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See detailOne good reason to speak of 'climate refugees'
Gemenne, François ULg

in Forced Migration Review (2015), 49

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See detailX-linked acro-gigantism (X-LAG) : A new form of infant-onset pituitary gigantism
Trivellin, G; Daly, Adrian ULg; Faucz, FR et al

in Endocrine Abstracts (2015, May)

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See detailPatch types in Posidonia oceanica meadows around Corsica. How can we use them in seascape ecology?
Abadie, Arnaud ULg; Bonacorsi, Marina; Gobert, Sylvie ULg et al

Conference (2015, May)

The meadows formed by the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica are subjected to various natural (e.g., water movement, light availability, sedimentation) and anthropogenic (e.g., anchoring, trawling ... [more ▼]

The meadows formed by the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica are subjected to various natural (e.g., water movement, light availability, sedimentation) and anthropogenic (e.g., anchoring, trawling, fish farms, explosives) phenomena that erode them and create diverse types of patches. The assemblage of the P. oceanica matrix and these patches creates particular seascapes. On the basis of this assessment, we aimed to investigate the importance of the patch type in structuring P. oceanica seascapes and to offer new prospects in the large scale studies of seagrass meadows. Five sites encompassing large P. oceanica meadows ranging from 1.86 km² to 4.42 km² along the Corsican coast (France) were considered. Eleven patch types with different sizes, shapes and origins were identified using side scan sonar images (sonograms). Five were recognized as natural and five as anthropogenic. One can be of both origins. The resolution of the sonograms allowed to detect patches of various sizes ranging from 1 m² to 111 829 m². The relation between structural characteristics of patches and the whole seascape aspect was explored using seven landscape metrics relevant for the study of meadows patchiness (patch area, mean radius of gyration, area-weighted radius of gyration, coefficient of variation of the Euclidean nearest-neighbor distance, area-weighted perimeter-area ratio, landscape division index, number of patches). Only a small number of patch types appears to play the strongest role in the characterization of the P. oceanica seascapes. Furthermore, the use of seascape structures seems to be suitable for the development of new tools like indices for the assessment of human impacts on P. oceanica meadows. In this perspective we propose a new and simple index, the Patchiness Source Index (PaSI), to estimate the origin of the patchiness (natural or anthropogenic) for a given area. A landscape approach, as well as information on patch dynamic, should be integrated in the new indices that aim to assess the state of conservation of the whole P. oceanica ecosystem. [less ▲]

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See detailTrace element contamination severity of coastal waters: A first bioassessment at the scale of the whole Mediterranean Sea
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Salivas-Decaux, Maylis; Lafabrie, Céline et al

in PeerJ (2015, May)

Human activities generate large volumes of waste that supply marine coastal environments in pathogens, organic matter, nutrients and toxicants. Among the wide range of toxicants are trace elements. Since ... [more ▼]

Human activities generate large volumes of waste that supply marine coastal environments in pathogens, organic matter, nutrients and toxicants. Among the wide range of toxicants are trace elements. Since the latter are toxic for aquatic organisms from threshold levels and as they are therefore likely to cause multiple damage to the population, the community and the ecosystem levels, their environmental occurrence has to be accurately monitored in order to guarantee appropriate environmental management of coastal zones and to preserve marine coastal ecosystems and the goods and services they provide. In the framework of the STARECAPMED project, the present study aimed to monitor, for the first time, the coastal contamination of the entire Mediterranean by As, Ag, Cd, Cu, Hg, Ni and Pb, using Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile as bioindicator species. But sustainable coastal management also requires the development of appropriate contamination classification systems intended, among other purposes, for environmental managers and policy makers. The combined utilization of several complementary monitoring tools, i.e. water quality scale, pollution index (TEPI and TESVI) and spatial analysis (PCA, CA, correlation analysis and GIS mapping) successfully led to the development of an operational classification system of this kind. In particular, the mapping of the trace element contamination according to a new proposed 5-level water quality scale using the quantile method precisely outlined the contamination severity along Mediterranean coasts and facilitated interregional comparisons. The reliability of the use of P. oceanica as bioindicator species was further again demonstrated through several global, regional and local detailed case studies. In conclusion, holistic approaches such as developed in the present study should be privileged to accurately monitor the contamination rate of coastal waters and to transfer relevant information on this composite problem to environmental managers and policy makers. [less ▲]

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See detailSeagrasses or caged mussels to bioassess the contamination rate of Mediterranean coastal waters? That is the question
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Galgani, François; Benedicto, José et al

in PeerJ (2015, May)

Biological indicators have the capacity to integrate the temporal changes of contaminants, concentrations or fluxes over various time-scales, and are thus considered as interesting tools for water quality ... [more ▼]

