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See detailNest grouping patterns of bonobos (Pan paniscus) in relation to fruit availability in a forest-savannah mosaic
Serckx, Adeline ULg; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg; Bastin, Jean-François ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2014)

A topic of major interest in socio-ecology is the comparison of chimpanzees and bonobos’ grouping patterns. Numerous studies have highlighted the impact of social and environmental factors on the ... [more ▼]

A topic of major interest in socio-ecology is the comparison of chimpanzees and bonobos’ grouping patterns. Numerous studies have highlighted the impact of social and environmental factors on the different evolution in group cohesion seen in these sister species. We are still lacking, however, key information about bonobo social traits across their habitat range, in order to make accurate inter-species comparisons. In this study we investigated bonobo social cohesiveness at nesting sites depending on fruit availability in the forest-savannah mosaic of western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a bonobo habitat which has received little attention from researchers and is characterized by high food resource variation within years. We collected data on two bonobo communities. Nest counts at nesting sites were used as a proxy for night grouping patterns and were analysed with regard to fruit availability. We also modelled bonobo population density at the site in order to investigate yearly variation. We found that one community density varied across the three years of surveys, suggesting that this bonobo community has significant variability in use of its home range. This finding highlights the importance of forest connectivity, a likely prerequisite for the ability of bonobos to adapt their ranging patterns to fruit availability changes. We found no influence of overall fruit availability on bonobo cohesiveness. Only fruit availability at the nesting sites showed a positive influence, indicating that bonobos favour food ‘hot spots’ as sleeping sites. Our findings have confirmed the results obtained from previous studies carried out in the dense tropical forests of DRC. Nevertheless, in order to clarify the impact of environmental variability on bonobo social cohesiveness, we will need to make direct observations of the apes in the forest-savannah mosaic as well as make comparisons across the entirety of the bonobos’ range using systematic methodology. [less ▲]

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See detailApport des examens biologiques en pratique allergologique
GADISSEUR, Romy ULg

Conference (2014, April 02)

Apport des examens biologiques en pratique allergologique

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See detailDiversité et abondance entomologique en cultures maraîchères à Libreville et à Owendo (Gabon)
Bayendi-Loudit, Sandrine ULg; Poligui, René Noël ULg; Ndoutoume Ndong, Auguste et al

Conference (2014, April 02)

In order to improve knowledge of the diversity and abundances of the entomofauna occurring within market gardenings in Gabon, this study was conducted in three localities in Libreville and Owendo, from ... [more ▼]

In order to improve knowledge of the diversity and abundances of the entomofauna occurring within market gardenings in Gabon, this study was conducted in three localities in Libreville and Owendo, from July1st to August 31st, 2012. Insect collections from yellow traps and visual observations were performed weekly within plots in which grow Amaranth (Amaranthus sp., Amaranthaceae), red sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa L, Malavaceae), Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill, Solanaceae) and Cabbage (Brassica oleracea L, Brassicaceae). A total of 7119 insects were assessed and taxonomically classified in 8 distinct orders comprising 81 families. The study highlighted some entomologic families with agronomic interest. The main pests were represented by Aphididae (31,0%), Cecidomyiidae (5,1%), Chrysomelidae (4,0%) and Thripidae (2,0%), the useful insects (pollinators and predators) by Dolichopodidae (5,4%), Andrenidae (2,6%) Coccinellidae (1,7%), Syrphidae (0,6%), Braconidae (0,5%) and Hemerobiidae (0,1%) and the associated insects were Psychodidae (7,4%), Muscidae (5,9%), Formicidae (4,4%) and Anthomyiidae (4,2%). Entomological diversity is discussed according to the local conditions and potential for sustainable pest control encountered. [less ▲]

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See detailA pheromone-based formulation against phytophagous pests
Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg et al

Poster (2014, April 02)

