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See detailUnder Construction: Postcolonial Gateways and Walls
Tunca, Daria ULg; Wilson, Janet

Book published by Brill (in press)

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See detailA 3-year long study of Staphylococcus aureus isolates from subclinical mastitis in three Azawak zebu herds at the Sahelian experimental farm of Toukounous, Niger
Issa Ibrahim, Abdoulkarim; Duprez, Jean-Noël ULg; Bada-alambdeji, Rianatou et al

in Tropical Animal Health and Production (in press)

bovine mastitis. The aim of the present work was to follow in three herds and during the 3 years the clonality of S. aureus isolated from California Mastitis Test (CMT)-positive cows at the experimental ... [more ▼]

bovine mastitis. The aim of the present work was to follow in three herds and during the 3 years the clonality of S. aureus isolated from California Mastitis Test (CMT)-positive cows at the experimental station of Toukounous (Niger) by (i) comparing their pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) fingerprints, (ii) identifying their virulotypes by PCR amplification and (iii) assessing the production of capsule and the formation of biofilm. The 88 S. aureus isolates belonged to 14 different pulsotypes, 3 of them being predominant: A (30 %), D (27 %), B (15 %). A and B pulsotypes had the highest profile similarity coefficient (94 %), while others had similarity coefficients under 60 %. Seventy-five S. aureus isolates were further studied for their virulotypes, capsular antigens and biofilm production. Most surface factor-, leukocidin- and haemolysin-, but not the enterotoxin-encoding genes were detected in the majority (>75 %) of the isolates and were evenly distributed between the A, B and D pulsotype isolates. The majority of the 72 S. aureus positive with the cap5H or cap8H PCR produced the CP5 (82 %) or the CP8 (88 %) capsular antigen, respectively. Biofilm production by the 57 icaA-positive isolates was strong for 8 isolates, moderate for 31 isolates but weak for 18 isolates, implying that the icaA gene may not be expressed in vitro by one third of the positive isolates. Similar to other studies, those results confirm that a restricted number of S. aureus clones circulate within the three herds at Toukounous and that their specific virulence-associated properties must still be further studied [less ▲]

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See detailMETHis VI. Images fixes / Images en mouvement
Bert, Mathilde ULg; Falque, Ingrid ULg; Hagelstein, Maud ULg

Book published by Presses Universitaires de Liège (in press)

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See detailForced Convective Drying of Wastewater Sludge with Presentation of Exergy Analysis of the Dryer
Bennamoun, Lyes; Fraikin, Laurent ULg; Li, Jie et al

in Chemical Engineering Communications (in press)

The main objective is studying the fundamental aspect, by the mean of the drying kinetics, the application of forced convective drying of wastewater sludge with determination of the optimum drying ... [more ▼]

The main objective is studying the fundamental aspect, by the mean of the drying kinetics, the application of forced convective drying of wastewater sludge with determination of the optimum drying conditions. The drying system is composed of two units; small samples of 2.5 g are dried in the first unit and bed of sludge weighting 250 g is dried the second unit. The experiments are performed under air temperatures varying between 80°C and 200°C. The range of the air velocity and its humidity is 1- 2 m/s and 0.005- 0.05 kgwater/kgdry air, respectively. The experiments are performed for two different sludges; activated sludge (AS) and thermalized and digested sludge (TDS). Usually, three main drying phases are observed during drying of bed of sludge. These phases are reduced to only two for small samples. Determination of the influent parameters shows that temperature of the drying air and sludge origin can profoundly influence the drying kinetic of the sludge. The exergy analysis of the two units of the drying system allows selecting 140 °C, 2 m/s, 0.05 kgwater/kgdry air as optimum drying condition with an exergy efficiency reaching 90\%. [less ▲]

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See detailFair Trade and Co-operatives
Nicholls, Alex; Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg

in Michie, Jonathan; Blassi, J.; Borzaga, Carlo (Eds.) The Handbook of Co-operative and Mutual Businesses (in press)

The Fair Trade and co-operative movements have much in common. This chapter aims to examine the convergences and divergences between the two fields, highlighting what they can learn from each other and ... [more ▼]

