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See detailConnections between the design tool, design attributes, and user preferences in early stage design
Häggman, Anders; Tsai, Geoff; Elsen, Catherine ULg et al

in Journal of Mechanical Design (2015), 137(7), 13

Gathering user feedback on provisional design concepts early in the design process has the potential to reduce time-to-market and create more satisfying products. Among the parameters that shape user ... [more ▼]

Gathering user feedback on provisional design concepts early in the design process has the potential to reduce time-to-market and create more satisfying products. Among the parameters that shape user response to a product, this paper investigates how design experts use sketches, physical prototypes, and computer-aided design (CAD) to generate and represent ideas, as well as how these tools are linked to design attributes and multiple measures of design quality. Eighteen expert designers individually addressed a 2 hr design task using only sketches, foam prototypes, or CAD. It was found that prototyped designs were generated more quickly than those created using sketches or CAD. Analysis of 406 crowdsourced responses to the resulting designs showed that those created as prototypes were perceived as more novel, more aesthetically pleasing, and more comfortable to use. It was also found that designs perceived as more novel tended to fare poorly on all other measured qualities. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of experimental results and numerical modelling of unreinforced load-bearing masonry structures subjected to earthquake loading
Mordant, Christophe ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Degée, Hervé

in Proceedings of the SECED 2015 Conference: Earthquake Risk and Engineering towards a Resilient World (2015, July)

This paper presents a comparison of experimental tests results on unreinforced load-bearing masonry structures subjected to earthquake loading with numerical predictions. First, simple walls are submitted ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a comparison of experimental tests results on unreinforced load-bearing masonry structures subjected to earthquake loading with numerical predictions. First, simple walls are submitted to cyclic and shaking table tests. Some of them include soundproofing devices in order to investigate their influence on the general behaviour in static and dynamic conditions. Additional walls with an opening and T-shaped walls are then tested under cyclic loading. The study is focused on the frame effect, the contribution of the perpendicular wall to the global strength and the efficiency of the connection. These aspects are also studied through shaking table tests on two masonry frames with T- or L-shaped piers. The main information is expressed in terms of force-displacement curves, mechanical properties and energy dissipation for the cyclic tests. The shaking table tests provide results in terms of dynamic and mechanical properties. Comparison of the results with numerical predictions is finally performed thanks to the software TREMURI. [less ▲]

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See detailSemi-empirical correlation to model heat losses along solar parabolic trough collectors
Dickes, Rémi ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg

Conference (2015, July)

Solar thermal power plants convert sunshine energy into useful heat and electricity by means of solar collectors and a thermodynamic cycle. Among the different solar collector technologies, parabolic ... [more ▼]

Solar thermal power plants convert sunshine energy into useful heat and electricity by means of solar collectors and a thermodynamic cycle. Among the different solar collector technologies, parabolic troughs are nowadays the most widespread together with solar towers. In order to improve the computation speed required to simulate the temperature profile along solar parabolic trough collectors, a correlation estimating the effective heat losses of the receiver is an essential tool. However, the relations found in the literature lack accuracy and do not translate effectively the effects of the operating conditions in all cases. In this work, an alternative correlation is proposed and calibrated with the results of a deterministic model. Better fitting performance is demonstrated when compared to the prediction of the pre-existing correlations. The benefits and limitations of the new correlation are finally assessed. [less ▲]

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See detailModel reduction for simulating the dynamic behavior of parabolic troughs and a thermocline energy storage in a micro-solar power unit
Dickes, Rémi ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg et al

Conference (2015, July)

Micro-scale concentrated solar power plants are characterized by strong transients and mostly operate in off-design working conditions. Both the sizing and the control of these systems are key challenges ... [more ▼]

Micro-scale concentrated solar power plants are characterized by strong transients and mostly operate in off-design working conditions. Both the sizing and the control of these systems are key challenges whose optimization requires powerful dynamic modeling tools. In this context, a system featuring a solar field of parabolic troughs, a thermocline thermal energy storage and a 5kWe organic Rankine cycle (ORC) power unit is modeled in the Modelica language. Model reduction methods applied to the solar field and the thermal storage are investigated and analyzed to improve the computational efficiency of the problem. Each model is described and integrated in the open-source ThermoCycle library. Results of simulation under identical operating conditions are compared and the benefits and limitations of model reduction are assessed. [less ▲]

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See detailAn XFEM/CZM implementation for massively parallel simulations of composites fracture
Vigueras, Guillermo; Sket, Federico; Samaniego, Cristobal et al

in Composite Structures (2015), 125

Because of their widely spread use in many industries, composites are the subject of many research campaigns. More particularly, the development of both accurate and flexible numerical models able to ... [more ▼]

