student failed essentially because of a lack of pre-requisites, there is no reason he succeed by repeating the course in the same conditions. He should be therefore redirected to a self-regulating. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical benefits of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program after breast cancer
Leclerc, Anne-France ULg; FOIDART-DESSALLE, Marguerite ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 26)

Background : Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer in women, affecting 8 women out of 100. With early detection and improved treatments, the number of deaths linked to this disease has declined ... [more ▼]

Background : Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer in women, affecting 8 women out of 100. With early detection and improved treatments, the number of deaths linked to this disease has declined. However, the disease and its treatments are at the origin of many undesirable side effects such as fatigue, anxiety, weight gain and decreased physical fitness. The objective of this study is to determine the physical benefits of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program among women treated for breast cancer (on average six months after the end of the adjuvant radiotherapy or chimiotherapy). Material and methods : 122 patients were included into a control group (n = 61) and a treated group (n = 61). All participants were submitted to evaluations before the beginning of the trial and after three months. These evaluations included functional assessments (a maximal incremental exercise protocol on a cycle ergometer, flexibility by Sit and Reach Test and walking distance by Six-Minute Walk Test), anthropometric and body composition measurements (Body Mass Index and body fat percentage) and different questionnaires on quality of life, anxiety and other symptoms related to cancer. The control group has received no intervention unlike the treated group that received a three-month rehabilitation including supervised physical training (90 min) with three times a week and various psycho-educational sessions (120 min) once a week. Results : After three months, maximal oxygen consumption (p < 0,0001), maximal aerobic power (p < 0,0001), peak of ventilation (p < 0,0001) and time to exhaustion (p = 0,0055) during the maximal incremental exercise protocol improve significantly in the treated group. This observation also applies to flexibility (p < 0,0001), walking distance in six minutes (p < 0,0001) and different physical and psychological parameters obtained through questionnaires. In the control group, these improvements do not appear and a significant increase in body mass index (p = 0,032) and body fat percentage (p = 0,034) is observed while these data remain constant in the treated group. Conclusions : This study shows the feasibility and physical benefits of such a multidisciplinary oncological rehabilitation program in women after their treatments for breast cancer. Additional studies are needed to know the optimal time of beginning (during treatments or after them) and the optimal management time for this support. [less ▲]

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See detailMyoferlin: an indispensable component in VEGFA secretion by pancreas cancer cells.
Fahmy, Karim ULg

Poster (2015, September 24)

In this poster, our laboratory showed the importance of myoferlin, a biomarker of pancreas cancer, in the controle of VEGF-A mediated angiogenesis. Our laboratory showed that silencing myoferlin in ... [more ▼]

In this poster, our laboratory showed the importance of myoferlin, a biomarker of pancreas cancer, in the controle of VEGF-A mediated angiogenesis. Our laboratory showed that silencing myoferlin in pancreas cancer cells, BxPC-3, provoques a decrease in cell prolifération in vitro and a decrease in tumor volumes in animal model. Myoferlin silencing also provokes a decrease in VEGF-A secretion in the conditioned medium and that decrease was abserved in the animal model as a decrease in microvessels dencity. It appeared that this decrease in secretion is due to a a blockage in the exocytosis. Our data also showed a significate correlation between myoferlin expression and microvessels density in patients section. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of the wavelet theory as a tool to investigate the l-abelian complexity of a sequence
Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg; Vandomme, Elise ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 23)

The concept of k-automatic sequences is at the intersection of number theory and formal language theory. It has been generalized by the notion of k-regularity that allows to study sequences with values in ... [more ▼]

The concept of k-automatic sequences is at the intersection of number theory and formal language theory. It has been generalized by the notion of k-regularity that allows to study sequences with values in a (possibly infinite) ring. This concept provides us with structural information about how the different terms of the sequence are related to each other. They are many different notions related to the measure of complexity of an infinite sequence w. A classical approach is its factor complexity. In an abelian context, the analogue to the factor complexity is the abelian complexity where the number of distinct factors of length n is counted up to abelian equivalence. The notion of abelian complexity was extended to that of l-abelian complexity. In this talk, I propose to use tools from the wavelet theory to analyze the l-abelian complexity. For the numerical simulations, I apply the wavelet leaders method that allows to study the pointwise regularity of signals. [less ▲]

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See detailEFFECT OF TRUNK MOTOR CONTROL TRAINING IN ELITE SOCCER PLAYERS WITH LOW BACK PAIN
GROSDENT, Stéphanie ULg; Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Rodriguez de la Cruz, Carlos ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 18)

Background and aims: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a motor control training program on the lumbopelvic motor control (LMC) in elite soccer players with a history of low back pain ... [more ▼]

Background and aims: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a motor control training program on the lumbopelvic motor control (LMC) in elite soccer players with a history of low back pain (LBP). Methods: Twenty-four male elite soccer players (mean age of 18.3 years) filled in questionnaires related to LBP and were divided into two groups: 12 players with a history of LBP (LBP group) and 12 players without a history of LBP (no LBP group). Then, they performed five LMC tests [the Bent Knee Fall Out test (BKFO), the Knee Lift Abdominal Test (KLAT), the Sitting Knee Extension Test (SKET), the Waiter’s Bow (WB) and the test of the transversus abdominis (TrA)] which were conducted and scored (0=failed, 1=correct) by a physiotherapist, blinded to the medical history of the participants. The total LMC score (ranging from 0 to 5) was calculated by adding the score at each test. During the following 10 weeks, the no LBP group conducted a soccer training as usual while LBP group performed an additional specific core stability program (1h/week). Results: At baseline, the participants of the LBP group had a worse LMC than the no LBP group (mean LMC score of 1.1 vs 3.1, p<0.01). The between-groups difference was particularly marked for the BKFO (p<0.01), KLAT (p<0.01) and SKET (p<0.05) tests. At the end of the intervention program, the LMC score of the players with a history of LBP increased significantly (p<0.0001) and was similar to the score of the players without a history of LBP (mean LMC score of 3.2 vs 3.3, p=1.00). Conclusions: LMC can be decreased in elite active soccer players with a history of LBP. Specific core stability program is effective to improve LMC in these players. [less ▲]

