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See detailDevelopment of in vitro techniques for the elimination of Cucumber Mosaic Virus from banana (Musa spp.).
Helliot, B.; Panis, B.; Hernandez, R. et al

in Banana improvement: cellular, molecular biology, and induced mutations.Proceedings of a meeting held in Leuven, Belgium, 24-28 September 2001 (2004)

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See detailSystèmes de croyance Niomankas et gestion des ressources naturelles de mangroves
Cisse, T.; Ghysels, A.; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

in De Dapper, M. (Ed.) Tropical forests in a changing global context (2004)

Le concept de «savoirs endogènes» constitue actuellement l’un des axes majeurs de la réflexion autour de la problématique de la conservation de la biodiversité. En effet, on se rend de plus en plus compte ... [more ▼]

Le concept de «savoirs endogènes» constitue actuellement l’un des axes majeurs de la réflexion autour de la problématique de la conservation de la biodiversité. En effet, on se rend de plus en plus compte que l’activité de conservation de la diversité biologique, qui met à contribution les organisations locales, les structures étatiques et les ONG environnementales, ne peut pas seulement s’appuyer sur les connaissances scientifiques. La réflexion autour des savoirs écologiques locaux (Technical Ecological Knowledge [TEK]), et leur valorisation, apparaît comme une solution pour une gestion durable et viable des écosystèmes marins et côtiers, en particulier pour les forêts de mangrove du Siné-Saloum. Au Sénégal, l’ensemble du littoral subit depuis plusieurs décennies les effets de la désertification. Les initiatives se multiplient dans la Réserve de la Biosphère du Delta du Saloum [1]*** (RBDS) pour réhabiliter les écosystèmes côtiers. Il serait intéressant de voir quels peuvent être les apports des savoirs locaux, ceux des Niominka et Socé, dans la dynamique globale de conservation de la biodiversité écologique. Au moment où des plans de gestion de la mangrove [2] sont en train d’être conçus, il serait bon d’intégrer les savoirs écologiques endogènes dans le processus de leur conception et de mise en œuvre. En effet, dans le jeu des interactions entre communautés locales et ONG, donc intervenants extérieurs, il peut arriver que des réactions de rejet se manifestent. S’il en est ainsi, c’est parce que les ONG sont parfois porteuses d’initiatives qui ne tiennent pas compte des manières de penser, des rapports qui lient la nature aux populations autochtones, des systèmes de conception, de représentation et d’occupation de l’espace ou d’appropriation des ressources. Chez les Niominkas du Siné-Saloum, il existe des croyances et perceptions qui ont eu un impact positif sur la protection de l’environnement. Selon l’anthropologue sénégalais Massaer Diallo [3], «si ce que l’on appelle aujourd’hui “le respect de l’environnement” et la “gestion durable des ressources naturelles” a des cas équivalents dans des cultures et sociétés dites traditionnelles (régies par des logiques endogènes et anciennes), c’est parce que ces dernières étaient fondées sur une conception, des règles et valeurs qui impliquaient voire édictaient un rapport harmonieux ou équilibré avec la nature (physique, animale et végétale)». En voici quelques illustrations. La sacralisation de Jiffa, Péthiamak, chez les Sérères de Djilor, fait que ces sites — même si ce n’était pas l’objectif recherché — sont aujourd’hui les moins agressés dans la communauté rurale [4]. L’injonction du génie protecteur du Loog, Laga ndong, de ne parler que le sérère dans la zone de pêche Niamokine — dans un pays où l’écrasante majorité parle wolof — a favorisé le contrôle du bolong par les Niominkas et la limitation de l’exploitation de ses ressources aux autochtones. De plus, l’islamisation des sociétés traditionnelles sérères a introduit un rapport de type nouveau entre l’homme et la nature parce que le fait de couper un arbre ou tout simplement des feuilles d’arbres sans en avoir besoin est associé à un péché. Celui qui abuse de la ressource végétale est selon le Coran un pécheur. En planter, c’est attirer la miséricorde divine sur soi, dit-on dans le texte sacré des musulmans. Ces représentations religieuses ont donc des incidences sur l’équilibre de la nature. Les savoirs écologiques locaux présentent un intérêt bien particulier mais il faut se garder de faire de l’ethnologisme. Et puis, il y a chez les Niominka une forte croyance selon laquelle la mangrove est un don de Dieu. Par conséquent, la pérennité des ressources qu’elle génère est garantie par une divinité. Quelle est la place de ces croyances dans le processus de désintégration des forêts de mangrove dans le Siné et le Saloum? Le présent article tente de fournir des éléments d’appréciation sur la place des savoirs locaux dans la conservation de la diversité biologique chez les communautés Niominka de la RBDS. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance de la consommation alimentaire pour le développement durable de la production agricole : dispositifs mis en place en Région wallonne
Duquesne, Brigitte ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Gervais, Jean-Philippe; Larue, Bruno; Rastoin, Jean-Louis (Eds.) et al Développement durable et globalisation dans l'agroalimentaire (2004)