The Fair Trade and co-operative movements have much in common. This chapter aims to examine the convergences and divergences between the two fields, highlighting what they can learn from each other and how practitioners and researchers in the two areas can better collaborate. Fair trade is an innovative approach to economic development that uses a market-driven approach to exploit the growing trend in ethical, or caused-based, consumption (Nicholls & Opal 2005). Fair Trade organizations aim to re-engineer the value chains between poor producers and artisans - typically in developing countries - and their wholesale buyers such that a greater proportion of the overall rents accrue to those who provide the inputs. Put simply, Fair Trade aims to ensure that the poorest actors in a supply chain benefit from more of the overall financial value creation as a development tool. Moreover, Fair Trade reconnects producers and consumers at the point of purchase such that consumption becomes a political – or, at least, life style – choice. This chapter is structured as follows. After this introduction, the second section describes the development of Fair Trade from its historical roots to the current organizational landscape and market organization. Next there is a discussion of several key issues and challenges that have emerged as Fair Trade has become increasingly institutionalized. Then, the fourth section explores the relationship between Fair Trade and the co-operative and mutual movements. Finally, conclusions serve to sum up the chapter. [less ▲]

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See detailTransient performance evaluation of waste heat recovery Rankine cycle based system for heavy duty trucks
Grelet, Vincent; Reiche, Thomas; Lemort, Vincent ULg et al

in Applied Energy (in press)

The study presented in this paper aims to evaluate the transient performance of a waste heat recovery Rankine cycle based system for a heavy duty truck and compare it to steady state evaluation. Assuming ... [more ▼]

The study presented in this paper aims to evaluate the transient performance of a waste heat recovery Rankine cycle based system for a heavy duty truck and compare it to steady state evaluation. Assuming some conditions to hold, simple thermodynamic simulations are carried out for the comparison of several fluids. Then a detailed rst principle based model is also presented. Last part is focused on the Rankine cycle arrangement choice by means of model based evaluation of fuel economy for each concept where the fuels savings are computed using two methodologies. Fluid choice and concept optimization are conducted taking into account integration constraints (heat rejection, packaging . . . ). This paper shows the importance of the modeling phase when designing WHRS and yields a better understanding when it comes to a vehicle integration of a Rankine cycle in a truck. [less ▲]

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See detailLes jugements de Dominique Lampson sur Jan Gossart et Lambert Lombard
Allart, Dominique ULg

in Delfosse, Annick; Glesener, Thomas (Eds.) Ecrire, lire et éduquer à la Renaissance, Hommage en l’honneur de Franz Bierlaire (in press)

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See detailReview: Implementing biostimulants and biocontrol strategies in the agroecological management of cultivated ecosystems
Le Mire, Géraldine ULg; Nguyen, Minh ULg; Fassotte, Bérénice ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (in press)

This review describes the current methods for exploiting and applying plant growth-promoting rhizbacteria (PGPR), elicitors and semiochemical products in contemporary agricultural systems. The future of ... [more ▼]

This review describes the current methods for exploiting and applying plant growth-promoting rhizbacteria (PGPR), elicitors and semiochemical products in contemporary agricultural systems. The future of these biostimulant and biocontrol tools for the sustainable management of agricultural practices is also discussed. Special attention is given to the formulation of these products and the network of interactions taking place in cultivated ecosystems [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction. Le conceptualisme
Gauvry, Charlotte ULg

in Brisart, Robert; Gauvry, Charlotte (Eds.) Perception et concept. Le conceptualisme en question (in press)

Introduction générale au volume sur le conceptualisme

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See detailConscience et représentation. Introduction aux théories représentationnelles de l'esprit
Dewalque, Arnaud ULg; Gauvry, Charlotte ULg

Book published by Vrin (in press)

L’ambition de ce volume est d’introduire le lecteur aux débats récents, en philosophie de l'esprit, en mettant en lumière les principaux enjeux lié à l’approche représentationnelle de la conscience. Il s ... [more ▼]

