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See detailContrasting patterns of phytoplankton communities in two coastal ecosystems in relation to environmental factors (Corsica, NW Mediterranean Sea)
Garrido, Marie; Goffart, Anne ULg; Collignon, Amandine ULg et al

in Diversity (2014), 6

Corsica Island is a sub-basin of the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea, with hydrological features typical of both oligotrophic systems and eutrophic coastal zones. Phytoplankton assemblages in two coastal ... [more ▼]

Corsica Island is a sub-basin of the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea, with hydrological features typical of both oligotrophic systems and eutrophic coastal zones. Phytoplankton assemblages in two coastal ecosystems of Corsica (the deep Bay of Calvi and the shallow littoral of Bastia) show contrasting patterns over a one-year cycle. In order to determine what drives these variations, seasonal changes in littoral phytoplankton are considered together with environmental parameters. Our methodology combined a survey of the physico-chemical structure of the subsurface water with a characterization of the phytoplankton community structure. Sampling provided a detailed record of the seasonal changes and successions that occur in these two areas. Results showed that the two sampled stations presented different phytoplankton abundance and distribution patterns, notably during the winter–spring bloom period. Successions in pico-, nano-, and microphytoplankton communities appeared mainly driven by differences in the ability to acquire nutrients, and in community-specific growth rates. Phytoplankton structure and dynamics are discussed in relation to available data on the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea. These results confirm that integrated monitoring of coastal areas is a requisite for gaining a proper understanding of marine ecosystems. [less ▲]

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See detailDermatophytes transmis par les animaux domestiques
Monod, M; Fratti, B; Mignon, Bernard ULg et al

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2014), 10

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See detailParticle size distribution of limestone fillers: granulometry and specific surface area investigations
Courard, Luc ULg; Michel, Frédéric ULg

in Particulate Science and Technology (2014), 32(4),

Mineral fillers can be defined as “inert materials included in a mix design for some useful purpose”. They can be added to compounds in order to complete a large variety of final properties without ... [more ▼]

Mineral fillers can be defined as “inert materials included in a mix design for some useful purpose”. They can be added to compounds in order to complete a large variety of final properties without increasing costs or to improve specific characteristics like hardness, brittleness, impact strength, compressive strength, softening point, fire resistance, surface texture, electrical conductivity, …etc. In Belgium, locally available limestone fillers are specifically very well-adapted for the optimisation of particle packing and flow behaviour of cementitious pastes in concrete mixes. Limestone fillers may be easily characterized in terms of chemical and mineralogical properties. These properties are fundamental for the study of the behaviour of concrete mixes in fresh state and for understanding interactions existing at the level of the Interfacial Transition Zone between aggregates and cement paste. These properties are however insufficiently discriminant and particle size, as well as shape distribution, seem to have a potential influence on physical phenomena which happen during the setting process. The aim of this paper is to compare five major techniques used to quantify the size and the shape of limestone fillers particles: laser diffraction scattering, wet sieving and image analysis for particle size measurement and BET adsorption and Blaine permeability methods for specific surface area. [less ▲]

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See detailAging Reduces the Stimulating Effect of Blue Light on Cognitive Brain Functions
Daneault, Véronique; Hébert, Marc; Albouy, Geneviève et al

in Sleep (2014)

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See detailHigh Diversity in Cretaceous Ichthyosaurs from Europe Prior to Their Extinction
Fischer, Valentin ULg; Bardet, Nathalie; Guiomar, Myette et al

in PLoS ONE (2014), 9(1), 84709

Background: Ichthyosaurs are reptiles that inhabited the marine realm during most of the Mesozoic. Their Cretaceous representatives have traditionally been considered as the last survivors of a group ... [more ▼]

