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See detailVers une transition durable des quartiers urbains. Formulation d'un modèle d'innovation applicable à la politique des quartiers.
Ruelle, Christine ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

La thèse démontre que la transition durable se produit de manière très inégale dans les quartiers urbains. Elle explore alors la question de l'action publique et de la manière dont les pouvoirs publics ... [more ▼]

La thèse démontre que la transition durable se produit de manière très inégale dans les quartiers urbains. Elle explore alors la question de l'action publique et de la manière dont les pouvoirs publics pourraient soutenir cette transition durable dans les quartiers. En particulier, le potentiel de la "politique des quartiers" est analysé et des amélioration sont proposées. La recherche-action est ensuite mobilisée pour pour enrichir cette politique de nouveaux instruments d'action, plus adaptés pour engager les habitants dans la dynamique de transition durable de leur quartier. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical Assessment of Non-Lethal Projectile Thoracic Impacts
Nsiampa Ndompetelo, ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Anti-personnel Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW) are weapons that are designed to impart sufficient effect onto a person in order to deter uncivil, suspect or hazardous behaviour with a low probability of severe ... [more ▼]

Anti-personnel Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW) are weapons that are designed to impart sufficient effect onto a person in order to deter uncivil, suspect or hazardous behaviour with a low probability of severe or fatal injury. They are used both by military and law enforcement in situations of low-intensity conflicts like riot control, access denial, peacekeeping missions i.e. situations where the use of lethal force is not appropriate nor desired. The most used of these weapons are the Kinetic Energy Non-Lethal Weapons (KENLW). The underlying principle of KENLW is to launch a projectile with a mass varying between 5 g and 140 g at initial velocity up to 160 m/s, which by a mechanical action on the target, will cause enough physical pain to incapacitate or repel the target. But their use is not without risk as in practice, the impacts of Kinetic Energy Non-Lethal (KENL) projectiles on the human thorax resulted in injuries, some of the them were severe even fatal. Therefore there is a need to develop methods of assessment. These assessment methods are essential in order to help deciders in charge of non- lethal weapon procurement with technical information so they can choose the best product (weapon or projectile) available on the market; to give relevant information to the manufacturers in either developing new weapons or projectiles that are more effective, or improving the existing ones, and finally to the end-users (military or police forces) of these weapons, information on operational distance of engagement. In practice, it has been observed that the thorax is the body region where the impacts of KNL projectiles led to more significant injuries than other parts of the body apart from the head which is never targeted at. Therefore in the present thesis, only assessment of thoracic impacts is investigated. Besides tests on PMHS (Post Mortem Human Subjects), animals or human surrogates, one powerful tool that is used nowadays to assess the thoracic impacts is the finite element method (FEM). It has many advantages like the capability of accounting for complex geometries or complex material modelling and its cost-effectiveness. It also gives insight into physical variables (stresses, strains,...) inside the material which are inaccessible by other means. It helps for a better understanding of the injury mechanism. Moreover, it helps to reduce cadavers or animal testings. In the present thesis, only FEM is considered as tool for injury risk assessment. On the one hand, a thorax finite element (FE) model, the SHTIM (Surrogate Human Thorax Impact Model) has been developed for the injury risk assessment. Number of assumptions has been made relative to the thorax geometry and the material characteristics are based on literature. The model has been validated thanks to the results of experiments carried out by professor C. Bir. A viscous injury criterion was defined as the parameter relevant for the occurrence of the thorax skeletal injury. This criterion is used in the present thesis for the prediction of the thoracic injury outcome. On the other hand, FE models of six projectiles have been developed where most of material characteristics were taken from the literature. For the 40 mm sponge grenades, a new method of characterizing the deformable nose has been developed. The projectile FE models were validated by comparing numerical results to experimental results obtained from real firing tests of the projectile against a rigid wall structure. These firing tests have been performed within the Department ABAL. Good correspondence was found. Once the thorax FE model and the projectile FE models validated, numerical simulations of the impact between the thorax and the projectile were performed. Using the viscous injury criterion, risk assessment of the thorax impacts was carried out. For each projectile, a critical velocity was determined which thanks to the retardation can be linked to a minimum firing distance, the safe distance. This is the distance below which an impact will result in a higher risk of skeletal thoracic injury. This information is very important for the end-users (military, police). Moreover comparison of the performance of different KENL projectiles was carried out. Few years ago, the Department ABAL acquired a thorax mechanical surrogate, the 3RBID (3 Rib Ballistic Impact Dummy) for the prediction of thoracic injury. It was an opportunity to compare both surrogates and to see if the SHTIM results are consistent with the 3RBID results. Good correspondence has been found especially for projectiles with larger diameter like the 40 mm sponge grenades. [less ▲]