Innovative integrated pest management methods are needed to overcome market withdrawal of synthetic pesticides. Therefore, the identification of environment-friendly bio-products carrying direct or ... [more ▼]

Innovative integrated pest management methods are needed to overcome market withdrawal of synthetic pesticides. Therefore, the identification of environment-friendly bio-products carrying direct or indirect biocide activity is one promising alternative option. Our researches focus on the identification of appropriate formulations releasing volatile organic compounds that are attractive for natural enemies of insect pests. However, the elaboration of slow-release devices that ensure stable and controlled release of active volatile compounds is quite challenging. Here, we developed a formulation based on E-β-farnesene and (–)-β-caryophyllene, these two semiochemicals having strong attractive potential on aphid natural enemies including ladybeetles and hoverflies. Both compounds were encapsulated together in alginate gel beads. The blend efficiency is currently being evaluated through laboratory and field assays. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst evidence of a volatile sex pheromone in the invasive Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)
Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Fischer, Christophe ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 02)

Data about sex pheromones, or any semiochemicals that play a role in Coccinellid mating, remain limited. Since years, various studies and behavioral observations have hypothesized that such molecules are ... [more ▼]

Data about sex pheromones, or any semiochemicals that play a role in Coccinellid mating, remain limited. Since years, various studies and behavioral observations have hypothesized that such molecules are involved in sexual communication of ladybeetles. In this study, we collected volatile organic compounds released by virgin females of the multicolored Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), which were either allowed or not allowed to feed on aphids. In the presence of aphids, virgin females exhibited “calling behavior”, which has been associated with the emission of a sex pheromone in several Coleoptera species. Bioassays showed that these females released a blend of volatile compounds that is involved in the attraction of males. Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry analyses highlighted specific volatile cues emanating from females, whereas males did not produce these compounds. Five components were identified: (–)-β-caryophyllene, β elemene, methyl-eugenol, α humulene, and α bulnesene. All compounds were produced after virgin females were fed aphids, and their quantity increased across the experimental period. The results confirm that female H. axyridis produce a volatile sex pheromone. Therefore, this study provides important biological information that could promote the development of efficient pest control management methods to manipulate the movements of this invasive ladybeetle, and to reduce its negative impacts on biodiversity. [less ▲]

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See detailModélisation 2D par éléments finis du contact : effet de l’utilisation de méthodes de représentation des surfaces présentant un ordre de continuité élevé et méthodes permettant de passer le patch test
Nguyen, Duc Tue ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Ce travail de thèse concerne la mécanique numérique du contact entre les solides déformables. La simulation numérique des problèmes de contact comporte de nombreuses difficultés notamment dans un contexte ... [more ▼]

Ce travail de thèse concerne la mécanique numérique du contact entre les solides déformables. La simulation numérique des problèmes de contact comporte de nombreuses difficultés notamment dans un contexte de grands déplacements et de grandes déformations. Le but de ce travail est d’analyser l’influence de l’ordre de continuité élevé de la représentation de surface et de développer une méthode pour passer le patch test, à savoir qu’un élément passe le patch test si il transmet correctement des pressions de contact entre deux surfaces. Pour la discrétisation des éléments finis, l'interface de contact est représentée par une série de lignes et de courbes à continuité C0. Par conséquent, lors du passage du nœud esclave entre deux segments maîtres adjacents, il peut arriver avoir une discontinuité de la direction du vecteur normal. Cette situation peut mener à des problèmes de convergence de l'algorithme de résolution. Pour éviter ce problème, l’approche proposée consiste à développer les représentations de surface maître à ordre de continuité C1 ou C2 pour les éléments nœud-surface linéaires et quadratiques. Les éléments nœud-surface ne passent pas le patch test. Plus récemment, un élément linéaire utilisant la méthode des nœuds esclaves virtuels pour Passer le Patch Test (PPT) a été proposée dans la littérature. Cependant, cet élément est à ordre de continuité C0 et peut donner des grandes oscillations de la pression de contact à cause des pénétrations initiales des nœuds esclaves virtuels qui sont les pénétrations des nœuds esclaves virtuels dans la surface maître à l’état initial. Pour tenter de surmonter cette difficulté, une nouvelle approche repose sur un élément linéaire utilisant la méthode PPT et la représentation de surface à ordre de continuité C1 pour la surface maître et pour la surface esclave. L’élément quadratique nœud-surface donne des oscillations de pression de contact à cause de la distribution non-uniforme des forces nodales. Afin de résoudre ce problème, la méthode PPT est développée pour l’élément quadratique. [less ▲]

