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See detailDes légumes sur le bitume : L'agriculture urbaine est en plein développement
Jijakli, Haissam ULg

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See detailCOSMOGRAIL: the COSmological MOnitoring of GRAvItational Lenses. XV. Assessing the achievability and precision of time-delay measurements
Bonvin, V.; Tewes, M.; Courbin, F. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 585

COSMOGRAIL is a long-term photometric monitoring of gravitationally lensed quasars aimed at implementing Refsdal's time-delay method to measure cosmological parameters, in particular H[SUB]0[/SUB]. Given ... [more ▼]

COSMOGRAIL is a long-term photometric monitoring of gravitationally lensed quasars aimed at implementing Refsdal's time-delay method to measure cosmological parameters, in particular H[SUB]0[/SUB]. Given the long and well sampled light curves of strongly lensed quasars, time-delay measurements require numerical techniques whose quality must be assessed. To this end, and also in view of future monitoring programs or surveys such as the LSST, a blind signal processing competition named Time Delay Challenge 1 (TDC1) was held in 2014. The aim of the present paper, which is based on the simulated light curves from the TDC1, is double. First, we test the performance of the time-delay measurement techniques currently used in COSMOGRAIL. Second, we analyse the quantity and quality of the harvest of time delays obtained from the TDC1 simulations. To achieve these goals, we first discover time delays through a careful inspection of the light curves via a dedicated visual interface. Our measurement algorithms can then be applied to the data in an automated way. We show that our techniques have no significant biases, and yield adequate uncertainty estimates resulting in reduced χ[SUP]2[/SUP] values between 0.5 and 1.0. We provide estimates for the number and precision of time-delay measurements that can be expected from future time-delay monitoring campaigns as a function of the photometric signal-to-noise ratio and of the true time delay. We make our blind measurements on the TDC1 data publicly available. [less ▲]

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See detailANIMA: A data-sharing initiative for neuroimaging meta-analyses
Reid, Andrew T.; Bzdok, Danilo; Genon, Sarah ULg et al

in NeuroImage (2016), 124(B), 1245-1253

Meta-analytic techniques allow cognitive neuroscientists to pool large amounts of data across many individual task-based functional neuroimaging experiments. These methods have been aided by the ... [more ▼]

Meta-analytic techniques allow cognitive neuroscientists to pool large amounts of data across many individual task-based functional neuroimaging experiments. These methods have been aided by the introduction of online databases such as Brainmap.org or Neurosynth.org, which collate peak activation coordinates obtained from thousands of published studies. Findings from meta-analytic studies typically include brain regions which are consistently activated across studies for specific contrasts, investigating cognitive or clinical hypotheses. These regions can be subsequently used as the basis for seed-based connectivity analysis, or formally compared to neuroimaging data in order to help interpret new findings. To facilitate such approaches, we have developed a new online repository of meta-analytic neuroimaging results, named the Archive of Neuroimaging Meta-analyses (ANIMA). The ANIMA platform consists of an intuitive online interface for querying, downloading, and contributing data from published meta-analytic studies. Additionally, to aid the process of organizing, visualizing, and working with these data, we present an open-source desktop application called Volume Viewer. Volume Viewer allows users to easily arrange imaging data into composite stacks, and save these sessions as individual files, which can also be uploaded to the ANIMA database. The application also allows users to perform basic functions, such as computing conjunctions between images, or extracting regions-of-interest or peak coordinates for further analysis. The introduction of this new resource will enhance the ability of researchers to both share their findings and incorporate existing meta-analytic results into their own research. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes Fomalhaut A Have an Asteroid-belt Analog?
Su, Kate Y. L.; Rieke, George; Defrere, Denis ULg et al

in American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts (2016, January 01)

Fomalhaut plays an important role in the study of debris disks and small bodies in other planetary systems. The proximity and luminosity of the star make key features of its debris like the water ice-line ... [more ▼]