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See detailUnderground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity (UPSH) using abandoned works
Pujades, Estanislao ULg; Willems, Thibault ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 17)

Underground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity (UPSH) using abandoned works is an interesting alternative to increase the efficiency of some power plants, which cannot regulate the amount of electricity ... [more ▼]

Underground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity (UPSH) using abandoned works is an interesting alternative to increase the efficiency of some power plants, which cannot regulate the amount of electricity generated according to the demand. UPSH plants can store (pumping water from an underground to an upper reservoir) or produce energy (releasing water from an upper to an underground reservoir) during the low or high demand periods. Two considerations must be taken into account in order to construct an UPSH plant: 1) the alteration of the natural conditions of aquifers and 2), the efficiency of the plant, which depends on the hydraulic head inside the underground reservoir. Obviously, a detailed numerical model must be necessary to design a plant. However, a screening methodology to apply during the early stages of the design of a UPSH plant in order to reject the most disadvantageous sites in a short period of time would be useful. Groundwater flow impacts caused by UPSH plants are analyzed numerically and the main variables involved in the groundwater evolution are identified. The most noticeable effect consists in an oscillation of the groundwater. The hydraulic head around which groundwater oscillates, the magnitude of the oscillations and the time to achieve a pseudo-steady state (magnitude and head reached during oscillations do not vary anymore with time) depend on the boundaries, the parameters of the aquifer and the characteristics of the underground reservoir. From the numerical study, a screening methodology, which is based on existing analytical procedures (solutions for large diameter wells, methodologies for cyclic pumpings and the image well theory), is proposed to assess the main impacts caused in aquifers by UPSH plants and their efficiency regarding the groundwater evolution inside the reservoir. The procedure can be applied in a relatively short period of time and is useful to select those appropriate sites to construct a UPSH plant. [less ▲]

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See detailHydrogeological assessment of diaphragm walls used to excavate deep shafts associated to tunnels construction
Pujades, Estanislao ULg; Jurado, Anna; Carrera, Jesus et al

Poster (2015, September 17)

Deep shafts are usually required during tunnels construction (for maintenance tasks when tunnel boring machines –TBM- are used) and/or the operation stage of tunnels (emergency exits). Generally, these ... [more ▼]

Deep shafts are usually required during tunnels construction (for maintenance tasks when tunnel boring machines –TBM- are used) and/or the operation stage of tunnels (emergency exits). Generally, these shafts are constructed below the water table and by the cut and cover method. Therefore, impervious diaphragm walls are desired for two main reasons: (1) to reduce risks (stability, inflows, flooding, etc.) and outside impacts (loose of groundwater resource, holes and sinkholes, etc.) during the excavation stage of a shaft and, (2) to avoid leaks and inflows of groundwater during the operation stage once the shaft is finished. Given that defects in diaphragm walls are frequent and can relatively easy be repaired before starting the excavation stage, a useful and new methodology to assess the state of enclosures before excavation is proposed. Its use would allow to reduce impacts on groundwater (construction and operation stages) and costs in case of defects as well as to increase the safety during the construction. The groundwater response regarding different scenarios of diaphragm walls is studied numerically in order to propose a successful procedure to evaluate underground enclosures imperviousness by internal pumping tests. The scenarios consist in circular and square enclosures where the diaphragm walls are assumed as homogeneous (with numerous defects) or heterogeneous (one discrete defect). The homogeneous cases are modeled by considering different effective hydraulic conductivities, while the size and position of the single defect is varied in the simulations of heterogeneous walls. An analysis of diagnostic plots and the comparison between the expected and measured groundwater evolutions inside the enclosure, is proposed to ascertain: (1) if the diaphragm walls can be considered as homogeneous or heterogeneous, (2) the effective hydraulic conductivity of the walls (if they are homogeneous) and, (3) the position of a defect (if they are heterogeneous). [less ▲]

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See detailNDS27, the soluble derivative from curcumin binds to and inhibits myeloperoxidase
Franck, Thierry ULg; Derochette, Sandrine ULg; Zouaoui-Boudjeltia, Karim et al

Poster (2015, September 16)

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See detailThe Red Marble of Baelen, an exceptional mid-Famennian mud mound complex in a carbonate ramp setting from Eastern Belgium
Dreesen, Roland; Vachard, Daniel; Marion, Jean-Marc ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 14)

The Red Marble of Baelen from the Limbourg area (Vesdre Basin, Eastern Belgium) represents a member of the middle Famennian (late Upper Devonian) Souverain-Pré Formation (Late marginifera conodont Zone ... [more ▼]

The Red Marble of Baelen from the Limbourg area (Vesdre Basin, Eastern Belgium) represents a member of the middle Famennian (late Upper Devonian) Souverain-Pré Formation (Late marginifera conodont Zone). It corresponds to a short-term transgressive event and eustatic rise during the Famennian, interrupting the regressive megasequence on the Condroz shelf in Belgium. It is the only known or at least the only well-documented mid-Famennian carbonate mud mound complex worldwide, after the end-Frasnian mass extinction that wiped out numerous invertebrate taxa. [less ▲]

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See detailPt-Ni Hollow Nanoparticles for Oxygen Reduction Reaction : Controlling the Nanoparticle Morphology
Asset, Tristan ULg; Zubiaur, Anthony ULg; Chattot, Raphael et al

Poster (2015, September 13)

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See detailCHEMOKINE (CC-MOTIF) LIGAND 2 AS A PROGNOSTIC SERUM MARKER IN CANINE IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS
Roels, Elodie ULg; Holopainen, S.; Teske, Erik ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 11)

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See detailNew efficient organocatalytic system for solvent-free chemical fixation of CO2 into epoxides
Panchireddy, Satyannarayana ULg; Gennen, Sandro ULg; Alves, Margot ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 11)

