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See detailMechanical behaviour of chalk reservoir: Numerical modelling of water sensitivity and time dependence effects
Collin, Frédéric ULg; Cui, Yu Jun; Schroeder, Christian ULg et al

Conference (2003)

The paper proposes two numerical models ot the mechanical behaviour of chalk. First, an elasto-plastic constitutive law reproduces the different plastic mechanisms of the chalk and the influence of pore ... [more ▼]

The paper proposes two numerical models ot the mechanical behaviour of chalk. First, an elasto-plastic constitutive law reproduces the different plastic mechanisms of the chalk and the influence of pore fluids by introducing the concept of suction. Secondly, a model able to reproduce time dependence behaviour. Eventually, the paper gives a simulation of an academic reservoir during depletion and waterflooding phase. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo new atrypid brachiopod species from the late Frasnian of Belgium
Mottequin, Bernard ULg

in Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Sciences de la Terre (2003), 73

Two new species of atrypid brachiopods from the late Frasnian Lambermont and Barvaux formations of Belgium are described (south-east border of the Dinant and the Vesdre Nappe), Iowatrypa ultima n. sp. and ... [more ▼]

Two new species of atrypid brachiopods from the late Frasnian Lambermont and Barvaux formations of Belgium are described (south-east border of the Dinant and the Vesdre Nappe), Iowatrypa ultima n. sp. and Spinatrypa (Spinatrypa) lambermontensis n. sp. These species rank among the last representatives of the order Atrypida in the Ardennes (Upper Palmatolepis rhenana Zone). [less ▲]

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See detailUrban use of VHR images on Bukavu (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Binard, Marc ULg; De Man, J.; Séba, G. et al

in Proceedings of the Second Workshop of the EARSeL Special Interest Group on Remote Sensing for Developing Countries, Bonn, Germany September 18-20, 2002. EARSeL: Paris, France. (2003)

The main purpose of this study was to show potential uses of very high resolution (VHR) image in an urban analysis of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As for many of the Third-World cities ... [more ▼]

The main purpose of this study was to show potential uses of very high resolution (VHR) image in an urban analysis of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As for many of the Third-World cities, Bukavu grew up during the last decades and available topographical information on Bukavu dates back to the middle of the twentieth century. This lack of updated information can be compensated by an appropriate use of VHR images. In this study, IKONOS image recorded on the 14th February 2001 was used. Image registration are highly dependant on accurate Digital Elevation Models (DEM), these last ones are also useful in urban analyses. The range between the minimum and maximum altitudes observed in the image was more than 500 meters. Furthermore, the viewing inclination angle is more than 28 degrees. In this case, orthorectification is mandatory for correcting relief displacements. Nevertheless, the lack of good Ground Control Points (GPS’s) on the old topographic maps and the failure to collect field verification data in Bukavu explains the remaining global 2D RMSE of 10 meters. For easier image interpretation, multispectral (4m) and panchromatic (1m) images were fused together by means of the LMVM algorithm. Depending on the object, the Computer Aided Photo Interpretation (CAPI) uses or does not use the near infrared information (true or false colour composite). For a more detailed interpretation about the city morphology we draped the 1m multispectral fused image over the 1m resolution DEM grid. The Built-up Area Index (BAI) computed on the urban mask obtained by CAPI and classification of the vegetation, was compared with the 1954 situation interpreted from topographic maps. The present city shows higher BAI values and in the same time the centre of the city has clearly shifted southward. Statistical analyses are also done on built-up versus slope data. The lack of good GCP’s and the use of DEM produced inaccurate orthorectification which was not adequate for topographical features extraction. Nevertheless the present extensions of Bukavu built-up areas are more than the double of those observed at the beginning of the last half century. New constructions are located on steeper slopes where landslides are frequents. More features could be extracted from the Ikonos image if good GPS measurements were made and if verification by the city authorities was possible. Some practical applications of this study could involve determining better location of new Bukavu extensions. [less ▲]

