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See detailRelationships between mind-wandering, personal goals processing, and future thinking.
Stawarczyk, David ULg; D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg

Conference (2016, September 20)

Mind-wandering refers to the occurrence of thoughts whose content is both decoupled from stimuli present in the immediate environment and unrelated to the task currently being carried out. Although this ... [more ▼]

Mind-wandering refers to the occurrence of thoughts whose content is both decoupled from stimuli present in the immediate environment and unrelated to the task currently being carried out. Although this phenomenon has been the object of increasing interest from the scientific community during le last decade, proportionally few studies have attempted to clearly determine the form, content, and possible functions of this particular kind of cognitions. In this presentation, we will review recent evidence from studies mainly performed in our lab suggesting that most instances of mind-wandering refer to the anticipation and planning of future events and are also closely related to the processing of personal goals. More specifically, we will first discuss the findings from behavioral research that examined the phenomenological features of mind-wandering with the use of experience sampling procedures during laboratory tasks. Results of these studies mainly revealed that most of reported mind-wandering episodes are temporally oriented towards the future and that this ‘prospective bias’ can be increased when participants’ attention had been oriented toward their personal goals prior to performing the tasks. We will next review the results of neuroimaging studies that investigated the neural correlates of mind-wandering and we will more specifically focus on meta-analytic evidences suggesting that the neural correlates of mind-wandering strongly overlap with those associated with episodic future thinking and personal goal processing. Together, these results suggest that mind-wandering may have an important adaptive value and could in particular play a key role in planning and preparing for upcoming events related to the individuals’ personal goals. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy on contribution of lipids towards the mechanical properties of milk fat globule membrane monolayer
Malik, Priyanka ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg

Conference (2016, September 20)

Milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) stabilizes fat globule in milk in form of emulsion. The primary monolayer of MFGM is rich in proteins and secondary bilayer is rich in polar lipids. MFGM finds application ... [more ▼]

Milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) stabilizes fat globule in milk in form of emulsion. The primary monolayer of MFGM is rich in proteins and secondary bilayer is rich in polar lipids. MFGM finds application as an additive in dairy and food industry (e.g. emulsions, infant formulas & reduced-fat products) for its emulsifying and stabilizing properties. MFGM received much attention in recent years due to both its health- beneficial & technological functionalities. This work has been carried out with the objective to understand contribution of various components towards the surface properties of complete MFGM. MFGM was isolated from fresh raw cream. During isolation of MFGM apart from polar lipids and MFGM proteins, neutral lipids are also isolated which have their origin in fat globules but are often considered as a constituent of MFGM. The MFGM was further fractioned into lipid fraction, defatted fraction and polar lipids. The mechanical properties of monolayer were studied for the above fractions using Langmuir film balance. Study of surface properties can also be linked to their techno-functional properties by calculating film elasticity of the compression isotherm which can be linked to emulsifying and stabilizing properties. The analysis of compression isotherms revealed that film elasticity is highly influenced by polar lipids. The behaviour of the MFGM appeared to be influenced by neutral lipid and defatted fraction during beginning of compression and by polar lipids at the end of compression. [less ▲]

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See detailValorization of Seeds from Some Field Border Flowering Seeds
Paul, Aman ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Mutwale Kapepula, Paulin ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 20)

Flowering strips are now being increasingly cultivated along the fields to improve biodiversity. However after serving for the desired function, these plants have no utilization besides animal feed. It ... [more ▼]