Because of their widely spread use in many industries, composites are the subject of many research campaigns. More particularly, the development of both accurate and flexible numerical models able to capture their intrinsically multiscale modes of failure is still a challenge. The standard finite element method typically requires intensive remeshing to adequately capture the geometry of the cracks and high accuracy is thus often sacrificed in favor of scalability, and vice versa. In an effort to preserve both properties, we present here an extended finite element method (XFEM) for large scale composite fracture simulations. In this formulation, the standard FEM formulation is partially enriched by use of shifted Heaviside functions with special attention paid to the scalability of the scheme. This enrichment technique offers several benefits, since the interpolation property of the standard shape function still holds at the nodes. Those benefits include (i) no extra boundary condition for the enrichment degree of freedom, and (ii) no need for transition/blending regions; both of which contribute to maintain the scalability of the code. Two different cohesive zone models (CZM) are then adopted to capture the physics of the crack propagation mechanisms. At the intralaminar level, an extrinsic CZM embedded in the XFEM formulation is used. At the interlaminar level, an intrinsic CZM is adopted for predicting the failure. The overall framework is implemented in ALYA, a mechanics code specifically developed for large scale, massively parallel simulations of coupled multi-physics problems. The implementation of both intrinsic and extrinsic CZM models within the code is such that it conserves the extremely efficient scalability of ALYA while providing accurate physical simulations of computationally expensive phenomena. The strong scalability provided by the proposed implementation is demonstrated. The model is ultimately validated against a full experimental campaign of loading tests and X-ray tomography analyses for a chosen very large scale. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Geoarchaeology of Utica, Tunisia: The Paleogeography of the Mejerda Delta and Hypotheses Concerning the Location of the Ancient Harbor
Delile, Hugo; Abichou; Gadhoum, Ahmed et al

in Geoarchaeology (2015), 30(4), 291-306

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See detailRuthenium–arene catalysts bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands for olefin cyclopropanation and metathesis
Méret, M.; Maj, A. M.; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Monatshefte für Chemie = Chemical Monthly (2015), 146(7), 1099-1105

Abstract: Ruthenium–arene complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands with the generic formula [RuCl2(p-cymene)(NHC)] are efficient catalyst precursors for the cyclopropanation of activated ... [more ▼]

Abstract: Ruthenium–arene complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands with the generic formula [RuCl2(p-cymene)(NHC)] are efficient catalyst precursors for the cyclopropanation of activated olefins with ethyl diazoacetate, and the cis/trans diastereoselectivity of the reaction markedly depends on the steric bulk of the NHC. The procedure was successfully applied to styrene, α-methylstyrene, and various other styrenic derivatives bearing electron-withdrawing or donating substituents on their aromatic rings. The reaction of unactivated internal or terminal alkenes was more sluggish, and the use of norbornene as a substrate afforded only olefin metathesis. Further investigation of the ring-opening metathesis polymerization of this strained cycloolefin in the presence of trimethylsilyldiazomethane led to high molecular weight polynorbornene whose microstructure was not significantly affected by the choice of the NHC ancillary ligand. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term XMM-Newton investigation of two particle-accelerating colliding-wind binaries in NGC6604: HD168112 and HD167971
De Becker, Michaël ULg

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015), 451(1), 5589-5599

The long-term (over more than one decade) X-ray emission from two massive stellar systems known to be particle accelerators is investigated using XMM-Newton. Their X-ray properties are interpreted taking ... [more ▼]

The long-term (over more than one decade) X-ray emission from two massive stellar systems known to be particle accelerators is investigated using XMM-Newton. Their X-ray properties are interpreted taking into account recent information about their multiplicity and orbital parameters. The two targets, HD168112 and HD167971 appear to be overluminous in X-rays, lending additional support to the idea that a significant contribution of the X-ray emission comes from colliding-wind regions. The variability of the X-ray flux from HD168112 is interpreted in terms of varying separation expected to follow the 1/D rule for adiabatic shocked winds. For HD167971, marginal decrease of the X-ray flux in September 2002 could tentatively be explained by a partial wind eclipse in the close pair. No long-term variability could be demonstrated despite the significant difference of separation between 2002 and 2014. This suggests the colliding-wind region in the wide orbit does not contribute a lot to the total X-ray emission, with a main contribution coming from the radiative shocked winds in the eclipsing pair. The later result provides evidence that shocks in a colliding-wind region may be efficient particle accelerators even in the absence of bright X-ray emission, suggesting particle acceleration may operate in a wide range of conditions. Finally, in hierarchical triple O-type systems, thermal X-rays do not necessarily constitute an efficient tracer to detect the wind-wind interaction in the long period orbit. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic survey of Kepler stars. I. HERMES/Mercator observations of A- and F-type stars
Niemczura, E.; Murphy, S. J.; Smalley, B. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015), 450