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See detailA Selective and Highly Sensitive MIR Photoacuostic Sensor for Trace Gas Monitoring
Lassen, M; Lamar, L; Balslev-Harder, D et al

Conference (2016, June 28)

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See detailL'acétonémie : un bien ou un mal nécessaire pour la vache laitière ?
Beckers, Yves ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

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See detailMapping and investigating phase anomalies in GPS data onboard Low Earth Orbiters
Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Bruinsma, Sean; Loyer, Sylvain et al

Poster (2016, June 28)

To face important societal challenges like sea level variations, climate change and natural hazards management (tsunami detection, earthquakes, crustal deformations…), modern science rely more and more on ... [more ▼]

To face important societal challenges like sea level variations, climate change and natural hazards management (tsunami detection, earthquakes, crustal deformations…), modern science rely more and more on precise geodesy. Precise Orbit Determination (POD) is of major concern in the frame of altimetry or gravity recovery missions like GOCE or GRACE. Using the GPS receiver onboard, orbits at cm-level accuracy are generally achieved in both kinematic and reduced-dynamic approaches using dual frequency code and phase measurements. GPS data processing generally uses the Ionospheric-Free (IF) combination to get rid of the ionospheric delay, which is varying with the season, latitude, local time and solar activity. However, large discrepancies in the orbit determination are still observed over polar and equatorial regions, which turn into artefacts and errors in the derived scientific products (gravity field, sea surface height…). More precisely, large RMS values are strongly correlated to phase anomalies occurring on GPS receivers: cycle slips, data unavailability or enhanced measurement noise, especially on L2 signal. Phase anomalies are generally observed when the satellite orbit crosses regions where ionospheric scintillations occur, which are defined as rapid fluctuations in phase and amplitude of the GNSS signals. The occurrence of scintillations exhibits large day-to-day variations and depends mainly on geomagnetic latitude, season and local time. At low latitudes, maximum occurrence of scintillations is observed 15-20° on either side of the geomagnetic equator. Scintillations also occur at auroral and polar latitudes, where their intensity increases with increasing geomagnetic activity. This paper aims at detecting, mapping and understanding the phase anomalies experienced by LEO satellites and analyzing their correlation with geomagnetic activity, latitude, season and local time. Several LEO satellites at different altitudes are analyzed (e.g. SWARM, GRACE or JASON), which allows a multi-layer analysis of the underlying ionospheric phenomenon, including scintillation. The latter are generally measured with several indices, like the amplitude index S4 or the phase index SigmaPhi (σφ), which are usually derived from 100Hz measurements performed by dedicated scintillation monitors. In this study, we compute a similar index (called pseudo-σφ) using GPS phase data at 1Hz coming from POD GNSS antenna. A detailed study of the occurrence rate and the severity of pseudo-σφ, together with cycle slips and other spurious phase data, will be performed for different LEO satellites. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the temporal dynamics of suspended sediment fluxes using discrete sampling and continuous turbidity measurements in the Meuse and Scheldt watersheds (Wallonia, Belgium)
Van Campenhout, Jean ULg

Conference (2016, June 27)

Soil erosion may be apprehended at different scales and different time intervals in order to quantify the transport of suspended sediment at the outlet of large watersheds. In the Walloon region, several ... [more ▼]

