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See detailUS (Post-)Pastoral Non-Fiction and the Toxic Sublime
Lombard, David ULg

Conference (2017, April 20)

As Frank O’Hara mentions, “[i]n past times there was nature and there was human nature; because of the ferocity of modern life, man and nature have become one” (1971). However, this statement is wrong as ... [more ▼]

As Frank O’Hara mentions, “[i]n past times there was nature and there was human nature; because of the ferocity of modern life, man and nature have become one” (1971). However, this statement is wrong as nature has, in fact, never been ‘neutral’, independent of human influence but has instead always been depicted and defined by humans. In the age of the Anthropocene, numerous are the ways of reconsidering our relationship with our physical environment and reframing the pastoral mode so that it would best illustrate the interconnectedness between the human and the non-human. For example, Joshua Corey recently proposed an analysis of “postmodern pastoral poetry” in order to “enter this [very] zone of the pastoral”, meaning “the vision of humanity undivided from nature” (2012). Nevertheless, Corey is himself with several other famous literary critics, or more specifically ecocritics, “part of this [ ] movement that seeks to define a pastoral that has avoided the traps of idealisation [or pastoral sentimentalism] in seeking a discourse that can both celebrate and take some responsibility for nature without false consciousness” or, in other words, a more ecocentric repossession of pastoral that Terry Gifford defines as “post-pastoral”. In this paper, my purpose is to analyse US post-pastoral non-fiction, mainly memoirs and essays that include a pastoral retreat in the natural landscape, to demonstrate the importance of relating humans to the natural landscape but also to the technological and toxic landscapes. In order to do so, I intend to use the concept of the toxic sublime and to revalue it as a new perspective in the study of the relationship between American literature and our physical environment. [less ▲]

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See detailExpanding chemistry's horizon with continuous-flow reactors - part II
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg

Conference (2017, April 20)

Continuous-flow micro- and mesofluidic reactors come with inherent properties that can be advantageously utilized for expanding the horizon of synthetic organic chemistry. Accurate control over local ... [more ▼]

Continuous-flow micro- and mesofluidic reactors come with inherent properties that can be advantageously utilized for expanding the horizon of synthetic organic chemistry. Accurate control over local process parameters, even under extreme conditions, inherent safety, production homogeneity and seamless scale-up are amongst the most important assets of continuous-flow chemistry. Besides, flow chemistry enables the design of efficient multistep processes with significantly reduced footprints. In this lecture, we will discuss some of the most fascinating aspects of continuous-flow micro- and mesofluidic reactors in the specific context of preparative organic chemistry. Multiple examples illustrating the development and implementation of continuous-flow multistep strategies for the synthesis of high-value added organic targets will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of end-of-waste foamed fibers and aggregates into a cementitious mortar
Coppola, Bartolomeo ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Durability and sustainability of cementitious materials are two important issues in the field of construction materials. Durability is defined as the ability of cementitious materials to resist weathering ... [more ▼]