The Kepler space mission provided near-continuous and high-precision photometry of about 207,000 stars, which can be used for asteroseismology. However, for successful seismic modelling it is equally ... [more ▼]

The Kepler space mission provided near-continuous and high-precision photometry of about 207,000 stars, which can be used for asteroseismology. However, for successful seismic modelling it is equally important to have accurate stellar physical parameters. Therefore, supplementary ground-based data are needed. We report the results of the analysis of high-resolution spectroscopic data of A- and F-type stars from the Kepler field, which were obtained with the HERMES spectrograph on the Mercator telescope. We determined spectral types, atmospheric parameters and chemical abundances for a sample of 117 stars. Hydrogen Balmer, Fe I, and Fe II lines were used to derive effective temperatures, surface gravities, and microturbulent velocities. We determined chemical abundances and projected rotational velocities using a spectrum synthesis technique. The atmospheric parameters obtained were compared with those from the Kepler Input Catalogue (KIC), confirming that the KIC effective temperatures are underestimated for A stars. Effective temperatures calculated by spectral energy distribution fitting are in good agreement with those determined from the spectral line analysis. The analysed sample comprises stars with approximately solar chemical abundances, as well as chemically peculiar stars of the Am, Ap, and Lambda Boo types. The distribution of the projected rotational velocity, Vsini, is typical for A and F stars and ranges from 8 to about 280 km/s, with a mean of 134 km/s. [less ▲]

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See detailReinforcement Learning of Heuristic EV Fleet Charging in a Day-Ahead Electricity Market
Vandael, Stijn; Claessens, Bert; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2015), 6(4), 1795-1805

This paper addresses the problem of defining a day-ahead consumption plan for charging a fleet of electric vehicles (EVs), and following this plan during operation. A challenge herein is the beforehand ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of defining a day-ahead consumption plan for charging a fleet of electric vehicles (EVs), and following this plan during operation. A challenge herein is the beforehand unknown charging flexibility of EVs, which depends on numerous details about each EV (e.g., plug-in times, power limitations, battery size, power curve, etc.). To cope with this challenge, EV charging is controlled during opertion by a heuristic scheme, and the resulting charging behavior of the EV fleet is learned by using batch mode reinforcement learning. Based on this learned behavior, a cost-effective day-ahead consumption plan can be defined. In simulation experiments, our approach is benchmarked against a multistage stochastic programming solution, which uses an exact model of each EVs charging flexibility. Results show that our approach is able to find a day-ahead consumption plan with comparable quality to the benchmark solution, without requiring an exact day-ahead model of each EVs charging flexibility. [less ▲]

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See detailLate Holocene history of the Fuji Five Lakes (Japan)
Lamair, Laura ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Boes, Evelien et al

Conference (2015, July)

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See detailShould ABO-incompatible deceased liver transplantation be reconsidered?
Detry, Olivier ULg

in Transplant international : official journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (2015), 28(7), 788-9

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See detailCould alternative solanaceous hosts act as refuges for the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta?
Bawin, Thomas ULg; Dujeu, David ULg; De Backer, Lara ULg et al

in Arthropod-Plant Interactions (2015)

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is a widespread devastating pest reported to develop on economically important solanaceous plants. The characterization of its effective ... [more ▼]

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is a widespread devastating pest reported to develop on economically important solanaceous plants. The characterization of its effective host range could help to understand and prevent the dispersion behavior of the insect in the environment. In this study, the ability of T. absoluta to locate and develop on wild (Solanum nigrum, Atropa belladonna, Datura stramonium) and cultivated (Solanum tuberosum) solanaceous plant species under laboratory conditions was assessed. Dual-choice behavioral assays performed in flying tunnels (S. tuberosum versus another plant) revealed that adult distribution and female oviposition did not differ between Solanum species, which were preferred to the other tested plants. The volatile molecules released by each tested plant species provide some explanations in the observed behavioral discrimination: S. nigrum and S. tuberosum volatile profiles were similar, and were presenting quantitative and qualitative differences with the other tested Solanaceous plants. To determine whether the host plant choice was adaptive or not, we have finally conducted fitness assays, by rearing T. absoluta larvae on each plant species and have shown that Solanum species allowed higher larval survivability and lower development time (from egg to adult emergency) compared to the other plants. We conclude that Solanum species are suitable host plants for T. absoluta, but other Solanaceous plant species could be opportunistically colonized with fewer incidences. [less ▲]

