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See detailRisk management in agricultural water use
Tychon, Bernard ULg; Balaghi, Riad; Jlibene, Mohammed

E-print/Working paper (2002)

Water availability for agricultural activities will decrease in the twenty-first century. As a consequence, agricultural water management will have to improve in order to meet two challenges: satisfy the ... [more ▼]

Water availability for agricultural activities will decrease in the twenty-first century. As a consequence, agricultural water management will have to improve in order to meet two challenges: satisfy the needs of an increasing world population; and alleviate the climate change impacts. One way to improve agricultural water management consists of including the ‘risk’ notion as much as possible at the different decision levels of: farmers, farmer corporations and states or associations of states. These three decision levels will be analysed both for rainfed and irrigated agriculture. The poorest countries are those most subject to climate risks, the main risks in developing countries, because they too rarely possess the means to combat excesses or shortages of water during the plant growing period (irrigation schemes) and they cannot rely on crop insurance or other kinds of support to maintain their income in bad years. Consequently, in order to ensure a minimum level of income, farmers will prefer low input practices that provide a low but stable production without involving too much investment or cash. Where possible they will diversify their production. This paper first defines hazard, vulnerability and risk in the particular context of drought assessment and prediction. It then presents some strategies to reduce water risk in three major categories: (1) more irrigated agricultural land in an efficient manner; (2) increased and better managed pasture and forest areas to benefit from otherwise lost water by evaporation process, increasing animal productivity; (3) well water managed dryland agriculture. In dryland agriculture, some additional public measures are necessary, mainly drought risk insurance and early warning systems, in order to promote investment in drought-prone environments and to provide tools for decision-making. The adoption of an efficient water use management of rainfall and irrigation will ensure food security, contribute to poverty alleviation, and free water for non-agricultural uses. The paper presents some new promising techniques and approaches. Finally, it discusses the sharing of risk between the different decision levels and launches some ideas to serve as discussion points in the electronic conference. [less ▲]

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See detailEffet placebo, effet nocebo: comment la science explique les guérions miraculeuses
Quertemont, Etienne ULg

Scientific conference (2002)

L’effet placebo est habituellement considéré comme l’ensemble des réponses psychologiques et physiologiques des patients à une substance inerte. On parle d’effet placebo lorsque cette réponse constitue un ... [more ▼]

L’effet placebo est habituellement considéré comme l’ensemble des réponses psychologiques et physiologiques des patients à une substance inerte. On parle d’effet placebo lorsque cette réponse constitue un effet bénéfique pour la santé et d’effet nocebo lorsque les conséquences sont néfastes. Cependant, les phénomènes placebo/nocebo recouvrent plus largement tous les effets du contexte environnemental qui ne résultent pas spécifiquement du traitement médical administré. Une partie de ce qu’on nomme effet placebo/nocebo peut s’expliquer par des mécanismes de conditionnement pavlovien. Des effets placebo résultant du conditionnement pavlovien sont ainsi régulièrement mis en évidence sur des animaux de laboratoire. Au conditionnement pavlovien s’ajoute également chez l’être humain un facteur plus spécifiquement psychologique : l’effet des croyances et des attentes (expectancies). De nombreuses études ont ainsi démontré que les croyances et les attentes des patients exercent des effets objectifs sur leur santé qui se traduisent par des modifications biologiques. Nous examinerons plus particulièrement les mécanismes qui permettent à ces influences psychologiques de modifier l’état biologique d’un sujet. Parmi ceux-ci, le système immunitaire ainsi que les opiacés endogènes qui régulent la douleur semblent particulièrement influencés par l’état psychologique. Finalement nous montrerons comment les phénomènes placebo/nocebo apportent une explication rationnelle à plusieurs exemples de guérisons miraculeuses ou pseudo-scientifiques. Parmi ces exemples nous examinerons plus particulièrement le rôle important que joue l’effet placebo dans l’homéopathie. [less ▲]

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See detailPhylogéographie mitochondriale du mulot sylvestre (Apodemus sylvaticus) dans la région paléarctique occidentale
Michaux, J. R.; Magnanou, Elodie; Nieberding, Caroline et al

in Biosystema, Systématique et biogéographie (2002), 20

We have sequenced 965 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b from 102 woodmice (Apodemus sylvaticus) samples collected from 40 European localities. The aims of the study were to answer the ... [more ▼]

We have sequenced 965 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b from 102 woodmice (Apodemus sylvaticus) samples collected from 40 European localities. The aims of the study were to answer the following questions: i) Did the Mediterranean peninsulas play a role as a refuge for small mammals? ii) Is the genetic variability of a small mammal like A. sylvaticus higher in the Mediterranean regions as compared with northern Europe? iii)Is it possible to find patterns of postglacial colonisation of Europe other than those presently recognised ? Sequence data were analysed using Distance and Maximum Parsimony phylogenetic reconstruction methods. A minimum spanning network was also calculated. Population genetic structure was determined by analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA). A "mismatch distribution" analysis was also performed to estimate the patterns of expansion. The results provide a clear picture of the impact of Quaternary glaciations on the genetic and geographic structure of the woodmouse. Analyses indicate a higher genetic variability for the woodmouse in the Mediterranean peninsulas as compared to northern Europe and the role of these peninsulas as refuge regions for small mammals. A new pattern of postglacial colonisation is also proposed where the Iberian and southern France refuge populations colonised almost all the European regions. The Sicilian population appears to be highly differentiated and highly variable. This result emphasises the importance of this island as a "hot spot" for the intraspecific genetic diversity of the woodmouse. Finally, populations of this species in North Africa originated from south-western Europe and are probably the result of a recent anthropogenic introduction. [less ▲]