Durability and sustainability of cementitious materials are two important issues in the field of construction materials. Durability is defined as the ability of cementitious materials to resist weathering action, chemical attack, abrasion or any other process of deterioration. The use of fibers is a viable solution to partially overcome the brittle behavior of such materials. At the same time it is demonstrated that fibers, by reducing cracking phenomena, allow to face the durability related issues. Different fibers have been used according to the aims of composite materials: high strength fibers are generally used for structural purposes (toughness increase) while low modulus synthetic fibers are mainly used to avoid plastic shrinkage cracking. The effectiveness of fibers reinforcing action lies mainly on the fiber/matrix interactions. Three types of interactions can be recognized: i) physical and/or chemical adhesion; ii) friction and iii) mechanical anchorage induced by deformations on the fiber surface (e.g. crimps, hooks, twisted or deformed fibers in general). Sustainability can be identified according to the definition of sustainable development stated in 1987 by Brundtland et al.: “the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Sustainable development should take into account economic growth, social equality and environmental protection. The construction industry involves all these fields: the main concerns are raw materials consumption and CO2 emissions during cement production. Moreover, also the plastic production and disposal present several environmental issues. Once again, raw materials consumption and the speed with which these materials became waste. Thus, seen the aforementioned drawbacks related to cementitious materials, this Ph.D. was aimed to study the possibility of using end-ofwaste materials (i.e when waste ceases to be waste and becomes a secondary raw material) for the production of synthetic fibers and aggregates characterized by improved mechanical interactions with the cementitious matrix. To this extent, fibers and aggregates with a rough and porous surface, able to offer interlocking positions for the cementitious matrix, were produced in laboratory by melt extrusion-foaming process. Moreover, some chemical treatments (alkaline hydrolysis and sol-gel deposition of nanosilica) were performed on fibers, to improve chemical adhesion with the cement paste. Finally, taking into account the need for reducing the consumption of raw materials, foamed fibers and aggregates were produced starting from a polymeric end-of-waste material made of a polyolefins blend (HDPE, LDPE and PP). Alkaline hydrolysis promoted the creation of interlocking positions on fiber surface but the best behavior was recognized for fibers with nano-silica particles on the surface. In this case, a denser ITZ and a great amount of hydration products were observed by SEM investigations. Pull-out tests confirmed the better performances of treated fibers: a higher pull-out peak load was achieved and an increase of pull-out energy was evident. Subsequently, a foam extrusion process was used to manufacture polymeric fibers (both virgin and recycled) with a rough surface, to improve mechanical friction with the cementitious matrix. Optimizing foaming agent quantity and processing parameters was possible to produce fibers having adequate surface texture and diameter to be used in fiber reinforced mortars. Although fiber reinforced mortars workability decreases at increasing fiber volume fraction, the results demonstrated that this happens to a lower extent for mortars containing foamed fibers. Fibers mechanical properties decreased at increasing fibers porosity but fiber reinforced mortars mechanical properties, flexural and compressive strength, were not influenced by fibers addition nor their morphology. The rougher surface gives rise to a better fiber/matrix adhesion, as confirmed by pull-out tests. Durability investigations on the fiber reinforced mortars reported good results for capillary water absorption, sulfate attack and plastic shrinkage cracking. In particular, fibers length and volume fraction are key parameters in controlling plastic shrinkage cracking. Moreover, mortar samples containing foamed fibers displayed a better control of shrinkage cracking: cracks opening was delayed and the improved fiber/matrix bond was able to reduce crack width, compared to mortars containing smooth fibers. Finally, lightweight artificial aggregates (LWAs) were produced, starting from foamed strands. At increasing LWAs substitution, a sharp decrease of density was achieved. Also workability and mechanical properties decreased, but a more ductile behaviour was recognizable. Thermal conductivity and water vapor resistance were proportional to mortars density which obviously decreased at increasing natural sand substitutions. Moreover, the use of aggregates porosity as reservoir of internal curing water showed promising preliminary results. In brief, the results of this study demonstrate that engineered fibers with improved fiber/matrix bond allow to optimize (i.e. to reduce) fibers volume fraction in cementitious mortars. Foamed fibers characteristics can be in turn optimized by changing the manufacturing process conditions. Benefits could be not only in the control of plastic shrinkage cracking but also in the workability of fresh mortars, mechanical strength and durability of the hardened composite. In addition, using end-of-waste materials a more sustainable product can be obtained. In particular, replacing natural aggregates with plastic aggregates, is possible to reduce raw materials consumption and improve mortar properties (mainly unit weight, thermal conductivity and water vapor permeability). [less ▲]

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See detailExpériences urbaines enchantées, comment les saisir ?,
Brahy, Rachel ULg

Conference (2017, April 19)

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See detailEvaluation des traits psychopathiques dans une population de sujets schizophrènes : Les limites de la PCL-R
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Matteucci, Marie; De Page, Louis et al

Poster (2017, April 19)

Notre étude vise à déterminer si la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised), destinée à évaluer la psychopathie et utilisée dans le contexte médico-légal, est adaptée à des sujets diagnostiqués ... [more ▼]

Notre étude vise à déterminer si la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised), destinée à évaluer la psychopathie et utilisée dans le contexte médico-légal, est adaptée à des sujets diagnostiqués schizophrènes. Notre hypothèse principale est que plusieurs items de l’échelle peuvent être côtés avec le même score et pourtant exprimer une manière d’être et d’agir différente si le sujet est réellement psychopathe ou s’il est schizophrène. Afin d’éprouver notre hypothèse, nous avons sélectionné sept patients présentant soit une schizophrénie, soit une personnalité psychopathiques, soit considérés comme potentiels « héboïdophrènes » (schizophrénie pseudo-psychopathique) à qui nous avons administré la PCL-R. À partir d’analyses qualitatives, nous avons ensuite établi une liste d’items de la PCL-R sensibles à la psychose. Nous observons que 45% des items se révèlent positivement ou négativement influencés par la psychose au-delà de tout trait psychopathique. Sémiologiquement, c’est la présence de la dynamique paranoïde de la schizophrénie qui influence principalement les scores attribués aux items de la PCL-R. Cette recherche suggère des hypothèses concernant l’interaction psychose-psychopathie et son rapport avec des actes de violence. La conclusion de l’étude est que la PCL-R connait des limitations importantes en ce qui concerne son application à une population de sujets schizophrènes. [less ▲]

