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See detailThree-dimensional analysis of oceanographic data with the software DIVA
Troupin, Charles ULg; Ouberdous, Mohamed ULg; Machín, Francisco et al

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See detailScreening for chronic kidney disease and other associated risk factors in rural congolese oil company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Sumaili, Ernest; Zinga, Chantal; Nseka, Nazaire et al

Poster (2008, April 10)

This study indicates that CKD and traditional risk factors for CKD are very prevalent in this rural Oil Company. Screenings for these conditions are thus imperative to put high on the health agenda ... [more ▼]

This study indicates that CKD and traditional risk factors for CKD are very prevalent in this rural Oil Company. Screenings for these conditions are thus imperative to put high on the health agenda. Additional studies are needed of the causes of CKD in this company and probably in other areas of the DRC. [less ▲]

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See detailDIVA-4.2.1: presentation of the new features
Troupin, Charles ULg; Machín, Francisco; Ouberdous, Mohamed ULg et al

Poster (2008, April 03)

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See detailDiversité moléculaire des cyanobactéries planctonniques dans les eaux de surface belges
Lara, Yannick ULg; Lambion, Alexandre ULg; Simon, Patricia ULg et al

Poster (2008, April 02)

Les développements massifs de cyanobactéries ou ‘blooms’ sont devenus un phénomène récurrent et de plus en plus important dans les eaux douces du monde entier durant la dernière décennie. Ces ... [more ▼]

Les développements massifs de cyanobactéries ou ‘blooms’ sont devenus un phénomène récurrent et de plus en plus important dans les eaux douces du monde entier durant la dernière décennie. Ces efflorescences présentent des risques potentiels majeurs pour la santé humaine et animale et interfèrent négativement avec l'utilisation des eaux de surface par exemple, pour le captage d'eau potable, les loisirs nautiques, l'irrigation, les exploitations piscicoles. Entre 25 et 70% des blooms sont toxiques. Comme beaucoup de pays la Belgique n'a pas échappé au problème des efflorescences de cyanobactéries toxiques, mais il y a encore relativement peu de données. Durant la dernière décennie, trois projets européens et nationaux (MIDICHIP 1999-2003, B-BLOOMS 2003-2005, B-BLOOMS 2 2007-2011) se sont intéressés à la diversité des cyanobactéries dans les eaux de surfaces belges. Nous présentons ici un arbre phylogénétique élaboré à partir d’ un pool de 249 séquences partielles du gène codant pour l’ARNr 16S obtenu à partir de 31 échantillons d’eaux belges issus de ces projets. Cet arbre représente la mise à jour d’une base de données qui constitue l’inventaire des cyanobactéries d’eaux douces belges. Cette base de données permet le suivi de l’évolution de la diversité observable de ces organismes en Belgique et la surveillance de l’apparition d’espèces tropicales comme conséquence aux changements climatiques globaux. [less ▲]

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See detailCerebral correlates of False Memories after Sleep and Sleep Deprivation
Darsaud, A.; Dehon, Hedwige ULg; Sterpenich, Virginie ULg et al

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See detailCarbon dioxide dynamics in lake Kivu during the dry and wet seasons
Borges, Alberto ULg; Delille, Bruno ULg; Descy, J.-P. et al

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See detailStudy of the acid hydrolysis of pectin extracted from sugar beet pulp
Valepyn, Emmanuel ULg; Robert, Christelle; Paquot, Michel ULg

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See detailAutomatic 1958-2007 daily weather pattern classification applied to an analysis of climatic conditions of wildfires in eastern Belgium
Erpicum, Michel ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Mabille, Georges ULg et al

Poster (2008, April)

The daily atmospheric circulation patterns classification is founded on a 100 km regular grid centred on Belgium. The geopotential heights of 500, 850 and 1000 hPa levels were extracted <br />from the ERA ... [more ▼]

The daily atmospheric circulation patterns classification is founded on a 100 km regular grid centred on Belgium. The geopotential heights of 500, 850 and 1000 hPa levels were extracted <br />from the ERA-40 database on the period 1958-2002 and from ECMWF operational analysis until the end of year 2007. The classification was based on a similarity index calculated on the orientation of exaggerated slopes of different daily geopotential fields. Wildfire occurrences were analyzed in April and September (which are the two months with the most frequent wildfire-days in Belgium) together with monthly frequencies and persistences of daily atmospheric circulation pattern classes as well as with yearly variability of weather climate conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbonyl fluoride (COF2) vertical information above Jungfraujoch by FTIR and multi-spectra fitting: error budget and comparisons with KASIMA 3-D CTM model calculations
Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Ruhnke, Roland et al

Poster (2008, April)

The major sources of fluorine in the stratosphere are CFC-11 and CFC-12. During the decomposition process, fluorine is first present in the form of carbonyl compounds (e.g. carbonyl fluoride (COF2 ... [more ▼]