Soil erosion may be apprehended at different scales and different time intervals in order to quantify the transport of suspended sediment at the outlet of large watersheds. In the Walloon region, several projects were conducted to estimate the erosion rates in watersheds ranging from 16 to 2900 km². Both discrete sampling methods (allowing the coverage of a large area through field campaigns during major floods or moderate hydrological events) and continuous turbidity measurements devices (studying a small number of locations with a small sampling interval and a wide range of sampled flow rates) were tested in these projects. At the region scale (Figure 1), the mean annual sediment erosion rate reaches several hundreds of tons per square kilometre and per year in the loess belt (Senne, Dyle and Gette watersheds) with a huge sensibility to extreme hydrological events while the mean annual sediment transport value reaches 20 t.km-2.yr-1 in Lorraine, 34 t.km-2.yr-1 in Ardenne and 69 t.km-2.yr-1 in Entre-Vesdre-et-Meuse. The aims of our researches are 1) the determination of the effect of the sampling frequency on the annual sediment transport rate estimation ; 2) the definition of the prerequisites to perform efficient turbidity measurements in rivers with high suspended load concentrations ; 3) the identification of the sources of errors due to the interpolation methods through a comparison of several methods proposed in the literature allowing the quantification of long-term erosion rates using a small number of discrete samples ; 4) the observation and explanation of clockwise and anti-clockwise hysteresis loops in relationship with the sequence of floods occurring in large watersheds and 5) the highlighting of the regional differentiation in the erosion rates, particle size and proportion of organic matter in the suspended load samples due to spatial variations of the soil substrate and the land cover characteristics. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical education and leisure: What’s the link?
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2016, June 27)

All around the world, practitioners and researchers point out that people are becoming less and less physically active and adopt more and more sedentary behaviours. Such changes in the Human lifestyle ... [more ▼]

All around the world, practitioners and researchers point out that people are becoming less and less physically active and adopt more and more sedentary behaviours. Such changes in the Human lifestyle could have dramatic consequences as pointed out by the ‘Designed to move’ movement (Morris, 2013). To fight against that irresistible evolution, the need of a multisectorial approach is illustrated by the complexity of the socio-ecological model (Sallis et al., 2006). It underlines the large array of variables that play in the physical activity that someone is able to integrate into his/her life. Nevertheless, school has been identified as one major pillar of the promotion of an active lifestyle (van Sluijs et al., 2007). According to the knowledge and specific competences that they acquire during their studies, physical education (PE) teachers are considered as the potential cornerstones of such action (Tappe & Burgeson, 2004). While it was traditionally focused on the development of the youth’s physical, motor, and social competences of the students, since two decades, PE is increasingly more associated to the preparation of physically educated citizens. It means that what the students learn during their PE lessons should be useful outside the school and for a lifelong term. This concept is become a determining pedagogical principle: the physical literacy (Whitehead, 2013). In parallel, PE teachers are now requested to play a role on the health of their students despite if few evidence confirm that they can be successful in influencing the future behaviours of the children/adolescents to who they teach (Green, 2014). New pedagogical approaches are proposed nowadays in order to increase the effectiveness of the PE teachers’ intervention. This is linked to another pedagogical principle: accountability. Leisure activities enter progressively in the PE curriculum. Students benefit of more experiences that they could operate in their community. This requires more partnerships between school and leisure actors in order to implement original projects. Students must learn to become autonomous and smart decision makers able to identify the way to integrate PA in their leisure. [less ▲]

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See detailReceding-Horizon Control of Distributed Generation to Correct Voltage or Thermal Violations and Track Desired Schedules
Soleimani Bidgoli, Hamid ULg; Glavic, Mevludin ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proceedings of the 19th PSCC (2016, June 23)

