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See detailNew data about anatomy, branching, and inferred growth patterns in the Early Devonian plant Armoricaphyton chateaupannense, Montjean-sur-Loire, France
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Gensel, PG

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2016), 224(Part 1), 38-53

This study provides detailed information, based on serial peels, on the anatomy of the primary and secondary xylem, lateral branch formation, and proposed growth pattern of Armoricaphyton Strullu-Derrien ... [more ▼]

This study provides detailed information, based on serial peels, on the anatomy of the primary and secondary xylem, lateral branch formation, and proposed growth pattern of Armoricaphyton Strullu-Derrien et al., an Early Devonian (Pragian) basal euphyllophyte. The centrarch primary xylem strand is circular to oval in cross section and includes P-type tracheids. The pattern of lateral branch departure is described in detail based on serial peels. The secondary xylem, illustrated in transverse, radial and tangential longitudinal sections, includes P-type tracheids with similar pitting in radial and tangential walls. The presence of one-walled spaces interpreted as rays is confirmed. This study also documents the earliest occurrence of secondary xylem at bases of next higher order of branches. A model of growth for this unusual Early Devonian plant is presented, with documented epidogenetic, menetogenetic and possible apoxogenetic phases. The difference in proportion of primary tosecondary xylem is postulated to be a result of this mode of growth. The possible implications of xylem size and organization in the lateral organ in Armoricaphyton relative to the early evolution of the megaphyllous leaf are briefly discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCreatinine-based equations for the adjustment of drug dosage in an obese population.
BOUQUEGNEAU, Antoine ULg; Vidal-Petiot, E; Moranne, O et al

in British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (2016), 81(2), 349-361

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See detailRugose corals across the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary in NW Turkey
Denayer, Julien ULg

in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica (2016), 61(1), 51-70

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See detailRoyseux: a palaeobiodiversity hotspot in the Late Viséan (Carboniferous) of Belgium
Denayer, Julien ULg; Aretz, Markus; Poty, Edouard et al

in Geologica Belgica (2016), 19(1-2), 7-20

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See detailTetraxylopteris Beck emend. Hammond and Berry (2005), the first aneurophytalean genus recorded in Australia
Meyer-Berthaud, Brigitte; Decombeix, Laure; Dunstone, Robert et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2016), 224(Part 1), 54-65

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See detailThe terrestrialization process: A palaeobotanical and palynological perspective.
Meyer-Berthaud, Brigitte; Servais, Thomas; Vecoli, Marco et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2016), 224(Part 1), 1-3

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See detailMaking Sense or/of Decisions? Collective Action in Early Release Process
Bastard, Joséphine ULg; Dubois, Christophe ULg

in Hondeghem, Annie; Rousseaux, Xavier; Schoenaers, Frédéric (Eds.) Modernisation of the Criminal Justice Chain and the Judicial System (2016)

In Belgium, since the 1st of February 2007, Sentence Implementation Courts (SIC) have been responsible for granting early release to prisoners serving a sen- tence of more than three years. Far from the ... [more ▼]

In Belgium, since the 1st of February 2007, Sentence Implementation Courts (SIC) have been responsible for granting early release to prisoners serving a sen- tence of more than three years. Far from the traditional idea of a ritualised justice (Garapon 2001), this court “does not judge” but makes decisions. These decisions are not produced through the syllogistic reasoning of some judges mechanically applying general rules to specific cases (Beccaria 2006). They rather depend on complex organising processes, enacted by various professional groups: SIC mag- istrates, prison governors, prison clerks, Prison Psychosocial Team (PST), and Prison Central Administration (Halliday et al. 2009). Those professionals are pro- ducing and making sense of diverse documents (Freeman 2006). This chapter looks at the process through which judicial decisions are made by the SIC. It aims at accounting for the cooperation between the stakeholders. The formal coordination between the professional groups will be depicted, as well as their concrete practices and interactions. In doing so, we will emphasise the importance of documents as “boundary objects” (Star and Griesemer 1989) supporting professionals’ cooperation. We will also analyse how “sensemaking” (Weick et al. 2005) underlies collective action across time and space along the sen- tence enforcement process. [less ▲]

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See detailCapitalizing in fine milk composition for breeding and management of dairy cows
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Dehareng, Fréderic et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2016), 99

The challenge of managing and breeding dairy cows is permanently adapting to changing production circumstances under socio-economic constraints. If managing and breeding address different timeframes of ... [more ▼]