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See detailContours et statistiques du non-marchand en Belgique
Marée, Michel ULg; Mertens de Wilmars, Sybille ULg

Book published by Editions de l'Université de Liège (2002)

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See detailLe métabolisme du fer
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Hématologie (2002), 8

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See detailPre- and post-harvest practical application of Pichia anomala strain K, beta-1,3-glucans and calcium chloride on apples: two years of monitoring and efficacy against post-harvest diseases.
Jijakli, Mohamed ULg; de Clercq, Deborah; Dickburt, Catherine et al

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2002), 25(10), 29-32

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See detailL’entomophagie : une question de culture ?
Mignon, Jacques ULg

in Tropicultura (2002), 20(3), 151-155

Entomophagy: How to Overcome our European Aversion? Entomophagy, the eating of insects, is not a curiosity but is practiced throughout the world, except in Europe and in North-America. For many Europeans ... [more ▼]

Entomophagy: How to Overcome our European Aversion? Entomophagy, the eating of insects, is not a curiosity but is practiced throughout the world, except in Europe and in North-America. For many Europeans, the consumption of insects is considered as a primitive and a repugnant comportment. An experiment, conducted in Belgium (Gembloux) has shown that, informed about the cultural, the nutritional and the ecological aspects of entomophagy, Westerners are able to surmount their aversion. Could insects become common dish in European and American restaurants? [less ▲]

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See detailPreserved familiarity-based recognition memory in a case of global amnesia
Bastin, Christine ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Charnallet, Annik et al

in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (2002), 14(Supplemental), 32

Whether recognition memory can be preserved relative to recall in global amnesia is a matter of debate. Some studies suggest that amnesic patients with selective lesion to the hippocampal circuit show a ... [more ▼]

Whether recognition memory can be preserved relative to recall in global amnesia is a matter of debate. Some studies suggest that amnesic patients with selective lesion to the hippocampal circuit show a relatively normal recognition memory in the presence of impaired recall. However, other findings did not support this assumption. We investigated the recognition memory performance of a patient (ER) who became amnesic following a carbon monoxide poisoning. The MR scan revealed bilateral lesions to the pallidum. Based on the aetiology, a hippocampal lesion is suspected, but needs to be confirmed by a volumetric analysis. The recall and recognition performance of the patient was tested by means of the nonverbal subtests of the Doors and People Test Battery, which were matched on difficulty. On these subtests, ER’s recall performance was much more impaired than his recognition memory. ER’s recognition memory performance was further examined on a yes-no and a forced-choice recognition memory task, using faces as material. On the yes-no task, ER’s hit rate was normal, but he made a lot of false alarms compared to control subjects. By contrast, his forced-choice recognition memory was completely normal. This suggests that ER is able to use the familiarity process to make recognition decisions. Familiarity and recollection were finally investigated with a recognition task using the Process Dissociation Procedure (Jacoby, 1991). On this task, ER’s familiarity score was normal, whereas his recollection score was lower. These results support the assumption that familiarity-based recognition memory can be preserved in amnesia. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication de Pichia anomala souche K, Beta 1,3-glucanes et chlorure de Calcium pour le contrôle des maladies de conservation des pommes en conditions proches de la pratique
Jijakli, Haissam ULg; Dickburt, C.; De Clerck, D. et al

in 2ème colloque transnational sur les luttes biologiques, integree et raisonnée (Lille) (2002)

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See detailIn vitro recovery of ATP-sensitive potassium channels in Beta-cells from patients with hyperinsulinism in infancy; effects of low temperature and BPDZ 154
Cosgrove, K. E.; Gonzalez, A. M.; Lee, A. T. et al

in Journal of Physiology (2002), 544

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See detailImpact des méthodes d'application sur l'efficacité d'un traitement à base de Pichia anomala souche K contre les maladies de post-récolte des pommes
Jijakli, Haissam ULg; Dickburt, Catherine; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg et al

in VIII journées scientifiquesBiotechnologies végétales: valorisation pour une agriculture durable (2002)

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See detailApplication of RAP-PCR and cDNA-AFLP to isolate genes of Candida oleophila (strain O) induced by the presence of galacturonic acid.
Massart, Sébastien ULg; Sens-Espel, Roser; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg et al

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2002), 25(10), 399-402

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See detailModulation par le cycle cellulaire de l'implantation des cellules souches hématopoïétiques
Gothot, André ULg; Giet, Olivier ULg; Huygen, S. et al

in Hématologie (2002), 8

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See detailMultidisciplinary study of the Wealden deposits in the Mons Basin (Belgium): a progress report.
Yans, J; Spagna, P; Foucher, JC et al

in Aardkungigen Mededelingen (2002), 12

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See detailCompte-rendu de WATIN, Michel (sous la direction de), Communication et espace public, Univers créoles I, Paris, Anthropos, 2001
Strivay, Lucienne ULg

in Quaderni, La revue de la communication (2002), 48(automne), 131-133

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