Fomalhaut plays an important role in the study of debris disks and small bodies in other planetary systems. The proximity and luminosity of the star make key features of its debris like the water ice-line easily accessible. Here we present ALMA cycle 1, 870 μm (345 GHz) observation targeted at the inner part of the Fomalhaut system with a synthesized beam of 0.45"x0.37" (~3 AU linear resolution at the distance of Fomalhaut) and a rms of 26 μJy per beam. The high angular resolution and sensitivity of the ALMA data enable us to place strong constraints on the nature of the warm excess revealed by Spitzer and Herschel observations. We detect a point source at the star position with a total flux consistent with thermal emission from the stellar photosphere. No structures that are brighter than 3 σ are detected in the central 15 AUx15 AU region. Modeling the spectral energy distribution using parameters expected for a dust-producing planetesimal belt indicates a radial location in the range ˜8-15 AU. This is consistent with the location where ice sublimates in Fomalhaut, i.e., an asteroid-belt analog. We also provide a new interpretation for the emission structure in the inner 10 AU region revealed by interferometric measurements at 2 and 8-13 μm as dust naturally connected to this proposed asteroid belt by Poynting-Robertson drag, dust sublimation, and magnetically trapped nano grains. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Accreting Protoplanet: Confirmation and Characterization of LkCa15b
Follette, Katherine B.; Miller Close, Laird; Males, Jared et al

in American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts (2016, January 01)

We present a visible light adaptive optics direct imaging detection of a faint point source separated by just 93 milliarcseconds (~15 AU) from the young star LkCa 15. Using Magellan AO's visible light ... [more ▼]

We present a visible light adaptive optics direct imaging detection of a faint point source separated by just 93 milliarcseconds (~15 AU) from the young star LkCa 15. Using Magellan AO's visible light camera in Simultaneous Differential Imaging (SDI) mode, we imaged the star at Hydrogen alpha and in the neighboring continuum as part of the Giant Accreting Protoplanet Survey (GAPplanetS) in November 2015. The continuum images provide a sensitive and simultaneous probe of PSF residuals and instrumental artifacts, allowing us to isolate H-alpha accretion luminosity from the LkCa 15b protoplanet, which lies well inside of the LkCa15 transition disk gap. This detection, combined with a nearly simultaneous near-infrared detection with the Large Binocular Telescope, provides an unprecedented glimpse at a planetary system during epoch of planet formation. [less ▲]

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See detailVariability in the super-Earth 55 Cnc e
Demory, Brice-Olivier; Gillon, Michaël ULg; Madhusudhan, Nikku et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016), 455

Considerable progress has been made in recent years in observations of atmospheric signatures of giant exoplanets, but processes in rocky exoplanets remain largely unknown due to major challenges in ... [more ▼]

Considerable progress has been made in recent years in observations of atmospheric signatures of giant exoplanets, but processes in rocky exoplanets remain largely unknown due to major challenges in observing small planets. Numerous efforts to observe spectra of super-Earths, exoplanets with masses of 1-10 Earth masses, have thus far revealed only featureless spectra. In this paper, we report a 4σ detection of variability in the dayside thermal emission from the transiting super-Earth 55 Cancri e. Dedicated space-based monitoring of the planet in the mid-infrared over eight eclipses revealed the thermal emission from its dayside atmosphere varying by a factor of 3.7 between 2012 and 2013. The amplitude and trend of the variability are not explained by potential influence of star spots or by local thermal or compositional changes in the atmosphere over the short span of the observations. The possibility of large-scale surface activity due to strong tidal interactions possibly similar to Io, or the presence of circumstellar/circumplanetary material appear plausible and motivate future long-term monitoring of the planet. [less ▲]

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See detailFamilles sans frontières : le droit international privé des familles entre libéralisme et rigueur
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

in Pire, Didier (Ed.) Actualités de droit des familles (2016)

L'encadrement juridique des relations familiales internationales connaît, comme toutes les branches du droit, une évolution permanente : aux décisions nouvelle s'ajoutent les développements législatifs ... [more ▼]

