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See detailLA STEAM EXPLOSION : PRINCIPE ET ACTION SUR LES MATERIAUX LIGNOCELLULOSIQUES
Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg

Poster (2009, December 16)

La steam explosion est un procédé thermomécanochimique qui va permettre la déstructuration de la matière lignocellulosique par l’action combinée de la chaleur issue de la vapeur, des hydrolyses induites ... [more ▼]

La steam explosion est un procédé thermomécanochimique qui va permettre la déstructuration de la matière lignocellulosique par l’action combinée de la chaleur issue de la vapeur, des hydrolyses induites par la formation d’acides organiques et du cisaillement résultant de la chute brutale de pression. Le procédé est composé de deux phases distinctes. D’une part, le vapocraquage qui consiste à faire pénétrer par diffusion, puis à condenser, la vapeur sous haute pression à l’intérieur de la structure du matériau. L’eau condensée à température élevée va initier l’hydrolyse des groupements acétyles contenus dans les xylanes et induire la formation d’acides organiques. Selon la sévérité des conditions (pression, température), les acides vont catalyser l’hydrolyse des fractions hémicellulosiques, induire des modifications dans la structure des lignines et modifier le degré de cristallinité de la fraction cellulosique. D’autre part, la décompression explosive. Cette phase est provoquée par une chute brutale de pression qui va entraîner la revaporisation d’une partie de l’eau condensée. L’expension brutale de la vapeur va induire des forces de cisaillement qui vont modifier les propriétés physiques (granulométrie, surface spécifique, rétention d’eau…) du matériau. [less ▲]

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See detailAspects nutritionnels des vaches laitières et autonomie alimentaire
Beckers, Yves ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2009)

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See detailHydrolysis of starch by sorghum malt for maltodextrin production
Ba, Khady ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Thonart, Philippe ULg

Poster (2009, December 16)

Maltodextrin is a mixture of saccharides with a molecular weight between polysaccharides and oligosaccharides with DE lower than 20. Maltodextrin is more soluble in water than native starches, also is ... [more ▼]

Maltodextrin is a mixture of saccharides with a molecular weight between polysaccharides and oligosaccharides with DE lower than 20. Maltodextrin is more soluble in water than native starches, also is cheaper in comparison with other major edible hydrocolloids. Maltodextrin is obtained by moderate enzymatic or acidic hydrolysis of starch. The hydrolysis of starch, catalyzed by amylases, is the most important commercial enzyme process. The hydrolyzed products are widely applied in food, paper and textile industries. Because of the increasing demand for these enzymes in various industries, there is enormous interest in developing enzymes with better properties, such as raw starch-degrading amylases suitable for industrial applications and their cost-effective production techniques. Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) is a widely grown crop in Africa. Obtaining enzymes from sorghum requires a transformation. The objective of this study was application of sorghum amylase for maltodextrin. Sorghum seeds were supplied by the ISRA (Bambey, Senegal). Seeds were germinated in the laboratory at 30°C for 72 h and the sorghum malt was dried at 40°C for 48 h. Corn starch (from Roquette, France) hydrolysis was assayed in a bioreactor of 2 l at a temperature of 65°C gently stirred. Raw starch was slurried in water (30% w/v) and sorghum malt was introduced, chloride calcium was added, pH was adjusted to 6. Maltodextrin was characterized in term of the dextrose equivalent (DE) during the hydrolysis. The yield of hydrolysis was evaluated by soluble solids (° BRIX) at different hydrolysis time. The glucose concentration released was measured by DNS method (Miller method). [less ▲]

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See detailVariation in external morphology of resident bottlenose dolphins in Bahía San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina
Vermeulen, Els ULg; Cammareri, Alejandro

in Journal of Marine Animals and Their Ecology (2009), 2(2), 3-6

A photo-identification study carried out in Bahía San Antonio (Patagonia Argentina) showed a variation in external morphology among year-round resident bottlenose dolphins. Out of 63 individually ... [more ▼]

A photo-identification study carried out in Bahía San Antonio (Patagonia Argentina) showed a variation in external morphology among year-round resident bottlenose dolphins. Out of 63 individually identified bottlenose dolphins, 15 were considered year-round residents of which three show variations in external morphology: they have a more falcate dorsal fin, darker coloration and shorter beak, physical characteristics described for the regional form of bottlenose dolphins present in the more southern province Chubut. The three morphologic distinct individuals, with one associated calf, could be re-identified in the study area up to 10 times over all the different seasons and up to now, no other bottlenose dolphins with similar characteristics could be observed in the area. On all occasions, they were re-identified in close occasions with each other and on 8 occasions in close association with other identified individuals. So far it was believed that the two regional forms of bottlenose dolphins present in Argentina were isolated. This communication is meant to document the residency and interaction of both regional forms in the same area. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of spatio-temporal organization of slow waves during human NREM sleep
Schrouff, Jessica ULg; Leclercq, Yves ULg; Foret, Ariane et al