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See detailModifications acoustiques de la voix d’enseignantes au cours de la journée et de l’année scolaire
Remacle, Angélique ULg; David, Claire; Petillon, Caroline et al

Conference (2015, June 30)

Introduction Les enseignants font partie des professionnels de la voix, définis comme des travailleurs qui ne peuvent se passer de leur voix dans l’exercice de leur profession, et qui à ce titre ... [more ▼]

Introduction Les enseignants font partie des professionnels de la voix, définis comme des travailleurs qui ne peuvent se passer de leur voix dans l’exercice de leur profession, et qui à ce titre nécessitent une qualité de vocale constante (1). Cette population est particulièrement à risque et constitue le groupe de travailleurs le plus nombreux à consulter les ORL pour cause de dysphonie (2). Dans ce contexte, la recherche tente d’identifier les indices acoustiques de la fatigue vocale dans le but d’améliorer le dépistage précoce des problèmes de voix, leur traitement et leur prévention. Cette étude menée in situ a pour objectif de mettre en évidence des modifications acoustiques et prosodiques consécutives à 1) une journée de travail et 2) cinq mois de travail en milieu scolaire. Méthode La population est constituée de 22 enseignantes du primaire ayant moins de 5 années d’expérience. Pour chaque participante, cinq /a/ tenus ainsi que la lecture d’un texte ont été enregistrés 1) à deux moments de la journée de travail, soit au matin et au soir, et 2) à trois temps de l’année, soit en octobre (T0), en décembre (T1) et en février (T2). Sur les voyelles tenues, nous avons mesuré le temps maximum phonatoire (TMP), la fréquence moyenne, le jitter, le shimmer, et le rapport harmoniques/bruit (HNR). Sur les textes, nous avons mesuré la fréquence moyenne, la variation de fréquence et d’intensité (écart-type), ainsi que des paramètres relatifs au débit de parole (nombre de syllabes par seconde, nombre de pauses et durée moyenne des pauses). Pour chaque paramètre, une ANOVA en mesure répétées (2 moments * 3 temps) a été réalisée. Résultats L’effet principal du moment montre une augmentation de la fréquence moyenne mesurée sur les voyelles et sur le texte suite à une journée de travail (p<.01). Parallèlement, le TMP et le HNR augmentent (p<.01), tandis que le jitter et le shimmer diminuent en fin de journée (p<.05). Les mesures de débit montrent que les enseignantes tendent à faire moins de pauses lors de la lecture de texte en fin de journée, et que ces pauses sont de plus courte durée (p<.05). L’effet principal du temps montre une augmentation de la fréquence moyenne des voyelles et du texte au cours de l’année (p<.01), avec des valeurs plus élevées observées en décembre (T1). Les mesures relatives au débit montrent également une augmentation du nombre de syllabes par seconde (p<.01) et une tendance des locutrices à faire moins de pauses. Conclusion L’évolution des paramètres observés suggère une augmentation de la fatigue vocale et un comportement phonatoire davantage hyperfonctionnel au cours de la journée et au cours de l’année. Les résultats montrent une dégradation vocale majorée au mois de décembre, en comparaison avec les autres moments de l’année. Bibliographie 1.Titze IR, Lemke J, Montequin D. Populations in the U.S. workforce who rely on voice as a primary tool of trade: A preliminary report. Journal of Voice. 1997;11(3):254-259. 2. Remacle, A., Petitfils, C., Lejeune, L., Finck, C., & Morsomme, D. Quel est le profil professionnel des patients consultant en phoniatrie ? 70e Congrès de la Société Française de Phoniatrie, Paris, France. (13 octobre 2014). [less ▲]

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See detailExploiting Interspecific Genetic Variability for Improving Common bean for higher productivity on soils presenting biotic and abiotic stresses
Butare, Louis ULg

Doctoral thesis (2015)

Biotic and abiotic stresses often occur in the same field of rural poor farmer households in tropical countries resulting in heavy losses of common bean yields. To improve resistance of common beans ... [more ▼]