L'encadrement juridique des relations familiales internationales connaît, comme toutes les branches du droit, une évolution permanente : aux décisions nouvelle s'ajoutent les développements législatifs, certains ayant trouvé une concrétisation et d'autres étant encore au stade des annonces. Pour tenter de synthétiser ces nombreux développements, cette contribution s'articulera autour de deux axes : le premier offrira un aperçu de certaines évolutions du cadre européen. Celui-ci se caractérise par une porosité croissante des frontières et des systèmes juridiques. L'impératif de libre circulation imprime sa marque sur l'appréhension des familles internationales, au détriment des doctrines traditionnelles comme par exemple les règles de conflit de nationalités. Il s'agit du droit familial "d'en haut". Le contraste est saisissant avec les développements que connaissent les relations familiales lorsqu'est présent un élément migratoire. L'on entend par là le franchissement d'une frontière européenne ou, plus largement, les mouvements Sud-Nord. Certes, l'Union européenne est en elle-même un formidable vecteur de migration. Sans vouloir minimiser l'importance de ces flux intra-européens, l'on peut les identifier à l'aide d'un autre vocable, celui de 'circulation', en réservant la qualification de migratoire aux flux extra-européens. Dès lors que la relation familiale pourrait être le vecteur ou est le résultat d'un déplacement migratoire, l'on observe une attitude bien différente. La libre circulation laisse bien souvent la place à la suspicion. Le raisonnement se fait plus contraignant, plus dirigiste. Ce droit familial est celui "d'en bas". [less ▲]

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See detailarchiDART: an R package for the automated computation of plant root architectural traits
Delory, Benjamin ULg; Baudson, Caroline ULg; Brostaux, Yves ULg et al

in Plant and Soil (2016), 398(1), 351-365

Background and Aims In order to analyse root system architectures (RSAs) from captured images, a variety of manual (e.g. Data Analysis of Root Tracings, DART), semi-automated and fully automated software ... [more ▼]

Background and Aims In order to analyse root system architectures (RSAs) from captured images, a variety of manual (e.g. Data Analysis of Root Tracings, DART), semi-automated and fully automated software packages have been developed. These tools offer complementary approaches to study RSAs and the use of the Root System Markup Language (RSML) to store RSA data makes the comparison of measurements obtained with different (semi-) automated root imaging platforms easier. The throughput of the data analysis process using exported RSA data, however, should benefit greatly from batch analysis in a generic data analysis environment (R software). Methods We developed an R package (archiDART) with five functions. It computes global RSA traits, root growth rates, root growth directions and trajectories, and lateral root distribution from DART-generated and/or RSML files. It also has specific plotting functions designed to visualise the dynamics of root system growth. Results The results demonstrated the ability of the package’s functions to compute relevant traits for three contrasted RSAs (Brachypodium distachyon [L.] P. Beauv., Hevea brasiliensis Müll. Arg. and Solanum lycopersicum L.). Conclusions This work extends the DART software package and other image analysis tools supporting the RSML format, enabling users to easily calculate a number of RSA traits in a generic data analysis environment. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrical resistivity tomography to monitor enhanced biodegradation of hydrocarbons with Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 at a pilot scale
Masy, Thibaut ULg; Caterina, David; Tromme, Oliver et al

in Journal of Contaminant Hydrology (2016), 184

Petroleum hydrocarbons (HC) represent the most widespread contaminants and in-situ bioremediation remains a competitive treatment in terms of cost and environmental concerns. However, the efficiency of ... [more ▼]

Petroleum hydrocarbons (HC) represent the most widespread contaminants and in-situ bioremediation remains a competitive treatment in terms of cost and environmental concerns. However, the efficiency of such a technique (by biostimulation or bioaugmentation) strongly depends on the environment affected and is still difficult to predict a priori. In order to overcome these uncertainties, Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) appears as a valuable non-invasive tool to detect soil heterogeneities and to monitor biodegradation. The main objective of this study was to isolate an electrical signal linked to an enhanced bacterial activity with ERT, in an aged HC-contaminated clayey loam soil. To achieve this, a pilot tank was built to mimic field conditions. Compared to a first insufficient biostimulation phase, bioaugmentation with Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 led to a HC depletion of almost 80% (6900 to 1600 ppm) in 3 months in the center of the contaminated zone, where pollutants were less bioavailable. In the meantime, lithological heterogeneities and microbial activities (growth and biosurfactant production) were successively discriminated by ERT images. In the future, this cost-effective technique should be more and more transferred to the field in order to monitor biodegradation processes and assist in selecting the most appropriate remediation technique. [less ▲]