Poster (2009, December 14)

Sleep is a behavior commonly observed in a large number of animal species. However, neuroscientists still poorly understand the meaning of this loss of consciousness absolutely needed for life. In the ... [more ▼]

Sleep is a behavior commonly observed in a large number of animal species. However, neuroscientists still poorly understand the meaning of this loss of consciousness absolutely needed for life. In the present work, we established different methods to characterize the Slow Wave Sleep most recognizable patterns: the Slow Waves (SWs). Since the anatomical structure of white matter tracts that connect various brain regions is not random and thus must constraint the propagation of waves (Hagmann et al., 2008), our basic hypothesis was that large white matter bundles would bias the propagation of SW along specific patterns, which could be identified in homogeneous clusters of waves. To investigate our hypothesis, SWs were detected automatically on the three first periods of SWS using an algorithm based on Massimini et al., 2004. They were then clustered using a two steps procedure involving a hierarchical clustering based on delay maps and a k-means clustering based on the SWs potential in a given time interval around the maximum power of the SW negative peak. To compute the relevance of the final clusters, a mathematical criterion was implemented as well as a visual check. Results of the multisubjects study showed that only bad quality and small clusters could be obtained, suggesting that there is no particular organization of SWs across the night and inforcing the hypothesis that SWs are local phenomena, each one decreasing the homeostatic pressure in only one specific area. [less ▲]

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See detailTree based ensemble models regularization by convex optimization
Cornélusse, Bertrand ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

Conference (2009, December 12)

Tree based ensemble methods can be seen as a way to learn a kernel from a sample of input-output pairs. This paper proposes a regularization framework to incorporate non-standard information not used in ... [more ▼]

Tree based ensemble methods can be seen as a way to learn a kernel from a sample of input-output pairs. This paper proposes a regularization framework to incorporate non-standard information not used in the kernel learning algorithm, so as to take advantage of incomplete information about output values and/or of some prior information about the problem at hand. To this end a generic convex optimization problem is formulated which is first customized into a manifold regularization approach for semi-supervised learning, then as a way to exploit censored output values, and finally as a generic way to exploit prior information about the problem. [less ▲]

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See detailLaboratoire et allergologie : nouvelles applications
Gadisseur, Romy ULg; Cavalier, Etienne ULg

Conference (2009, December 11)

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See detailHydrological modeling of the EU Nitrates Directive Actions Programme:
Sohier, Catherine ULg; Dautrebande, Sylvia; Degre, Aurore ULg

Poster (2009, December 11)

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See detailChangement climatique et gestion du risque d'inondation
Dewals, Benjamin ULg

in Interview on the Belgian radio program RTBF (2009)

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See detailCaractère reconnaissable d'ensembles de polynômes à coefficients dans un corps fini
Waxweiler, Laurent ULg

Doctoral thesis (2009)

Nous nous plaçons dans le cadre de l'anneau des polynômes sur un corps fini. Si P est un polynôme de degré au moins 1, tout polynôme Q se décompose de manière unique sous la forme d'une combinaison ... [more ▼]

Nous nous plaçons dans le cadre de l'anneau des polynômes sur un corps fini. Si P est un polynôme de degré au moins 1, tout polynôme Q se décompose de manière unique sous la forme d'une combinaison linéaire de puissances de P, dont les coefficients sont des polynômes dont le degré est strictement inférieur à celui de P. À une telle décomposition, nous associons un mot que nous appelons la P-représentation du polynôme Q. Un ensemble de polynômes est alors qualifié de P-reconnaissable si il existe un automate fini déterministe qui accepte l'ensemble des P-représentations de ses éléments. Dans cette thèse, nous montrons que les ensembles P-reconnaissables sont exactement ceux qui sont définissables par une formule du premier ordre dans une certaine structure S(P) basée sur un prédicat dépendant du polynôme P. Nous donnons aussi une caractérisation des ensembles P-reconnaissables en terme de suites P-automatiques. Nous apportons également une réponse partielle à la question de savoir quels sont les ensembles reconnaissables simultanément dans toutes les bases de degré au moins 1. Finalement, nous montrons que si P et Q sont deux polynômes de degré au moins 1 et multiplicativement indépendants, alors la multiplication est définissable dans la réunion des structures S(P) et S(Q). [less ▲]