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See detailUtilisation de biocapteurs microbiens GFP pour la caractérisation des performances des bioréacteurs
Brognaux, Alison ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The scale-up of bioprocesses is a critical step during bioproducts development. Actually, the mixing operation’s efficiency drops when the reactor volume increases: gradients of glucose and oxygen appear ... [more ▼]

The scale-up of bioprocesses is a critical step during bioproducts development. Actually, the mixing operation’s efficiency drops when the reactor volume increases: gradients of glucose and oxygen appear when operating in fed-batch mode, causing losses of production. The aim of this project is the scale-up and sizing of bioreactors based on the direct physiological parameters to consider this heterogeneity. Concretely, it consists in obtaining an on-line signal of the physiological status of micro-organisms. The coding sequence of the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) has been inserted after gene promoters of interest in Escherichia coli to built biosensors. A particular focus has been paid on promoters responding to general stress or specifically to lack of glucose and on those responding to cell growth rate. The GFP biosensors of interest have been tested in scale-down bioreactors, allowing to reproduce industrial hydrodynamic conditions at a laboratory scale. A mini-bioreactor platform has also been developed to enable a high throughput screening of biosensors. The intracellular accumulation of GFP has been measured by flow cytometry and GFP release has been monitored by western blot analyses. For biosensors sensitive to stress general response or glucose limitation, GFP has been induced during a glucose limitation and repressed by comparison when glucose heterogeneities appear. The use of a destabilized GFP has been considered in this project for ribosomal biosensors to approach more instantaneous physiological responses of microorganisms. For these ones, the response is proportional to growth rate during the batch phase, but more complex mechanisms take part during a prolonged glucose limitation. Membrane permeability has also been studied and has been noticed more important in homogeneous fed-batch bioreactors than in scale-down reactors. As GFP leakage has been noted in the extracellular medium, a study has also been carry out about proteins released in the extracellular medium (leakage), and correlated with the cell permeability. Finally, an on-line flow cytometer has been developed for the characterization of physiological status of micro-organisms during the bioprocess, and a 3D-ORM probe allowed to measure their viability on-line [less ▲]

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See detailL’antonymie. Définition de l’antonymie en langue et description des fonctions sémantico-référentielles de la co-présence antonymique en discours
Steffens, Marie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Grâce à un examen critique des travaux consacrés à l’antonymie, nous avons pu définir l’antonymie comme une relation multiforme qui touche des unités très différentes sur les plans sémantique et morpho ... [more ▼]

Grâce à un examen critique des travaux consacrés à l’antonymie, nous avons pu définir l’antonymie comme une relation multiforme qui touche des unités très différentes sur les plans sémantique et morpho-syntaxique mais dont l’unicité réside dans une opposition binaire fondamentale enracinée lexicalement. Nous avons ainsi dépassé la simple distinction entre contraires et contradictoires pour entrer dans la fascinante diversité de l’opposition et montrer comme les notions de graduation, de graduabilité, de scalarité, de borne et de seuil se combinent pour forger l’identité sémantique de chaque paire d’antonymes, la rapprocher ou la distinguer des autres. Grâce à l’analyse empirique d’énoncés extraits du journal Le Monde, nous avons montré que la co-présence antonymique en contexte s’appuie pour faire sens sur les relations antonymiques inscrites dans la mémoire linguistique des locuteurs, où sont fortement associées la forme et le sens des antonymes. Nous avons également montré comment la plongée de deux antonymes dans un contexte d’emploi peut moduler leur opposition et la définition du lexème neutre ou intermédiaire, lorsqu’il existe. Les antonymes co-présents, grâce aux rôles sémantico-syntaxiques qu’ils peuvent jouer, contribuent à la structuration des énoncés dans lesquels ils sont employés parce qu’ils organisent les unités qui les entourent sur le plan sémantico-référentiel. [less ▲]