This paper presents a real-time, centralized control system acting on the active and reactive powers of distributed generators when the network experiences voltage and/or thermal limits violation. The ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a real-time, centralized control system acting on the active and reactive powers of distributed generators when the network experiences voltage and/or thermal limits violation. The control resorts on multi-step receding-horizon optimization. The objective is to minimize the deviations of Dispersed Generation Units (DGU) active and reactive powers from reference values. The reactive power corrections have priority over the active ones. Furthermore, the formulation is such that DGU powers are restored to their desired schedule as soon as operating conditions allow doing so. Three modes of operation of the proposed controller are presented, involving dispatchable units as well as DGUs operated to track maximum power output. The effectiveness of the proposed control is illustrated through detailed simulations of a 75-bus, 11-kV system hosting 22 DGUs. [less ▲]

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See detailPublic Education Expenditures, Growth and Income Inequality
Artige, Lionel ULg; Cavenaile, Laurent

Conference (2016, June 23)

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See detailInfluence du conditionnement et de la déshydratation mécanique sur le séchage des boues d'épuration
Pambou, Yvon-Bert ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Wastewater treatment plants generate a byproduct which is found in the form of a colloidal suspension, known under the generic term of sludge. At present time, its valorization after a treatment step is a ... [more ▼]

Wastewater treatment plants generate a byproduct which is found in the form of a colloidal suspension, known under the generic term of sludge. At present time, its valorization after a treatment step is a topical environmental issue. This work focuses on the study of the impact of the conditioning step, i.e., the addition of chemicals such as coagulants and flocculants, on the mechanical dewatering and thermal drying steps. The coagulant used (polyaluminum chloride) is combined with a cationic polymer type (flocculant), ranging from linear to complex structures (branched and cross-linked), two of the four flocculants tested with the coagulant are linear structures only differing by their molecular weight. Specifically, the study highlights the role of polyaluminum chloride (PAX-14) as a co-activating agent of the water release during the flocculation stage, when it is combined with the polymer. To better understand the link between this flocculation stage and mechanical dewatering and drying performances, many conditioning ways have been studied and the flocculated sludge obtained was dewatered under a constant pressure using a normalized filtration-expression cell. The dewatered cake obtained after the filtration stage was then characterized in terms of dry solids content, textural properties, desorption isotherms, and finally submitted to a convective drying post-treatment, after the sample was extruded through a circular diameter of 14 mm and cut at a height of a same length, yielding cylindrical samples with a mass of around 2.5 g. Results show that, dual conditioning by applying PAX-14 as a coagulant is an excellent way to improve the cake dryness after the mechanical dewatering step. The interaction between the liquid suspension with polyaluminum chloride and the flocculant offers more attractive yields compared with the use of single conditioning to flocculate the bio-material. Moreover, the efficiency of the two linear flocculants including the use of PAX-14, were shown to produce rather similar performances, while for the same coagulant coupled with trendy or branched macromolecules produce significant differences in terms of increase in dry solids content of the dewatered cake, differences for which the polymer having the highest degree of cross-linking appears to be more beneficial to remove more water contained in the floc after filtration. Sorption isotherms, curves reflecting the hygroscopicity of the product were carried out on the dewatered samples using the DVS equipment (Dynamic Vapor Sorption). Firstly, these experiments confirmed that, curves obtained for wastewater sludge exhibit a sigmoidal shape characteristic of type II, and secondly, an impact of dual PAX-14/polymer conditioning on hydro-textural properties remains difficult to assess. Based on the statistical parameters, GAB equation appears the best formulation to model the sludge sorption isotherms of the Grosses-battes wastewater treatment plant. By studying the texture evolution of sludge for different levels of cake dryness, this work has compared the sludge mechanical properties from the four conditioning types. Globally, results show a more pronounced firmness of the dewatered cake when using the couple PAX-14/polymer in the flocculation stage compared to the single conditioning one. However, from the determined sludge texture parameters it seems difficult to argue that the contribution of both coagulant and cross-linked polymers is better than the association involving aluminum polymerized salt and linear flocculants. Finally, it can be noted that the effects of under or overdosing of chemical can lead to the destruction of material and then, a decrease of sludge cohesion drying rate can be observed. In order to access at the effect of the dual PAX-14/polymer conditioners on drying behavior of sludge samples, some characteristics associated with drying kinetics were compared. According to the statistical analysis, the most significant results were obtained by the association involving PAX-14 and the use of cross-linked flocculants, for which, the polymer which has the highest degree of cross-linking provides a better propensity to remove water contained into flocs after filtration. Linear polymers were shown to produce the same performance. During drying, the texture of the material evolves, including shrinkage and voids development. By X-ray microtomography, this phenomenon has been characterized. The curves of shrinkage volume exhibited a linear decrease with two straight line periods, which the transition seems to be correlated to the sludge water behavior. On the first period, the shrinkage volume can be correlated to the quantity of evaporated water. The texture of the solid material does not hamper the shrinkage process. However, during the second period, the structure of solid stiffens and then influences the shrinkage phenomenon: water is replaced by air and porosity is created. This period corresponds to a phase of decreasing deformation rate (ε) marking the gradual rigidifying of the matrix until no further deformation was observed, the solid was totally rigidified. After drying, the final volume reduction was found to be close to 70% of the initial sample volume for linear and cross-linked flocculants combined with PAX-14, while it was around 75% of the sample initial volume in the case of branched flocculant co-conditioning with the sample coagulant. According to this result, shrinkage depends on both the nature of the sludge and the polyelectrolyte types or dosage. An impact was also found of chemical conditioners on the evolution of porosity. For sludge flocculated by single conditioning, it appears that the porosity was centered on the solid material while for dual conditioning a porosity structured in slats, was identified. This difference in internal structure of the porosity explains the difference in drying kinetics, including the modification of the exchange surfaces available and the average distance of transfer, allowing acceleration or a slow-down of the water removal. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of fire on resilience of tropical dry forests: miombo in Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Hick, Aurélie ULg