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See detailAnalisis Mineralogico Cuantitativo
Pirard, Eric ULg

in XVI Congreso Geologico Boliviano (2004)

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See detailCartografía de Minerales Evaporiticos Utilizando Imágenes Satelitales de los Salares de Sud Lipez (Bolivia)
Caceres, Fernando; Ali-Ammar, Hamid; Pirard, Eric ULg

in XVI Congreso Geologico Boliviano (2004)

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See detailPreparation of functionalized alkoxyamine initiator and its use
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Gross, Thomas; Meyer, Rolf-Volker

Patent (2003)

A one-pot process for the preparation of functional alkoxyamines of the general formula (I), is disclosed. The process entails (1) reacting an oxidizing agent with a sterically hindered secondary amine to ... [more ▼]

A one-pot process for the preparation of functional alkoxyamines of the general formula (I), is disclosed. The process entails (1) reacting an oxidizing agent with a sterically hindered secondary amine to produce an aqueous phase and a nitroxyl radical (2) removing the aqueous phase and adding to the nitroxyl radical one or more vinyl monomer(s) conforming to a formula and a system which produces free radicals. Also disclosed is a process of polymerizing monomers using the functional alkoxyamine. [less ▲]

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See detailThe preparation of functionalized alkoxyamine initiator and its use
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Gross, Thomas; Meyer, Rolf-Volker

Patent (2003)

A one-pot process for the preparation of functional alkoxyamines of the general formula (I), (See Formula I) is disclosed. The process entails (1) reacting an oxidizing agent with a sterically hindered ... [more ▼]

A one-pot process for the preparation of functional alkoxyamines of the general formula (I), (See Formula I) is disclosed. The process entails (1) reacting an oxidizing agent with a sterically hindered secondary amine to produce an aqueous phase and a nitroxyl radical (2) removing the aqueous phase and adding to the nitroxyl radical one or more vinyl monomer(s) conforming to a formula and a system which produces free radicals . Also disclosed is a process of polymerizing monomers using the function al alkoxyamine. [less ▲]

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See detailA process for the synthesis of alkoxyamines and their use in controlled radical polymerization
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Gross, Thomas; Meyer, Rolf-Volker

Patent (2003)

A one-pot process for the preparation of alkoxyamines conforming to formulae (I) or (II), preferably (I) (See formulas I and II) is disclosed. The process entails (1) reacting of an oxidizing agent (A ... [more ▼]

A one-pot process for the preparation of alkoxyamines conforming to formulae (I) or (II), preferably (I) (See formulas I and II) is disclosed. The process entails (1) reacting of an oxidizing agent (A) with a sterically hindered secondary amine of the general formula (III), (See formula III) in a water-containing medium to form a reaction product and an aqueous phase , (2) removing of the aqueous phase, and (3) adding to the reaction product a free-radical initiator (B) under conditions that promote the decomposition of the initiator to generate free radicals. Also disclosed is a process for polymerizing monomers, the process using the alkoxyamine prepared by the inventive process. [less ▲]

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See detailFluid instabilities in the birth and death of antibubbles
Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg; Caps, Hervé ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg

in New Journal of Physics (2003), 5

Antibubbles have been produced and studied with the help of a high-speed camera. An antibubble is defined as a fluid object constituted by a thin air shell surrounding a liquid and surrounded by the same ... [more ▼]

Antibubbles have been produced and studied with the help of a high-speed camera. An antibubble is defined as a fluid object constituted by a thin air shell surrounding a liquid and surrounded by the same liquid. Images reveal some key physical processes and fluid instabilities which take place when an antibubble forms and dies. The collapsing speed of the air film has been measured. Culik's theory does not apply. A new mechanism has been introduced. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based FTIR measurements of CO from the Jungfraujoch: characterisation and comparison with in situ surface and MOPITT data
Barret, Brice; De Mazière, Martine; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2003), 3