The major sources of fluorine in the stratosphere are CFC-11 and CFC-12. During the decomposition process, fluorine is first present in the form of carbonyl compounds (e.g. carbonyl fluoride (COF2)). Given its long life time, COF2 is the second most abundant stratospheric fluorine reservoir. Earliest, COF2 vertical distributions were derived from occultation measurements performed by the ATMOS instrument during the SPACELAB-3 Space Shuttle mission in 1985. The Canadian FTIR spectrometer ACE-FTS, onboard the SCISAT-1 satellite, is the first instrument since the last ATMOS flight in 1994, to record COF2 vertical profiles from space. Four years of ACE-FTS occultation measurements are presently available. Several COF2 IR absorption lines located either in the so-called InSb (1-5 µm) and MCT (2-16 µm) spectral ranges can be used to determine its total column from ground-based high-resolution FTIR observations. In addition, we have proposed, during the EGU General Assembly 2007, an original retrieval procedure that allows us to derive information on the COF2 vertical distribution, between 17 and 30 km, from ground-based FTIR spectra recorded at Jungfraujoch. This “multi-microwindows multi-spectra” approach, using the SFIT-2 v3.91 algorithm, has been completely characterized in terms of fitting strategy and information content. Some examples of COF2 vertical profiles inversions were also presented. This year, we will complete the characterization of the multi-microwindows multi-spectra fitting procedure by exposing the full error budget affecting our COF2 partial and total columns products. Also, comparisons with COF2 model runs generated by the 3D CTM KASIMA (KArlsruhe SImulation model of the Middle Atmosphere) will be presented and critically discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations of halogens, CO, CH4, and H2CO at Ile de La Réunion from ground-based FTIR and MAXDOAS campaign measurements
De Mazière, Martine; Vigouroux, Corinne; Hendrick, François et al

Poster (2008, April)

Ile de La Réunion is a complementary site in the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC), situated in the southern tropics, at 21°S, 55°E. In support of a better understanding ... [more ▼]

Ile de La Réunion is a complementary site in the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC), situated in the southern tropics, at 21°S, 55°E. In support of a better understanding of atmospheric chemistry and physics above tropical regions, we have implemented new ground-based MAX-DOAS (multi-axis DOAS) and FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) observations at this site, on a campaign basis since 2002. At present, we have data from 2002 (month of October), 2004 (August to October) and 2007 (end of May until the end of October). Additional campaigns are planned until the availability of a new infrastructure for permanent observations at the Maido (~ 2000 masl), around 2010. Here, we report on the available time series for a number of tropospheric species (CO, H2CO and CH4,) and stratospheric halogen species, comparisons between MAX-DOAS and FTIR data of H2CO, and comparisons of ground-based and satellite data. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of cristallinity index on the stability and physical properties of inulin during moisture uptake.
Ronkart, Sébastien; Paquot, Michel ULg; Fougnies, C. et al

Poster (2008, April)

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See detailMeasuring CO2 in sea ice: caveats and improvements
Geilfus, Nicolas-Xavier ULg; Delille, Bruno ULg; Verbeke, Véronique et al

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See detailOxygen, a tool for assessing ocean tracer transport models
Mouchet, Anne ULg

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See detailLast century Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance projections from IPCC AR4 global models
Franco, Bruno ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Erpicum, Michel ULg

Poster (2008, April)

Results from atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (AOGCM's) for the IPCC 4th Assessment Report are used to investigate surface mass balance (SMB) future projections of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS ... [more ▼]

Results from atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (AOGCM's) for the IPCC 4th Assessment Report are used to investigate surface mass balance (SMB) future projections of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS). The most efficient models for the GrIS climate modeling are chosen by comparison between the 1970-1999 outputs (averages and trends) from the 20C3M Experiment outputs, and the reanalyses (ECMWF, NCEP) as well as climatologies. The SMB is estimated from the summer temperature (from which is deduced the run-off) and annual snowfall from the well-adapted AOGCM's. It is validated with 1970-1999 results from the regional climate model MAR by interpolating the AOGCM's outputs on the MAR grid. However, large uncertainties remain in these SMB projections due to the simplified physic and coarse AOGCM's resolution. High resolution simulations made with the MAR model (which simulates explicitly the SMB by taking into account the surface feedbacks) forced at its boundaries by a GrIS well-adapted AOGCM could bring more precise brief replies. [less ▲]

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See detailLe réseau "Mieux manger à l'école" de la Fondation Roi Baudouin : Quelles synergies à l'échelle locale et régionale ?
Van Hoye, Aurélie ULg; Taminiaux, Pascale; Cerisier, Bettina

Poster (2008, April)

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See detailAnalyse bioinformatique de différents marqueurs génétiques pour la caractérisation taxonomique et génotypique des algues bleues.
Lara, Yannick ULg; Wilmotte, Annick ULg

Poster (2008, April)

Les cyanobactéries (ou algues bleues) sont des organismes procaryotes photosynthétiques considérés comme les ancêtres des plastes des végétaux eucaryotes. Présentes dans différents types d’habitats ... [more ▼]