Flowering strips are now being increasingly cultivated along the fields to improve biodiversity. However after serving for the desired function, these plants have no utilization besides animal feed. It could be really interesting to valorize some commonly grown plant in these strips to render food or health promoting compounds. With this objective in mind the seeds of Achillea millefolium, Anthriscus sylvestris and Prunella vulgaris were investigated for lipids, proteins and phenolic content. Further the lipids were analyzed for fatty acid profile using gas chromatography and the phenolic compounds in the methanolic extract of defatted seeds were identified using HPLC-DAD. The antiradical activity of the methanolic extracts obtained from defatted seeds was investigated using DPPH and ABTS assays. The anti-inflammatory potential of these seed extracts was evaluated on the reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by stimulated neutrophils and on the specific activity of myeloperoxidase (MPO), a pro-oxidant enzyme marker of inflammation. Seeds from all three plants were analyzed with interesting levels of lipids, proteins and phenolic content. Linoleic acid, oleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid were the major fatty acids analyzed in A. millefolium, A. sylvestris and P. vulgaris respectively. On the other hand different phenolic acid formed the major phenolic constituents. Seed extracts displayed high ABTS and DPPH radical-scavenging activities in a dose dependent manner. Also a strong dose dependent anti-inflammatory activity of all three extracts was observed against ROS production by neutrophils and MPO activity. Results indicate that these seed show a great potential to render lipids which could be utilized as human food, further the defatted seeds could be directly included in human diet due to interesting levels of proteins and anti-inflammation ability. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and validation of analytical methods for quantifying isoflavones and equol in biological matrices
Daems, Frédéric ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Isoflavones are natural plant substances that attract widespread interest because of their association with a large variety of beneficial effects on human health. When they are ingested by animals or ... [more ▼]

Isoflavones are natural plant substances that attract widespread interest because of their association with a large variety of beneficial effects on human health. When they are ingested by animals or humans, most of these compounds are metabolized by bacteria present in the digestive system. Among the isoflavone microbial metabolites, equol is probably the most widely studied because it seems to have numerous health benefits. In the human population, however, not everyone is able to produce equol. Equol enrichment of some food, such as cow's milk, could be an alternative strategy for making equol’s health benefits available to everyone. The main objective of the present thesis was to develop analytical tools for quantifying these compounds in several biological matrices, thus contributing to the feasibility study being conducted on producing milk naturally enriched with equol. For this purpose, four analytical procedures, using ultra performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC®-MS/MS), were developed and fully validated. The analytical tools were then applied successfully in two original exploratory studies that sought to quantify equol concentrations in commercial cow's milk in Belgium and study the evolution of isoflavone concentration in red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) silage in laboratory-scale silos. This thesis describes new and reliable analytical tools that will help to improve current knowledge about the feasibility of producing cow's milk naturally enriched with equol and to study isoflavone metabolization in dairy cow. [less ▲]

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See detailThe link between self-perceptions of aging, cancer view and physical and mental health of older people with cancer: A cross-sectional study
Schroyen, Sarah ULg; Marquet, Manon ULg; Jerusalem, Guy ULg et al

in Journal of Geriatric Oncology (2016)

Objectives Older people may suffer from stigmas linked to cancer and aging. Although some studies suggested that a negative view of cancer may increase the level of depression, such an association has ... [more ▼]

Objectives Older people may suffer from stigmas linked to cancer and aging. Although some studies suggested that a negative view of cancer may increase the level of depression, such an association has never been studied in the elderly population. Similarly, even though it is established that a negative self-perception of aging has deleterious consequences on mental and physical health in normal aging, the influence in pathological contexts, such as oncology, has not been studied. The main aim of this study is thus to analyze the effect of these two stigmas on the health of elderly oncology patients. Materials and Methods 101 patients suffering from a cancer (breast, gynecological, lung or hematological) were seen as soon as possible after their diagnosis. Their self-perception of age, cancer view and health (physical and mental) was assessed. Results Multiple regressions showed that patients with a more negative self-perception of aging and/or more negative cancer view reported poorer global health. We also observed that negative self-perception of aging was associated with worse physical and mental health, whereas negative cancer views were only linked to worse mental health. No interaction was observed between these two stigmas, suggesting that their action is independent. Conclusion Older patients with cancer face double stigmatization, due to negative self-perception of aging and cancer, and these stigmas have impacts on global and mental health. Self-perception of aging is also linked to physical health. Longitudinal studies will be necessary to analyze the direction of the association between this double stigmatization and health. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact du nombre d’alternatives lors d’une tâche de reconnaissance à choix-forcé sur les processus de reconnaissance dans le vieillissement normal
Simon, Jessica ULg; Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg

Poster (2016, September 19)

Les tâches de reconnaissance à choix forcé sont classiquement utilisées pour évaluer la mémoire de reconnaissance. Cependant, aucune étude n’a spécifiquement investigué l’impact du nombre d’alternatives ... [more ▼]

Les tâches de reconnaissance à choix forcé sont classiquement utilisées pour évaluer la mémoire de reconnaissance. Cependant, aucune étude n’a spécifiquement investigué l’impact du nombre d’alternatives sur les performances mnésiques des participants âgés. Nous voulons déterminer, d’une part, si le nombre d’alternatives proposées - deux ou trois – et d’autre part, si le degré de similarité entre la cible et ses leurres ont un impact sur les stratégies de récupération mises en place au cours de la tâche. Pour ce faire, nous avons recruté 20 participants jeunes et 20 participants âgés. Lors de la tâche de reconnaissance, nous leur avons demandé de choisir, parmi deux ou trois photographies de visages, celui qui a été présenté précédemment. Certains couples cibles-leurres étaient plus similaires que d’autres (partage de 60% de caractéristiques communes, contre 40%). Pour chaque item sélectionné, les participants devaient expliquer ce qui a guidé leur choix. Les premières analyses (ANOVA à mesures répétées 2 (groupes) x 2 (alternatives) x 2 (similarité) sur les deux dernières mesures, p<0,05) montrent que les performances entre les groupes sont équivalentes pour la tâche de reconnaissance à deux alternatives. A l’inverse, nous avons observé que les participants jeunes avaient significativement de meilleures performances que les âgés dans la tâche de reconnaissance à trois alternatives. Les profils mnésiques des participants seront étudiés à la lumière des modèles à deux processus de la reconnaissance. Nous faisons l’hypothèse d’un recours plus fréquent à la recollection chez les jeunes dans la tâche de reconnaissance à trois alternatives (vs deux alternatives), alors que le choix de l’item se ferait chez les âgés, en comparant directement les degrés de familiarité associés à chaque item et en sélectionnant le plus familier (Norman & O’Reilly, 2003). [less ▲]

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See detailLes détournements artistiques du jeu vidéo / When art hijacks video games
Barnabé, Fanny ULg; Meyers, Raquel; Vilela, Tatiana

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

Video games are an inexhaustible source for the production of tools and content that anyone can take possession of as and when they wish. For players, this means indulging in the creation of fanfiction ... [more ▼]

Video games are an inexhaustible source for the production of tools and content that anyone can take possession of as and when they wish. For players, this means indulging in the creation of fanfiction, machinima, modding or speedrunning. But video games are also modified by artists, whether for producing glitch art or designing (video)game experiments, etc. To discuss the areas in which these artistic alterations of video games are made, a round table will bring together: Fanny Barnabé, a PhD student in Liège whose thesis is on various ways of modifying video games; Raquel Meyers, who develops artistic experiments in text mode, starting with the Commodore 64; and Tatiana Vilela, a digital artist who specialises in designing gaming experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailMetabolites from media supplemented with 3’-sialyllactose and fermented by bifidobacteria have an antivirulent effect against intestinal pathogens
Bondue, Pauline ULg

Poster (2016, September 16)

Introduction Complex oligosaccharides from human milk (HMO) promote growth of bifidobacteria such as Bifidobacterium bifidum [1]. Whey, a by-product of dairy-industry, contents complex oligosaccharides ... [more ▼]