CO vertical profiles have been retrieved from solar absorption FTIR spectra recorded at the NDSC station of the Jungfraujoch ( 46.5 degreesN, 8degrees E and 3580 ma. s. l.) for the period from January ... [more ▼]

CO vertical profiles have been retrieved from solar absorption FTIR spectra recorded at the NDSC station of the Jungfraujoch ( 46.5 degreesN, 8degrees E and 3580 ma. s. l.) for the period from January 1997 to May 2001. The characterisation of these profiles has been established by an information content analysis and an estimation of the error budgets. A partial validation of the profiles has been performed through comparisons with correlative measurements. The average volume mixing ratios ( vmr) in the 3 km layer above the station have been compared with coincident surface measurements. The agreement between monthly means from both measurement techniques is very good, with a correlation coefficient of 0.87, and no significant bias observed. The FTIR total columns have also been compared to CO partial columns above 3580 ma. s. l. derived from the MOPITT ( Measurement Of Pollution In The Troposphere) instrument for the period March 2000 to May 2001. Relative to the FTIR columns, the MOPITT partial columns exhibit a positive bias of 8 +/- 8% for daytime and of 4 +/- 7% for nighttime measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailPerfluorinated chemicals infiltrate ocean waters: Link between exposure levels and stable isotope ratios in marine mammals
Van de Vijver, Kristin Inneke; Hoff, Philippe Tony; Das, Krishna ULg et al

in Environmental Science & Technology (2003), 37(24), 5545-5550

This is the first study to report on concentrations of perfluorinated organochemicals (FOCs) in marine mammals stranded along the southern North Sea coast in relation to stable nitrogen and carbon isotope ... [more ▼]

This is the first study to report on concentrations of perfluorinated organochemicals (FOCs) in marine mammals stranded along the southern North Sea coast in relation to stable nitrogen and carbon isotope ratios (delta(15)N and delta(13)C). The presence of FOCs in top predators such as marine mammals would indicate a potential biomagnification of these compounds and their widespread occurrence. Liver and kidney tissues of nine marine mammal species have been sampled. Among all the measured FOCs compounds, PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) was predominant in terms of concentration. The highest PFOS concentrations were found in the liver of harbor seal compared to white-beaked dolphin, harbor porpoise, gray seal, sperm whale, white-sided dolphin, striped dolphin, fin whale, and hooded seal. PFOS concentrations differed significantly between sexes and age classes in harbor porpoises. Stable isotope measurements (delta(13)C and delta(15)N) were used in this study to describe the behavior of contaminants in food webs. We found a significant (p < 0.05) linear relationship between PFOS concentrations in livers of harbor porpoises and both Muscle delta(13)C and delta(15)N measurements. Harbor and gray seals and white-beaked dolphin, which displayed the highest trophic position, contained the highest PFOS levels, while offshore feeders such as sperm whales,fin whales, striped dolphin, and white-sided dolphin showed lower PFOS concentrations than inshore species. [less ▲]

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See detailCofactor binding modulates the conformational stabilities and unfolding patterns of NAD(+)-dependent DNA ligases from Escherichia coli and Thermus scotoductus
Georlette, D.; Blaise, Vinciane ULg; Dohmen, C. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(50), 49945-49953

DNA ligases are important enzymes required for cellular processes such as DNA replication, recombination, and repair. NAD(+)-dependent DNA ligases are essentially restricted to eubacteria, thus ... [more ▼]

DNA ligases are important enzymes required for cellular processes such as DNA replication, recombination, and repair. NAD(+)-dependent DNA ligases are essentially restricted to eubacteria, thus constituting an attractive target in the development of novel antibiotics. Although such a project might involve the systematic testing of a vast number of chemical compounds, it can essentially gain from the preliminary deciphering of the conformational stability and structural perturbations associated with the formation of the catalytically active adenylated enzyme. We have, therefore, investigated the adenylation-induced conformational changes in the mesophilic Escherichia coli and thermophilic Thermus scotoductus NAD(+)-DNA ligases, and the resistance of these enzymes to thermal and chemical (guanidine hydrochloride) denaturation. Our results clearly demonstrate that anchoring of the cofactor induces a conformational rearrangement within the active site of both mesophilic and thermophilic enzymes accompanied by their partial compaction. Furthermore, the adenylation of enzymes increases their resistance to thermal and chemical denaturation, establishing a thermodynamic link between cofactor binding and conformational stability enhancement. Finally, guanidine hydrochloride-induced unfolding of NAD(+)-dependent DNA ligases is shown to be a complex process that involves accumulation of at least two equilibrium intermediates, the molten globule and its precursor. [less ▲]