Les cyanobactéries (ou algues bleues) sont des organismes procaryotes photosynthétiques considérés comme les ancêtres des plastes des végétaux eucaryotes. Présentes dans différents types d’habitats terrestres ou aquatiques, elles peuvent produire des composés bioactifs d’intérêt pour des industries pharmaceutiques, ou encore des toxines présentant un risque potentiel pour la santé humaine et animale. Il est donc important de pouvoir caractériser différentes espèces et différents génotypes de ces organismes de manière indubitable pour pouvoir détecter leur présence/absence, évaluer leur rôle au sein de leur écosystème, ainsi que l’influence des facteurs environnementaux sur leur cycle de vie. La caractérisation taxonomique des cyanobactéries a longtemps été réalisée par l’étude des critères morphologiques. Cependant cette approche s’avère délicate quand ces critères peuvent être altérés par la mise en culture. De plus, cette approche requiert une expérience importante et ne permet pas de différencier des génotypes toxiques. La séquence du gène codant pour l’ARN ribosomique 16S est utilisée pour différencier les cyanobactéries jusqu’au genre et parfois jusqu’à l’espèce. Mais, dans certains cas, elle ne coïncide ni avec la description morphologique spécifique, ni avec la production de certaines toxines. Dans le cadre de cette étude, nous proposons d’évaluer l’information taxonomique et génotypique de marqueurs génétiques singuliers présents dans les génomes de cyanobactéries séquencés d la base de données Genbank. Les distances génétiques entre les parties de 32 génomes suffisamment conservées pour être alignées ont été mesurées. Ces distances ont ensuite été comparées par régression linéaire aux distances génétiques de différents loci précis (ARNr 16S, kaiC, lexA, rpoC1, recA). Les résultats préliminaires montrent un R2 de 0,9141 pour la régression linéaire entre les distances génétiques du gène recA et des régions conservées des génomes séquencés appartenant au genre Prochlorococcus. Ce résultat suggère que recA serait potentiellement un bon marqueur pour génotyper des organismes du genre Prochlorococcus. [less ▲]

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See detailSea ice pCO2 dynamics and related air-ice CO2 fluxes during a flood-freeze cycle (Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica)
Geilfus, Nicolas-Xavier ULg; Tison, Jean Louis; Carnat, Gauthier et al

Poster (2008, April)

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See detailImplementation of hydrostatic constraint in the software DIVA: Theory and applications
Troupin, Charles ULg; Ouberdous, Mohamed ULg; Rixen, Michel et al

Poster (2008, March 31)

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See detailStudy of the role of Sprouty1 in the regulation of angiogenesis
Sabatel, Céline; Tabruyn, Sébastien ULg; Cornet, Anne et al

Poster (2008, March 30)

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See detailApplication of a chemoselective ligation strategy to the M1 factor of virginiamycin
Nott, Katherine ULg; Tatibouët, Arnaud; Rollin, Patrick et al

Poster (2008, March 26)

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See detailOptoacoustic specific detection of prostate cancer using functionalized gold nanorods
Schol, Daureen ULg; Fleron, Maximilien ULg; Greisch, Jean-François et al

Poster (2008, March 12)

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See detailSIGHTING FREQUENCY AND PHOTO-IDENTIFICATION OF BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS (TURSIOPS TRUNCATUS) ALONG THE COAST OF BAHÍA SAN ANTONIO, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA
Holsbeek, Ludo; Cammareri, Alejandro; Failla, Mauricio et al

Poster (2008, March 10)

The sighting frequency (SF), site fidelity, home-range and group composition of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) were assessed during a photo-identification study in 2006-2007. This study aims to ... [more ▼]

The sighting frequency (SF), site fidelity, home-range and group composition of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) were assessed during a photo-identification study in 2006-2007. This study aims to provide first data on this unknown austral bottlenose dolphin population to answer to their increasing conservation needs. Data and pictures were collected during 132 surveys with an average observation effort of 2.8h (SD=1.6) per survey. All clear pictures were analysed using the automatic identification systems FinEx and FinMatch (EuroPhlukes Initiative). The SF was obtained dividing the number of sightings by the amount of effort. Site-fidelity was estimated using the Capture Mark Recapture method and the degree of residency by the re-identification frequency following Culloch (2004). In total, 377.4h were spent searching for bottlenose dolphins of which 57.3h were spent in the presence of 126 dolphin groups divided in 105 sightings. The SF was 0.28/h with and average duration of 43.2min/sighting (SD=0.76). A total of 43 dolphins were classified into an identification catalogue. These recognizable dolphins were re-identified up to 10 days with 44% (n=43) showing a degree of residency (resighting frequency (RF)¿4). The average group size was 6.1 (SD=7.9) ranging from one to fifty animals. Group size increased significantly with the presence of calves and with the distance from the coast. Nevertheless, all dolphins were seen in inshore waters ¿20m deep. The most frequent group formation was loose (34.5%), variable (29.8%), disperse (20.2%) and tight (15.5%). At least 6 identified dolphins, including one mother with her calf, were photographed in the mouth of the Rio Negro 250km from the study area indicating that their home-range is far from limited to Bahia de San Antonio. Data indicate that it concerns a resident but yet unknown population of bottlenose dolphins with a high commercial potential and an urgent need of conservation measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailExtraction of ferulic acid, a natural antioxidant, for potential agro-industrial applications.
Barberousse, Hélène; Roiseux, Olivier; Deroanne, Claude et al

Poster (2008, March 05)

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See detailNorovirus bovins isolés en Belgique en 2007 et investigation de leur potentiel zoonotique par l’étude des interactions virus-celllules
Mauroy, Axel ULg; Scipioni, Alexandra; Mathijs, Elisabeth et al

Poster (2008, March)

Appartenant à la famille des Caliciviridae, les norovirus sont des virus non enveloppés. Leur génome est composé d’un ARN monocaténaire de polarité positive d’approximativement 7,5 kb. Trois cadres ... [more ▼]