Introduction Complex oligosaccharides from human milk (HMO) promote growth of bifidobacteria such as Bifidobacterium bifidum [1]. Whey, a by-product of dairy-industry, contents complex oligosaccharides (BMO) similar to HMO, which are mainly represented in colostrum by 3’-sialyllactose (3’SL) [2]. Bifidobacterium crudilactis, a species of bovine origin, encodes for β galactosidases and α-glucosidases and could therefore be able to metabolise those BMO [3; 4; 5]. In addition, fermentation products from bifidobacteria can produce antivirulent activity against intestinal pathogenic bacteria [6; 7]. This study focused on capacity of bifidobacteria to metabolise BMO, more particularly 3’SL, and on potential antivirulent effect of cell-free spent media (CFSM) against virulence gene expression of pathogenic bacteria. Material and methods B. bifidum BBA1 and B. crudilactis FR/62/B/3 isolated respectively from breastfed children feces and from cow raw milk cheese were grown on media supplemented with BMO or 3’SL, as sole source of carbon. The CFSM were harvested after centrifugation of cells culture, freeze-dried and concentrated 10 fold. Next, their effects were tested against virulence gene expression using ler and hilA promoter activity of luminescent constructs of Escherichia coli 0157:H7 ATCC 43888 and Salmonella Typhimurium SA 941256, respectively. The effect was confirmed on wild type strains of E. coli O157:H7 ATCC 43890 and S. Typhimurium ATCC 14028 using RT-qPCR. Results Both strains were able to grow in presence of whey or 3’SL, but B. crudilactis showed the best growth compared to B. bifidum. The highest cell concentrations were observed with media containing whey (8.9 ± 0.6 log cfu/ml and 8.1 ± 0.3 log cfu/ml, respectively). CFSM from fermented media supplemented with 3’SL resulted in under-expression of hilA and ler genes for the luminescent constructs and in under-expression of ler (ratios of -15.4 and -8.1) and qseA (ratios of -2.1 and -3.1) genes for the wild type strain of E. coli O157:H7. No effect was observed for the wild type strain of S. Typhimurium. Discussion B. crudilactis presented the best growth potential probably because its genome encodes the enzymatic machinery to use BMO (β galactosidases and α-glucosidases) [3; 4; 5]. The positive effect of media supplemented with milk products on growth of probiotics has been demonstrated previously [8]. CFSM obtained from media supplemented with 3’SL down-regulate several virulence genes of E. coli O157:H7 and potentially S. Typhimurium. This effect has been observed previously with CFSM obtained from fermentation of lactic acid bacteria or bifidobacteria, by production of antivirulent metabolites [2; 3]. BMO combined with some bifidobacteria strains of bovine or human origin could therefore be an interesting synbiotic to maintain or restore the intestinal health of young children. These effects observed in vitro will be further investigated regarding the exact nature of the active molecules. References 1. Garrido D. et al. (2013). Microbiology 159: 649-664. 2. Urashima T. et al. (2013). Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 77: 455-466. 3. Sela D. A. (2011). Int J Food Microbiol 149: 58-64. 4. Milani C. et al. (2014). Appl Environ Microbiol 80: 6290-6302. 5. Bondue P. & Delcenserie V. (2015). Korean J Food Sci Anim Resour 35: 1-9. 6. Medellin-Pena M. J. et al. (2007). Appl Environ Microbiol 73: 4259-4267. 7. Bayoumi M. A. & Griffiths M. W. (2012). Int J Food Microbiol 156: 255-263. 8. Champagne C. P. et al. (2014). Can J Microbiol 60: 287-295. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat’s the difference? Results of a functional study of Aterian and Mousterian tools from the site of Ifri n’Ammar (Morocco)
Tomasso, Sonja ULg; Rots, Veerle ULg

Conference (2016, September 16)

Until today, the definition of the North African Mousterian has been based on a systematic comparison with the European Mousterian. Particularly the “Aterian” and its tanged tools have been widely ... [more ▼]