The challenge of managing and breeding dairy cows is permanently adapting to changing production circumstances under socio-economic constraints. If managing and breeding address different timeframes of action, both need relevant phenotypes that allow for precise monitoring of the status of the cows, and their health, behavior, and well-being as well as their environmental impact and the quality of their products (i.e., milk and subsequently dairy products). Milk composition has been identified as an important source of information because it could reflect, at least partially, all these elements. Major conventional milk components such as fat, protein, urea, and lactose contents are routinely predicted by mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry and have been widely used for these purposes. But, milk composition is much more complex and other nonconventional milk components, potentially predicted by MIR, might be informative. Such new milk-based phenotypes should be considered given that they are cheap, rapidly obtained, usable on a large scale, robust, and reliable. In a first approach, new phenotypes can be predicted from MIR spectra using techniques based on classical prediction equations. This method was used successfully for many novel traits (e.g., fatty acids, lactoferrin, minerals, milk technological properties, citrate) that can be then useful for management and breeding purposes. An innovation was to consider the longitudinal nature of the relationship between the trait of interest and the MIR spectra (e.g., to predict methane from MIR). By avoiding intermediate steps, prediction errors can be minimized when traits of interest (e.g., methane, energy balance, ketosis) are predicted directly from MIR spectra. In a second approach, research is ongoing to detect and exploit patterns in an innovative manner, by comparing observed with expected MIR spectra directly (e.g., pregnancy). All of these traits can then be used to define best practices, adjust feeding and health management, improve animal welfare, improve milk quality, and mitigate environmental impact. Under the condition that MIR data are available on a large scale, phenotypes for these traits will allow genetic and genomic evaluations. Introduction of novel traits into the breeding objectives will need additional research to clarify socio-economic weights and genetic correlations with other traits of interest. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling heat stress under different environmental conditions
Carabano, Maria-Jesus; Logar, Betka; Bormann, Jeanne et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2016)

Renewed interest in heat stress effects on livestock productivity derives from climate change, which is expected to increase temperatures and the frequency of extreme weather events. This study aimed at ... [more ▼]

Renewed interest in heat stress effects on livestock productivity derives from climate change, which is expected to increase temperatures and the frequency of extreme weather events. This study aimed at evaluating the effect of temperature and humidity on milk production in highly selected dairy cattle populations across three European regions differing in climate and production systems to detect differences and similarities that can be used to optimize heat stress (HS) effect modeling. Milk, fat and protein test day data from official milk recording for years 1999 to 2010 in four Holstein populations located in the Walloon Region of Belgium (BEL), Luxembourg (LUX), Slovenia (SLO) and Southern Spain (SPA) were merged with temperature and humidity data provided by the state meteorological agencies. After merging, the number of test day records/cows per trait ranged from 686,726/49,655 in SLO to 1,982,047/136,746 in BEL. Values for the daily average and maximum temperature and humidity index (THIavg and THImax) ranges for THIavg/THImax were largest in SLO (22-74/28-84) in SLO and shortest in SPA (39-76/46-83). Change point techniques were used to determine comfort thresholds, which differed across traits and climatic regions. Milk yield showed an inverted U shaped pattern of response across the THI scale with a HS threshold around 73 THImax units. For fat and protein, thresholds were lower than for milk yield and were shifted around 6 THI units towards larger values in SPA compared with the other countries. Fat showed lower HS thresholds than protein traits in all countries. The traditional broken line model was compared to quadratic and cubic fits of the pattern of response in production to increasing heat loads. A cubic polynomial model allowing for individual variation in patterns of response and THIavg as heat load measure showed the best statistical features. Higher/lower producing animals showed less/more persistent production (quantity and quality) across the THI scale. The estimated correlations between comfort and THIavg values of 70 (which represents the upper end of the THIavg scale in BEL-LUX) were lower for BEL-LUX (0.70 - 0.80) than for SPA (0.83 - 0.85). Overall, animals producing in the more temperate climates and semi-extensive grazing systems of BEL and LUX showed HS at lower heat loads and more re-ranking across the THI scale than animals producing in the warmer climate and intensive indoor system of SPA. [less ▲]

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See detailModular Diversification of the Locomotor System in Damselfishes (Pomacentridae)
Aguilar-Medrano, Rosalia; Frederich, Bruno ULg; Barber, Paul H.

in Journal of Morphology (2016)

As fish move and interact with their aquatic environment by swimming, small morphological variations of the locomotor system can have profound implications on fitness. Damselfishes (Pomacentridae) have ... [more ▼]