Appartenant à la famille des Caliciviridae, les norovirus sont des virus non enveloppés. Leur génome est composé d’un ARN monocaténaire de polarité positive d’approximativement 7,5 kb. Trois cadres ouverts de lecture (ORFs) y sont décrits et l’ORF 2 code pour l’unique protéine composant leur capside. Les norovirus infectent l’homme et les animaux (bovins, porcins, murins). Chez l’homme, ils sont des agents majeurs de gastroentérite sporadique ou épidémique d’origine souvent alimentaire. Chez le bovin, ils seraient également les agents d’entérite bénigne bien qu’à l’heure actuelle aucune épidémie à norovirus n’ait été décrite chez cette espèce. La voie d’infection des norovirus est habituellement oro-fécale, ils sont très résistants dans l’environnement et une infection peut survenir même avec une très faible dose infectieuse. Les norovirus humains et animaux sont relativement proches génétiquement et coexistent parfois de manière très étroite dans nos pays d’Europe du nord. Il est donc logique d’envisager le risque zoonotique lié aux norovirus animaux et plus particulièrement celui lié aux norovirus bovins. Ces derniers sont considérés comme endémiques dans des pays proches de la Belgique et une forte séroprévalence apparente a été montrée dans ce pays. Ce travail avait pour but l’étude moléculaire des souches de norovirus bovins ayant circulé au cours de l’année 2007. L’investigation préliminaire de leur potentiel zoonotique a également été étudiée au travers des interactions virus-cellules. Une banque d’échantillons de matières fécales bovines en provenance d’un laboratoire d’analyse et de diagnostic vétérinaire installé en Région Wallonne (ARSIA) a été constituée tout au long de l’année. Un diagnostic rapide par RT PCR a été effectué pour détecter des séquences de norovirus bovins des deux génotypes décrits actuellement. Les couples d’amorces utilisés, JV12-13, BEC et CBECu s’hybridaient dans les régions codant pour la polymérase virale et dans le début de l’ORF2, régions assez conservées. Ces séquences ont été analysées comparativement à celles isolées dans les années précédentes. Parallèlement, des pseudoparticules d’une souche de norovirus bovin (B309) et d’une souche de norovirus humain (HV) ont été produites comme décrit précédemment avec de légères modifications. Leur concentration protéique a été obtenue par BCA et des lapins ont été immunisés avec ces antigènes. Trois injections de 25 µg d’antigènes dilués dans du PBS et complétées avec les adjuvants complet et incomplet de Freund ont été réalisées. La production d’un sérum hyperimmun dirigé contre la protéine de capside des norovirus a été contrôlée par ELISA. Les pseudoparticules ont ensuite été utilisées pour des études de liaisons sur différents types cellulaires dont les Caco2, cellules connues pour exprimer à leur surface des oligosaccharides proches de ceux des systèmes ABO et de Lewis, ces oligosaccharides étant impliqués comme récepteurs cellulaires pour de nombreux norovirus humains. L’attachement des pseudoparticules a été mis en évidence par immunofluorescence indirecte en utilisant les sérums polyclonaux et un anticorps secondaire anti-lapin couplé à l’Alexa fluor 488. Des séquences de norovirus bovins ont pu être identifiées dans les prélèvements de matières fécales bovines tout au long de la période de constitution de la banque, ces séquences étant proches de celles des norovirus bovins de génotype 2. Une prévalence apparente dans les cheptels bovins de Wallonie a put être déterminée. Au cours de premiers tests réalisés, si les pseudoparticules de HV se sont liées aux cellules Caco2, aucun attachement des pseudoparticules du norovirus bovin à ces mêmes cellules n’a pu être démontré. Nous avons donc montré que les norovirus sont largement répandus en Belgique et leur diagnostic tout au long de la période d’échantillonnage prouve un certain caractère endémique de ces virus en Belgique ; cette constatation rejoignant celles en provenance de pays proches (Grande Bretagne, Allemagne) et de séroprévalence. De ce fait, ils pourraient constituer un risque zoonotique, risque qui pourrait être cependant pondéré par les études préliminaires d’interaction virus-cellules. Des études plus approfondies ont besoin d’être conduites à ce sujet. [less ▲]

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See detailA structured expert judgement study on Salmonella spp. in pork: analyses of different weighting schemes.
Boone, Idesbald; Van der Stede, Y.; Bollaerts, K. et al

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See detailFrom Bouncing to boxing
Terwagne, Denis ULg; Gilet, Tristan ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg et al

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See detailOptimization of the Production of the Amyloidogenic Variants of Human Lysozyme
Menzer, Linda ULg; Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Dony, Nicolas et al

Poster (2008, February 16)

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See detailREconstruction of COLOUR scenes
Sirjacobs, Damien ULg; Alvera Azcarate, Aïda ULg; Barth, Alexander ULg et al

Poster (2008, February 12)

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See detailTalking while walking in multiple sclerosis: Increased difficulty of walking abilities, deficit of working memory, or both?
DELRUE, Gaël ULg; Gryglewicz, Céline; Leonard, Yves et al

Poster (2008, February 02)

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See detailInventaire des dégâts d'écorcement en peuplements résineux
Gheysen, Thibaut ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Arnal, Delphine et al