L’ambition de ce volume est d’introduire le lecteur aux débats récents, en philosophie de l'esprit, en mettant en lumière les principaux enjeux lié à l’approche représentationnelle de la conscience. Il s'agit de montrer que, derrière l’étiquette de "théories représentationnelles" ou de "représentationalisme" se cachent une variété de positions alternatives : représentationalisme d’ordre supérieur, représentationalisme standard, auto-représentationalisme et théories de l’intentionnalité phénoménale. Il s’agit aussi, simultanément, d’examiner les présupposés théoriques de l’approche représentationnelle, qui est aujourd’hui la plus répandue. Nous avons donc réservé une place, dans ce recueil, à un petit échantillon de perspectives critiques, comme la théorie de l’intentionalisme modal de Tim Crane, le réalisme empirique de Bill Brewer et la critique contextualiste de Charles Travis. [less ▲]

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See detailCharles Travis, Ouvrir le monde extérieur
Gauvry, Charlotte ULg

in Gauvry, Charlotte; Brisart, Robert (Eds.) Perception et concept. Le conceptualisme en question (in press)

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See detailRugose corals across the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary in NW Turkey
Denayer, Julien ULg

in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica (in press)

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See detailTrophic plasticity of Antarctic echinoids under contrasted environmental conditions
Michel, Loïc ULg; David, Bruno; Dubois, Philippe et al

in Polar Biology (in press)

Echinoids are common members of Antarctic zoobenthos, and different groups can show important trophic diversity. As part of the ANT-XXIX/3 cruise of RV Polarstern, trophic plasticity of sea urchins was ... [more ▼]

Echinoids are common members of Antarctic zoobenthos, and different groups can show important trophic diversity. As part of the ANT-XXIX/3 cruise of RV Polarstern, trophic plasticity of sea urchins was studied in three neighbouring regions (Drake Passage, Bransfield Strait and Weddell Sea) featuring several depth-related habitats offering different trophic environments to benthic consumers. Three families with contrasting feeding habits (Cidaridae, Echinidae and Schizasteridae) were studied. Gut content examination and stable isotopes ratios of C and N suggest that each of the studied families showed a different response to variation in environmental and food conditions. Schizasteridae trophic plasticity was low, and these sea urchins were bulk sediment feeders relying on sediment-associated organic matter in all regions and/or depth-related habitats. Cidaridae consumed the most animal-derived material. Their diet varied according to the considered area, as sea urchins from Bransfield Strait relied mostly on living and/or dead animal material, while specimens from Weddell Sea fed on a mixture of dead animal material and other detritus. Echinidae also showed important trophic plasticity. They fed on various detrital items in Bransfield Strait, and selectivity of ingested material varied across depth-related habitats. In Weddell Sea, stable isotopes revealed that they mostly relied on highly 13C-enriched food items, presumably microbially-reworked benthic detritus. The differences in adaptive strategies could lead to family-specific responses of Antarctic echinoids to environmental and food-related changes. [less ▲]

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See detailDecision Making from Confidence Measurement on the Reward Growth using Supervised Learning: A Study Intended for Large-Scale Video Games
Taralla, David ULg; Qiu, Zixiao ULg; Sutera, Antonio ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (in press)

Video games have become more and more complex over the past decades. Today, players wander in visually and option- rich environments, and each choice they make, at any given time, can have a combinatorial ... [more ▼]

Video games have become more and more complex over the past decades. Today, players wander in visually and option- rich environments, and each choice they make, at any given time, can have a combinatorial number of consequences. However, modern artificial intelligence is still usually hard-coded, and as the game environments become increasingly complex, this hard-coding becomes exponentially difficult. Recent research works started to let video game autonomous agents learn instead of being taught, which makes them more intelligent. This contribution falls under this very perspective, as it aims to develop a framework for the generic design of autonomous agents for large-scale video games. We consider a class of games for which expert knowledge is available to define a state quality function that gives how close an agent is from its objective. The decision making policy is based on a confidence measurement on the growth of the state quality function, computed by a supervised learning classification model. Additionally, no stratagems aiming to reduce the action space are used. As a proof of concept, we tested this simple approach on the collectible card game Hearthstone and obtained encouraging results. [less ▲]

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See detailValidated ready-to-use GC-MS/MS method for dioxin analysis in food and feed following the new EU Regulations
L'Homme, Benjamin ULg; Sandy, Chris; Scholl, Georges ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (in press)

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See detailProgressive Current Source Models in Magnetic Vector Potential Finite Element Formulations
Dular, Patrick ULg; Kuo-Peng, Patrick; Ferreira da Luz, Mauricio V. et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (in press), 52