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See detailCritique clinique et phénoménologique de l’objectivation diagnostique : réflexions sur la personnalité antisociale et la psychopathie
Adam, Christophe; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2017, April 19)

L’atelier propose une réflexion épistémologique sur les outils nosographiques dominants le champ de la psychologie clinique et de la psychiatrie. Notre propos se centrera sur une analyse critique de la ... [more ▼]

L’atelier propose une réflexion épistémologique sur les outils nosographiques dominants le champ de la psychologie clinique et de la psychiatrie. Notre propos se centrera sur une analyse critique de la personnalité antisociale selon les DSM-IV et -5 et du diagnostic de psychopathie selon la PCL-R. Inscrit dans le champ de la phénoménologie clinique et d’une lecture dynamique de la psychopathologie, notre propos s’appuiera sur plusieurs situations cliniques. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction: Comics and Memory
Ahmed, Maaheen; Crucifix, Benoît ULg

Conference (2017, April 19)

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See detailLe Droit au théâtre : l’espace vécu 50 ans après Henri Lefebvre
Dawans, Stéphane ULg

Scientific conference (2017, April 19)

L'esthétisation de la vie quotidienne est un phénomène que le sociologue Daniel Bell a bien identifié dans les années 1960 et qui permet de mieux saisir les "contradictions culturelles du capitalisme ... [more ▼]

L'esthétisation de la vie quotidienne est un phénomène que le sociologue Daniel Bell a bien identifié dans les années 1960 et qui permet de mieux saisir les "contradictions culturelles du capitalisme". Cette fascination pour un art généralisé n'a probablement pas épargné Henri Lefebvre, le sociologue urbain français le plus lu aujourd'hui tant dans les universités américaines que dans les collectifs citoyens qui revendiquent "le Droit à la ville". L'espace vécu - qu'il oppose à l'espace conçu des experts et à l'espace perçu phénoménologiquement par tout un chacun - fait bien droit à l'événementiel, au spectaculaire (Debord parle de spectacularisation). Mais la machine capitalistique s'est bel et bien réappropriée la critique artiste et il se pourrait que l'inflation théâtrale nuise au théâtre plus qu'elle ne le serve. Que pourrait vouloir dire "Droit à la ville" ou "Droit au théâtre" dans le premier quart du 21e S? [less ▲]

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See detailTriangles de Pascal et compagnie
Stipulanti, Manon ULg

Conference (2017, April 19)

Le triangle de Pascal classique ainsi que le triangle de Sierpiński sont des objets largement étudiés. Ils montrent des aspects auto-similaires et ont des liens avec les systèmes dynamiques, les automates ... [more ▼]

Le triangle de Pascal classique ainsi que le triangle de Sierpiński sont des objets largement étudiés. Ils montrent des aspects auto-similaires et ont des liens avec les systèmes dynamiques, les automates cellulaires, la théorie des nombres et les suites dites automatiques. Dans ce séminaire, nous présentons un travail en collaboration avec Julien Leroy et Michel Rigo. Dans un premier temps, nous introduisons une généralisation du triangle de Pascal basée sur les coefficients binomiaux de mots finis et nous étudions le cas plus particulier des représentations en base 2. Ces coefficients comptent le nombre de fois qu’un mot fini apparaît comme sous-suite d’un autre mot fini. De la même façon que le triangle de Sierpiński peut être construit comme l’ensemble limite, pour la distance de Hausdorff, d’une suite convergente de compacts renormalisés extraits du triangle de Pascal classique modulo 2, nous décrivons et étudions les premières propriétés du sous-ensemble de [0, 1] × [0, 1] associé à ce triangle de Pascal généralisé modulo un nombre premier p. Dans un second temps, nous étudions la suite qui compte, sur chaque ligne du triangle de Pascal généralisé en base 2, le nombre de coefficients binomiaux strictement positifs. Cette suite présente une régularité étonnante qui peut être mise en évidence en utilisant une structure particulière de graphes, appelée arbre des sous-mots. [less ▲]