Biological indicators have the capacity to integrate the temporal changes of contaminants, concentrations or fluxes over various time-scales, and are thus considered as interesting tools for water quality biomonitoring. Since the mid-70ies, French programs have developed water monitoring approaches based on the use of bivalve molluscs; and recently the natural background and the extent of water contamination were bioassessed at the scale of the whole western Mediterranean. But even if bivalve molluscs are viewed as reliable bioindicators, their use is not always made easy as a result of their absence in numerous coastal regions that force their transplantation (cages) during several months before their sampling and analysis. This weakness led several scientists to evaluate the bioindicator abilities of other marine organisms. Seagrasses, whose ability to bioaccumulate contaminants proportionally to environmental contamination levels has been clearly demonstrated, have thus been proposed as an appropriate alternative tool for coastal water quality assessment. Very little studies have however so far considered the combined utilization of these two groups of bioindicator organisms, i.e. caged bivalve molluscs and seagrasses. In the framework of the STARECAPMED project, we therefore compared and discussed the bioaccumulation of trace elements in the Neptune grass Posidonia oceanica and in caged Mediterranean mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis. The sampling was performed at the scale of the western Mediterranean. The two species told two contamination stories which, although sometimes different, showed to be complementary. P. oceanica and M. galloprovincialis bioaccumulated dissolved trace elements from the water column and thus provided information regarding trace element contamination severity integrated over several days to a few months. Seagrasses, strongly rooted in the sediments, reflected the long-term exposure to trace elements since sediments offer a degree of time integration over several years to decades. Caged mussels, as filter feeder artificially maintained in the water column, bioaccumulated trace elements from their particulate phase, and therefore gave valuable information regarding continental-terrigenous inputs to coastal waters. In conclusion, seagrasses and mussels should neither supplant, nor substitute, but rather complement each other in order to provide the full time- and space-integrated coastal contamination story of the Mediterranean. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors controlling Si export from soils: A soil column approach
Ronchi, Benedicta; Barao, Lucia; Clymans, Wim et al

in Catena (2015), 133

The release of dissolved silicon (DSi) from A and B horizons was investigated with leaching tests on unsaturated columns. As forest A horizons have larger biogenic Si (BSi) pools than arable lands, we ... [more ▼]

The release of dissolved silicon (DSi) from A and B horizons was investigated with leaching tests on unsaturated columns. As forest A horizons have larger biogenic Si (BSi) pools than arable lands, we compared the Si release from a forest and a cropland from the same geographical region developed on a Luvisol in Belgium and a Cambisol in Sweden. The A horizons released a quickly dissolving Si fraction in contrast to the B horizons, which did contain no or only little amounts of BSi and released lower Si concentrations. Our experiments show that Si export from forest soils is high because of the presence of a large reservoir of soluble BSi as well as due to the acidity of the soil (pH<4). Leaching at two different water fluxes revealed that export in forest soils was transport controlled while cropland soils were in equilibrium. [less ▲]

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See detailSoft bottom macrofauna monitoring under anthropogenic influences in Calvi bay, Corsica: Methodological simplifications
Donnay, Annick ULg

Conference (2015, May)

This work is within the framework of STARE-CAPMED long-term research program of STARESO dedicated to STAtion of Reference and rEsearch on Change of local and global Anthropogenic Pressures on ... [more ▼]

This work is within the framework of STARE-CAPMED long-term research program of STARESO dedicated to STAtion of Reference and rEsearch on Change of local and global Anthropogenic Pressures on Mediterranean Ecosystem Drifts. For the soft-bottom macrofauna topic, fourteen stations are sampled one to two times per year, along gradients from anthropogenic sources of influence (river mouth, fish farm, anchoring areas and sewage) mere 2 stations out of influences. The sorting and analysis of soft-bottom macrofauna is time consuming and some methodological simplifications are looking for. Moreover, an adaptation of the M-AMBI for the weak human impacted geographic zone, the Corsica, is envisaged by a weighting with the Piélou index. As a first time, all is done at the species level. In a second time, the steps are done at genus and family levels. By comparison of results obtained between different identification levels, the taxonomic sufficiency (TS) for the Corsican coastal waters is determined. The adapted M-AMBI calculation and TS are applied on the macrofauna populations identified in Calvi bay. It could be interesting to test the analysis process applied around Corsica on other Mediterranean areas. [less ▲]

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See detailSolo sei parole per Sciascia. Zolfara, popolo, morale, corpo, leggerezza, saggio
Curreri, Luciano ULg

Book published by Euno (2015)

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See detailOne-year Prevalence of Migraine Using a Validated Extended French Version of the ID MigraineTM: a Belgian Population-Based Study
Schoenen, Jean ULg; Streel, Sylvie ULg; Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2015, May), 35(6), 155-156

