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See detailTowards understanding wild boar Sus scrofa movement: a synthetic movement ecology approach
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Podgórski, Tomasz; Prévot, Céline et al

in Mammal Review (2014)

In recent decades, the wild boar Sus scrofa has simultaneously increased its population size and colonized new habitats, causing more ecological and socio-economic concern than perhaps any other ungulate ... [more ▼]

In recent decades, the wild boar Sus scrofa has simultaneously increased its population size and colonized new habitats, causing more ecological and socio-economic concern than perhaps any other ungulate species. However, the drivers and mechanisms of the species' spatial ecology remain poorly understood. Thanks to a recently developed framework, the movement ecology of any organism can now be tackled within a consistent and unified theoretical approach. Based on this framework, we reviewed the literature on wild boar movement ecology to assess current knowledge and to identify important gaps. By using important navigational (e.g. olfactory sense) and cognitive (e.g. spatial memory, learning from conspecifics) abilities, wild boar have developed complex movement strategies to cope with external factors. However, there is a lack of detailed information on the role played by the internal state (motivation) and motion capacity in shaping the spatial ability of the species. Specific aspects of the movement ecology of the wild boar, together with its high diet plasticity and its high prolificacy, are probably the most important causes of the rapid spread of wild boar worldwide. We hope our review will inspire other scientists to apply their biological models to the movement ecology paradigms. Furthermore, we suggest that future researchers dealing with the movement ecology of any species should explicitly state the components and interactions of the framework investigated to facilitate further understanding and comparison among studies. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical and genetic aspects of familial isolated pituitary adenomas
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2014, September 25)

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See detailLa Chimiste et l’Alchimiste à la racine du goût
Goffin, Dorothée ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailMepolizumab treatment in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma.
Ortega, Hector G.; Liu, Mark C.; Pavord, Ian D. et al

in The New England journal of medicine (2014), 371(13), 1198-207

BACKGROUND: Some patients with severe asthma have frequent exacerbations associated with persistent eosinophilic inflammation despite continuous treatment with high-dose inhaled glucocorticoids with or ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Some patients with severe asthma have frequent exacerbations associated with persistent eosinophilic inflammation despite continuous treatment with high-dose inhaled glucocorticoids with or without oral glucocorticoids. METHODS: In this randomized, double-blind, double-dummy study, we assigned 576 patients with recurrent asthma exacerbations and evidence of eosinophilic inflammation despite high doses of inhaled glucocorticoids to one of three study groups. Patients were assigned to receive mepolizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody against interleukin-5, which was administered as either a 75-mg intravenous dose or a 100-mg subcutaneous dose, or placebo every 4 weeks for 32 weeks. The primary outcome was the rate of exacerbations. Other outcomes included the forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and scores on the St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) and the 5-item Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ-5). Safety was also assessed. RESULTS: The rate of exacerbations was reduced by 47% (95% confidence interval [CI], 29 to 61) among patients receiving intravenous mepolizumab and by 53% (95% CI, 37 to 65) among those receiving subcutaneous mepolizumab, as compared with those receiving placebo (P<0.001 for both comparisons). Exacerbations necessitating an emergency department visit or hospitalization were reduced by 32% in the group receiving intravenous mepolizumab and by 61% in the group receiving subcutaneous mepolizumab. At week 32, the mean increase from baseline in FEV1 was 100 ml greater in patients receiving intravenous mepolizumab than in those receiving placebo (P=0.02) and 98 ml greater in patients receiving subcutaneous mepolizumab than in those receiving placebo (P=0.03). The improvement from baseline in the SGRQ score was 6.4 points and 7.0 points greater in the intravenous and subcutaneous mepolizumab groups, respectively, than in the placebo group (minimal clinically important change, 4 points), and the improvement in the ACQ-5 score was 0.42 points and 0.44 points greater in the two mepolizumab groups, respectively, than in the placebo group (minimal clinically important change, 0.5 points) (P<0.001 for all comparisons). The safety profile of mepolizumab was similar to that of placebo. CONCLUSIONS: Mepolizumab administered either intravenously or subcutaneously significantly reduced asthma exacerbations and was associated with improvements in markers of asthma control. (Funded by GlaxoSmithKline; MENSA ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT01691521.). [less ▲]