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See detailNew PVT Metrics. Improved Sensitivity to Sleep Deprivation
Latour, Philippe ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2017)

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See detailTraits psychopathiques dans une population infra-clinique et traitement émotionnel
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Bral, Laura; Dehon, Hedwige ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 19)

L’intérêt pour la psychopathie infra-clinique n’est pas neuf. Toutefois, les études sur le sujet sont encore peu nombreuses. Notre recherche a consisté à mettre à l’épreuve deux hypothèses. La première ... [more ▼]

L’intérêt pour la psychopathie infra-clinique n’est pas neuf. Toutefois, les études sur le sujet sont encore peu nombreuses. Notre recherche a consisté à mettre à l’épreuve deux hypothèses. La première, concerne la présence de « traits psychopathiques » dans la population tout-venant et la seconde tend à évaluer dans quelle mesure la présence de ces traits influence le traitement émotionnel. Pour tester ces hypothèses, nous avons créé une version « online » du SRP-III (Self Report Psychopathy). Aux soixante-quatre items initialement présents dans cette échelle nous avons ajouté dix-sept items afin d’être en mesure d’également coter la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised). Deux groupes de chacun treize participants ont été créés sur base de leur score au SRP-III (un groupe « faibles caractéristiques psychopathique » et un groupe « fortes caractéristiques psychopathiques »). La seconde partie de l’étude consistait en une entrevue durant laquelle nous avons procédé à des mises en situation d’induction émotionnelle. Pour mesurer l’influence de cette induction, trois tâches cognitives étaient administrées aux sujets des deux groupes. La première hypothèse s’est vue confirmée à travers la récolte des données du questionnaire en ligne. Quant à la seconde hypothèse, les résultats statistiques n’indiquent aucune différence significative entre les groupes en ce qui concerne leur score aux tâches cognitives. Il est donc suggéré que la présence de traits psychopathiques n’influence pas le traitement émotionnel. Cette recherche confirme la présence de la psychopathie dans la population tout-venant et semble infirmer, parmi cette population, l’hypothèse d’un déficit du traitement émotionnel. [less ▲]

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See detailVortex Lattice simulations of attached and separated flows around flapping wings
Lambert, Thomas ULg; Abdul Razak, Norizham; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg

in Aerospace (2017), 4(2), 22

Flapping flight is an increasingly popular area of research, with applications to micro-unmanned air vehicles and animal flight biomechanics. Fast but accurate methods for predicting the aerodynamic loads ... [more ▼]

Flapping flight is an increasingly popular area of research, with applications to micro-unmanned air vehicles and animal flight biomechanics. Fast but accurate methods for predicting the aerodynamic loads acting on flapping wings are of interest for designing such aircraft and optimising thrust production. In this work, the unsteady Vortex Lattice method is used in conjunction with three load estimation techniques in order to predict the aerodynamic lift and drag time histories produced by flapping rectangular wings. The load estimation approaches are the Katz, Joukowski and simplified Leishman-Beddoes techniques. The simulations' predictions are compared to experimental measurements from a flapping and pitching wing presented by Razak and Dimitriadis [1]. Three types of kinematics are investigated, pitch-leading, pure flapping and pitch lagging. It is found that pitch-leading tests can be simulated quite accurately using either the Katz or Joukowski approaches as no measurable flow separation occurs. For the pure flapping tests, the Katz and Joukowski techniques are accurate as long as the static pitch angle is greater than zero. For zero or negative static pitch angles these methods underestimate the amplitude of the drag. The Leishman-Beddoes approach yields better drag amplitudes but can introduce a constant negative drag offset. Finally, for the pitch-lagging tests the Leishman-Beddoes technique is again more representative of the experimental results, as long as flow separation is not too extensive. Considering the complexity of the phenomena involved, in the vast majority of cases the lift time history is predicted with reasonable accuracy. The drag (or thrust) time history is more challenging. [less ▲]

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See detailHacia una teoría sobre la autoficción (neo)fantástica hispanoamericana: un análisis del miedo en Wasabi de Alan Pauls, El gran vidrio de Mario Bellatín y Los ingrávidos de Valeria Luiselli
Licata, Nicolas ULg