Due to concerns about global warming combined with the decrease of fossil resources, the chemical transformation of carbon dioxide (CO2) into added-value products has gained interest in both academic and ... [more ▼]

Due to concerns about global warming combined with the decrease of fossil resources, the chemical transformation of carbon dioxide (CO2) into added-value products has gained interest in both academic and industrial fields. To date, the chemical fixation of CO2 onto epoxides with the formation of cyclic carbonates (CC) is one of the most promising ways to valorise CO2 at an industrial scale. Indeed, CC are useful monomers for polycarbonate synthesis and they can react with primary amines to produce 2-hydroxyethylurethane. This reaction can be extrapolated to the synthesis of non-isocyanate polyurethanes (NIPUs) by a step growth polymerization between bifunctional CC and diamines. [less ▲]

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See detailCobalt-mediated radical polymerization for the precision design of novel poly(ionic liquid) copolymers in aqueous media
Cordella, Daniela ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 11)

Poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs) have emerged as a special class of polyelectrolyte materials, featuring tunable solubility, high ionic conductivity, and a broad range of glass transition temperatures. Due to ... [more ▼]

Poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs) have emerged as a special class of polyelectrolyte materials, featuring tunable solubility, high ionic conductivity, and a broad range of glass transition temperatures. Due to their specific properties emanating from the ionic liquid (IL) units and their intrinsic polymeric nature, PILs find potential applications in various areas, such as analytical chemistry, biotechnology, gas separation, dispersants, solid ionic conductors for energy, catalysis, etc. In recent years, controlled radical polymerization (CRP) techniques have been applied to the synthesis of structurally well-defined PILs, with control attained over molar mass, dispersity, and end-group fidelity. In this poster, we will report on the implementation of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) technique for the precision synthesis of unprecedented PILs (co)polymers. We will discuss how an organocobalt complex can efficiently control the growth of vinyl imidazolium chains and lead to PILs with predicted molar masses and low polydispersities under mild experimental conditions, thus at low temperature and using water as a green polymerization medium. The huge potential of this system will be highlighted by describing the one-pot synthesis of all vinyl imidazolium-based block copolymers in aqueous media. This CMRP is unique for providing well-defined vinyl imidazolium based-copolymers for advanced PILs applications. [less ▲]

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See detailIntercalation of imidazolium end-functionalized polyphosphates between montmorillonite nanosheets towards flame-retardant
Carion, Stéphan ULg; Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 11)

Among the additives used to impart flame-retardant properties to polymer materials, phosphorous additives and nanoclays are widely used. The aim of this work is to associate both additives to bring about ... [more ▼]

Among the additives used to impart flame-retardant properties to polymer materials, phosphorous additives and nanoclays are widely used. The aim of this work is to associate both additives to bring about a synergetic effect for improving the flame-retardancy of the material (1). In a first step, the synthesis of an aliphatic polyphosphate end-capped by an imidazolium cation is reported. Secondly, this polymer is intercalated between montmorillonite nanoclays. The strategy used for the synthesis of the polyphosphate is based on the ring-opening polymerization of the corresponding cyclic phosphate by using 1-(11-hydroxy-undecyl)-3-methylimidazolium bromide as an initiator. This polymerization was catalyzed by DBU and a thiourea derivative (2). This polymer was characterized by a set of techniques (31P and 1H NMR, SEC, TGA, DSC). Finally, the cationic end-functionalized polymer was exchanged with sodium cations present in montmorillonite. The intercalation of the polyphosphate between the clay nanosheets was proved by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). This last technique was also used to determine the influence of the intercalation on the thermal stability of the polyphosphate. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel organocobalt for the synthesis of functional polymers
Demarteau, Jérémy ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 11)

Organocobalt(III) with acetylacetonate (acac) ligands is the most representative example of R-Co bearing a labile C-Co bond that can release alkyl radicals under mild experimental conditions without ... [more ▼]

Organocobalt(III) with acetylacetonate (acac) ligands is the most representative example of R-Co bearing a labile C-Co bond that can release alkyl radicals under mild experimental conditions without requiring a photoactivation. The unique isolated R-Co is a short oligo(vinyl acetate) end-capped by Co(acac)2. The high lability of its C-Co bond combined to the unique capacity of Co(acac)2 to reversibly trap alkyl radicals make this R-Co unique for the precision design of unprecedented polymers by Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP). The growth of unstabilized and highly reactive growing radicals formed by the addition of R• to unconjugated vinyl monomers (vinyl esters, vinyl amides, vinyl imidazolium, vinyl chloride, etc;) is controlled by the reversible formation of a weak C-Co bond at the polymer chain end. The lack of alternatives to this R-Co, especially to the structure of the alkyl group, has however placed limitations on post-functionalizations of end-chains. Other functional variants that would enable attractive chain-end derivatizations are unfortunately not available. In this poster, we will address this important challenge by describing an innovative synthetic route towards the preparation of new functional R-Co(acac)2 that are sources of halomethyl radicals under mild experimental conditions. The efficiency of these novel organocobalt complexes for the precision synthesis of end-functional and telechelic polymers will be described. Also, the solubility of these complexes in water enables the facile production of end-functionalized water soluble poly(ionic liquid)s. Further derivatizations of the halomethyl group at the chain-end of polymers produced by this system will be demonstrated by click reaction, largely broadening the range of possible functional groups. Finally, besides numerous applications in macromolecular engineering, this unexplored family of R-Co presents a high potential in radical reactions in organic synthesis by the facile production of halomethyl radicals. [less ▲]

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See detailDegradation of p-nitrophenol and bacteria with TiO2 xerogels sensitized in situ with tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrins
Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Eskenazi, David et al

Poster (2015, September 10)

Heterogeneous photocatalysis is widely studied for environmental applications as oxidative processes can completely destroy organic pollutants such as alkanes, pesticides, dyes, etc. and microorganisms ... [more ▼]