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See detailEquine trypsin: purification and development of a radio-immunoassay
Grulke, Sigrid ULg; Deby-Dupont, G.; Gangl, M. et al

in Veterinary Research (2003), 34(3, May-Jun), 317-330

Shock is accompanied by generalised splanchnic hypoperfusion, and splanchnic organs like the pancreas can be damaged, as shown in animal experimental models and in humans, by the presence of high plasma ... [more ▼]

Shock is accompanied by generalised splanchnic hypoperfusion, and splanchnic organs like the pancreas can be damaged, as shown in animal experimental models and in humans, by the presence of high plasma concentrations of trypsin and other pancreatic enzymes. In order to design a radioimmunoassay technique (RIA) for the measurement of equine trypsin-like immunoreactivity (TLI) in biological fluids, trypsin was purified (with purity greater than or equal to 96 %) from the equine pancreas by extraction in an acid medium, ammonium sulfate precipitations, gel filtration chromatography and, after activation of trypsinogen into trypsin, affinity chromatography. Gel polyacrylamide electrophoresis showed a monomeric enzyme with a molecular weight of 27 kDa. The purified equine trypsin served for the immunisation of rabbits in order to obtain a specific antiserum, and the labelled antigen was prepared by iodination of equine trypsin with I-125. The RIA was based on the binding of the antigen to the antibody followed by the separation of the antigen-antibody complex by immunoprecipitation in the presence of sheep anti-rabbit gammaglobulins and the assay of the radioactivity in the precipitate. The RIA showed good sensitivity, specificity, precision, accuracy and reproducibility. The reference mean value of TLI in the plasma of healthy horses (n = 20) was 30.01 +/- 6.84 ng/mL (upper confidence limit 50.52 ng/mL; p < 0.01). Three horses with non strangulating intestinal obstruction without shock showed TLI values within normal limits whereas 5 of 7 horses with strangulation obstruction showed TLI levels above the upper confidence limit. Further studies using the RIA and the enzymatic assay should be performed in order to confirm the role of the pancreas in equine intestinal obstruction. [less ▲]

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See detailProgramme de cartographie hydrogéologique de la Région wallonne.
Dossin, F.; Bouezmarni, Mohamed ULg; Habils, F. et al

in Eco Karst (2003), (57), 7-10

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See detailCensure et stéréotype. Structures du sens commun journalistique
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (2003), 97-99

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See detailSyncope sur passage en tachycardie ventriculaire par accélération d’une fibrillation auriculaire
Guillaume, T.; Melon, Pierre ULg; Bouffioux, Laurent ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(7-8), 468-471

We report a rare case of rapid atrial fibrillation triggering an episod of ventricular tachycardia. We review the literature and discuss the potential mechanisms of the ventricular arrhythmia.

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See detailFollow-up of iron microalbuminuria in hypertensive patients: a belgian promise survey
Bovy, Christophe ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg; Gothot, André ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2003), 58-3(4), 328

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See detailHypochromic mature erythrocytes: a specific marker of iron deficiency
Bovy, Christophe ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg; Gothot, André ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2003), 58-3(4), 325

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See detailL’idole brisée : la droite belge francophone et la crise morale de la France (1934-1938)
Lanneau, Catherine ULg

in Revue Belge d'Histoire Contemporaine = Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis (2003), XXXIII(1-2), 177-214

The French-speaking right wing in Belgium has always granted a paramount place to France in its ideological cosmography. The concept of everlasting France, of her “mission”, of the part she could play on ... [more ▼]