Conference (2017, April 18)

Después de determinar cuáles son los límites que le conceden disciplinas como la historia de las emociones, el psicoanálisis y la filosofía, esta breve comunicación se centra en el miedo como efecto de la ... [more ▼]

Después de determinar cuáles son los límites que le conceden disciplinas como la historia de las emociones, el psicoanálisis y la filosofía, esta breve comunicación se centra en el miedo como efecto de la literatura fantástica, y más concretamente, en el marco de esa categoría específica de novelas que Vincent Colonna ha bautizado “autoficción fantástica” (2004). A la luz de tres de estas ficciones fantásticas modernas articuladas en torno a sus propios autores, explicamos por qué, en nuestra opinión, el efecto que producen en el lector (implícito) difiere del miedo. No se trata de un efecto inferior o superior, sino sencillamente distinto: la angustia. [less ▲]

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See detailLa lyre anthropomorphe C.94 de Vienne. Un instrument emblématique de la Renaissance italienne
Bugini, Mariaelena ULg

Scientific conference (2017, April 18)

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See detailDiscrimination of mercury contamination sources and pathways using Hg stable isotopes in the European seabass, Dicentrarchus labrax
Cransveld, Alice ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Mercury (Hg) is a persistent toxic compound whose amount in the global biosphere has at least tripled since industrialization. The biogeochemical cycle of mercury is particularly complex because elemental ... [more ▼]

Mercury (Hg) is a persistent toxic compound whose amount in the global biosphere has at least tripled since industrialization. The biogeochemical cycle of mercury is particularly complex because elemental mercury is very volatile, has a long residence time in the atmosphere and thus can potentially reach locations that are very distant from the initial emission source. Since the 70’s, many international organisations (OECD, EU, UNEP) have implemented different policies to reduce Hg pollution. However, for these policies to be efficient, the polluters/Hg sources have to be fully assessed and identified. So, there is a crucial need to trace Hg sources and to assess the quantitative impact of local versus global Hg sources on ecosystems. Recently, the study of the seven Hg stable isotopes has emerged as a new promising technique affording to explore the Hg cycle both in situ and in laboratory. Mercury stable isotopes display both mass dependent fractionation (MDF, reported as δ202Hg) and mass independent fractionation (MIF, reported as Δ199Hg and Δ201Hg). The combination of both values should allow to trace back sources and pathways of Hg and methylmercury (MeHg). But, so far, few studies have considered Hg isotopes in marine vertebrates. Thus, the general objective of this thesis was to study a marine predator, the European seabass, Dicentrarchus labrax, to explore the possibility of using mercury stable isotopes to investigate Hg sources and pathways in European coastal waters. Our specific objectives were to characterize the Hg profile (THg, MeHg and isotopy) of wild populations of seabass, to assess whether Hg isotopes differed between populations and could give indications on Hg sources, with special attention paid to differentiate local versus global Hg sources. We also wanted to explore internal variation of Hg profiles by comparing several tissues. And, we wanted to validate our interpretations of in situ results by experimentally evaluating the potential fractionation between muscle and liver tissues of D. labrax, and between the diet and fish tissues. To fulfill our objectives, we split the thesis in 3 axes. First, juvenile seabass were collected in seven geographically distinct locations: the Agiasma lagoon in the northern Aegean Sea (AeS), the North Sea (NS) along Belgian and English coasts, the Seine estuary (SE), the Turkish coast of the Black Sea (BS), the Marano and Grado lagoons in the northern Adriatic Sea (NAS), the Portuguese lagoon, Ria de Aveiro, at two distinct sites: a very contaminated one (RAC) and a least contaminated one (RAR). v Our results showed seabass displayed extremely variable THg (Total mercury) concentrations amongst locations. Environmental contamination of the fish habitats seemed to be the main driving factor of THg concentrations in their tissues. Then, we showed that the populations also had distinct Hg isotopic niches (using SIBER on Hg stable isotopes, a premiere!), and that Hg isotopes (Δ199Hg and δ202Hg) could be used as a discriminating tool. We showed that Hg isotopes also told more about the origin of THg contaminating juvenile seabass: Δ199Hg values indicated a rather coastal MeHg source while δ202Hg could be linked with the global versus local Hg origin. Some populations like AeS were thought to be affected mainly by background, global Hg source, while other sites such as RAC (and SE and NAS) that were more heavily contaminated, would undergo a strong influence of local contamination. The previous observations were made in muscle tissue. Since different tissues often have distinct turnover times and different affinity for pollutants, the second axis of this thesis aimed at comparing liver and muscle results. So, we investigated the liver tissue of the very same individuals than in axis 1. The THg RATIO (THgliver/THgmuscle) was very variable amongst populations. We found that Hg organotropism (affinity for different organs) was influenced by the overall contamination level and maybe also by the food regime (via the %MeHg in diet). The Hg isotope composition also differed between muscle and liver of wild seabass. Hg speciation was most probably not the only cause of such a difference, and there was certainly an internal fractionating process (MDF). We even found serious indication of mercury demethylation happening in seabass, although demethylation in fish had yet to be proven. This is what our 3rd axis addressed. We exposed captive juvenile seabass to environmentally relevant THg concentrations through the diet. Observations confirmed in situ results: Hg organotropism depends on the %MeHg in diet, and THg RATIOs < 1 are to be related to the extremely small proportion of inorganic Hg in the seabass diet. Most of all, we found strong and concordant indications of demethylation process occurring in seabass that would be responsible for the systematically distinct δ202Hg values observed between muscle and liver. In conclusion, our findings constitute the first large scale Hg stable isotope study, on a single fish species, from European coastal waters. They demonstrate the interest and relevance of using Hg stable isotopes to investigate the Hg cycle and sources on both small and large scales and show the possibility to differentiate between global and local Hg sources. This takes a crucial sense in the current context where tracing Hg contamination sources is necessary to implement efficient environmental policies. [less ▲]