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See detailNos différences, une richesse
RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

in Revue de l'Association Belge du Diabète (2016), 59

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See detailBreakdown of Anderson localization in the transport of Bose-Einstein condensates through one-dimensional disordered potentials
Dujardin, Julien ULg; Engl, Thomas; Schlagheck, Peter ULg

in Physical Review A (2016), 93

We study the transport of an interacting Bose–Einstein condensate through a 1D correlated disorder potential. We use for this purpose the truncated Wigner method, which is, as we show, corresponding to ... [more ▼]

We study the transport of an interacting Bose–Einstein condensate through a 1D correlated disorder potential. We use for this purpose the truncated Wigner method, which is, as we show, corresponding to the diagonal approximation of a semiclassical van Vleck–Gutzwiller representation of this many-body transport process. We also argue that semiclassical corrections beyond this diagonal approximation are vanishing under disorder average, thus confirming the validity of the truncated Wigner method in this context. Numerical calculations show that, while for weak atom-atom interaction strengths Anderson localization is preserved with a slight modification of the localization length, for larger interaction strengths a crossover to a delocalized regime exists due to inelastic scattering. In this case, the transport is fully incoherent. [less ▲]

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See detailQuand la force enfonce des portes ouvertes. Analyse du traitement de Star Wars Episode VII par la critique professionnelle et amateure.
Krywicki, Boris ULg

in Culture, le Magazine Culturel de l'Université de Liège (2016)

On a rarement aperçu des phénomènes cinématographiques de l’ampleur de Star Wars. La plupart des séances étaient déjà complètes plusieurs semaines avant la sortie du dernier épisode. Les spectateurs sont ... [more ▼]

On a rarement aperçu des phénomènes cinématographiques de l’ampleur de Star Wars. La plupart des séances étaient déjà complètes plusieurs semaines avant la sortie du dernier épisode. Les spectateurs sont tous conquis en amont par ce messie monolithique. Quand il s'agit d'aborder un film-événement comme Star Wars, la critique de cinéma se cherche. Les timides tentatives de la rigide presse professionnelle qui hésite toujours à critiquer les productions hollywoodiennes font face à des vidéos de youtubeurs décomplexés. Cet article analyse les contrats de lecture de ces différents énonciateurs et le lecteur-modèle qu'ils envisagent pour traiter de Star Wars Episode VII. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic diversity and population structure of the Eurosian otte (Lutra lutra) in France
Geboes, Anne-Laure ULg; Rosoux, René; Lemarchand, Charles et al

in Mammal Research (2016), 61(1),

During the last century, the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) suffered a dramatic decline in Europe. In France, the same pattern of sharp decline was observed with local extinctions in many regions. Before ... [more ▼]

During the last century, the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) suffered a dramatic decline in Europe. In France, the same pattern of sharp decline was observed with local extinctions in many regions. Before the recolonisation process, two main populations still remained along the Atlantic coast and in the Massif Central. To investigate the impact of this decline on the genetic diversity and structure of the French otter population, tissue samples of 144 otter carcasses from road kills that were found during 1992–2011 along the Atlantic coast and in the Massif Central were used. They were analysed using 10 microsatellites loci. Observed (Ho = 0.64) and expected heterozygosity (He = 0.62) were moderate, but consistent with results found in other European populations. The bottleneck test showed an excess of heterozygotes, providing evidence of a recent decline. There was evidence for weak but significant allelic frequencies divergence between otters from the Atlantic coast and those from the Massif Central (Fst=0.040, p<0.05), probably resulting from their isolation prior to the recolonisation process. As the French otter population has been expanding for several years, genetic intermixing is now occurring. Although this expansion has not yet genetically homogenised all populations, this is may be a matter a time. [less ▲]

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See detailProjecting alternative urban growth patterns: The development and application of a remote sensing assisted calibration framework for the Greater Dublin Area
Van de Voorde, Tim; van der Kwast, Johannes; Poelmans, Lien et al

in Ecological Indicators (2016), 60

Land use change models are powerful tools that allow planners and policy makers to assess the long-term spatial and environmental impacts of their decisions. In order for these models to produce a ... [more ▼]