Poster (2008, January 25)

Une gestion des populations de cervidés en harmonie avec la forêt et les multiples fonctions qu’elle est aujourd’hui amenée à remplir nécessite notamment de pouvoir apprécier de manière objective et ... [more ▼]

Une gestion des populations de cervidés en harmonie avec la forêt et les multiples fonctions qu’elle est aujourd’hui amenée à remplir nécessite notamment de pouvoir apprécier de manière objective et précise la pression exercée par la grande faune sur les zones davantage réservées à la production ligneuse. Les recensements par observations directes constituent souvent la principale source d’informations à partir desquelles il est habituel d’estimer les populations de cervidés et d’établir les plans de gestion de ces populations. Ces méthodes présentent cependant le double désavantage d’être coûteuses en moyens humains et de produire des résultats dont la précision et l’objectivité laissent parfois à désirer. Aussi, certains auteurs préconisent-ils de remplacer ou, à tout le moins, de compléter ces recensements par une observation des dégâts frais affectant la végétation ligneuse. [less ▲]

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See detailPolar lipids analysis from the MFGM by SPE and HPLC-ELSD
Bodson, Pascal ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2008, January 23)

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See detailLa membrane du globule gras du lait (MFGM) : une composition et une structure originale.
Bodson, Pascal; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg et al

Poster (2008, January 23)

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See detailOptiVal: Vers de nouveaux outils de gestion pour les éleveurs laitiers wallons, Prédire la réussite à l’insémination
Laloux, Laurent; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Glorieux, Géry et al

Poster (2008, January 23)

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See detailEffects of intravenous lidocaïne in healthy adult horses.
Amory, Hélène ULg; Lopez Arevaldo, Diégo; Maes, An et al

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See detailSoil physical fertility: thesis project for water-soil-plant model improvement
Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Degre, Aurore ULg

Poster (2008, January)

Quantities of nutrients like N, P and K in the soil are generally assumed to be the more important parameters of its fertility. The physical fertility of the soil such as water holding capacity, hydraulic ... [more ▼]

Quantities of nutrients like N, P and K in the soil are generally assumed to be the more important parameters of its fertility. The physical fertility of the soil such as water holding capacity, hydraulic conductivity…is often ignored. The present thesis project purposes the development of a physically-based model linking agricultural practices and changes on soil physical properties. [less ▲]

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See detailPhospholipids quantification in vegetable oil degumming residues by HPLC-ELSD
Pierart, Céline ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Wathelet, B et al

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See detailHolocene instabilities in GIN sea overflows based on mineralogical and Nd/Pb isotopic sedimentary records
Simon, Q.; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Jennings, A. et al

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See detailDINEOF univariate reconstruction of missing satellite data from the North Sea Belcolour-1 database.
Sirjacobs, Damien ULg; Alvera Azcarate, Aïda ULg; Barth, Alexander ULg et al

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The Belcolour-1 database holds more than 4 years of uniformly resampled MERIS chlorophyll (CHL), total suspended matter (TSM), MODIS-AQUA CHL, TSM and sea surface temperature (SST) over the North Sea. A ... [more ▼]

The Belcolour-1 database holds more than 4 years of uniformly resampled MERIS chlorophyll (CHL), total suspended matter (TSM), MODIS-AQUA CHL, TSM and sea surface temperature (SST) over the North Sea. A first step of the RECOLOUR* project consists in the univariate reconstruction of missing data with the DINEOF method (Data Interpolating Empirical Orthogonal Functions). In particular, the DINEOF treatment of MERIS CHL and TSM images available for the year 2003 allowed an efficient synthesis of the coherent modes of variability existing at the scale of the whole North Sea. For both parameters, 4 modes were retained by general cross validation as an optimum for the reconstruction of missing data. For CHL, the first spatial mode shows the high influence of coastal nutrients outputs (mainly continental estuaries and diffused coastal sources) and the lower concentration in the well stratified central and northern part of the North Sea compared to the southern bight and the eastern English Channel. The spatial trends described by the first mode are permanent features during the year, although slightly enhanced during the summer and reduced during winter. The second spatial mode correspond to the main algal blooming events (spring and autumn) with increased concentrations in the whole southern bight of the north sea, around the Isle of Wight and in frontal alike structure north-west from Denmark. The third Eofs describes well the dynamics of an early phytoplankton bloom occurring in march along the Norwegian coast, where a strong stratification induced by an output of cold water from Baltic Sea provides good light conditions to phytoplankton. Concerning TSM, the first spatial mode shows the dominant influence of large estuaries and of resuspension from shallow coastal sedimental plains. The patterns suggest a general transport of sediments from south-east England up to the northern Dutch coastal waters, as a clear distinction between the stratified northern part and the well mixed and charged southern and German bights. Although these trends are permanent during the year, the range of the spatial variations are slightly reduced during the summer, following the reduction of resuspension, of total sediment outputed by rivers and of advection along continental coasts. The second mode shows a clear seasonal signal. The winter influence of the second spatial mode can be understood as general sediment enrichment due to higher resuspension, but a clear influence of intense winter terrestrial water outflows leading to lower sediment concentration in the plumes then in the surrounding waters. This is clear for the Elbe river discharge, the whole natural part of the Wadden Sea and the Seine river plume. The Scheelde and Thames rather seems to be just neutralizing the seasonal TSM resuspension signal. The Rhine river discharge seems to make exception as no influence is detected in the second spatial mode. During summer, the contribution of the second EOF is reversed with a general reduction of suspended matter concentration in most part of the area but some local sediment enrichment at specific river discharges. Original MERIS CHL and TSM images were filled and reconstructions were produced at a daily interval based on a linear interpolation of the temporal modes. From this, weekly averages could be calculated at stations such as the turbidity maximum of the Scheelde river plume, showing the onset of the spring bloom co-occurring with a period characterised both by the TSM seasonal reduction and by important TSM temporal variability. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimisation of blocked designs in fMRI studies
Maus, Bärbel ULg; van Breukelen, G. J. P.; Goebel, R. et al