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See detailMapping Posidonia oceanica meadows through time A story of precision, evaluation and fragmentation
Abadie, Arnaud ULg; Jousseaume, Matthieu; Lejeune, Pierre et al

Poster (2015, May)

Over the last decades, the interest in mapping Posidonia oceanica beds has increased along with the improvement of the equipment’s precision of data acquisition. In Calvi Bay (Corsica, France) the meadows ... [more ▼]

Over the last decades, the interest in mapping Posidonia oceanica beds has increased along with the improvement of the equipment’s precision of data acquisition. In Calvi Bay (Corsica, France) the meadows cover an area of about 5 km² and are found at a depth ranging from 3 m to 37 m. The availability of three distinct datasets for 1997, 2002 and 2010 allowed to assess changes in the patchiness of the meadows in the bay and to investigate evolution of maps precision through a surface analysis via GIS software. Thus, three maps were elaborated combining aerial photographs and side scan sonar images. The meadows percentage of cover through time was assessed using four bathymetric sections: 0-10 m, 11-20 m, 21-30 m and 31-40 m. Differences in the patchiness of P. oceanica meadows between 1997 and 2010 appear to be moderate (less than 3 %) in the sections 0-10 m and 11-20 m and then greatly increase with depth: 24 % at 21-30 m and 39 % at 31-40 m. This amazing regression seems hardly natural and unlikely given the slight quantity of human activities that can cause damages on the P. oceanica meadows of the Calvi Bay. These results are likely to be mainly due to the improvement of precision and resolution of the aerial photographs (5 m in 1997, 0.8 m in 2002 and 0.5 m in 2010) and sonar images (5 m in 1997, 3 m in 2002 and 0.5 m in 2010). An issue of habitat determination (human vs instrumental) linked with the method adopted for mapping can also cause differences in the percentage of cover. Given the different accuracy among the three maps, the real regression and fragmentation of P. oceanica meadows could be hardly assessed. However, in several areas where the human activities are important, a clear regression or even a disappearance of the meadows has been observed. It is obvious that the last maps are more accurate than the previous ones and, thus, the former can be used for management purpose as well as for study on the patchiness; however, they still keep uncertainty no matter which method is used to create them. [less ▲]

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See detailEstrogenic Evaluation and Organochlorine Identification in Blubber of North Sea Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) Stranded on the North Sea Coast
Didimo Imazaki, Pedro Henrique ULg; Brose, François ULg; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in BioMed Research International (2015), 2015

Thirteen individual organochlorine compounds at 3 concentrations (80, 400, and 2000 ng/mL culture medium), as well as mixtures, were assayed for the estrogen receptor (ER) activation or inhibition, using ... [more ▼]

Thirteen individual organochlorine compounds at 3 concentrations (80, 400, and 2000 ng/mL culture medium), as well as mixtures, were assayed for the estrogen receptor (ER) activation or inhibition, using a luciferase reporter gene assay (RGA). None of the PCB 138, 153, or 180 or their mixture induced a response in the RGA. o,p'-DDT was the most potent xenoestrogen fromthe DDT group, inducing a response already at 80 ng/mL. From the HCH and HCB group, only 𝛽-HCH (at 400 and 2000 ng/mL) and 𝛿-HCH (at 2000 ng/mL) displayed estrogenic activities.These 13 organochlorines were determined by GC-MS in 12 samples of North Sea harbor porpoise blubber. The PCBs were the main contaminants. Within each group, PCB 153 (6.0 × 102∼4.2 × 104 𝜇g/kg), p,p'- DDE (5.1 × 102∼8.6 × 103 𝜇g/kg), and HCB (7.6 × 101∼1.5 × 103 𝜇g/kg) were the compounds found in highest concentrations.The hormonal activity of the porpoise blubber samples was also assayed in RGA, where two samples showed estrogenic activity, seven samples showed antiestrogenic activity, and one sample showed both estrogenic and antiestrogenic activity. Our results suggest that the 13 POPs measured by GC-MS in the samples cannot explain alone the estrogenicity of the extracts. [less ▲]

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See detailLa justice et les inégalités environnementales : concepts, méthodes et traduction politique aux États-Unis et en Europe
Lejeune, Zoé ULg

in Revue Française des Affaires Sociales (2015), n°1-2(2015/1), 51-78

Dans cet article, nous centrons notre réflexion sur la notion de justice environnementale, depuis son émergence en tant que champ d’investigation scientifique et d’activisme environnemental et social aux ... [more ▼]