Heterogeneous photocatalysis is widely studied for environmental applications as oxidative processes can completely destroy organic pollutants such as alkanes, pesticides, dyes, etc. and microorganisms. The most used photocatalyst is the commercial TiO2 Degussa P25, which is composed of 80% anatase and 20% rutile and which is active when TiO2 is exposed to UV light ( < 380 nm). Recently, several studies have been performed to extend the light absorption range of TiO2 towards the visible range. In this study, TiO2-based materials doped with porphyrins, a widely used dye for the photosensibilization of TiO2, have been prepared using a sol-gel process. To stabilize the TiO2-dye interactions, free metal tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin and nickel tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin were introduced in situ into the TiO2 matrix during the sol-gel process rather than by grafting. Samples were thoroughly characterized by TEM, X-ray diffraction, FT-IR, DR-UV/Vis and their texture has been examined by nitrogen adsorption–desorption at 77 K. The photocatalytic activity for the degradation of p-nitrophenol and Escherichia coli and Lactobacillus rhamnosus bacteria cells in aqueous medium, under halogen lamp light have been evaluated in relation with the physico-chemical modifications induced by the doping. The low temperature vacuum drying protocol (150°C) used in the present study enabled to obtain porphyrin doped TiO2 xerogels with a high specific surface area, and containing nanoparticles composed of amorphous- and anatase-TiO2. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy attest the presence of TCPPH2 and TCPPNi within the TiO2 matrix. In a first step, the photoactivity of the xerogels is tested for p-nitrophenol degradation. Results show that crystallinity and nature and concentration of porphyrin introduced in situ have major impact on the degradation performances. In a second step, the best xerogel for p-nitrophenol degradation has been used to degrade bacteria. This xerogel degrades E. coli and L. rhamnosus bacteria cells in less than 48 and 24 h respectively. The photocatalytic degradation of a pollutant is thus correlated to the degradation of bacteria since a xerogel doped with the TCPPNi degrades both p-nitrophenol, E. coli and L. rhamnosus. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the magnetic properties of a continuously coated YBCO coated conductor cylinder in persistent current mode
Wera, Laurent ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Hogan, Kevin ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 09)

YBCO coated conductors are good candidates for magnetic shielding applications because of (i) their high current density and (ii) their lower weight compared to magnetic shields made of bulk HTS materials ... [more ▼]

YBCO coated conductors are good candidates for magnetic shielding applications because of (i) their high current density and (ii) their lower weight compared to magnetic shields made of bulk HTS materials. In particular, an efficient superconducting magnetic shield can be built as an assembly of milled YBCO 2G coated conductor tape sections, or, as in this case, a continuously coated cylinder. The purpose of the present work is to characterize experimentally the DC magnetic properties of a continuous band of YBCO film (about 1 cm width) deposited around a hastelloy cylinder of 6.4 cm in diameter. In particular, we characterize the distribution and the time dependence of the trapped field inside the cylinder due to persistent current loops. We also investigate the magnetic shielding properties at several sweep rates when the applied magnetic field is parallel to the main axis of the cylinder. All measurements are carried out at 77 K. The measurement of the trapped field of the cylinder gives evidence that a persistent current of about 80 A can be induced in the YBCO band. Magnetic shielding measurements show that, thanks to the persistent current flowing in the band, the cylinder is able to attenuate by a factor of 2 the applied magnetic field. These results open interesting perspectives for a further development of magnetic shields made of coated conductor cylinders. We investigate how the shielding performances could be further improved by increasing the number of layers and by increasing the height of the cylinder. The results are compared to a multilayer coated conductor cylinder with joints and to persistent current loops obtained with milled coated conductor tape sections. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic shielding properties of a bulk Bi-2223 superconducting hollow cylinder subjected to the magnetic stray field of a nearby magnetic source
Hogan, Kevin ULg; Wera, Laurent ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 09)

Superconducting materials act as efficient magnetic shields thanks to their intrinsic magnetic properties. At low frequencies, their efficiency even surpasses that of conventional ferromagnetic materials ... [more ▼]

Superconducting materials act as efficient magnetic shields thanks to their intrinsic magnetic properties. At low frequencies, their efficiency even surpasses that of conventional ferromagnetic materials. Therefore, they can be very useful for many applications which require low or very low magnetic field in intense quasi-static magnetic environments. The vast majority of studies on superconducting screens has been conducted in homogeneous magnetic field configurations. Few works have been done concerning inhomogeneous magnetic field configurations while those are representative of practical situations. Moreover, those configurations are non-trivial given the magnetic hysteretic behaviour of type-II superconductors. In the present work, we aim at investigating and understanding the shielding properties of a superconducting hollow cylinder made of Bi-2223 subjected to the magnetic stray field of a coil placed in the vicinity. All experiments are carried out at 77K. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of the superconducting end caps of a tubular magnetic shield.
Wera, Laurent ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Hogan, Kevin ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 09)

Shielding a sensitive device against DC or AC stray magnetic fields can be realized very efficiently with high-Tc superconductors. A simple magnetic shield can be obtained with a tube enclosing the device ... [more ▼]

Shielding a sensitive device against DC or AC stray magnetic fields can be realized very efficiently with high-Tc superconductors. A simple magnetic shield can be obtained with a tube enclosing the device, which is protected against external fields until the magnetic flux diffuses either across the tube wall or through the end openings. A better shielding vessel is obtained by using superconducting end caps. In the simplest design, the end caps, consisting of superconducting disks placed at the extremities of the tube, are making a 90 degree angle with the tube wall. Because of demagnetization effects, this arrangement results in a 'weak spot' for the penetrating magnetic flux. In this work, we investigate numerically different shapes for the end caps so as to avoid sharp angles and obtain a smoother magnetic flux penetration. The external magnetic induction is applied parallel to the shield axis. The magnetic flux distribution and the shielding currents are calculated with a finite element approach. The shielded volume is defined as the region where the local magnetic flux density is attenuated below a given fraction of the external field. It is studied as a function of the shape of the cap, its superconducting properties, the aspect ratio of the assembly, and the presence of a cabling hole. Curved and elongated caps, which could in principle be obtained by melt cast processing or different coating techniques, are shown to substantially increase the shielded volume. [less ▲]