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See detailRole of thiamine triphosphate and adenosine thiamine triphosphate in Escherichia coli
Gigliobianco, Tiziana ULg

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Thiamine triphosphate (ThTP) is found in all organisms studied from bacteria to mammals. In E. coli, ThTP is accumulated as a result of amino acid starvation in the presence of a suitable carbon source ... [more ▼]

Thiamine triphosphate (ThTP) is found in all organisms studied from bacteria to mammals. In E. coli, ThTP is accumulated as a result of amino acid starvation in the presence of a suitable carbon source such as glucose, pyruvate and lactate. On the other hand, adenosine thiamine triphosphate (AThTP), that was recently discovered in E. coli, accumulates in the absence of a carbon source. While AThTP is synthesized in E. coli according to the reaction ThDP + ADP (ATP) ↔ AThTP + Pi (PPi) by a soluble high molecular mass nucleotidyl transferase, the mechanism of synthesis of ThTP remains unknown. Though both bacterial and mammalian adenylate kinases are able to catalyze ThTP synthesis at a very low rate in vitro, this reaction is not responsible for ThTP synthesis in vivo. AThTP is synthesized in E. coli incubated in minimal medium devoid of any carbon source. The addition of glucose leads to the immediate disappearance of AThTP and the appearance of ThTP. ThTP production is strongly impaired in the presence of protonophores, even when a high intracellular concentration of ATP is maintained through glycolysis. Our results suggest that ThTP accumulation requires a high protonmotive force rather than a high intracellular ATP concentration. On the other hand, AThTP is synthesized under conditions of limited energy availability, either in the absence of a carbon source or in the presence of a carbon source and metabolic inhibitors or uncouplers. Interestingly, ThTP and AThTP never accumulate simultaneously in high amounts. Our results suggest that in E. coli both compounds might therefore act as specific “alarmones”, responding to different conditions of cellular stress. [less ▲]

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See detailFinite element modelling of thermo-elasto-plastic water saturated porous materials
Luison, Loris; François, Bertrand ULg; Bortolotto, Roberto et al

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See detailDevelopment of Procedural Learning in Children : The “Toy Task”
Lejeune, Caroline ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

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The authors generally agree that procedural learning abilities play an important role in the child development and that they are present early in childhood. However, few studies have been carried out in ... [more ▼]

The authors generally agree that procedural learning abilities play an important role in the child development and that they are present early in childhood. However, few studies have been carried out in this area because of the difficulty to develop tests specifically designed for the evaluation of these capacities in young children. In this study, we presented a new task aimed to evaluate visuo-motor skill learning in the young child. The purpose of the present study was to explore whether procedural learning abilities are present in the same extent in 4-year as 7- and 10-year-old children. Our sample is composed of 60 children divided into 3 age-groups. The task is composed of 5 blocks of 12 trials during which each subject has to use a reversed mouse of a computer in order to “catch” different toys appearing on the screen; 2 blocks of 12 trials was administered after a 15 minutes delay. Our results show an important difference between the groups for the first block; on the other hand, for the next blocks, the results show an absence of age-related difference between participants in our perceptive-motor skill learning task, confirming the idea according to which procedural learning abilities are efficient early in development (the difference observed during the first block being probably due to the intervention of executive mechanisms). [less ▲]

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See detailSedimentological Fingerprints of Recent Earthquakes in Lake Sediments: A Case Study on the North Anatolian Fault (NAF), Turkey
Avsar, U.; Boes, X.; Hubert-Ferrari, A. et al

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See detailHistology and ultrastructure of the elastic spring apparatus in Synodontis eupterus
Fabri, Grégory; Montchowui, E; Vandewalle, Pierre ULg et al

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See detailImplementation of health aspects (ER N°3) in the Construction Products; Directive (CPD) regarding emissions to indoor air
Lor, Marc; Vause, Kevin; Goelen, Eddy et al

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Standardisation work on test methods for dangerous substances released in the indoor air by construction products is currently ongoing at European level. The paper presents a study conducted in Belgium ... [more ▼]

Standardisation work on test methods for dangerous substances released in the indoor air by construction products is currently ongoing at European level. The paper presents a study conducted in Belgium, which compares methods in three different test chambers and aiming at assessing the performance of the products placed on the market. [less ▲]

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See detailTraces of the last earthquake sequence (1939-1944) along NAF from lacustrine sediments.
Avsar, U.; Boes, X.; Hubert-Ferrari, A. et al