Progressive refinements of the current sources in magnetic vector potential finite-element (FE) formulations are done with a subproblem method. The sources are first considered through magnetomotive force ... [more ▼]

Progressive refinements of the current sources in magnetic vector potential finite-element (FE) formulations are done with a subproblem method. The sources are first considered through magnetomotive force or Biot–Savart models up to their volume FE models, from statics to dynamics. A novel way to define the source fields is proposed to lighten the computational efforts, through the conversion of the common volume sources to surface sources, without the need for any preresolution. Accuracy improvements can then be obtained for local currents and fields, and global quantities, i.e., inductances, resistances, Joule losses, and forces. [less ▲]

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See detailComputation of Source for Non-Meshed Coils in a Reduced Domain with A–V Formulation
Ferrouillat, Pauline; Guérin, Christophe; Meunier, Gérard et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (in press), 52

The discretized source magnetic vector potential Aj, projected from source field Hs with H(curl,Ω) semi-norm, is studied for non-meshed coils with magnetic vector potential A and electric scalar potential ... [more ▼]

The discretized source magnetic vector potential Aj, projected from source field Hs with H(curl,Ω) semi-norm, is studied for non-meshed coils with magnetic vector potential A and electric scalar potential V formulation. As a novelty, source potential Aj is computed in a reduced domain Ωred instead of the complete domain Ω. For domains with fixed and moving parts, potential Aj can be computed on each part, for each of the related current sources, with no need to ensure its continuity between these parts. [less ▲]

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See detailFibulin-3 fragments are prognostic biomarkers of osteoarthritis incidence in overweight and obese women
Runhaar, Jos; Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Taralla, Sébastien et al

in Osteoarthritis Cartilage (in press)

OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between three fibulin-3 peptides and the incidence of radiographic and clinical knee osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: Women between 50 and 60 years, with a BMI >/=27 kg ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between three fibulin-3 peptides and the incidence of radiographic and clinical knee osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: Women between 50 and 60 years, with a BMI >/=27 kg/m2, free of knee OA, were recruited. Using binary logistic regression, the association between baseline concentration of serum fibulin (Fib)3-1, Fib3-2 and Fib3-3 and incidence of clinical and radiographic knee OA after 30 months of follow-up was evaluated. RESULTS: Baseline and follow-up measurements were available for 241 women with a mean age of 55.9 +/- 3.2 years and mean BMI of 31.7 +/- 3.6 kg/m2. None of the concentrations of the three Fib3 epitopes were associated with the incidence of medial or lateral joint space narrowing (JSN) >/=1.0 mm or the incidence of Kellgren & Lawrence (K&L) grade >/=2 after 30 months. All three Fib3 epitopes were associated with the incidence of the clinical and radiographic ACR-criteria and Fib3-1 and Fib3-3 also with chronic pain at follow-up. When adjusted for the other Fib3 peptide concentrations, only Fib3-1 was significantly associated to the incidence of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)-criteria (OR 3.2 [1.2-8.7]) and chronic pain at follow-up (OR 3.0 [1.2-7.7]). CONCLUSIONS: Baseline fibulin-3 concentrations are associated with the incidence of clinical knee OA among middle-aged overweight and obese women. Therewith, they meet the criteria of a prognostic biomarker according to the BIPED biomarker classification for OA. Further validation of the fibulin-3 epitopes seems warranted in order to better distinguish subgroups of individuals at increased risk for knee OA development. [less ▲]

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See detailÉVOLUTION DE LA TENEUR EN EAU LE LONG D’UNE TOPOSEQUENCE FORESTIERE ARGILO-LIMONEUSE
Deraedt, Deborah ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg

in Milieux Poreux et Transferts Hydriques (in press)

For the hydrological modeling of forested watersheds, the understanding of the forest hydrodynamic is essential. This study focusses on the hydrology of a Belgian forested plot with high stoniness and ... [more ▼]

For the hydrological modeling of forested watersheds, the understanding of the forest hydrodynamic is essential. This study focusses on the hydrology of a Belgian forested plot with high stoniness and steep slope. The soil water content is monitored at several positions on the toposequence and at different depth. During rain events, peak in soil water content are observed in different depth depending on the position along the toposequence. [less ▲]

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