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See detailA plea for the creation for inviolate areas to protect reference areas for future microbiology research in Antarctica
Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Willems, Anne; Verleyen, Elie et al

Poster (2015, September 08)

Antarctica is essentially a microbial continent. A surprisingly large biodiversity of adapted microorganisms lives permanently in various biotopes of the ice-free areas (about 44,000 km2). Based on ... [more ▼]

Antarctica is essentially a microbial continent. A surprisingly large biodiversity of adapted microorganisms lives permanently in various biotopes of the ice-free areas (about 44,000 km2). Based on molecular methods and microscopic observations, important findings like the presence of potentially endemic taxa, their survival in glacial refugia since the continent moved away from Australia and South America, and the determination of biogeographic patterns have been inferred. Moreover, Antarctic microorganisms may contain novel molecules with potentially pharmaceutical or biotechnological interest. However, microbial habitats are under pressure as a result of nthropogenic introductions. Indeed, as a consequence of human presence, non-indigenous microorganisms are released from bodies, clothing, cargo and food into the environment (Cowan et al. 2011). The increase of tourism and its diversification from coastal cruises to adventurous expeditions into the continent, as well as the increase of research stations and associated impacts, constantly create new ‘entry points‘ for microbial contamination (Chown et al. 2012). The impacts of such introductions are still unknown, and might lead to a loss of the native microbial biodiversity, or its modification by lateral gene transfer. The technical progresses in molecular methodologies, like we currently see with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), mean that very sensitive high-throughput analyses will become increasingly accessible. They have the potential to describe the microbial communities with unprecedented details without preconceived expectations. However, by that time, we might have lost the pristine Antarctic areas that would enable the scientists to study the native microbial flora, its functioning and properties. The Protocol on Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treaty foresees the designation of Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPA) to protect “outstanding environmental, scientific, historic, aesthetic, or wilderness values, any combination of those values, or on- going or planned scientific research” (http://www.ats.aq/e/ep_protected.htm). However, the designation of ASPAs has not followed a systematic planning, and often focused on the conservation of large animals or higher plant communities. Microorganisms have the handicap of generally being invisible without a microscope and relevant expertise, and needing molecular methods to determine their identity. Terrestrial habitats are protected in 55 out of the 72 existing ASPAs (in total less than 700 km2), mostly based on the need to protect vascular plants and bryophyte communities (Shaw et al. 2014). In 28 ASPAs, the protection targets the lichens, whereas microalgae are protected in 16 ASPAs, cyanobacteria in 7 and snow microalgae in 3. Only 8 ASPAs mention ‘Microbial habitats’, ‘microbial communities’ or ‘soil and lake microflora’. One tool of the Protocol that could be specifically used to protect microbial habitats is the creation of inviolate areas where no visitation is permitted (inside ASPAs, for example). These zones could be set aside for future research (Hughes et al. 2013) and become extremely valuable. After a few decades, they would be unique examples of truly pristine habitats, representative of the native microbial diversity and processes. Such an option would necessitate discussions and consensus with scientists of other disciplines to select these regions, and careful management protocols of the sites and their vicinity (Hughes et al. 2015). In addition, gaps in knowledge should be addressed, like the extent of transportation of microorganisms by natural means (winds, birds...) (e.g. Pearce et al. 2009), and the probability of subsequent colonization of new areas by microorganisms coming from other Antarctic regions or from outside Antarctica. Let’s hope that the dialogue between scientists and policy makers will enable to improve the conservation of Antarctic microbial diversity and safeguard the possibility to study these unique communities in the future with the most advanced techniques of the time. The outcome of these discussions might also be of interest for Arctic and alpine regions. [less ▲]

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See detailA wavelet-based mode decomposition compared to the EMD
Deliège, Adrien ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

Poster (2015, September 08)

We introduce a new method based on wavelets for decomposing a signal into quasi-periodic oscillating components with smooth time-varying amplitudes. This method is inspired by both the "classic" wavelet ... [more ▼]

We introduce a new method based on wavelets for decomposing a signal into quasi-periodic oscillating components with smooth time-varying amplitudes. This method is inspired by both the "classic" wavelet-based decomposition and the empirical mode decomposition (EMD). We compare the efficiency of the method with the well-established EMD on toys examples and the ENSO climate index. [less ▲]

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See detailYear Round Survey of Ocean-Sea Ice-Air Exchanges – the YROSIAE survey
Delille, Bruno ULg; Van Der Linden, Fanny ULg; Fripiat, François et al

Poster (2015, September 08)

YROSIAE survey aimed to carry out a year-round integrated survey of land-fast sea ice focusing on the study of sea ice physics and biogeochemistry in order to a) better understand and budget exchanges of ... [more ▼]

YROSIAE survey aimed to carry out a year-round integrated survey of land-fast sea ice focusing on the study of sea ice physics and biogeochemistry in order to a) better understand and budget exchanges of energy and matter across the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interfaces during sea ice growth and decay and b) quantify their potential impact on fluxes of climate gases (CO2, DMS, CH4, N2O) to the atmosphere and on carbon and macro- nutrients and micro-nutrients export to the ocean. We will present the aims, overall approach and integrated sampling strategy of the YROSIAE survey. We will also discuss CO2 and N2O dynamics within sea ice. It appears that sea ice acts as a source of CO2 for the atmosphere in winter, counterbalancing spring sink. In addition, mineralization in spring appears to alleviate spring CO2 uptake. Intense nitrification in sea ice in spring fosters emission of N2O at the air-ice interface. [less ▲]

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See detailThe leaders profile method: detection of distinct processes in a signal
Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

Poster (2015, September 08)

The leaders profile method is a multifractal formalism that allows to compute non-concave and non-increasing spectra. Our implementation can detect the presence of distinct processes in a signal. We ... [more ▼]