Conference (2016, June 23)

Dry tropical forests are widespread in continental Africa where they account for 70-80% of forested area. Miombo is a dry forest characterized by the dominance of trees in the genera Brachystegia ... [more ▼]

Dry tropical forests are widespread in continental Africa where they account for 70-80% of forested area. Miombo is a dry forest characterized by the dominance of trees in the genera Brachystegia, Julbernardia and Isoberlinia. Dry-season fires are a characteristic feature of these forests. Fire is not a frequent natural disturbance but they originate from anthropic. The impact of fire on forest species depends on the intensity and timing in relation to plant phenology. Due to urban pressure, more than 85% of woodland forests were converted to savannahs given several degree of forest degradation in the landscape. After a disturbance, tropical forest ecosystem can return to a trajectory close to the original ecosystem. The time it takes for this ecosystem recover to its predisturbance ecological condition is termed resilience. Loss of resilience can trigger a shift to another ecological state with ecosystems that are different in species and/or that are different in their functional and structural aspects. The broad goal of our study was to examine impact of fire on resilience of miombo after human disturbances. Mosaic of the MODIS 500m burned area product from 2002 to 2012 were used to calculate return frequency of fires around Lubumbashi. Five degrees of miombo degradation have been established : no degraded forest/little disturbed (level 1), moderately degraded forest (level 2), degraded forest (level 3), severely degraded forest (level 4) et deforested (level 5). For each degree of degradation, 9 circular plots (18 m radius, 0.1ha) were established, excepted for level 4 where 8 plots were laid. Within each circular plot, all woody individuals >= 2 cm diameter at breast height (DBH) were tagged, measured (height and diameter) and identified. Tree seedlings < 2 cm DBH and of height > 20cm were also sampled and identified. Herbaceous biomass was measured. Floristic composition in level 4 corresponded to fire-tolerant species. In other degree of forest degradation, most abundant species in mature trees consisted to tolerant or semi-tolerant species. Floristic composition of regeneration in most degraded degree consisted to a mixte of miombo species and fire-tolerant species. Fire has an impact on resilience of miombo after human degradation. Level 4 corresponded to a typical floristic community of a chipya habitat, where all woody species are fire tolerant. Fire can lead degraded miombo toward an alternative stable degraded states. [less ▲]