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See detailDecreased Thymosin Beta 4 Expression Results in Poor Prognosis and Decreased Survival in Multiple Myeloma
CAERS, Jo ULg; Hose, Dirk; Kuipers, Ine et al

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See detailUse of the daily differencing approach to evaluate uncertainties affecting eddy covariance measurements
Laffineur, Quentin ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg

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The eddy covariance technique is recognised to be the most adapted micrometeorological method to study the exchange processes between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. Like all other methods, it ... [more ▼]

The eddy covariance technique is recognised to be the most adapted micrometeorological method to study the exchange processes between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. Like all other methods, it is submitted to systematic and random measurement errors. A thorough analysis of these errors is necessary in order to set the limits of validity of the method and to quantify the uncertainty that affects net carbon exchange computed with this method. In this presentation, we’ll concentrate on the random errors using the dailydifferencing approach (DDA) developed by Hollinger and Richardson (2005). The interest of this approach is that it requests only single tower measurements and is thus applicable to all flux tower sites. In this approach, uncertainties are estimated by comparing flux values taken at two successive days at the same hour and under similar meteorological conditions. The analysis may be applied to sensible heat, latent heat and CO2 flux densities. It was applied here to the eddy-covariance data from the Vielsalm mixed forest site (10 years of data) and from the Lonzée agricultural site (4 years of data). Both sites are situated in Belgium and are part of the Carboeurope IP network. The study is developed in the frame of the European IMECC project. The absolute and relative random error was quantified for both sites. Their daily evolution and their dependencies on different climate conditions (magnitude of the flux, PPFD, Rnet, wind velocity, wind direction, clarity index) were analysed. For both sites, the absolute random error increases linearly with the absolute value of flux. This is the principal factor controlling the random error. More particularly the response of the random error to wind velocity was analysed. For the CO2 flux, the absolute random error decreases with increasing wind speed. This effect is more important for the agricultural site than for the forest site. The behaviour of the relative random error with wind speed is more contrasted: it generally decreases with increasing wind speed at low velocities but, for some directions may increase with wind speed at high velocities. In addition, the random error was found very dependent on wind direction at the forest site probably as a result of site heterogeneity. [less ▲]

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See detailContrastief taalonderzoek geïntegreerd aanpakken: hoe en waarom?
Rasier, Laurent ULg; Hiligsmann, Philippe; Baelen, Mélanie et al

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See detailSecreted subtilisins of Microsporum canis are involved in adhesion of arthroconidia to feline corneocytes
Mathy, Anne ULg; Tabart, Jérémy; Mignon, Bernard ULg et al

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Microsporum canis is a pathogenic fungus that causes a superficial skin infection called dermatophytosis mainly in cats, dogs and humans. Like other dermatophytoses, the physiopathology of this dermatosis ... [more ▼]

Microsporum canis is a pathogenic fungus that causes a superficial skin infection called dermatophytosis mainly in cats, dogs and humans. Like other dermatophytoses, the physiopathology of this dermatosis remains largely unknown. From a fungal perspective, the infection process can be divided in three steps: adhesion of M. canis arthroconidia to corneocytes, conidial germination, and fungal invasion of the keratin network. The mechanisms involved in adherence of M. canis to epidermis have never been investigated. However, several previously characterized secreted fungal endoproteases like subtilisins (Sub), including the keratinolytic protease Sub3, are secreted in vivo and could be involved in the first pathogenic steps. The objective of this study were (1) to develop an in vitro model to study M. canis adherence to feline corneocytes and (2) to assess whether the Sub are involved in fungal adhesion. An arthroconidial suspension was spread over the surface of reconstituted feline epidermis (RFE). Co-cultures were incubated for varying lengths of time and adherent conidia were labelled using Calcofluor white and counted. In subsequent assays arthroconidia were exposed to the serine protease inhibitor chymostatin or a mixture of two anti-Sub3 monoclonal antibodies (Mabs) one hour prior to the adherence assay. In our model, adherence of M. canis arthroconidia to RFE is time-dependent, beginning within two hours and still increasing after six hours. Chymostatin and Mabs inhibit M. canis adherence to RFE by 53 and 23 % respectively, which suggests that subtilisins and particularly Sub3, are fungal virulence factors involved in the adherence process. [less ▲]

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See detailThe cold-adapted trigger factor from the Antarctic bacterium Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis.
D'Amico, Salvino; Piette, Florence; Leprince, Pierre ULg et al

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See detailEffects of light on cerebral activity
Vandewalle, Gilles ULg; Dijk, Derk-Jan; Phillips, Christophe ULg et al

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See detailAphids adapt their alarm pheromone production according to their social environment
Verheggen, François ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Demoraes, Consuelo et al

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Aphid alarm pheromone—the volatile sesquiterpene (E)-β-farnesene (Eβf) in most species—is released in response to predation and other stresses and typically causes nearby aphids who receive the signal to ... [more ▼]