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See detailNoncovalent functionalization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes by pyrene containing polymers
Petrov, Petar; Stassin, Fabrice; Pagnoulle, Christophe et al

in Chemical Communications (2003), (23), 2904-2905

Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) have been solubilized in water and in various organic solvents by noncovalent side-wall functionalization by pyrene containing polymers.

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See detailInfluence de la variété sur le développement de mycosphaerella graminicola et sur les stratégies de protection fongicide chez le blé
Bodson, Bernard ULg; Amand, O.; Vancutsem, Françoise ULg et al

in Conférence internationale sur les maladies des plantes (2003, December 03)

Mycosphaerella graminicola development is mainly influenced by climatic conditions; Rainrall, relative humidity and temperature are main para&meters taken in account in fungi development models and in ... [more ▼]

Mycosphaerella graminicola development is mainly influenced by climatic conditions; Rainrall, relative humidity and temperature are main para&meters taken in account in fungi development models and in decision support system for control of this wheat disease (Moreau and Maraite, 2000). However field trains have also shown that various crop parameters such variety susceptibility, have to be taken into consideration for optimum fungicide protection. [less ▲]

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See detailEnCOrE (Encyclopédie de Chimie Organique Electronique): an Original Way to Represent and Transfer Knowledge from Freshmen to Researchers in Organic Chemistry
Colaux, Catherine ULg; Krief, Alain

in Electronic Workshops in Computing (2003, December 03)

EnCOrE is an original proposal which is expected to allow to share and transfer knowledge in organic chemistry. The system will use MIDES a software, with a peer-to-peer architecture, which will allow to ... [more ▼]

EnCOrE is an original proposal which is expected to allow to share and transfer knowledge in organic chemistry. The system will use MIDES a software, with a peer-to-peer architecture, which will allow to set up a technological and methodological frame to allow collaborative building of knowledge in between chemists. Learning GRID's services will help for Experimental electronic laboratory "LabCOrE" as well as for predictive computational tools. [less ▲]

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See detailThe UVES Paranal Observatory Project: A Library of High- Resolution Spectra of Stars across the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
Bagnulo, S.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Ledoux, C. et al

in The Messenger (2003), 114

We present the UVES Paranal Observatory Project, consisting of acquisition, reduction, and public release of high-resolution, large wavelength coverage, and high signal-to-noise ratio stellar spectra ... [more ▼]

We present the UVES Paranal Observatory Project, consisting of acquisition, reduction, and public release of high-resolution, large wavelength coverage, and high signal-to-noise ratio stellar spectra obtained with the UVES instrument of the ESO Very Large Telescope. Data for about 400 stars across the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram have been taken and reduced by members of the Paranal Science Operations Team and made publicly available through a WEB interface at www.eso.org/uvespop. [less ▲]

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See detailThe photospheric abundances of active binaries. II. Atmospheric parameters and abundance patterns for 6 single-lined RS CVn systems
Morel, Thierry ULg; Micela, G.; Favata, F. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 412

Photospheric parameters and abundances are presented for a sample of single-lined chromospherically active binaries from a differential LTE analysis of high-resolution spectra. Abundances have been ... [more ▼]

Photospheric parameters and abundances are presented for a sample of single-lined chromospherically active binaries from a differential LTE analysis of high-resolution spectra. Abundances have been derived for 13 chemical species, including several key elements such as Li, Mg, and Ca. Two methods have been used. The effective temperatures, surface gravities and microturbulent velocities were first derived from a fully self-consistent analysis of the spectra, whereby the temperature is determined from the excitation equilibrium of the Fe I lines. The second approach relies on temperatures derived from the (B-V) colour index. These two methods give broadly consistent results for the stars in our sample, suggesting that the neutral iron lines are formed under conditions close to LTE. We discuss the reliability in the context of chromospherically active stars of various colour indices used as temperature indicators, and conclude that the (V-R) and (V-I) colours are likely to be significantly affected by activity processes. Irrespective of the method used, our results indicate that the X-ray active binaries studied are not as metal poor as previously claimed, but are at most mildly iron-depleted relative to the Sun (-0.41protect <~ [Fe/H]protect la +0.11). A significant overabundance of several chemical species is observed (e.g., the alpha -synthezised elements). These abundance patterns are discussed in relation to stellar activity. Based on observations collected at ESO (La Silla, Chile). Table A.1 is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/412/495 [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic properties of the alpha(2) homo-oligomeric glycine receptor impairs a proper synaptic functioning
Mangin, J. A.; Baloul, M.; de Carvalho, L. P. et al