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See detailBayesian estimation of genetic parameters for individual feed conversion and body weight gain in meat quail
DA COSTA CAETANO, GIOVANI; REIS MOTA, Rodrigo ULg; ALVES DA SILVA, DELVAN et al

in Livestock Science (2017), 200

We estimated genetic correlations between partial and total body weight gain (BWG) and individual feed conversion (FC) aiming to identify possible partial traits as selection criteria in meat quail ... [more ▼]

We estimated genetic correlations between partial and total body weight gain (BWG) and individual feed conversion (FC) aiming to identify possible partial traits as selection criteria in meat quail breeding programs. Data included 379 records from two different genetic lines (188 quails from UFV1 and 191 from UFV2). The following traits were evaluated:individual feed conversion from21to28(FC21–28)andfrom28to35daysofage (FC28–35); body weight gain from 1 to 21 (BWG1–21), 21–28 (BWG21–28), 28–35 (BWG28–35) and from 1 to 35 (BWG1–35, full period) days of age. Genetic parameters (heritabilities and genetic correlations) were estimated through multi-trait models via Bayesian inference. For UFV1 line, genetic correlations estimates (with respective credible intervals) between BWG1–21 and BWG1–35, BWG21–28 and BWG1–35, BWG28–35 and BWG1–35, FC21–28 and FC28–35, FC 21–28 and BWG1–35, and FC28–35 and BWG1–35 were 0.62 0.15–0.90), 0.81 0.60–0.94), 0.69 0.35–0.88), 0.06 (−050 to 0.60), −0.87 (−0.97 to −0.63) and −0.51 (−0.84 to −0.01), respectively; and for UFV2 line, these estimates were 0.33 (−0.05 to 0.63), 0.79 0.59–0.92), 0.88 0.73–0.96), 0.35 (−0.30 to 0.78), −0.56 (−0.85 to −0.09) and −0.76 (−0.93 to −0.41), respectively. Additionally, for the UFV1 line heritability estimates for BWG21–28 and FC21–28 were 0.69 0.40–0.86) and 0.55 0.31–0.74), respectively; while for UFV2 line the heritabilities for BWG28–35 and FC28–35 were 0.68 0.47–0.83) and 0.37 0.17–0.63). Based on these results, we recommend as target traits BWG21–28 and FC21–28 for UFV1 line; and BWG28–35 for UFV2 line. Selecting for these indicated traits, we expect to reduce breeding program costs related mainly to feeding of nonselected animals and labor with phenotyping. [less ▲]

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See detailL’insémination artificielle bovine : un traitement qui nécessite le constat d’oestrus. Comprendre pour agir.
Hanzen, Christian ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

Au cours de ces 70 dernières années d’utilisation de l’insémination artificielle (IA) (1946 année de naissance du premier veau issu de l’IA), la fertilité bovine n’a fait que décliner. Le taux de ... [more ▼]