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See detailCyanobacterial 
molecular 
diversity 
and distribution 
in 
microbial 
mats from 
antarctic 
lakes
De Carvalho Maalouf, Pedro ULg; Lambion, Alexandre ULg; Zakhia, Frédéric et al

Poster (2009, December 11)

The coastal deglaciated areas of Antarctica hold lakes and other water bodies with a wide spectrum of limnological conditions. Aquatic habitats offer milder conditions to the microorganisms, which are the ... [more ▼]

The coastal deglaciated areas of Antarctica hold lakes and other water bodies with a wide spectrum of limnological conditions. Aquatic habitats offer milder conditions to the microorganisms, which are the only permanent inhabitants of this glacial desert. Among them, cyanobacteria are the first photosynthetic colonisers, sometimes forming thick, cohesive and pigmented benthic mats. In the frame of the BELSPO AMBIO project (Antarctic Microbial BIOdiversity, influence of geographical and ecological factors, www.ambio.ulg.ac.be), we have obtained benthic mat samples coming from lakes from various coastal regions of the continent (MERLIN 2007 and BELARE 2007 field campaigns and by collaborations). We have investigated cyanobacterial molecular diversity via Polymerase Chain Reaction and Denaturating Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) on a set of 80 samples. We couple the numerical analysis of the obtained band patterns with the phylogenetic analysis of the sequences, and by using multivariate analysis, we will assess the role of the ecological and geographical factors shaping the distribution and the diversity of cyanobacteria. Preliminary results of the analysis of 13 samples seem to indicate that lakes separated by a small distance have different cyanobacterial communities, highlighting the importance of ecological factors. Fifty per cent of the obtained Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs) are potentially endemic to Antarctica while others seem to have a global distribution. The completed study will give us a wide scale view on the distribution and the diversity of cyanobacteria in two biogeographical zones: Continental Antarctica and Maritime Antarctica. Finally, our studies will supply new data and arguments for the ongoing “everything is everywhere, but the environment selects” debate concerning microbial biogeography. [less ▲]

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See detailForeseeing nitrate concentration in groundwater: A review of available modelling approaches
Orban, Philippe ULg; Brouyère, Serge ULg

Conference (2009, December 10)

In the scientific community, increasing concerns on groundwater quality and quantity have motivated the development of numerical models for groundwater management since the 1970’s. Mathematical and ... [more ▼]

In the scientific community, increasing concerns on groundwater quality and quantity have motivated the development of numerical models for groundwater management since the 1970’s. Mathematical and numerical models are, for example, promising tools for prediction of concentration and they can be used to make the dynamic link between nitrogen manure and the resulting evolution of nitrate concentration in groundwater. However, from a practical and managerial perspective, there have been very few real attempts of developing efficient calibrated and validated transport models in particular at the scale of the groundwater body, which is the management unit of groundwater resource in the European Union. Actually two main challenges remains, (1) performing numerical tools are not really available and (2) parametrisation of such transport models at the regional scale is difficult due to the large amount of data required. Generally speaking models can be grouped in different categories ranging from black box models to physically based distributed models. The black box models such as transfer function are simple but attractive because they require relatively less data but with the drawback that modelling result are not spatially distributed while the predictive capability of these models is questionable due to the semi-analytical nature of the process descriptions. On the contrary, physically based distributed model require more data but, due to a more advanced description of ongoing processes, such models are expected to have better predictive capabilities than the black box models. Black box model and physically based distributed model approaches have all proved their utilities and have all their justifications, advantages and disadvantages regarding the development of regional scale groundwater model. A new flexible methodology (the Hybrid Finite Element Mixing Cell method) has been developed that allows combining in a single model, and in a fully integrated way, different mathematical approaches of various complexities for groundwater in complex environment. This method has been implemented in the SUFTD, a finite element groundwater flow and solute transport numerical model. Combining on the one hand the use of a spatially distributed groundwater flow and solute transport model taking advantages of this Hybrid Finite Element Mixing Cell Approach method and on the other hand spatial datasets of tritium and nitrate contents, an illustration on the problem of nitrate trend assessment and forecasting for an important groundwater resource located in the Geer groundwater body (480 km²) in the Walloon Region of Belgium will be proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution des pratiques d'évaluation : le cas des sciences astrophysiques
Surdej, Jean ULg

Conference (2009, December 10)

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