Aphid alarm pheromone—the volatile sesquiterpene (E)-β-farnesene (Eβf) in most species—is released in response to predation and other stresses and typically causes nearby aphids who receive the signal to cease feeding, drop from their host plant, and disperse. Because aphid alarm pheromone confers apparent fitness benefits on recipients while its production and release likely entail costs for the emitting aphid, it could be adaptive for aphids to regulate their Eβf production in response to variation in the social environment. To explore this possibility we compared the production of Eβf by Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris) individuals reared from first-instar larvae to the adult stage in isolation to that of individuals reared among conspecifics or among individuals of a different aphid species, Myzus persicae (Sulzer). Levels of EβF produced in each treatment were assayed by GC-FID quantification of EβF in volatiles collected from crushed aphids. Production of EβF by A. pisum reared in isolation (14.4ng/aphid) was significantly lower than that of aphids reared in a colony of conspecifics (49.1ng/aphid), reared in a M. persicae colony (31.5ng/aphid) or reared among conspecifics of another aaphid clone (52.7ng/aphid). Though A. pisum individuals in our experiments produced less EβF when reared among M. persicae than among conspecifics, this difference was not statistically significant. In a separate experiment we reared A. pisum individuals in isolation and exposed them to the odor of conspecifics. Under these conditions, EβF production was similar to that of aphids reared among conspecifics, suggesting that aphids use volatile cues to assess their social environment and regulate their production of alarm pheromone accordingly. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of ATM regulation by TGF-beta
Paupert, Jenny ULg; Barcellos-Hoff, Mary-Helen

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See detailSTUDY OF PEGYLATED LIPOSOMES CRYOPROTECTION IN TERMS OF RETENTION EFFICIENCY
Ducat, Emilie ULg; Evrard, Brigitte ULg; Piel, Géraldine ULg

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Purpose: Print 3G, a peptidic antagonist of oncoproteins involved in breast cancer, was encapsulated in PEGylated liposomes. Seeing its temperature instability, this peptide must be stored at – 20°C. In ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Print 3G, a peptidic antagonist of oncoproteins involved in breast cancer, was encapsulated in PEGylated liposomes. Seeing its temperature instability, this peptide must be stored at – 20°C. In this study, the cryoprotection of PEGylated liposomes was investigated to ensure their stability in terms of size and retention capacity when frozen. Calcein, a self-quenching fluorescent marker encapsulated in liposomes, was used as a tracer of liposome integrity. The release of calcein was studied before and after freezing, with or without cryoprotectants at several concentrations. Methods: Unilamellar vesicles made of SPC:CHOL:mPEG-750-DSPE (47:47:6) or SPC:CHOL:mPEG-2000-DSPE (47:47:6) were prepared by the film evaporation method. Size of the liposomes dispersions containing a cryoprotectant (sucrose, trehalose or lysine) at various concentrations were measured by photon correlation spectroscopy before and after freezing. From these results, two cryoprotectants (at the best molar ratio of sugar-to-lipid) were chosen for future experiments with calcein. Its release from the inner cavity of liposomes was measured fluorometrically before and after freezing, with or without cryoprotectant. The percentage of calcein retained was determined at excitation and emission wavelengths of 490 and 520 nm, respectively. The liposomes were prepared with cryoprotectant either only outside the vesicles or both inside and outside. Results: In regards to the results obtained with PCS, sucrose and trehalose (molar ratio of sugar-to-lipid = 4) were selected for calcein experiments. The best results in terms of retention efficiency were obtained using cryoprotectant inside and outside the vesicles. Liposomes containing mPEG-750-DSPE show the best retention efficiency after freezing with trehalose (75.42 ± 2.39 %, n=3) in comparison with sucrose (62.16 ± 4.34 %, n=3). Liposomes containing mPEG-2000-DSPE doesn’t show significant difference (T-Test) between trehalose (84.27 ± 5.05%, n=3) and sucrose (83.38 ± 3.18 %, n=3). In the future experiments, these results will be compared with experiments of frozen liposomes encapsulating Print 3G. Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the Ministry of the Walloon Region. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of the content of partially hydrogenated oils on the physical and structural properties of bakery margarines
Cavillot, V; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Kervyn de meerendré, M. et al

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See detailModel of Irrigation Development for Floodplain of the Tonle Sap Great Lake
someth, Paradis; Kubo, n; Ly, Sarann ULg et al

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Rice is a staple crop in Cambodia. To meet the large requirement of rice consumption due to rapid increased population and to boost the economy, the rice production in this country needs to be enhanced ... [more ▼]

Rice is a staple crop in Cambodia. To meet the large requirement of rice consumption due to rapid increased population and to boost the economy, the rice production in this country needs to be enhanced. The Tonle Sap Great Lake of Cambodia has huge floodplain suitable for large amount for rice production and potential water resources for rice-based farming system. Due to large variation of water level of the lake, some areas around the lake are flooded in wet season and shortage of water in dry season. Studies to exploit the flood and the water rsources of the lake and its tributaries have not been well conducted yet. The West Baray and Batheay irrigation systems are located in the floodplain of the Tonle Sap Great Lake and the Mekong River. In this research, the irrigation systems are studied as model sites for future development of the floodplain of the Tonle Sap Great Lake. [less ▲]

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See detailA blue oxidase from the white continent
Roulling, Fredéric; Verté, F.; Feller, Georges ULg

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See detailRecent climatic instability in Poland and effect of Little Ice Age on human activities
De Vleeschouwer, F.; Lamentovicz, M.; Piotrowska, N. et al

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See detailDevelopment of a "pre-anthropogenic" peat standard for geochemical, paleo-environmental and archaeological investigations
Le Roux; De Vleeschouwer, F.; Cheburkin et al

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