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See detailOn Generalized Hölder-Zygmund Spaces
Kreit, Damien ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

To study the regularity of functions, many functional spaces have been introduced during the 20th century. Among them, let us mention the Hölder-Zygmund spaces \Lambda^{\alpha}(\R^{d}) and the Besov ... [more ▼]

To study the regularity of functions, many functional spaces have been introduced during the 20th century. Among them, let us mention the Hölder-Zygmund spaces \Lambda^{\alpha}(\R^{d}) and the Besov spaces B_{p,q}^{\alpha}(\R^{d}) where \alpha>0 somehow indicates the regularity of their elements (p,q\in ]0,+\infty]). The Hölder-Zygmund spaces are particular cases of Besov spaces in the sense that \Lambda^{\alpha}(\R^{d})=B_{\infty,\infty}^{\alpha}(\R^{d}). A generalization of Besov spaces has been introduced in the middle of the seventies and is still studied nowadays. This new type of space allows a deepest study of the regularity of functions. In this thesis, we start from this generalization in order to introduce a generalization of Hölder-Zygmund spaces. The first aim of this thesis is to show that most classical properties of Hölder-Zygmund spaces can be transposed to their generalized version. Among others, a complete characterization of these spaces in terms of wavelet coefficients is proved, which opens their use in the context of the signal analysis. The second aim of this thesis is to introduce a generalized version of the pointwise Hölder spaces similarly to their global version. We then show that most properties of the global spaces can be transposed to their generalized pointwise version. Finally, we study the regularity of some financial stochastic processes. [less ▲]

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See detailDix ans de ``Maths à Modeler à Liège'' ou comment un enseignant/chercheur s'invite dans des classes du secondaire
Rigo, Michel ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

Les missions d'un professeur d'université sont multiples : recherche, enseignement mais aussi citoyenneté. Depuis une dizaine d'années, je réalise de multiples activités de sensibilisation aux ... [more ▼]

Les missions d'un professeur d'université sont multiples : recherche, enseignement mais aussi citoyenneté. Depuis une dizaine d'années, je réalise de multiples activités de sensibilisation aux mathématiques : exposés, activités ludiques en petits groupes, etc. En répondant modestement à la question : "les maths ça sert à quoi ?", le but recherché est de démontrer l'utilité souvent méconnue des mathématiques, et de la recherche dans ce domaine (Google, réseaux sociaux, jeux vidéos, magie, etc.). Dans cette présentation, je dresserai tout d'abord l'historique du projet et tenterai d'analyser les actions menées. Ensuite, l'auditoire assistera à un tour de mathémagie et participera, de façon interactive, à un jeu démontrant l'importance du concept de preuve en mathématique. Ces jeux sont tirés de "Situations-Recherche pour la classe" développées par des chercheurs grenoblois. Enfin, j'expliquerai comment des étudiants de l'ULg (bacheliers, masters, étudiants à l'agrégation) et des doctorants participent à cette action. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing phytostabilisation as a way to conserve threatened endemic species from the Southeastern D.R. Congo
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Le Stradic, Soizig ULg; Seleck, Maxime ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 22)

Metalliferous outcrops of the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo are recognized as some of the largest copper-cobalt deposits of the world. They support unique vegetation with around 600 ... [more ▼]

Metalliferous outcrops of the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo are recognized as some of the largest copper-cobalt deposits of the world. They support unique vegetation with around 600 metallophyte species including rare and endemic species. Since 1900s, the exploitation of the Cu-Co outcrops in D.R. Congo has considerably increased, impacting environment and putting public health at risk. Phytostabilisation is a suitable technology to decrease the bioavailability of heavy metals in highly polluted soils. This technic has been successfully implemented in the vicinity of Lubumbashi with the grass Microchloa altera. The long term maintenance of such technic requires a good understanding of the interspecific relationship like competition and facilitation. This study aims to test the success of establishment of four herbaceous species from the southeastern DRC presenting conservation priority and to assess the potential role of M. altera as nurse plant in this context. Two annual species and two perennial species were sown in experimental design with soil amendments crossed with vegetation cover. The emergence, the growth and the survival were followed during the vegetation season and the resprout was measured for perennial species. M. altera had a distinct effect on the emergence and the survival of the annual and perennial species but affected negatively the growth of individuals for all species. [less ▲]