The leaders profile method is a multifractal formalism that allows to compute non-concave and non-increasing spectra. Our implementation can detect the presence of distinct processes in a signal. We present here the first results obtained. [less ▲]

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See detailBIOGEOGRAPHIC PATTERNS IN ANTARCTIC LACUSTRINE PROKARYOTES
Tytgat, Bjorn; Verleyen, Elie; Sweetlove, Maxime et al

Poster (2015, September 07)

Amplified climate change, increased human activity and the introduction of alien species likely form the biggest threat to Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems through range size expansions and contractions ... [more ▼]

Amplified climate change, increased human activity and the introduction of alien species likely form the biggest threat to Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems through range size expansions and contractions, regional extirpation and impacts on ecosystem functions. Despite their crucial role in the functioning of Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems , little is known about the present -day diversity and biogeography of microorganisms such as prokaryotes and microeukaryotes in the Antarctic Biogeographic Realm. Furthermore, identification of the key processes underlying microbial biodiversity dynamics is essential to understand and predict the consequences of global change on Antarctic lacustrine ecosystems. We analysed bacterial biodiversity in a total of 152 lacustrine microbial mat samples, distributed over the three main Biogeographic regions in the Antarctic Realm, including continental Antarctica, Maritime Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic Islands comprising the southern Indian Ocean Province (SIOP) and the southern Pacific Ocean Province (SPOP). We targeted the V1-V3 variable regions of the 16S rRNA gene. Amplicon sequencing was done on an Illumina PE300 MiSeq. Sequences were processed using Usearch and Uparse, Mothur and custom scripts for basic parsing. An OTU cut-off was defined at 97 % sequence similarity, and sequences were mapped against a local GreenGenes database. Downstream analyses were performed using several R packages. We obtained about three million high quality sequences, with an average length of 500 bp. Sequences belonged to 8237 OTUs, and were distributed over 51 phyla and 366 genera. In addition, 649 OTUs remained unclassified at the phylum level and 6263 at the genus level. Mean OTU richness differed strongly between the four biogeographic regions. The lakes from Maritime Antarctica had a higher richness than those from Continental Antarctica. Interestingly, in sub-Antarctica OTU richness was strongly variable, with Marion Island (SIOP) having the lowest and Macquarie Island (SPOP) having on average the highest diversity of all studied regions. Multivariate Analyses showed that microbial community composition varied between biogeographic regions, with Macquarie Island being most different from the other regions. Continental Antarctica, Maritime Antarctica and the lakes from the SIOP share many OTUs, both in the case of Cyanobacteria and other bacteria, but are also characterised by a considerable number of unique OTUs. Within Antarctica, some regions harbour distinct bacterial communities such as the lakes in Schirmacher Oasis, Dronning Maud Land, and those from the eastern and western part of the Antarctic Peninsula. [less ▲]

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See detailCHARACTERIZATION OF TEN STRAINS OF FILAMENTOUS CYANOBACTERIA FROM THE SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS, MARITIME ANTARCTICA
Kovacik, Lubomir; Pereira, Antonio; Dusinsky, Roman et al

Poster (2015, September 07)

The evolutionary relationships of ten Antarctic cyanobacterial strains of the order Oscillatoriales isolated from King George Island and Deception Island, South Shetland Islands were studied by a ... [more ▼]

The evolutionary relationships of ten Antarctic cyanobacterial strains of the order Oscillatoriales isolated from King George Island and Deception Island, South Shetland Islands were studied by a polyphasic approach. Phenotypic observations of the morphological features and genotypic analyses (16S rRNA and ITS sequences) were performed. Based on major phenotypic features, the strains were divided into four distinct morphotypes: Leptolyngbya borchgrevinkii (A), Leptolyngbya frigida (B), Phormidium autumnale (C) and Wilmottia murrayi (D). This morphological identification was in global agreement with the evolutionary relationships. According to the phylogenetic analysis, the ten strains were divided into two major clades, containing related strain sequences with Leptolyngbya morphotypes in one clade and with morphotypes corresponding to Phormidium, Wilmottia and Microcoleus spp. in the other clade. Each major clade was divided into two sub-clades. For the first time, the 16S rRNA gene sequence of a strain corresponding to the Leptolyngbya borchgrevinkii morphotype (A) was determined, on the basis of strain KOVACIK-ANT 1990/4. The closest sequence to our morphotype A is the clone Fr252 isolated from microbial mat of Antarctic Lake Fryxell. Morphotype B is closest to sequences assigned to Leptolyngbya frigida isolated from microbial mats of lakes in continental East Antarctica. Morphotype C belongs to a cluster including strains with morphotypes corresponding to Phormidium autumnale from Antarctica, but also from Europe. Morphotype D is grouped with sequences of the morphotype assigned to Wilmottia murrayi isolated from Antarctica. [less ▲]

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See detailBEDROCK AND BIOTIC INFLUENCE ON COMMUNITY COMPOSITION IN SOILS FROM THE SØR RONDANE MOUNTAINS, EAST ANTARCTICA
Tytgat, Bjorn; Verleyen, Elie; D'hondt, Sofie et al

Poster (2015, September 07)

Antarctica is a continent of extremes; the low availability of liquid water and nutrients, extreme low temperatures and seasonally variable levels of solar radiation exert high selective pressures on ... [more ▼]