Dans cet article, nous centrons notre réflexion sur la notion de justice environnementale, depuis son émergence en tant que champ d’investigation scientifique et d’activisme environnemental et social aux États-Unis dans les années 1980. Son intégration progressive au sein de politiques publiques environnementales ainsi que les résultats de cette mise à l’agenda public seront ensuite esquissés pour en montrer les évolutions et les limites. Ensuite, nous analysons son émergence dans le contexte européen pour montrer la plus-value que la justice environnementale peut apporter à la compréhension des rapports entre environnement et justice sociale. Les enjeux pour le contexte européen, en termes de recherche mais aussi de politiques publiques, sont abordés afin de mettre en lumière les apports potentiels de ce courant de recherche foisonnant aux États-Unis pour la réflexion sur le cumul d’inégalités socio-économiques et environnementales en Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailGenèse du sous-sol de la Wallonie
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Pingot, Jean-Louis

Book published by Académie royale de Belgique - 2e édition revue et augmentée (2015)

Cet ouvrage passe en revue les différentes formations géologiques de la Wallonie depuis un demi-milliard d’années. Elles sont décrites et interprétées en termes de paléoenvironnements et leur utilisation ... [more ▼]

Cet ouvrage passe en revue les différentes formations géologiques de la Wallonie depuis un demi-milliard d’années. Elles sont décrites et interprétées en termes de paléoenvironnements et leur utilisation ancienne et actuelle est précisée. Les deux orogenèses qui ont façonné nos paysages sont également abordées. La Wallonie est en effet un pays de pierres. Son histoire est tissée des nombreuses relations entre son sous-sol et ses habitants. L’exploitation immémoriale de ses ressources souterraines, depuis le silex jusqu’au calcaire, en passant évidemment par le charbon et le minerai de fer a façonné ses gens, ses paysages, ses monuments et son économie. Chaque terroir a ses racines plongées dans son sous-sol. Cette étonnante richesse géologique est aussi un atout qui doit continuer à être valorisé et protégé. Notre sous-sol est notre mémoire et ses roches doivent encore et toujours servir à embellir notre environnement. Un marbre rouge ou un grès du Condroz sont la signature d’une région, d’un village, d’une histoire. C’est une des raisons de ce livre : permettre à chacun de prendre conscience de cette richesse. [less ▲]

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See detailParathyroid carcinoma : Challenges in diagnosis and treatment
BETEA, Daniela ULg; Potorac, Iulia ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2015), 76

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See detailInterrompre ou poursuivre la grossesse à l’adolescence: facteurs de risque psychosociaux.
GRECO, Antonia ULg; REGGERS, Jean; Glowacz, Fabienne ULg

in Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence (2015)

précocesAbstractIntroduction. – Teenage pregnancy arouses lots of questions and remains a worldwide social and public health problem. This phenomenon isproblematic because it is often associated with ... [more ▼]

précocesAbstractIntroduction. – Teenage pregnancy arouses lots of questions and remains a worldwide social and public health problem. This phenomenon isproblematic because it is often associated with socio-economic, family and psychological difficulties.Objective. – Our study aims to identify the individual and environmental factors that influence the teenager’s decision whether to keep her child ornot.Method. – A sample of fourteen girls between 16 and 21 years old was recruited who had been or were pregnant. The girls were divided into2 groups: seven who decided to continue with their pregnancy and seven others who decided to have an abortion. This group was compared to girlswho had never been pregnant (n = 18). An interview was carried out and structured questionnaires were administered in order to evaluate individualand environmental characteristics as the age of menarche and the first sexual intercourse, the emotional and sexual education, the social and family support, the socio-cultural background and the socio-economic environment. Different other dimensions were analyzed: individual characteristics(Temperament and Character Inventory Junior, Impulsive Behaviour Scale, Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory) and family characteristics (AdverseChildhood Experiences) such as childhood family strengths and adverse childhood experiences.Results and conclusions. – Our study findings showed that a precarious socio-economic environment, a lack of support and affection in thefamily, emotional deprivations, a restricted social network, low self-esteem and school disinvestments would effectively predict the continuationof a pregnancy. Childhood family strengths seem to be strongly protective against early sexual intercourse, adolescent pregnancy and long-termpsychosocial consequences. On the other hand, no particular personality feature was demonstrated. Individual characteristics would thus have lessimpact on premature pregnancies than environmental characteristics. Prevention programs must stretch beyond the use of contraception, i.e. tendtoward an intervention for psycho-socially and socio-economically at risk families, so as to support them in their educational and affective rolewith their children. Psychological help could also be brought to young girls who have had experiences of maltreatment, to favour self-esteem andraise their awareness of the consequences of sexual risk behaviour. Finally, there should be specific help for the girls during the decision-makingperiod. Counselling during this period should be attentive to the resources and the motivations of the adolescent and to the circumstances of the pregnancy. [less ▲]

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