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See detailComportements à risques et maladies cardio-vasculaires, comment infléchir le cours des choses?
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; andre, Jean-François

Conference (2014, April 01)

Entre recommandations, croyances et attitudes des médecins, croyances, attitudes et vécu des patients, comment améliorer la prévention dans le domaine cardio-vasculaire?

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See detailDétermination de la broyabilité des plaquettes et des pellets de bois
Temmerman, Michaël ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The literature about energy requirements for product milling in mining industry shows the subject has been, and still is, considered by numerous authors. Several milling theories have been proposed for ... [more ▼]

The literature about energy requirements for product milling in mining industry shows the subject has been, and still is, considered by numerous authors. Several milling theories have been proposed for these industries, especially concerning ores milling. Biomass milling, prior to its use as biofuel, has been, by far, less studied. Nevertheless, few measurements are available about energy needed for milling of particular biomass, in particular systems. But studies taking into account enough characteristic of the milled material (origin, moisture content, particle size distribution) are scarce. Moreover, the methods used to measure these properties are generally different. In consequence, nearly none biomass milling model has been proposed. Concerning wood densified product (pellets & briquettes) apparently no data are available yet. . This study draws upon the milling theories developed for the ore processing industry (Von Rittinger, Kick and Bond theories which have been merged by Charles and Hukki) in order to define a method for characterizing wood chip and pellet energy consumption during milling. Thus it proposes parameters and measurement methods that have to be taken into account when milling modelling comes to an end for biomass or densified biomass Energy consumption during wood milling depends on three main factors: the material moisture content, the particle size difference between the feed and the milled product, and the material itself. The latter may be characterized by a single grindability parameter based on an adaptation of Von Rittinger’s constant. A relation characterizing wood pellet energy consumption as a function of the particle size distribution of the pellet ingredients and the milled pellets is proposed as well. This is characteristic of each type of pellet for each moisture content value considered [less ▲]

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See detailÀ la (re)découverte du temple d’Isis à Pompéi
Veymiers, Richard ULg

Scientific conference (2014, April 01)

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See detailIntegration of near-surface geophysical, geological and hydrogeological data with multiple-point geostatistics in alluvial aquifers
Hermans, Thomas ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Alluvial plains constitute essential geological bodies for environmental studies such as contaminated sites remediation, low-enthalpy geothermal energy or groundwater resources. The heterogeneity of these ... [more ▼]