Until today, the definition of the North African Mousterian has been based on a systematic comparison with the European Mousterian. Particularly the “Aterian” and its tanged tools have been widely discussed. Researchers considered the tanged Aterian tools as early indications of the existence of hafting techniques [1]. It is currently not entirely understood how the Aterian relates to the Mousterian in North Africa, whether tanged tools can indeed be linked with hafting, and whether non-tanged tools were also hafted, which could indicate that a variety in hafting techniques existed. The site of Ifri n’Ammar presents an ideal chance to compare Aterian and Mousterian technocomplexes. The rock shelter is located in the eastern Moroccan Rif and has a rich and well preserved stratigraphy where Middle Paleolithic tools are abundantly represented [2]. At Ifri n’Ammar, the Aterian and Mousterian assemblages are inter-stratified, which means that the relationship of these industries cannot simply be explained in terms of chronological succession [2,3]. The density of retouched artefacts differs between the Aterian and the Mousterian levels and tanged tools are present in the denser Aterian levels only. These levels also show a higher overall tool frequency. We present the results of a functional study focusing on the artefacts from the upper levels (“Occupation supérieure”) of Ifri n’Ammar, dated between 83 ± 6 ka and 130 ± 8 ka [3]. The functional study was combined with a specific experimental program designed to address questions raised during the analysis of the archaeological material, with a specific focus on hafting. Diagnostic microscopic wear patterns confirm that the tanged tools were used while hafted. Tanged tools did not prove to be related to hunting activities only, but various tool uses could be identified. They all fit, however, within the context of hunting and animal processing activities. The reuse of hafted armatures for other activities is not evident in the present sample. [less ▲]

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See detailLe centre monumental de Baelo Claudia. Rapport 2015-2016
Brassous, Laurent; Deru, Xavier ULg; Rodríguez Gutiérrez, Oliva et al

Report (2016)

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See detailLes assemblées médiévales et leur héritage dans le droit constitutionnel contemporain
Behrendt, Christian ULg; Vandenbosch, Sofia ULg

Scientific conference (2016, September 16)

Conférence donnée dans le cadre du colloque international organisé à l'occasion du 700e anniversaire de la Paix de Fexhe (1316-2016), Liège, Palais provincial, 16 septembre 2016.

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See detailOn-farm Evolution of Genetic Diversity of Four Old Varieties of Phaseolus vulgaris L.
Caproni, Leonardo; Raggi, Lorenzo; Klaedtke, Stephanie ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 16)

On-farm evolution of crop genetic diversity has a key role in adaptation of agricultural systems to changes. The aim of this work was to understand how four different old common bean varieties, which ... [more ▼]

On-farm evolution of crop genetic diversity has a key role in adaptation of agricultural systems to changes. The aim of this work was to understand how four different old common bean varieties, which being made of different genotypes can be referred to as populations, evolved on-farm during three years of multiplication (from 2012 to 2014) in two different experimental sites (Brittany and Luxembourg) under organic farming conditions. The four populations (Flageolet Chevrier Vert, Rognon de Coq, Roi des Belges, Saint Esprit à Œil Rouge) were chosen among those grown by two small-scale organic seed farmers while the commercial variety (Calima) was included as control. In 2015 the initial and the evolved populations were grown in a common field and characterized with morpho-phenological traits. In the same year, young leaf tissues were collected from 94 samples per population (total of 470 samples) for DNA extraction and molecular characterization. Genotyping was carried out using 22 SSR loci and fluorescent PCR amplicons analysed on an ABI3130xl sequencer. Molecular data were then used for multivariate analysis, analysis of molecular variance and pair-wise Fst statistics calculation. Genotyping resulted in the production of about 20K data points. A total of 83 different alleles were identified in 16 polymorphic loci ranging from two (BMb293, BM156, BMd-44) to 18 (BMd-43). The first two axis of the Principal Coordinates analysis (PCoA) explained 76,13% of total diversity and clearly distinguished the five groups of populations. Analysis of Molecular Variance (AMOVA) showed that 76, 20 and 4% of total diversity is among populations, individuals and within individuals, respectively. Only for multiplications carried out in Luxemburg significant differentiation between the original populations and final populations were found in two old varieties (Flageolet Chevrier Vert and Rognon de Coq, Fst = 0.117 and 0.143, respectively, P≤0.001). The results showed that in Luxemburg farmer practices and pedo-climatic conditions significantly shaped the diversity of the two populations. This is confirmed by phenotypic observations, as these multiplications also significantly differed (p<0.05) for flowering date for all varieties except 'Roi des Belges'. [less ▲]

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See detailCoefficients binomiaux de mots
Rigo, Michel ULg

Scientific conference (2016, September 15)