Antarctica is a continent of extremes; the low availability of liquid water and nutrients, extreme low temperatures and seasonally variable levels of solar radiation exert high selective pressures on organisms. Consequently, most life forms in the scarce ice-free regions which represent less than 1% of the surface area of the continent are microbial. Despite this, terrestrial microbial communities are poorly studied and the existing data are geographically focused on McMurdo dry valleys and volcanically active regions. Nunataks, mountain tops protruding through the ice sheets, occur along much of the East Antarctic coast and in the Transantarctic Mountains. Among them, several remained ice-free during Neogene and Pleistocene ice ages and thus may have acted as important refugia for terrestrial life. Here we present the results of a broad-scale survey of microbial biodiversity of ice-free regions in the western Sør Rondane Mountains (Dronning Maud Land (DML), East Antarctica). A total of 66 samples from eight different ice-free regions were selected to represent gradients in bedrock type (gneiss or granite), the macrobiotic content (presence or absence of moss, lichen and/or arthropods) and geographic location. All samples were subjected to both genetic fingerprinting (ARISA) and second generation sequencing (Illumina MiSeq 300PE) targeting the V1 -V3 variable regions of the 16S rRNA gene. Mock communities were included to benchmark the bioinformatics pipeline. Reads were processed using Usearch (Edgar 2010), clustered based on a 97 % similarity cutoff using Uparse (Edgar 2013)and identified using the GreenGenes training set. The specific conductivity, pH, water content, and total (TC),total organic (TOC) and inorganic (IC) carbon content were determined and used as explanatory variables in direct ordination analyses of both the ARISA and the Illumina data. The Illumina sequencing resulted in ~600.000 high quality sequences divided over ~3980 OTUs in 28 phyla and 219 genera. No significant differences in richness equaling the number of OTUs after standardization for the number of sequences per samples were observed between high, medium and low TOC content classes for the sequencing data. Redundancy Analysis revealed that bedrock type (granite or gneiss), water content, specific conductance, pH and TOC significantly shaped the bacterial community composition. The ARISA dataset, despite having a lower taxonomic resolution, showed very similar patterns and relationships with environmental data, among which bedrock type remained the most important parameter in explaining differences in community structure between the samples. As the gneiss is supposedly of granite origin, differences in community structure may be related to physical differences between both bedrock types and their weathering products. Preliminary cosmogenic analysis of Pb isotopes of gravel samples indeed suggest a predominantly local origin of the material, yet mixtures with exotic material cannot be excluded in samples from gneiss outcrops. We conclude that microbial community composition is primarily driven by mineralogical characteristics of weathering products in these poorly developed soils, while biotic influences are of secondary importance. [less ▲]

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See detailThe BCCM/ULC culture collection to conserve, document and explore the polar cyanobacterial diversity
Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Renard, Marine ULg; Kleinteich, Julia et al

Poster (2015, September 07)

In Polar Regions, Cyanobacteria represent key primary producers and are the main drivers of the food webs in a wide range of aquatic to terrestrial habitats. For example, they form benthic microbial mats ... [more ▼]

In Polar Regions, Cyanobacteria represent key primary producers and are the main drivers of the food webs in a wide range of aquatic to terrestrial habitats. For example, they form benthic microbial mats in lakes and soil crusts in terrestrial biotopes. They have adapted to their environment, and may present interesting features to survive freeze/thaw cycles, seasonally contrasted light intensities, high UV radiations, dessication and other environmental stresses. The BCCM/ULC public collection funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office since 2011 aims to gather a representative portion of the polar cyanobacterial diversity with different ecological origins (limnetic microbial mats, soil crusts, cryoconites, endoliths, etc.). The collection is available for researchers to study the taxonomy, evolution, adaptations to extreme environmental conditions, and genomic make-up. It presently includes 200 cyanobacterial strains, with 123 being of polar origin (catalogue: http://bccm.belspo.be/catalogues/ulc-catalogue-search). The morphological identification shows that the strains belong to the orders Synechococcales, Oscillatoriales, Pleurocapsales, Chroococcidiopsidales and Nostocales. The large diversity is also supported by the phylogenetic analyses based on the 16S rRNA sequences. This broad distribution makes the BCCM/ULC collection particularly interesting for phylogenomic studies. To this end, the sequencing of the complete genome of 16 selected strains is currently under way. In addition, cyanobacteria produce a wide range of secondary metabolites (e.g. alkaloides, cyclic and linear peptides, polyketides) with different bioactive potential (e.g. antibiotic, antiviral, anticancer, cytotoxic, genotoxic). Bioassays have shown antifungal activities of the cell extracts from strains Plectolyngbya hodgsonii ULC009 and Phormidium priestleyi ULC026. The potential of the polar strains to produce cyanotoxins and other secondary metabolites is currently being studied by ELISA, LC-MS and the detection of genes involved in their production. Due to the geographic isolation and the strong environmental stressors of the habitat, the exploration of these metabolites in Antarctic cyanobacterial strains seems promising for biotechnology or biomedical applications (Biondi et al. 2008). In summary, the BCCM/ULC public collection could serve as a Biological Resource Centre (OECD 2001) to conserve and document the biodiversity of polar cyanobacteria, as well as a repository for discovery of novel bioactive compounds. REFERENCES Biondi, N., Tredici, M., Taton, A., Wilmotte, A., Hodgson, D., Losi, D., & Marinelli, F. (2008) : Cyanobacteria from benthic mats of Antarctic lakes as a source of new bioactivities. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 105(1) : 105- 115 OECD (2001) Biological Resource Centres : Underpinning the Future of Life Sciences and Biotechnology. http://www.oecd.org/science/biotech/2487422.pdf [less ▲]

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See detailThe executive functioning in normal aging: Impact of the cognitive reserve
Simon, Jessica ULg; Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg

Poster (2015, September 04)

There exists a large inter-individual variability regarding the effects of aging on cognition. According to Stern (2009), people who developed a high level of reserve are more resilient to the effects of ... [more ▼]

There exists a large inter-individual variability regarding the effects of aging on cognition. According to Stern (2009), people who developed a high level of reserve are more resilient to the effects of aging that individuals with lower cognitive reserve. In this study, we describe the impact of cognitive reserve on executive functions in normal aging. Ninety healthy participants aged from 60 to 80 years were recruited. We assessed the three major executive functions: Inhibition (Stroop test, Hayling test, TAP Incompatibility subtest), Shifting (TAP Flexibility subtest, Plus-Minus task), and Updating (Letter-Number Sequencing subtest from MEM III, Letter memory task, 2-back task). Cognitive reserve was measured by questionnaires assessing educational level, occupation, leisure activities and physical activity across the life. Multiple linear regressions (p<0.05) adjusted for age, quality of sleep, processing speed showed that elderly with a high level of reserve have better performance on updating. We also assessed the effect of each factor of cognitive reserve separately after adjustment for the other. We observed that people with high level of education have better performance on flexibility (TAP Flexibility subtest and composite score) and on updating (Letter-Number Sequencing subtest, Letter memory and composite score). However, we didn’t observe any significant effect of the other factors of cognitive reserve. These results suggest that the cognitive reserve is related to abilities in some executive tests. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-Reported Delinquency Survey: Comparison of Two Methods Among Female and Male Detained Adolescents
Grégoire, Julie ULg; Mathys, Cécile ULg