Alluvial plains constitute essential geological bodies for environmental studies such as contaminated sites remediation, low-enthalpy geothermal energy or groundwater resources. The heterogeneity of these deposits governs flow processes and needs to be quantified. A proper description of such complex deposits requires an integrated approach combining geological, geophysical and hydrogeological data. Solving such spatial inverse problems in the Earth Sciences remains a considerable challenge given the large number of parameters to invert for, the non-linearity of forward models and, as a result, the ill-posedness of the problem. Geostatistics is therefore needed to specify prior models, more particularly, information to control the spatial features of the inverse solutions. Two-point geostatistical approaches have been developed to describe the heterogeneity of one geological formation but fail to reproduce the heterogeneity of fluvial deposits with multiple facies. Multiple-point statistics (MPS) introduced the training image (TI) concept to replace the variogram within an extended sequential simulation framework. The use of geophysics to constrain such simulations has been studied in the petroleum industry with wave-based methods (seismic reflection), but little research has been done to assess the use of near-surface potential methods to condition MPS in environmental studies. In this work, we propose to integrate geological (borehole logs), geophysical (electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) profiles) and hydrogeological (hydraulic heads) data within MPS models on the alluvial plain of the Meuse River, Belgium. Potential-based geophysical methods being integrative, they suffer from a relatively poor resolution. We first study how we can improve the informative content of geophysical inversion by including prior information in the ERT inverse problem. Three methods are tested and compared in several field cases, namely the reference model inversion, the structural inversion and the regularized geostatistical inversion. If every method has advantages and drawbacks, the best suited method for the considered problem is the regularized geostatistical method. Electromagnetic borehole logs enable to derive the vertical correlation length of electrical resistivity in the deposits and to subsequently use it to constrain the inversion. In addition to the knowledge of the bedrock position, it enables to retrieve an electrical resistivity distribution of the deposits close to direct observations. This ensures that geophysical models will be informative to constrain MPS simulations. Given the lack of geological and sedimentological data to build accurate TIs, a data base of TIs is built using several different parameters and scenarios. They are all based on a three facies description: clay/loam, sand and gravel corresponding to low, intermediate and high hydraulic conductivity. Then, we develop a methodology to verify the consistency of independently-built TIs with geophysical data. Our methodology starts by creating subsurface models with each TI. From these models we create synthetic geophysical data and from this synthetic data, synthetic inverted models. These models are now compared with a single inverted model obtained from the field survey, allowing for our definition of what is ``consistent''. To that extent, we calculate the Euclidean distance between any two inverted models as well as field data and visualize the results in a 2D or 3D space using multidimensional scaling (MDS). With this technique, it is possible to verify if field cases fall in the distribution represented by synthetic cases, and thus are consistent with them. In a second step, we present a cluster analysis on the MDS-map to highlight which parameters are the most sensitive for the construction of TI. Based on this analysis, a probability of each geological scenario is computed through kernel smoothing of the densities in reduced projected metric space. The integration of hydrogeological data is made through a stochastic inversion method: the probability perturbation method (PPM), using MPS constrained with geophysical data to generate models. The PPM algorithm automatically seeks solutions fitting both hydrogeological data and training-image based geostatistical constraints. Only geometrical features of the model are affected by the perturbation, i.e. we do not attempt to directly find the optimal value of hydrogeological parameters (chosen a priori), but the optimal spatial distribution of facies whose prior distribution is quantified in a training image. Tracing experiments may be used to further constrain hydrogeological models. ERT has proven its ability to monitor salt tracer tests, but few studies have investigated its performances in thermal tracing experiments. In this study, we demonstrate the ability of surface and crosshole ERT to image quantitatively temperature changes during heat injection experiments. Such resistivity data provides important information to improve hydrogeological models. Our study proves that ERT, especially crosshole ERT, is a reliable tool to follow thermal tracing experiments. It also confirms that ERT should be included to in situ techniques to characterize heat transfer in the subsurface and to monitor geothermal resources exploitation. [less ▲]

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See detailNeuropathies proximales du membre supérieur
WANG, François-Charles ULg

Conference (2014, April 01)

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See detailPrise de risque et zéro-mort
Dumoulin, André ULg

Scientific conference (2014, April 01)

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See detailSoil organic carbon assessment by field and airborne spectrometry in bare croplands: accounting for soil surface roughness
Denis, Antoine ULg; Stevens, Antoine; Van Wesemael, Bas et al

in Geoderma (2014), 226-227(August 2014), 94102

Visible, Near and Short Wave Infrared (VNSWIR) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (350 nm to 2500 nm) has been proven to be an efficient tool to determine the Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) content. SOC ... [more ▼]