Le coefficient binomial (u,v) de deux mots u et v est défini comme le nombre de fois que v apparaît comme sous-suite du mot u. Par exemple, (abbab,ab)=4. Il étend de manière naturelle le coefficient ... [more ▼]

Le coefficient binomial (u,v) de deux mots u et v est défini comme le nombre de fois que v apparaît comme sous-suite du mot u. Par exemple, (abbab,ab)=4. Il étend de manière naturelle le coefficient binomial de deux entiers. Ce concept a été largement étudié depuis plus d'une trentaine d'années (cf. par exemple, Simon et Sakarovitch). Dans cet exposé, je passerai tout d'abord en revue quelques résultats combinatoires classiques pour ensuite m'attarder sur l'équivalence k-binomiale. A l'instar de l'équivalence k-abélienne étudiée par Karhumäki et al., deux mots x et y sont k-binomialement équivalents si leurs coefficients binomiaux (x,v) et (y,v) coïncident pour les mots v de longueur au plus k. En fin d'exposé, j'évoquerai l'extension récente des triangles de Pascal et de Sierpinski à ces coefficients. [less ▲]

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See detailAcoustic indices provide information on the status of coral reefs: an example from Moorea Island in the South Pacific
Bertucci, Frédéric; Parmentier, Eric ULg; Lecellier, Gaël et al

in Scientific Reports (2016), 6(33326), 1-9

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See detailWhich role for State intervention in Collective bargaining? Measures to moderate wages in times of crisis : the belgian example
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

Scientific conference (2016, September 15)

The belgian collective bargaining model has resisted since the crisis of 2008 and adapted. The mesures of moderating wages are negociated by de representative organisations. Since 2010, however ... [more ▼]

The belgian collective bargaining model has resisted since the crisis of 2008 and adapted. The mesures of moderating wages are negociated by de representative organisations. Since 2010, however, interprofessionnal bergaining is blocked. Interventions of public authority in the evolution of wages are subsidiary but reccurrent since. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance de l'indicateur Azote Potentiellement Lessivable pour l'évaluation de la gestion du nitrate en agriculture et du risque pour la qualité de l’eau
Vandenberghe, Christophe ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Since the end of last century, the nitrate concentration in groundwater has steadily increased in Wallonia as in other parts of Europe, particularly in regions where agriculture is intensively practised ... [more ▼]

Since the end of last century, the nitrate concentration in groundwater has steadily increased in Wallonia as in other parts of Europe, particularly in regions where agriculture is intensively practised. In response to this, Europe developed a ' Nitrates ' directive in 1991 that each member state had to transcribe in its legislation. In the Walloon region, the transcription took the form of a Sustainable Nitrogen Management Program (PGDA). This program provides among others control of farms through the analysis of nitrate nitrogen soil residue, in autumn, the beginning of the leaching period of nitrate. This measure is commonly referred to as APL for ‘Potentially Leachable Nitrogen’. The results are assessed by comparison to references established annually based on observations in plots where PGDA is applied and where fertilization recommendations are based on nitrogen balance. In case of non -compliance, the farmer has to follow an observation program, or even to pay a fine. The aim of the thesis is to evaluate the performance of the APL as agronomic (nitrogen management) and environmental indicator (risk to groundwater quality). On the agronomic side, through experimentations or treatment of field APL controls, it has been demonstrated that the indicator was well correlated with fertilization practices and intercrop management. The performance of the indicator has been validated. Some uncertainty factors (intra-plot variability, temporal variability, bulk density, stone content) were quantified. Finally, the influence of soil physicochemical properties on the APL was studied and discussed. The performance of the APL control was also discussed and improvements to regulation have been proposed. On the environmental side, through observations made during a decade in plots equipped with a lysimiter or in a small watershed, the dependence of the nitrate concentration in water (at the base of the root zone or in aquifer) to the APL has been demonstrated. It therefore appears that the APL can be used to firstly assess the reality of the sustainable nitrogen management in controlled farms and also to validate or, if necessary, complete the PGDA to make it more efficient for water quality preservation / restoration. [less ▲]

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