The French-speaking right wing in Belgium has always granted a paramount place to France in its ideological cosmography. The concept of everlasting France, of her “mission”, of the part she could play on the international scene are topics wondered about constantly in intellectual and middle-class circles. The thirties and mostly the Popular Front era provide the Conservatives with a splendid opportunity to describe the future of their cultural icon with awe: the more the international context is threatening, the more France seems to have become fragile, isolated and going down the slope. Using the news given by the national papers or the widely circulated Parisian press, right-wing Belgians brood, of course, about the eclipse of France’s might, but point chiefly to the moral crisis as its cause. Very often they feel some nostalgia for the “Ancien Régime” and see the origin of the worrying current phenomenon in the hated French Revolution. Lot of factors are intertwined in the definition of the moral decay, but some are particularly highlighted. France is accused to be invaded by foreigners (their Jewish origins and Marxist creeds being stressed); Free-Masonry has a bad influence, as well as laic teaching, perverting youth by its pacifist and internationalist leanings. The degeneration of the religious spirit is lamented on account of its influence on the birth rate: the “Elder Daughter of the Church” gets emptier and emptier, whereas the populations of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany are blooming. Opposition to parliamentary system is to the fore, as the politico-financial scandals, the governmental instability, the disreputable ways of the politicians themselves contribute all to the idea of the moral crisis. A cultural decline is parallel, with a loss of spirituality in the French society, engulfed in materialism and coarseness. Their stinging attacks, their bombastic style show how deeply rooted is the “decay of France” thesis among Belgian Conservatives. Beyond the French case, they fear a possible contamination of Belgium and the disappearance of their own traditional but vanishing values. Their fears and frights have certainly played a part in the 1936 turn-around towards the so-called Belgian “politique d’indépendance” in foreign affairs. [less ▲]

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See detailFattening of Belgian Blue double-muscled culled females: animal performance, carcass characteristics and meat quality
Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(6, DEC-JAN), 423-431

In order to measure Animal performance and, carcass and meat characteristics of Belgian Blue double-muscled culled females, a fattening trial was carried out on a total of 78 animals. Fifteen females were ... [more ▼]

In order to measure Animal performance and, carcass and meat characteristics of Belgian Blue double-muscled culled females, a fattening trial was carried out on a total of 78 animals. Fifteen females were slaughtered at the beginning of the trial and 63 were fattened on a maize silage based diet. The initial average live weight was 571.2kg. The total fattening gain was 91.1 kg for a period of 91.4 days. At slaughter, the warm carcass weight was 405.9kg and the killing-out proportion 63.3%. The carcasses were characterised by a high proportion of muscles (67.6%) and rather low proportions of adipose tissue (18.2%) and bones (14.2%). The muscle and adipose tissue accretions were 36.0 and 28.2 kg. Meat was lean as indicated by high protein content (88.5%) and low fat content (6.6%) in dry matter. A high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids was also found (6.8 mol %). [less ▲]

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See detail1862. La librairie internationale Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Cie publie Les Misérables de Victor Hugo. Le contrat du siècle
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Bertrand, Jean-Pierre; Biron, M.; Grutman, R. (Eds.) et al Histoire de la littérature belge (2003)

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See detailRedefining the role of psr in beta-lactam resistance and cell autolysis of Enterococcus hirae.
Sapunaric, Frédéric ULg; Franssen, Christine; Stefanic, Patrick et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (2003), 185(20), 5925-35

The contribution of penicillin-binding protein 5 (PBP5) and the PBP5 synthesis repressor (Psr) to the beta-lactam resistance, growth, and cell autolysis of wild-type strain ATCC 9790 and resistant strain ... [more ▼]

The contribution of penicillin-binding protein 5 (PBP5) and the PBP5 synthesis repressor (Psr) to the beta-lactam resistance, growth, and cell autolysis of wild-type strain ATCC 9790 and resistant strain R40 of Enterococcus hirae was investigated by disruption or substitution of the corresponding pbp5 and psr genes by Campbell-type recombination. The resulting modifications were confirmed by hybridization and PCR. The low susceptibility of E. hirae to beta-lactams was confirmed to be largely dependent on the presence of PBP5. However, against all expectations, inactivation of psr in ATCC 9790 or complementation of R40 cells with psr did not modify the susceptibility to benzylpenicillin or the growth and cell autolysis rates. These results indicated that the psr gene does not seem to be involved in the regulation of PBP5 synthesis and consequently in beta-lactam resistance or in the regulation of cell autolysis in E. hirae. [less ▲]