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See detailLe comunità italiane in Belgio tra assimilazione e transnazionalismo
Martiniello, Marco ULg

Scientific conference (2014, September 25)

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See detail9th Congress of the International Society of NeuroImmunoModulation (ISNIM)
Geenen, Vincent ULg

Scientific conference (2014, September 25)

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See detailDevant le forum de la perception interne. Sur les objets d’ordre supérieur III
Zincq, Aurélien ULg

Conference (2014, September 25)

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See detailL-surface and V-valley for optimal anisotropic 2D smoothing
Frasso, Gianluca ULg; Paul, Eilers

E-print/Working paper (2014)

We present the L-surface as an attractive generalization of the L-curve framework for the selection of the optimal smoothing parameters in two dimensional applications. It preserves the desirable features ... [more ▼]

We present the L-surface as an attractive generalization of the L-curve framework for the selection of the optimal smoothing parameters in two dimensional applications. It preserves the desirable features of its unidimensional analogous. The optimal amount of smoothing is indicated by the pair of parameters located in the point of maximum (Gaussian) curvature. Locate this point on a discrete parametric surface can be not straightforward. We introduce the V-valley as a simplified selection criterion based on distance minimization. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat do we know about Lepilemur in Northwest Madagascar?
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Beudels Jamar, Roseline C. et al

Conference (2014, September 24)

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See detailAn ethnoprimatological approach of the human-macaque interactions at the Ubud Monkey Forest, Bali (Indonesia)
Brotcorne, Fany ULg; Fuentes, Agustin; Wandia, I Nengah et al

Conference (2014, September 24)

Macaque tourism, i.e. a tourist activity focusing on wild macaques as main attraction, is an example of the bourgeoning and diversified human-macaque interactions in Southeast Asia. Although both people ... [more ▼]

Macaque tourism, i.e. a tourist activity focusing on wild macaques as main attraction, is an example of the bourgeoning and diversified human-macaque interactions in Southeast Asia. Although both people and macaques can benefit from their interactions at tourist sites, this activity also raises several conservation and management issues which are essential to understand in order to promote a sustainable coexistence. Using an ethnoprimatological approach, we provide here an assessment of the effect of a long-term management regime at the very popular tourist Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali, Indonesia. Over a four-month period in 2013, we characterized the visitor-macaque interactions with ethological methods and we compared our data with those collected 12 years earlier by Fuentes and colleagues. In parallel, we conducted a questionnaire survey, interviewing 99 Balinese people to assess their attitudes towards macaques and the Monkey Forest. Our results confirmed that the management efforts to reduce the aggressiveness of macaques towards visitors have been effective. Indeed, we observed a considerable reduction of the frequency and intensity of agonistic interspecies interactions. However, the interactions between macaques and visitors frequently involved close physical contact, such as during provisioning. Men on the human side, and adult or subadult males on the macaque side, were the groups the most frequently involved in these types of interaction. A reinforcement of the management practices limiting close interspecies contact interactions by targeting the most exposed groups, is therefore necessary in order to reduce the risk of pathogen cross-species transmission. Our questionnaire survey revealed globally a high level of tolerance of local people towards macaques in Ubud. These positive attitudes were determined by the economic and cultural benefits derived from the macaque presence and tourism activity, as far as they compensate for the nuisances caused by macaques. Crop raiding in cultivated fields surrounding the Monkey Forest was still a source of tension which would require further management efforts including the development of open buffer zones. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscours du Président de l'Association des professeurs
Hanzen, Christian ULg

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See detailMéthodologie de lecture de la représentation graphique d’une opération urbaine – Cas d’Europan Détermination des niveaux d’agrégations graphiques « n.a.g. » et des matrices graphiques « m.g. »
Boutemadja, Abdelkader ULg

in Acte du colloque COMMON 14 (2014, September 24)

Dans le cadre de cet article, nous allons expliquer la démarche qui nous a permis d’approcher la question de la représentation graphique du projet d’opération urbaine. Il s’agit pour nous de bien cerner ... [more ▼]