As fish move and interact with their aquatic environment by swimming, small morphological variations of the locomotor system can have profound implications on fitness. Damselfishes (Pomacentridae) have inhabited coral reef ecosystems for more than 50 million years. As such, habitat preferences and behavior could significantly constrain the morphology and evolvability of the locomotor system. To test this hypothesis, we used phylogenetic comparative methods on morphometric, ecological and behavioral data. While body elongation represented the primary source of variation in the locomotor system of damselfishes, results also showed a diverse suite of morphological combinations between extreme morphologies. Results show clear associations between behavior, habitat preferences, and morphology, suggesting ecological constraints on shape diversification of the locomotor system. In addition, results indicate that the three modules of the locomotor system are weakly correlated, resulting in versatile and independent characters. These results suggest that Pomacentridae is shape may result from the interaction between (1) integrated parts of morphological variation that main- tain overall swimming ability and (2) relatively independent parts of the morphology that facilitate adaptation and diversification. [less ▲]

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See detailPour une conception deleuzienne de l'interdiscursivité
Franck, Thomas ULg

in Alecsic.org (2016)

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See detailConfusion des codes graphiques dans les papyrus latins
Rochette, Bruno ULg; Macedo, Gabriel ULg

in Cappasso, Mario (Ed.) Mélanges à la mémoire de Paolo Radiciotti (2016)

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See detailPétrone et le "sardisme". Remarque à propos de la langue d'Herméros dans la Cena Trimalchionis
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Antiquité Classique : Revue Interuniversitaire d'Etudes Classiques (2016), 85

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See detailViruses within animal genome
De Brogniez, Alix ULg; Willems, Luc ULg

in Revue scientifique et technique - Office international des épizooties (2016)

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See detailTertullianus Afer. Tertullien et la littérature chrétienne d'Afrique, IIe-VIe siècle
Lagouanère, Jérôme; Fialon, Sabine ULg

Book published by Brepols (2016)

Premier Père de l’Église latin d’Afrique, Tertullien (160-220) a marqué de son empreinte le christianisme de l’Occident. Cependant, si son influence sur des auteurs comme Jérôme ou Isidore de Séville a ... [more ▼]

Premier Père de l’Église latin d’Afrique, Tertullien (160-220) a marqué de son empreinte le christianisme de l’Occident. Cependant, si son influence sur des auteurs comme Jérôme ou Isidore de Séville a souvent été soulignée, peu d’études ont été consacrées au rôle théologique, spirituel et littéraire que son œuvre volumineuse a joué dans le développement de la pensée et de la langue des écrivains chrétiens d’Afrique durant l’Antiquité tardive. Pourtant, ce rôle est assez bien documenté, comme l’attestent les témoignages, certes parfois contradictoires, de grands écrivains chrétiens africains comme Cyprien, Lactance ou Augustin. Aussi nous semblait-il nécessaire de nous interroger à nouveaux frais sur l’influence de Tertullien sur la littérature chrétienne d’Afrique du Nord (IIe-VIe siècles), à travers une étude tant des formes littéraires, des contenus dogmatiques, que des contextes ecclésiologiques de sa réception. Au final, les travaux de cette journée d’étude, organisée dans le cadre du programme de recherche du G.R.A.A., « Tradition, évolution et mutation des formes littéraires en Afrique romaine », offrent quelques éclaircissements à la question fondamentale de la construction, réelle, imaginaire ou fantasmée, d’une « africanité » de la littérature chrétienne d’Afrique du Nord. [less ▲]

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See detailA pilot double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of the efficacy of trace elements in the treatment of endometriosis-related pain: study design and methodology
OBERWEIS, Didier; MANDELENAT, Patrick; Nisolle, Michelle ULg

in Nutrition and Dietary Supplements (2016), 8

Endometriosis is one of the most common benign gynecological disorders, affecting almost 10%–15% of all women of reproductive age and .30% of infertile women. The pathology is associated with various ... [more ▼]

Endometriosis is one of the most common benign gynecological disorders, affecting almost 10%–15% of all women of reproductive age and .30% of infertile women. The pathology is associated with various distressing symptoms, particularly pelvic pain, which adversely affect patients’ quality of life. It is an estrogen-dependent disease. There is evidence both in animals and in humans that metal ions can activate the estrogen receptors. They are defined as a variety of xenoestrogens, called metalloestrogens, which could act as endocrine disruptors. Therefore, it could be considered to act on this gynecological disorder using food supplements containing trace elements (ie, nutripuncture). The assumption is that they could modulate estrogen receptors and thus influence the tropism and the survival of cells involved in endometriosis. By a modulation of the antioxidant system, they might also interact with various parameters influencing tissue biochemistry. The objective of this article is to describe and discuss the design and methodology of an ongoing double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study aiming to evaluate the efficacy of metal trace elements on the reduction of pain and improvement of quality of life, in patients with a revised American Fertility Society Score Stages II–IV endometriosis, combined or not with adenomyosis, during a treatment period of 4 months. Trace elements or placebo is proposed in the absence of any other treatment or as an add-on to current therapies, such as sexual hormones, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and surgery. A placebo run-in period of one menstrual cycle or 30 days for women in amenorrhea has been scheduled to eliminate the patients who are responding too much to the placebo. After a 1:1 ratio randomization on Day 0, the treatment with trace elements or placebo will last for 4 monts (120 days). [less ▲]