Land use change models are powerful tools that allow planners and policy makers to assess the long-term spatial and environmental impacts of their decisions. In order for these models to produce a realistic output, they should be properly calibrated. This is usually achieved by comparing simulated land-use maps of dates in the past to reference land-use maps of a corresponding date. As land-use data are often not readily or frequently available, we propose a two-stage calibration framework that includes existing land-use maps as well as remote sensing derived maps of the urban extent. Urban growth patterns for the Dublin area represented by remote sensing based maps were compared to simulated growth using spatial metrics in order to fine-tune the calibration of the MOLAND urban growth model of Dublin. We then used the calibrated model to forecast future urban growth according to four urban planning scenarios that have been defined for the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Greater Dublin Area. We examined a selection of spatial metrics in order to determine their sensitivity to differences in spatial patterns between simulated and remote sensing derived data. We also investigated whether these metrics are useful to characterise future changes in the urban spatial structure that ensue from the planning scenarios. We found that with the exception of some metrics that strongly respond to differences in the amount of urban land, most metrics showed similar trends for simulated and remote sensing derived maps. Most metrics were also able to distinguish the growth patterns induced by the different spatial planning scenarios. The “business as usual scenario” in particular showed a clearly distinct trend compared to the other scenarios. We could also conclude that the urban growth pattern of Dublin as observed from both the remote sensing derived maps and the simulated maps of future land use seems to confirm the theory of alternating phases of diffusive growth and coalescence. [less ▲]

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See detailL'intentionnalité cognitive et ses modes. Reinach critique de Brentano
Dewalque, Arnaud ULg

in Philosophie (2016), 128(Janvier 2016), 20-33

Dans cet article, je suggère que la théorie reinachienne du jugement peut être vue comme une contribution à une théorie générale de l’intentionnalité cognitive et de ses modes. À cette fin, je focaliserai ... [more ▼]

Dans cet article, je suggère que la théorie reinachienne du jugement peut être vue comme une contribution à une théorie générale de l’intentionnalité cognitive et de ses modes. À cette fin, je focaliserai mon attention sur certaines divergences significatives entre Reinach et Brentano. Après quelques réflexions introductives (§§ 1-2), j’examinerai plus exactement les questions suivantes : quels sont les motifs théoriques qui ont conduit Reinach à s’écarter de la théorie brentanienne du jugement (§§ 3-4) ? Et que retenir de ses analyses aujourd’hui (§§ 5-6) ? [less ▲]

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See detailAddressing the Specificity of Social Concepts: Rickert, Weber, and the Dual contrast Theory
Dewalque, Arnaud ULg

in Bryan, Ian; Langford, Peter; McGarry, John (Eds.) The Foundation of the Juridico-Political. Concept Formation in Hans Kelsen and Max Weber (2016)

In this chapter, it is argued that Weber's particular combination of Von Kries' naturalistic paradigm and Rickert's antinaturalistic paradigm might become less puzzling if we return to the interpretation ... [more ▼]

In this chapter, it is argued that Weber's particular combination of Von Kries' naturalistic paradigm and Rickert's antinaturalistic paradigm might become less puzzling if we return to the interpretation that emerged in the middle of the nineteen-twenties within the South-Western School of neo-Kantianism. The basic intuition which underlies this interpretation is that the social sciences are best understood as generalizing cultural sciences. On this understanding, they differ both from the natural sciences and the historical sciences. [less ▲]

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See detail"Quand voyager mentalement dans le temps est difficile) - Une étude comparative des souvenirs et projections définissant le soi chez des patients dépressifs et des sujets contrôles sains
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Thirion, Julie; PITCHOT, William ULg et al

Poster (2016, January)