Background: Ichthyosaurs are reptiles that inhabited the marine realm during most of the Mesozoic. Their Cretaceous representatives have traditionally been considered as the last survivors of a group declining since the Jurassic. Recently, however, an unexpected diversity has been described in Upper Jurassic–Lower Cretaceous deposits, but is widely spread across time and space, giving small clues on the adaptive potential and ecosystem control of the last ichthyosaurs. The famous but little studied English Gault Formation and ‘greensands’ deposits (the Upper Greensand Formation and the Cambridge Greensand Member of the Lower Chalk Formation) offer an unprecedented opportunity to investigate this topic, containing thousands of ichthyosaur remains spanning the Early–Late Cretaceous boundary. Methodology/Principal findings: To assess the diversity of the ichthyosaur assemblage from these sedimentary bodies, we recognized morphotypes within each type of bones. We grouped these morphotypes together, when possible, by using articulated specimens from the same formations and from new localities in the Vocontian Basin (France); a revised taxonomic scheme is proposed. We recognize the following taxa in the ‘greensands’: the platypterygiines ‘Platypterygius’ sp. and Sisteronia seeleyi gen. et sp. nov., indeterminate ophthalmosaurines and the rare incertae sedis Cetarthrosaurus walkeri. The taxonomic diversity of late Albian ichthyosaurs now matches that of older, well-known intervals such as the Toarcian or the Tithonian. Contrasting tooth shapes and wear patterns suggest that these ichthyosaurs colonized three distinct feeding guilds, despite the presence of numerous plesiosaur taxa. Conclusion/Significance: Western Europe was a diversity hot-spot for ichthyosaurs a few million years prior to their final extinction. By contrast, the low diversity in Australia and U.S.A. suggests strong geographical disparities in the diversity pattern of Albian–early Cenomanian ichthyosaurs. This provides a whole new context to investigate the extinction of these successful marine reptiles, at the end of the Cenomanian. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctionalization of carbon xerogels for the preparation of palladium supported catalysts applied in sugar transformations
Mager, Nathalie; Meyer, Nathalie; Léonard, Alexandre ULg et al

in Applied Catalysis B : Environmental (2014), 148-149

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See detailLa gouvernance environnementale au Sud : regard sur un projet de conservation des tortues au Sri Lanka
Rosillon, Caroline ULg

in ethnographiques.org (2014), 27

Les régions rurales du Sud du Sri Lanka sont soumises aujourd'hui à des tensions croissantes entre un développement économique précipité et la conservation des ressources naturelles qui participent à la ... [more ▼]

Les régions rurales du Sud du Sri Lanka sont soumises aujourd'hui à des tensions croissantes entre un développement économique précipité et la conservation des ressources naturelles qui participent à la renommée de l'île. Dans ce contexte, l'article se penche sur la question des initiatives locales de protection de la biodiversité à travers une étude de cas portant sur un projet de conservation des tortues de mer dans le district d'Hambantota (l'ONG-T). Dans une perspective d'anthropologie politique, l'analyse met en lumière la manière dont ce type de projet s'intègre et influence les structures sociopolitiques dans la société locale. Après avoir brièvement présenté quelques données contextuelles et historiques sur le village de pêcheurs dans laquelle est implantée l'ONG, l'étude de cas révèle les nouvelles formes d'interactions, les enjeux de pouvoirs et les conflits que peut susciter localement l'implantation de ce type de projet. [less ▲]

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See detailAs Above, so Below: Narrative Salience and Side Effects of National Innovation Systems
Claisse, Frédéric ULg; Delvenne, Pierre ULg

in Critical Policy Studies (2014), accepté à publication

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See detailIntroduction aux problèmes inverses
Charles, Catherine ULg

in Notes de Statistique et d'Informatique (2014)

cette note technique est une inititation aux problèmes inverses. Son objectif est d'expliquer au lecteur ses principes généraux, de montrer son large panel d'applications ainsi que de présenter ses ... [more ▼]

cette note technique est une inititation aux problèmes inverses. Son objectif est d'expliquer au lecteur ses principes généraux, de montrer son large panel d'applications ainsi que de présenter ses méthodes de résolution les plus courantes. [less ▲]

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See detailConcepts d’efficience et de productivité de l’eau (synthèse bibliographique)
Kambou, Donkora ULg; Xanthoulis, Dimitri ULg; Ouattara, Korodjouma et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(1),

Water efficiency and productivity indicators are used in many scientific disciplines, usually to account for water losses that occur during its use, or products generated per unit of water consumed. The ... [more ▼]

Water efficiency and productivity indicators are used in many scientific disciplines, usually to account for water losses that occur during its use, or products generated per unit of water consumed. The interpretation of these indicators is very diverse in the literature. However, the majority of definitions consider water efficiency as a measure of the effectiveness of irrigation, and view water productivity as a measure of the effectiveness of the physiological processes of both biomass production and crop yield formation, linked to the actual consumption of water by the crops. Thus, the consensus seems to be for water application efficiency (Ea) to be considered as the ratio of actual evapotranspiration to the water applied and productivity as the ratio of yield to actual evapotranspiration. The point of divergence relates fundamentally to the understanding of the constituent expressions of productivity (PE, product/“water consumed”) and efficiency of water application (Ea, “water consumed”/“applied water”). Indeed, the term “water consumed” is referred to variously by several authors as “actual evapotranspiration”, “gross irrigation plus rainfall”, “evapotranspiration plus water lost at the plot but beneficial to other users”, etc. Furthermore, while providing more details on the concepts of efficiency and water productivity, this review shows that the factors affecting these indicators have not yet been sufficiently elucidated. Thus, one of the axes of investigation could be to model the application efficiency of water firstly, according to water management practices and secondly, in terms of productivity levels in relation to the crop establishment period. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther reduction in nonvertebral fracture rate is observed following 3 years of denosumab treatment: results with up to 7 years in the freedom extension
Ferrari, S; Adachi, JD; Lippuner, K et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 56