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See detailMetabolic profile of mixed culture acidogenic fermentation of lignocellulosic residues and the effect of upstream substrate fractionation by steam explosion
Perimenis, Anastasios; van Aarle, Ingrid; Nicolay, Thomas et al

in Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery (2016), 6

Lignocellulosic biomass residues have attracted attention for the sustainable production of molecules for material and energetic use through biochemical conversion. Their recalcitrant structure prevents a ... [more ▼]

Lignocellulosic biomass residues have attracted attention for the sustainable production of molecules for material and energetic use through biochemical conversion. Their recalcitrant structure prevents a broader use and asks for the development of sustainable techniques that can efficiently separate, recover and valorize the constituting components. In a cascading concept, residual streams of such processes can be further exploited in an attempt to valorize the largest possible fraction of the initial material. Three lignocellulosic substrates, namely dried sugar beet pulp, wheat bran and miscanthus straw, were upstream fractionated by steam explosion to extract the hemicellulose fraction. This study evaluated the valorization of the residual solid fraction through mixed acidogenic fermentation for the production of volatile fatty acids (VFA) as platform chemicals. Batch experiments have been conducted for the reference material (non-treated) and the solid fraction remaining after steam explosion, with and without the addition of an external mixed inoculum. Steam explosion residues contained less hemicellulose than the initial materials. The difference in the fermentation profile between steam explosion residues and non-treated substrates is dependent on the substrate. Maximum total VFA (tVFA) concentration was 18.8 gCOD/kgmixed_liquor, and maximum yield of chemical oxygen demand (COD) conversion into tVFAwas 33 % for the case of non-treated inoculated beet pulp. [less ▲]

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See detailBiotic homogenization can decrease landscape-scale forest multifunctionality
van der Plas, Fons; Manning, Pete; Soliveres, Santiago et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016)

Many experiments have shown that local biodiversity loss impairs the ability of ecosystems to maintain multiple ecosystem functions at high levels (multifunctionality). In contrast, the role of ... [more ▼]

Many experiments have shown that local biodiversity loss impairs the ability of ecosystems to maintain multiple ecosystem functions at high levels (multifunctionality). In contrast, the role of biodiversity in driving ecosystem multifunctionality at landscape scales remains unresolved. We used a comprehensive pan-European dataset, including 16 ecosystem functions measured in 209 forest plots across six European countries, and performed simulations to investigate how local plot-scale richness of tree species (α-diversity) and their turnover between plots (β-diversity) are related to landscape-scale multifunctionality. After accounting for variation in environmental conditions, we found that relationships between α-diversity and landscape-scale multifunctionality varied from positive to negative depending on the multifunctionality metric used. In contrast, when significant, relationships between β-diversity and landscape-scale multifunctionality were always positive, because a high spatial turnover in species composition was closely related to a high spatial turnover in functions that were supported at high levels. Our findings have major implications for forest management and indicate that biotic homogenization can have previously unrecognized and negative consequences for large-scale ecosystem multifunctionality. [less ▲]

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See detail« “Semen est sanguis christianorum” (Apol. 50, 13). Tertullien et l'hagiographie africaine »
Fialon, Sabine ULg

in Lagouanère, Jérôme; Fialon, Sabine (Eds.) Tertullianus Afer. Tertullien et la littérature chrétienne d'Afrique, IIe-VIe siècle (2016)

Despite his long expositions and treatises dealing with martyrial heroism, Tertullian does not seem to have influenced the North African hagiographical production (iind-vith centuries), while Cyprian did ... [more ▼]

Despite his long expositions and treatises dealing with martyrial heroism, Tertullian does not seem to have influenced the North African hagiographical production (iind-vith centuries), while Cyprian did it deeply. This article aims to show that the influence of the african rhetor was yet genuine. If it is difficult to detect in the Passio sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis, we can find it in donatist hagiography and above all in hagiographic texts from Mauretania Caesariensis. By studying themes and literary echoes coming from Tertullian’s work, this contribution wants to help with a better comprehension of the legacy left by the rhetor in a literary genre which is not much examine from this point of view. It also wants to highlight the cultural vitality of Mauretania Caesariensis during late Antiquity. [less ▲]

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