Biotic and abiotic stresses often occur in the same field of rural poor farmer households in tropical countries resulting in heavy losses of common bean yields. To improve resistance of common beans, sensitive Phaseolus vulgaris (SER16) was crossed to resistant P. coccineus (G35346-3Q) to create 94 F5:6 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) of the pedigree SER16♀ x (SER16♀ x G35346-3Q♂). The objectives of this study were to (i) identify potential parents for resistance to Al, drought and Fusarium root rot among 11 bean genotypes, (ii) to evaluate 94 F5:6 Recombinant Inbred Lines (RILs) of the cross SER 16♀ x (SER 16♀ x G35346-3Q♂) both for their resistance to Al and /or drought, (iii) to evaluate RILs for resistance to Fusarium root rot, and (iv) to identify QTL for resistance to these stresses. RILs were characterized in greenhouse for resistance to Al using a hydroponic screening employing a nutrient solution with or without 20 μM Al , to Al-toxic acid soil with high Al (HAl) and low Al (LAl) saturation, to terminal drought simulation with and without progressive soil drying, to combined stresses of Al and terminal drought in 80 cm long soil cylinder system, and to Fusarium root rot using inoculated perlite soil and sand (2:1). Two field studies were also carried on in Colombia under rainfed and irrigated conditions in Palmira, and high Al saturated acid soil in Santander of Quilichao. Our studies confirmed the superiority in Al response of Andean common beans in greenhouse trials compared to Middle American type for several root traits. Each screening method of our Al greenhouse experiments permitted an evaluation of different aspects of root traits. The two parents were virtually equal for tap root elongation rate at 24 h in the 20 μM Al treatment at about 1.4 mm h-1 while progenies ranged from less than 1-1.75 mm h-1. The correlation between leaf area and total root length was highly significant under high Al saturation (r = 0.70***) for HAl-acid soil. Two genotypes (ALB88 and ALB 91) emerged as strong multiple trait lines for the two abiotic stresses. Fusarium root rot induced root growth inhibition as high as 80.8% for the susceptible ALB 5, while resistant RILs (ALB45, ALB41, ALB126, ALB84, ALB49, ALB34, ALB88 and ALB85) didn`t show any inhibition . Seed yield under drought stress conditions was positively associated to 100-seed weight both under irrigated field (r = 0.28**) and rainfed field (r = 0.36***), and negatively associated to days to maturity (DTM) (r = - 0.36***) in field evaluation in Al-toxic acid soil in Quilichao (Colombia). QTLs for important traits including root characteristics under high Al , grain yield and yield components for drought and high Al saturation soil were identified. The use of both soil and hydroponic system, and field could contribute to evaluation of breeding materials to identify genotypes that combine Al resistance with acid soil tolerance, drought and root rot tolerance. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing 2D-PIV measurements to compute unsteady aerodynamic loads on a flat plate at high angle of attack
Guissart, Amandine ULg; Bernal, Luis; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 17th International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics, IFASD 2015 (2015, June 30)

This work exposes and discusses results obtained for aerodynamic forces using an indirect calculation based on Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements. The methodology used is based on the integral ... [more ▼]

This work exposes and discusses results obtained for aerodynamic forces using an indirect calculation based on Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements. The methodology used is based on the integral formulation of the Navier-Stokes equations and is applied to spatio-temporal data for different flows around a plate with a 16:1 chord-to-thickness ratio at high angle of attack. Experimental data are obtained in a water channel for both a static and a pitching plate. In addition to PIV data, direct measurements of aerodynamic loads are carried out to assess the quality of the indirect calculation. It is demonstrated that this indirect method is able to compute the mean and the temporal evolution of the lift and drag coefficients with a reasonable accuracy. It is also shown that the noise sensitivity of the method can be partly alleviated through the use of Dynamic Mode Decomposition (DMD) as a pre-processing step to smooth the spatio-temporal data. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal bioavailability and bioaccumulation in the polychaete Nereis virens (Sars): the effects of site-specific sediment characteristics
Pini, Jennifer; Richir, Jonathan ULg; Watson, Gordon

in Marine Pollution Bulletin (2015), 95(2), 565575

The present study investigates the relationships between copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) concentrations in sediment, pore water and their bioaccumulation in the polychaete Nereis (Alitta) virens, as well as the ... [more ▼]

The present study investigates the relationships between copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) concentrations in sediment, pore water and their bioaccumulation in the polychaete Nereis (Alitta) virens, as well as the importance of site-specific sediment characteristics in that process. Sediment, pore water and N. virens were sampled from seven sites with different pollution histories along the English Channel coast. Results showed that site-specific metal levels and sediment characteristics were important in determining the bioavailability of metals to worms. Significant correlations were found between Cu in the sediment and in the pore water and between Zn in the pore water and in N. virens. Zn from the pore water was thus more readily available from a dissolved source to N. virens than Cu. Data also showed that metal concentrations in N. virens were lower than those found in other closely related polychaetes, indicating that it may regulate tissue concentrations of Cu and Zn. [less ▲]

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