INTRODUCTION. Les patients dépressifs présentent des difficultés à effectuer le voyage mental dans le temps, une des fonctions principales de la mémoire autobiographique, c’est-à-dire à se projeter ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION. Les patients dépressifs présentent des difficultés à effectuer le voyage mental dans le temps, une des fonctions principales de la mémoire autobiographique, c’est-à-dire à se projeter mentalement dans le passé et le futur. Cette étude s’intéresse à des événements passés et futurs potentiels particuliers qui sont les souvenirs et les projections futures définissant le soi (SDS et PFDS, respectivement). Les SDS et les PFDS sont des événements autobiographiques particuliers hautement pertinents pour l’identité de l’individu et qui l’aident à se définir. Plus précisément, les SDS sont considérés comme une cristallisation des liens entre mémoire et identité. Le premier objectif de cette étude est d’évaluer les caractéristiques de ces SDS et des PFDS (spécificité, intégration, valence émotionnelle, modification de la valence émotionnelle pour les SDS) chez des patients dépressifs, en comparaison à des sujets contrôles sains. Le second objectif est d’évaluer les liens entre les caractéristiques des SDS et des PFDS avec la clarté du concept de soi. HYPOTHÈSES. Les patients dépressifs rapporteront des SDS et des PFDS moins spécifiques, moins intégrés et plus négatifs que les sujets contrôles sains. Ceci sera en lien avec une faible clarté du concept de soi. MÉTHODE. 19 patients dépressifs et 17 sujets contrôles sains appariés (sexe, âge, niveau d’éducation) ont évoqué des SDS et des PFDS en fonction de domaines de vie (ex. : relations familiales, hobbies, emploi/carrière). RÉSULTATS. La récolte des données est toujours en cours. Les résultats préliminaires mettent en évidence que les patients dépressifs évoquent des SDS et des PFDS moins intégrés que les sujets contrôles. Les patients dépressifs rapportent également davantage de séquence de contamination dans le rappel de SDS (la valence de l’événement lorsqu’il s’est déroulé était positive et devient négative lors de l’évocation du souvenir). DISCUSSION. Les résultats obtenus confirment partiellement nos hypothèses. Ces résultats semblent cohérents avec certains biais préalablement observés dans l’évocation de souvenirs autobiographiques tels que le biais de congruence à l’humeur. Les implications cliniques de ces résultats seront discutées. [less ▲]

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See detailGeschichtsvereine und Geschichtsbewusstsein in der DG (1. Teil)
Brüll, Christoph ULg

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See detailReview of shrubs and trees in intensive ruminant systems in temperate areas
Vandermeulen, Sophie ULg; Ramìrez-Restrepo, Carlos Alberto; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

Conference (2016, January)

Using shrubs and trees as forage for ruminants is common in extensive production systems in the tropics, as well as the Mediterranean region and mountain areas. In temperate Europe, the intensification of ... [more ▼]

Using shrubs and trees as forage for ruminants is common in extensive production systems in the tropics, as well as the Mediterranean region and mountain areas. In temperate Europe, the intensification of agriculture led to a decline in the numbers of woody perennials on farmlands. A review of the potential uses of shrubs and trees in temperate intensive systems shows that this concept is rather recent. Few studies have been investigating the potential outputs and limitations of shrubs and trees forage in production systems, while in Belgium and other European countries, agro-environmental policies are promoting the establishment of hedgerows and woody strips that provide shelter to animals against variable climate conditions. Furthermore, it has been found that ruminant species browse the plants, or alternatively, the forage is harvested and fed fresh or preserved as hay, silages or pellets. In both cases, consequences on feed intake control, woody plant survival, dry matter (DM) production and forage quality in terms of crude protein content reduction have been documented. In addition, depending on the plant species and the preservation method, bio-active plant metabolites such as condensed tannins (CT) are also present in the range of less than 1 to more than 100 g/kg foliage DM. Overall, CT may reduce ruminal N degradation, methanogenesis and nematode parasites infestation, while enhancing microbial-protein synthesis, feed use efficiency and systemic animal physiology. Planting shrubs and trees into the agricultural landscape (i.e. silvopastoral system) can further improve biodiversity and environmental services. Nevertheless, agronomic practices, farm management or environmental policy limitations may reduce the use of this fodder resource. Therefore, although silvopastoral systems seem promising in temperate ruminant systems, the current knowledge to their introduction and efficient management need to be cautiously considered. [less ▲]

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