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See detailCould internet use be promising in health prevention and promotion in menopausal women ? A preliminary report
Slomian, Justine ULg; Streel, Sylvie ULg; Appleboom, G et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 309

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See detailModeling and Simulation of Heat and Mass Transfer During Convective Drying of Wastewater Sludge with Introduction of Shrinkage Phenomena
Bennamoun, Lyes ULg; Fraikin, Laurent ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Drying Technology (2014), 32(1), 13-22

Wastewater sludge is dried in a convective dryer using air temperatures varying from 80°C to 200°C, velocities changing from 1 m · s−1 to 2 m · s−1, and humidities ranging from . The convective dryer is ... [more ▼]

Wastewater sludge is dried in a convective dryer using air temperatures varying from 80°C to 200°C, velocities changing from 1 m · s−1 to 2 m · s−1, and humidities ranging from . The convective dryer is equipped with a camera and an infrared pyrometer to follow respectively the external surface and the temperature of the product. The experimental results show that drying kinetic can be divided into three phases: two short first phases, called adaptation and constant drying phases, and a long third phase, called falling drying rate phase. As the moisture content decreases, the camera confirms simultaneous shrinkage effect with the volume reduction of the product of about 30–45% of the initial volume. Moreover, an increase of the product temperature towards air temperature was measured with the infrared pyrometer. In a second step of this study, the experimental results are modeled and simulated using heat and mass balances applied to the product and the heated air. The drying curve is rightly expressed with fourth-degree polynomial model with a correlation coefficient that approximates the unity and with low calculated errors. An outstanding determination of the heat transfer coefficient has permitted calculating the product temperature with good agreement with experimental results. The heat transfer coefficient expressed by means of Nusselt number is presented as a function of Reynolds and Prandlt numbers, changeable with air and product characteristics taking into account shrinkage effect. Moreover, as the applied air temperatures are sufficiently high, transfer by radiation is not neglected and is introduced in the mathematical model. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic evaluation of an osteoporosis screening campaign: using FRAX as a prescreening tool
Hiligsmann, Mickaël ULg; Ben Sedrine, Wafa ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 38-39

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See detailImpact of components of the metabolic syndrome on progression of knee osteoarthritis in the Sekoia study
Parsons, C; Edwards, MH; Eymard, F et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 230

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See detailÉtude des Culicoides Latreille (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) vecteurs d'agents pathogènes: état des lieux des espèces belges, de leurs micro-habitats larvaires et de leurs préférences trophiques
Zimmer, Jean-Yves ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Biting midges of the genus Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are the biological vectors of many recently described pathogens in Northern Europe, including the Bluetongue and Schmallenberg viruses ... [more ▼]

Biting midges of the genus Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are the biological vectors of many recently described pathogens in Northern Europe, including the Bluetongue and Schmallenberg viruses. These arboviral diseases have led to considerable economic loss in sheep and cattle livestock. However, many uncertainties remain regarding the distribution, biology, and ecology of these vectors. This research project had three main objectives. The first objective was to conduct an inventory of the different Culicoides species on different Belgian farms and on wetlands, using light traps. Many more Culicoides were caught in the vicinity of buildings than in meadows; this finding seemed to be influenced by the density of hosts near the trap and the opening of buildings. The Obsoletus complex was predominant inside buildings and in the meadows of farms; however, the meadows exhibited greater species diversity. The oligotrophic species C. impunctatus, a potential vector of several pathogens, was particularly abundant in peat bogs. The traps that were used herein enabled the identification of three species that have not previously been reported in Belgium, bringing the total number of Belgian species to 52. The second objective was to identify and characterize larval microhabitats of the main Belgian species of Culicoides, and to study the distribution of coprophilous species (C. chiopterus and C. dewulfi) in meadows. Ten Belgian cattle farms were monitored for two consecutive years, and sixteen substrates conducive to the larval development of these biting midges were identified. The most significant finding was that different types of silage residues (e.g., corn, grass, beet pulp, and their combinations) were favourable to the larvae of the two species that compose the Obsoletus complex. A larval microhabitat that is appropriate to these two species was also identified, for the first time, directly inside a barn: specifically, within the dried dung stuck to the barn walls and resulting from the partial removal of used litter. Therefore, Culicoides could complete their life cycle in the vicinity of the stables, which might explain the persistence of the virus from one year to the next despite harsh winters. Influences of the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio, lignin, insoluble fibre, magnesium, and calcium on the presence of larvae were also examined. The third objective was to study the feeding preferences of the species C. obsoletus. This species is prevalent on Belgian farms and has considerable medical and veterinary relevance. Behavioural analyses were performed under field and laboratory conditions, respectively through a flight tunnel containing potential hosts (human, calf, sheep and chicken) and a two-choice olfactometer containing volatile extracts of host skin. The field experiment revealed the preference of C. obsoletus females for large hosts, probably caused by greater emission of carbon dioxide. In contrast, these midges were more attracted to volatile organic compounds released from the skin surface of chicken and sheep during the laboratory experiment. This study contributed to improve the fundamental knowledge of Palaearctic species of the genus Culicoides, and highlighted promising avenues to control these biting midges. Knowledge of the breeding sites of Culicoides could thus allow substrates to be monitored and control or hygiene measures to be implemented, while preventing new sites from being created. A better understanding of the vector-host interactions may aid in developing new strategies to control adult midges, while improving understanding of the pathogen transmission cycle and the epidemiology of associated diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailDas Land der vielen Grenzen. Räume, Landschaft, Menschen
Brüll, Christoph ULg; Dries, Joseph; Quadflieg, Peter M.