in Journal of Physiology-London (2003), 553(2), 369-386

Ionotropic glycine receptors (GlyRs) are present in the central nervous system well before the establishment of synaptic contacts. Immature nerve cells are known, at least in the spinal cord, to express ... [more ▼]

Ionotropic glycine receptors (GlyRs) are present in the central nervous system well before the establishment of synaptic contacts. Immature nerve cells are known, at least in the spinal cord, to express alpha(2) homomeric GlyRs, the properties of which are relatively unknown compared to those of the adult synaptic form of the GlyR (mainly alpha(1)/beta heteromeres). Here, the kinetics properties of GlyRs at the single-channel level have been recorded in real-time by means of the patch-clamp technique in the outside-out configuration coupled with an ultra-fast flow application system (< 100 µs). Recordings were performed on chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells stably transfected with the a, GlyR subunit. We show that the onset, the relaxation and the desensitisation of α(2) homomeric GlyR-mediated currents are slower by one or two orders of magnitude compared to synaptic mature GlyRs and to other ligand-gated ionotropic channels involved in fast synaptic transmission. First latency analysis performed on single GlyR channels revealed that their slow activation time course was due to delayed openings. When synaptic release of glycine was mimicked (1 mM glycine; 1 ms pulse duration), the opening probability of α(2) homomeric GlyRs was low (P-o ≈ 0.1) when compared to mature synaptic GlyRs (P-o = 0.9). This low P-o is likely to be a direct consequence of the relatively slow activation kinetics of α(2) homomeric GlyRs when compared to the activation kinetics of mature α(1)/β GlyRs. Such slow kinetics suggest that embryonic α(2) homomeric GlyRs cannot be activated by fast neurotransmitter release at mature synapses but rather could be suited for a non-synaptic paracrine-like release of agonist, which is known to occur in the embryo. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical outcome following combination of cutting balloon angioplasty and coronary β-radiation for in-stent restenosis: A report from the RENO registry
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Roguelov; Eeckhout

in Journal of Invasive Cardiology (The) (2003), 15(12), 706-709

At present, vascular brachytherapy is the only efficient therapy for in-stent restenosis. Nevertheless, edge restenosis often related to geographical miss has been identified as a major limitation of the ... [more ▼]

At present, vascular brachytherapy is the only efficient therapy for in-stent restenosis. Nevertheless, edge restenosis often related to geographical miss has been identified as a major limitation of the technique. The non-slippery cutting balloon has the potential to limit vascular barotraumas, which, together with low-dose irradiation at both ends of the radioactive source, are the prerequisite for geographical miss. This prospective study aimed to examine the efficacy of combining cutting balloon angioplasty and brachytherapy for in-stent restenosis. The Radiation in Europe NOvoste (RENO) registry prospectively tracked all patients who had been treated by coronary β-radiation with the Beta-Cath System (Novoste Corporation, Brussels, Belgium) but were not included in a randomized radiation trial. A subgroup of patients with in-stent restenosis treated by cutting balloon angioplasty and coronary β-radiation (group 1, n = 166) was prospectively defined, and clinical outcomes of patients at 6 months were compared with those of patients treated by conventional angioplasty and coronary β-radiation (group 2, n = 712). At 6-month follow-up, there was a significant difference between groups 1 and 2 in target vessel revascularization (10.2% versus 16.6% respectively; p = 0.04) and in the incidence of major adverse clinical events (MACE) including death, myocardial infarction, and revascularization (10.8% versus 19.2%; p = 0.01). This observation was confirmed by a multivariate analysis indicating a lower risk for MACE at 6 months (odds ratio: 0.49; confidence intervals: 0.27-0.88; p = 0.02). Compared to conventional angioplasty, cutting balloon angioplasty prior to coronary beta-radiation with the Beta-Cath System seems to improve the 6-month clinical outcome in patients with in-stent restenosis. [less ▲]

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