Poster (2015, September 04)

Self-report delinquency (SRD) surveys have begun to be used more than 70 years ago to measure delinquency (Porterfield, 1943). Since then, lots of methods have been developed (e.g. P&P questionnaire ... [more ▼]

Self-report delinquency (SRD) surveys have begun to be used more than 70 years ago to measure delinquency (Porterfield, 1943). Since then, lots of methods have been developed (e.g. P&P questionnaire, telephone interviewing, face-to-face interviewing, CASI, ACASI) for data collection (Kleck & Roberts, 2012). Although a lot of researches have assessed the participation rates of these methods, most of SRD surveys are submitted to non-detained adolescents . We have therefore noticed that those methods only allow us to know but little about the participation rate of young detainees and about their motivation to take part in a SRD survey. This research, which constitutes the pre-test of a further larger research, aims to: 1) Identify which method of SRD (comparing Paper & Pencil (P&P) questionnaire and Web questionnaire) has the highest participation rate and is the most attractive for young detained people, and if there are differences between boys and girls. 2) Determine the impact of an incentive on the motivation to participate in a survey, and if there are differences between boys and girls. As a result, we can observe that the SRD survey method doesn’t seem to have an influence on the participation rate of youth from detention centers. Nevertheless, the most attractive SRD survey method seems to be the Web one. As it is also less discouraging, it seems preferable to use this method with these adolescents whenever it is possible. Regarding the different kinds of incentives regularly used in research, their impact on the decision to take part in a survey turns out to be very weak, even nonexistent or negative. It appears that an incentive for juveniles placed in detention centers is inappropriate to increase their motivation to participate. [less ▲]

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See detailSeasonality in human cognitive brain responses.
Meyer, Christelle ULg; Muto, Vincenzo ULg; Jaspar, Mathieu ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 04)

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See detailThe impact of ageing on episodic memory encoding: an fMRI study
François, Sarah ULg; Angel, Lucie; SALMON, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 04)

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See detailEVALUATION OF SV2Alox/Cre TRANSGENIC MOUSE USING [18F]UCB-H IN IN VITRO AUTORADIOGRAPHY
Serrano Navacerrada, Maria Elisa ULg; Becker, Guillaume ULg; MENTEN, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 04)

Background: SV2A is the most studied isoform of the Synaptic Vesicle 2 proteins, which are involved in the synaptic vesicle trafficking. Interestingly, the SV2A has been identify as the binding site for ... [more ▼]

Background: SV2A is the most studied isoform of the Synaptic Vesicle 2 proteins, which are involved in the synaptic vesicle trafficking. Interestingly, the SV2A has been identify as the binding site for the antiepileptic drug levetiracetam, showing a close relation between the epilepsy, the dysregulation of the SV2A levels and the response to antiepileptic medications. SV2A floxed-mice were developed using a cre-lox technique, leading to a strong decrease of SV2A expression in the CA3 field of the hippocampus. We aim here to validate this model using [18F]UCB-H, a novel PET imaging radiotracer with a nanomolar affinity for human SV2A. Methods: In vitro autoradiography were performed on SV2Alox/Cre+ transgenic mouse brain slices. SV2Alox/Cre- mouse was used as control. To obtain a structural reference, brain slices underwent eosin-haematoxylin staining. Images of both procedures were coregistered using π-PMOD software. Regions of interest (Dentate Gyrus, CA1, CA2 and CA3) were drawn according to a stereotaxic atlas of the mouse brain. Results: Analyses showed significant differences in radiotracer binding (p<0.001) between SV2Alox/Cre+ mouse and SV2Alox/Cre- mouse highlighting an important reduction for the labelling density in Ammon's horn, particularly in CA1, compared to Dentate Gyrus where the diminution was less marked. Conclusions: Here, we used the radiotracer [18F]UCB-H to probe the decreased expression of SV2A protein in the hippocampus of SV2Alox/Cre+ mouse versus SV2Alox/Cre- control mouse. Our results contribute to the validation of the model, and encourage us to proceed with further longitudinal and behavioural studies. [less ▲]

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See detailWhy are flux avalanches deflected by a metallic layer?
Brisbois, Jérémy ULg

Poster (2015, September 03)

Sudden avalanches of magnetic flux bursting into a superconducting sample are deflected from their trajectories when they encounter a conductive layer deposited on top of the superconductor. Remarkably ... [more ▼]

Sudden avalanches of magnetic flux bursting into a superconducting sample are deflected from their trajectories when they encounter a conductive layer deposited on top of the superconductor. Remarkably, in some cases the flux is totally excluded from the area covered by the conductive layer. Even if this phenomenon has been known for a few years, there is currently no theoretical model describing it. Moreover, the question whether the deflection would also be observed for a single vortex entering the region covered by a metallic layer is still unanswered. In this work we use the magneto-optical imaging (MOI) technique, based on the Faraday effect, to show that a conductive layer (Cu) can repel flux avalanches triggered in an underlying superconducting film (Nb). We present a simple classical model that accounts for the deflection of a single vortex and considers a magnetic monopole approaching a semi-infinite conductive plane. This model suggests the important role played in the avalanche deflection by electromagnetic braking, arising from the eddy currents induced by the moving vortex in the metal. Moreover, we have found a decrease of the vortex damping coefficient due to the metallic sheet at large vortex velocities, correcting early theoretical descriptions where a linear behaviour was proposed. [less ▲]

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