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See detailAfrique de l'Ouest: commerce d'oiseaux pas comme les autres
Libois, Roland ULg; Lougbégnon, Olou

Learning material (2003)

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See detailMycoplasma bovis : synthèse des connaissances actuelles
Thomas, Anne; Mainil, Jacques ULg; Linden, Annick ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(1, FEB-MAR), 23-39

Mycoplasmas frequently infect cattle. Amongst them, M. Bovis is the most pathogenic species in countries free from contagious bovine pleuropneumonia because it is responsible for bronchopneumonia ... [more ▼]

Mycoplasmas frequently infect cattle. Amongst them, M. Bovis is the most pathogenic species in countries free from contagious bovine pleuropneumonia because it is responsible for bronchopneumonia, arthritis and mastitis, and is thus associated with strong economic losses. Several studies have shown the frequency of M. bovis in Europe and the spread of antibiotic-resistant strains. Considering the absence of vaccine in Europe, it is essential to understand this bacteria in order to control the infection in cattle. In this context, this paper aims at summarizing the current knowledge about M. bovis. [less ▲]

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See detailHistological study of immature interspecific embryo abortion between Phaseolus vulgaris L. and P. polyanthus Greenm.
Toussaint, André ULg; Geerts, P.; Mergeai, Guy ULg et al

in Annual Report of the Bean Improvment Cooperative (2003), 46

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See detailMycoplasma bovis dans le complexe respiratoire bovin et propriétés de cyto-adhésion in vitro
Thomas, Anne; Dizier, Isabelle ULg; Sachse, K. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(4, AUG-SEP), 267-272

Mycoplasmas frequently infect cattle, causing especially respiratory diseases. Mycoplasma bovis is the most important pathogenic species in countries free of bovine contagious pleuropneumonia. This ... [more ▼]

Mycoplasmas frequently infect cattle, causing especially respiratory diseases. Mycoplasma bovis is the most important pathogenic species in countries free of bovine contagious pleuropneumonia. This species was frequently isolated in Belgium from cattle with respiratory disease. Furthermore, associations were often observed with pasteurellas and bovine respiratory syncytial virus. Of these M. bovis isolates, many were resistant to several antimicrobial agents which are used in cattle practice, except to fluoroquinolones. Inasmuch the high frequency of M. bovis isolation and antibiotic resistances, it is very important to understand the pathogenicity of this bacteria in order to optimize prophylactic tools. Therefore, the study of the cytadherence of M. bovis is essential since it represents the first step of the bacterial infection. According to our experimental results, PG45 is not representative of field isolates because of its low adherence rates to various cell lines. This could be explained by the high number of subcultures of this pathogenic strain underwent since its first isolation, which sharply contrasts with other isolates. M. bovis adheres specifically to bovine bronchial epithelial cells in primary culture. Proteins such as variable surface proteins C and F are involved in this step as observed by decreased adherence rates after trypsinization of mycoplasma cells or addition of monoclonal antibodies. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution of pressure distribution during apple compression tests measured with tactile sensors
Kleynen, Olivier; de la Cierva, Sonia; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Acta Horticulturae (2003), (604),

The paper analyses the ability of thin-film tactile sensors in providing information during static compression tests of ‘Jonagold’ apples (Malus pumila) of different ripeness stages. Such sensors are able ... [more ▼]

The paper analyses the ability of thin-film tactile sensors in providing information during static compression tests of ‘Jonagold’ apples (Malus pumila) of different ripeness stages. Such sensors are able to measure the contact surface and the interfacial pressure distribution during compression of fruits, this latter being characterised by suitable mathematical parameters. Results of compression tests between two flat steel plates are presented. The differentiated evolution of the pressure distribution according to the fruit maturity is pointed out. Ability of the sensor in evaluating the firmness is also discussed. [less ▲]

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