in Lejeune, Carlo; Brüll, Christoph (Eds.) Grenzerfahrungen. Eine Geschichte der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Belgiens. Vol. 5: Säuberung, Wiederaufbau, Autonomiediskussionen (1945-1973) (2014)

„Landschaften, Räume sind nicht bloß vorhandene Realitäten, sondern auch und vor allem Überbleibsel der Vergangenheit. Vergangene Horizonte werden für uns neu gemalt, neu geschaffen durch die gebotenen ... [more ▼]

„Landschaften, Räume sind nicht bloß vorhandene Realitäten, sondern auch und vor allem Überbleibsel der Vergangenheit. Vergangene Horizonte werden für uns neu gemalt, neu geschaffen durch die gebotenen Spektakel: Die Erde ist, wie unsere Haut, dazu verdammt, die Spuren unserer alten Verletzungen zu bewahren.“ Diese Aussage des französischen Historikers Fernand Braudel ruft dazu auf, Landschaften und Räume zu lesen und zu interpretieren. Dies wollen wir als quasi institutionalisierten Einstieg in allen Bänden tun. Die Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft – aktuell auf der Suche nach einem griffigeren Namen – ist ein zeitgenössisches Kunstgebilde. Diese Grenzlandschaft zwischen Maas und Rhein, zwischen deutschem und französischem Kulturraum sollte in jeder Zeit geografisch anders gefasst und in ihrer Wechselwirkung zu den Nachbarregionen dargestellt werden. In diesem Einstiegskapitel gilt es deshalb, die Region zunächst einfach geografisch zu umschreiben. Christoph Brüll, Joseph Dries und Peter M. Quadflieg haben dann gefragt: Was lässt sich an der Landschaft zwischen Göhl und Our für den Zeitraum von 1945 bis 1973 ablesen? Welche alten Verletzungen können wir beobachten? Welche zukunftsweisenden Entwicklungen lassen sich an der Landschaft bereits ablesen? [less ▲]

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See detailGrenzerfahrungen. Eine Geschichte der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Belgiens. Vol. 5: Säuberung, Wiederaufbau, Autonomiediskussionen (1945-1973)
Lejeune, Carlo; Brüll, Christoph ULg

Book published by Grenz-Echo-Verlag (2014)

Mit einer einfachen Verwaltungsanweisung etablierten die belgischen Behörden 1947 den Begriff "Ostkantone". Mit der Verabschiedung der Sprachengesetze von 1962 wurde das Gebiet deutscher Sprache in ... [more ▼]

Mit einer einfachen Verwaltungsanweisung etablierten die belgischen Behörden 1947 den Begriff "Ostkantone". Mit der Verabschiedung der Sprachengesetze von 1962 wurde das Gebiet deutscher Sprache in Belgien geschaffen. In diesem Grenzen durfte der Rat der deutschen Kulturgemeinschaft seit dem 23. Oktober 1973 eine begrenzte Autonomie ausüben. Noch immer waren viele Folgen der Kriegs- und Nachkriegszeit - wie die Säuberung und der materielle und geistige Wiederaufbaz - hier präsent. Doch diese Grenzregion, Belgien und Europa veränderten sich rasant. Dieser Wandel verlief nicht linear, sondern war von Ungleichzeitigkeit und Anpassungsprozessen geprägt. Die neue politische Entwicklung wurde seit dem Ende der 1960er Jahre von heftigen Diskussionen um die Identität der Grenzbevölkerung begleitet, in denen sich Geschichtsbilder, Sprachenfragen und Zukunftsvorstellungen vermischten. [less ▲]

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