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See detailForest Inventory with Terrestrial LiDAR: A Comparison of Static and Hand-Held Mobile Laser Scanning
Bauwens, Sébastien ULg; Bartholomeus, Harm; Calders, Kim et al

in Forests (2016), 7(6), 127

The application of static terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) in forest inventories is becoming more effective. Nevertheless, the occlusion effect is still limiting the processing efficiency to extract ... [more ▼]

The application of static terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) in forest inventories is becoming more effective. Nevertheless, the occlusion effect is still limiting the processing efficiency to extract forest attributes. The use of a mobile laser scanner (MLS) would reduce this occlusion. In this study, we assessed and compared a hand-held mobile laser scanner (HMLS) with two TLS approaches (single scan: SS, and multi scan: MS) for the estimation of several forest parameters in a wide range of forest types and structures. We found that SS is competitive to extract the ground surface of forest plots, while MS gives the best result to describe the upper part of the canopy. The whole cross-section at 1.3 m height is scanned for 91% of the trees (DBH > 10 cm) with the HMLS leading to the best results for DBH estimates (bias of 0.08 cm and RMSE of 1.11 cm), compared to no fully-scanned trees for SS and 42% fully-scanned trees for MS. Irregularities, such as bark roughness and non-circular cross-section may explain the negative bias encountered for all of the scanning approaches. The success of using MLS in forests will allow for 3D structure acquisition on a larger scale and in a time-efficient manner. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of cooking and species on intestinal fermentation patterns of vegetables in a humanized in vitro model of the gastro-intestinal tract
Kalala Bolokango, Gaetan ULg; Kambashi Mutiaka, Bienvenu ULg; Njeumen Lemotio, Georges Patrick ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 21)

Obesity and associated pathologies have dramatic consequences on patients’lives as well as high societal costs. Because of the role of intestinal dysbiosis and microbiota make-up on the pathogenesis of ... [more ▼]

Obesity and associated pathologies have dramatic consequences on patients’lives as well as high societal costs. Because of the role of intestinal dysbiosis and microbiota make-up on the pathogenesis of obesity, several strategies such as eating prebiotics and dietary fibre supplements are being investigated to reshape the intestinal microbial communities of obese patients. Beyond supplement, dietary fibre is supplied through plant ingredients in the meals. In the framework of the multidisciplinary research project Food4Gut, the use of vegetables rich in specific targeted dietary fiber, namely fructans, is being scrutinized for its ability to induce positive changes in the intestinal ecophysiology. Because expected effect might differ according the content in dietary fibre and fructans, the soluble:insoluble ratio, as well as the cooking of the vegetables, the fermentation patterns of several vegetables are being investigated in an dual in vitro model combining enzymatic hydrolysis to an in vitro fermentation step using faecal inoculums from humans, to evaluate the performance of gut microbiota, modulation of metabolic functions. Six vegetables were sampled in triplicates (N=3) and steamed for 20 to 30 min.: Jerusalem artichoke, salsify, asparagus, pumpkin, fennel and swede. They were chosen because they display a variety of contents in fructans, soluble (SDF) and insoluble dietaryfibre (IDF). Steamed vegetable samplesand burgers from local fast food restaurants (negative control) were hydrolyzed in vitro why porcine pepsin and pancreatin to mimic digestion in the upper gut and indigested fiber residues were recover using a 6kDa dialysis membrane.Subsequently, in vitro fermentation is being run with independent fecal inoculums from obese and lean patients (N=4). Fermentation kinetics over 24h as well as short-chain fatty acid production and profiles will be compared according to the individual donor and the vegetable species and multivariate analysis will be used to explore the relationships between donor, vegetable species and composition and fermentation patterns. [less ▲]

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