Visible, Near and Short Wave Infrared (VNSWIR) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (350 nm to 2500 nm) has been proven to be an efficient tool to determine the Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) content. SOC assessment (SOCa) is usually done by using calibration samples and multivariate models. However one of the major constraints of this technique, when used in field conditions is the spatial variation in surface soil properties (soil water content, roughness, vegetation residue) which induces a spectral variability not directly related to SOC and hence reduces the SOCa accuracy. This study focuses on the impact of soil roughness on SOCa by outdoor VIS-NIR-SWIR spectroscopy and is based on the assumption that soil roughness effect can be approximated by its related shadowing effect. A new method for identifying and correcting the effect of soil shadow on reflectance spectra measured with an Analytical Spectral Devices (ASD) spectroradiometer and an Airborne Hyperspectral Sensor (AHS-160) on freshly tilled fields in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was elaborated and tested. This method is based on the shooting of soil vertical photographs in the visible spectrum and the derivation of a shadow correction factor resulting from the comparison of “reflectance” of shadowed and illuminated soil areas. Moreover, the study of laboratory ASD reflectance of shadowed soil samples showed that the influence of shadow on reflectance varies according to wavelength. Consequently a correction factor in the entire [350–2500 nm] spectral range was computed to translate this differential influence. Our results showed that SOCa was improved by 27% for field spectral data and by 25% for airborne spectral data by correcting the effect of soil relative shadow. However, compared to simple mathematical treatment of the spectra (first derivative, etc.) able to remove variation in soil albedo due to roughness, the proposed method, leads only to slightly more accurate SOCa. [less ▲]

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See detailEpoch-dependent absorption line profile variability in lambda Cep
Uuh-Sonda, J. M.; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Eenens, P. et al

in Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica (2014), 50

We present the analysis of a multi-epoch spectroscopic monitoring campaign of the O6 Ief star lambda Cep. Previous observations reported the existence of two modes of non-radial pulsations in this star ... [more ▼]

We present the analysis of a multi-epoch spectroscopic monitoring campaign of the O6 Ief star lambda Cep. Previous observations reported the existence of two modes of non-radial pulsations in this star. Our data reveal a much more complex situation. The frequency content of the power spectrum considerably changes from one epoch to the other. We find no stable frequency that can unambiguously be attributed to pulsations. The epoch-dependence of the frequencies and variability patterns are similar to what is seen in the wind emission lines of this and other Oef stars, suggesting that both phenomena likely have the same, currently still unknown, origin. [less ▲]

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See detailHaplotype information combined with iterative pruning PCA (ipPCA) to improve population clustering
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Fouladi, Ramouna; Wangkumhang, Pongsakorn et al

Scientific conference (2014, April 01)

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are commonly used to capture variations between populations. Often genome-wide SNP data are pruned based on linkage disequilibrium (LD) patterns or small subsets of ... [more ▼]

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are commonly used to capture variations between populations. Often genome-wide SNP data are pruned based on linkage disequilibrium (LD) patterns or small subsets of SNPs are selected (e.g. PCA-correlated SNPs) to reproduce the genomic structure of the complete data set. Identifying and differentiating between subpopulations using such a reduced set can become challenging, especially when similar geographic regions are involved or when spurious patterns are likely to exist. Although PCA-based methods can resolve structure, they cannot infer ancestry. On the other hand, the structure of haplotypes in unrelated individuals can reveal useful information about genetic ancestry. Notably, haplotype composition and the pattern of LD between markers may vary between larger populations but may also play a role within more confined geographic regions. In addition, iterative pruning principal component analysis (ipPCA) has been shown to be a powerful tool to cluster subpopulations based on SNP profiles. Despite the complexities that are associated with haplotype inference, we argue that added value can be obtained when the LD structure between SNPs is exploited in the search for relevant population strata. In this work, we propose to combine an LD-based novel haplotype encoding scheme with the ipPCA machinery to retrieve fine population substructures. The approach is compared to state-of-the-art methods in the context of population substructure and admixture analysis. [less ▲]

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