Au cours de ces 70 dernières années d’utilisation de l’insémination artificielle (IA) (1946 année de naissance du premier veau issu de l’IA), la fertilité bovine n’a fait que décliner. Le taux de gestation était compris entre 44 et 48 % il y a 40 ans, elle est comprise entre 33 et 40 % actuellement. L’oestrus (dont la durée moyenne a également diminué au cours des années) constitue la phase clé de l’IA. Naturel ou induit, il constitue une étape indispensable à l’obtention d’une gestation. Ses caractéristiques hormonales et comportementales sont susceptibles d’être modifiées par de multiples facteurs inhérents à la production laitière ou à des pathologies liées au système reproducteur mais pas seulement. L’IA se définit comme une biotechnologie de la reproduction qui consiste à déposer un sperme de qualité au moyen d’une méthode et d’un matériel adéquat à l’endroit anatomique le plus approprié, au moment le plus opportun et d’une technique. Cet acte est tout sauf banal compte tenu des conséquences économiques importantes tant positives que négatives qu’il peut entraîner. Répondre à la question de savoir si la vache est « inséminable » n’est pas chose simple. Les moyens propédeutiques disponibles se sont avec le temps étoffés. Un état des lieux s’imposerait donc. A l’analyse de l’anamnèse et des symptômes et signes cliniques manifestés par la vache en oestrus, des stratégies hormonales ou non peuvent le cas échéant être mises en place. Encore convient-il d’en mesurer la pertinence. Au terme de la formation, l’apprenant sera capable de… - comprendre l’effet des facteurs hormonaux ou non susceptibles de modifier les manifestations oestrales et la fertilité - mettre en place le cas échéant des méthodes propédeutiques alternatives visant à confirmer ou non la décision d’inséminer une vache - décider du recours ou non à des stratégies thérapeutiques ou techniques pour augmenter le taux de gestation suite à une insémination [less ▲]

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See detailGoverning radioactive waste in the interim: A cross-national comparison
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg

Conference (2017, April 18)

In this presentation, I briefly review current practices in different countries (e.g. USA, Belgium) concerning the interim storage of intermediate and high-level radioactive waste. Drawing on ongoing ... [more ▼]

In this presentation, I briefly review current practices in different countries (e.g. USA, Belgium) concerning the interim storage of intermediate and high-level radioactive waste. Drawing on ongoing research within the Programme for the Integration of Social Aspects into nuclear research (PISA) at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN, I provide a definition of interim storage and outline a possible research agenda for this area. Interim storage is defined as the stowing of high-level radioactive waste in temporary facilities for an indefinite period, until a more permanent solution is established. As the large majority of countries still has decades, if not centuries, to go before geological disposal facilities become operational, the notions of “temporary” and “interim” cover immense timespans that remain unaccounted for by scientists, technologists, regulators, implementers, and policy makers. It is therefore worth asking the following research questions: Which social, legal, and ethical considerations come into play when the concepts of “temporary” and “interim” are stretched? How do social, legal, and technical considerations interact with regard to (prolonged) interim storage facility safety? The outputs of this line of investigation are relevant to all actors involved in radioactive waste management, including governments, waste management organisations, civil society, and wider publics. [less ▲]

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See detailThe recent warming trend in North Greenland
Orsi, A.; Kawamura, K.; Masson-Delmotte, V. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2017)

The Arctic is among the fastest warming regions on Earth, but it is also one with limited spatial coverage of multi-decadal instrumental surface air temperature measurements. Consequently, atmospheric ... [more ▼]

The Arctic is among the fastest warming regions on Earth, but it is also one with limited spatial coverage of multi-decadal instrumental surface air temperature measurements. Consequently, atmospheric reanalyses are relatively unconstrained in this region, resulting in a large spread of estimated 30-year recent warming trends, which limits their use to investigate the mechanisms responsible for this trend. Here, we present a surface temperature reconstruction over 1982-2011 at NEEM (51∘ W, 77∘ N), in North Greenland, based on the inversion of borehole temperature and inert gas isotope data. We find that NEEM has warmed by 2.7±0.33∘C over the past 30 years, from the long-term 1900-1970 average of -28.55±0.29∘C. The warming trend is principally caused by an increase in downward longwave heat flux. Atmospheric reanalyses underestimate this trend by 17%, underlining the need for more in situ observations to validate reanalyses. [less ▲]

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