Dans le cadre de cet article, nous allons expliquer la démarche qui nous a permis d’approcher la question de la représentation graphique du projet d’opération urbaine. Il s’agit pour nous de bien cerner la problématique de la représentation graphique et son lien avec la notion de projet en tant qu’outil de communication, de transmission de savoir et d’évolution du projet. C’est au travers d’une lecture du processus évolutif basée sur la systémique que nous allons proposer une démarche originale pour mieux comprendre les productions en termes de représentation graphique du projet. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon balance of a grazed pasture and its response to grazing management
Jerome, Elisabeth ULg; Gourlez de la Motte, Louis ULg; Beckers, Yves et al

Poster (2014, September 24)

The C balance of a grazed pasture situated in Condroz (Wallonia) and its dependence on climatic conditions and grazing management were investigated on the basis of eddy covariance measurements and ... [more ▼]

The C balance of a grazed pasture situated in Condroz (Wallonia) and its dependence on climatic conditions and grazing management were investigated on the basis of eddy covariance measurements and horizontal C flow estimates. In average on three years, NEE was +43±24 gCm-2yr-1 and NBP was +7±26 gCm-2yr-1, suggesting that that the site is C neutral. Management by the farmer (organic fertilization), but also climate conditions influencing management (feed supplements), were the main factors impacting the C balance inter-annual variability. At a daily and seasonal scale, grazing impact on CO2 fluxes did not appear explicitly, being blurred by flux response to climate drivers. It was highlighted by specific investigations. The indirect grazing impact (photosynthesizing biomass consumption, excretions, soil compaction) was deduced from an analysis of the flux to PPFD response evolution during grazing period; the direct impact (livestock respiration) was investigated through confinement experiments. Result showed that saturation GPP changes were negatively correlated to grazing intensity (product of the stocking rate and grazing duration). On the contrary, no significant change in TER was observed. The direct impact of grazing due to cattle respiration was estimated to 2.59±0.58 kgCLU-1day-1, i.e. 8% of the TER. [less ▲]

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See detailTransmettre
Rentier, Bernard ULg

Speech/Talk (2014)

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See detailImportance des modèles de distribution de niche potentielle dans la gestion des espèces tropicales exploitées: cas des taxons du genre Guibourtia Benn
Tosso, Dji-ndé Félicien ULg; Daïnou, Kasso ULg; Hambuckers, Alain ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 24)

De la famille des (Fabaceae / Caesalpinioideae) et composé de 13 espèces en Afrique, le genre Guibourtia comporte des taxons à forte valeur culturelle et à forte valeur commerciale. Aujourd'hui, la ... [more ▼]

De la famille des (Fabaceae / Caesalpinioideae) et composé de 13 espèces en Afrique, le genre Guibourtia comporte des taxons à forte valeur culturelle et à forte valeur commerciale. Aujourd'hui, la pression de l'exploitation combinée aux faibles densités de ce genre, fait a priori peser d’importantes menaces sur certaines de ses populations. Un projet de recherche a donc été initié afin de mieux comprendre la structure et la diversité génétique des populations de Guibourtia, en lien avec l'exploitation forestière et les patrons de reproduction spécifiques. Un premier volet de la recherche a consisté à identifier les déterminants climatiques expliquant la distribution des espèces. Nous avons combinée des modèles statiques (Maxent et régression logistique) avec des données du modèle climatique global CNRM CM5, et sur la base de l'occurrence de ces taxons entre 1950 et 2000. Il en ressort que les espèces du genre Guibourtia sont sensibles aux facteurs précipitation (69,2 %) et amplitude thermique (74,3 %). Dans un second temps, il sera utilisé les modèles climatiques des ères géologiques passées afin d'inférer la distribution de l'espèce au cours du Quaternaire, et de faire le lien avec des analyses phylogénétiques et phylogéographiques. Il sera également possible d'évaluer la distribution future de l'espèce tenant compte des modèles d'évolution du climat. Enfin, le projet de recherche s'attèlera particulièrement aux relations phylogénétiques entre espèces morphologiquement similaires en sympatrie ou parapatrie, en caractérisant en détail les flux de gènes entre individus de ces taxons proches, ainsi que leur degré de similarité physiologique. Les résultats de l’étude in fine contribueront à proposer des stratégies de conservation et de gestion durable dans le contexte de l’exploitation forestière d’Afrique centrale et du changement climatique en cours. [less ▲]

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