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See detailTechnologie de production de masse d’insectes - INSECTECH
Richard, Gaetan ULg; Hance, Thierry; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Report (2013)

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See detailChimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)Population Density and Abundance in Kibira National Park,Burundi
Hakizimana, Dismas ULg; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg

in Pan Africa News (2013), 20(2), 16-19

Successful conservation and management strategy of wild animals usually starts by assessing their population size. This is of particular relevance in areas submitted to long periods of human conflicts ... [more ▼]

Successful conservation and management strategy of wild animals usually starts by assessing their population size. This is of particular relevance in areas submitted to long periods of human conflicts which is the case of Burundi. A census of chimpanzee populations was made throughout Kibira National Park between September 2011 and February 2013 to provide reliable information on density estimates of chimpanzees inhabiting the forest. The method was based on marked nest counts from line transects which allowed the calculation of population densities of all weaned individuals. We recorded a total of 471 chimpanzee nests in four sectors of the park (Mabayi 290 nests, Rwegura 68 Teza 65 and Musigati 48). We derived an estimate of the total population of 203 (122-339) weaned chimpanzees in the whole park. We discuss that result in perspective of necessiry of future research on chimpanzees in Burundi. First, implementation of a monitoring program of chimpanzee is necessary to constitute a database, as well as collecting data of tree phenology on which chimpanzee depend. Second, an effective transboundary strategic plan to conserve Kibira-Nyungwe as one landscape is necessary to maintain viable population of chimpanzees. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological and Molecular Characterization of Lymnaeid Snails and Their Potential Role in Transmission of Fasciola spp. in Vietnam
Bui Thi, Dung ULg; Pham Ngoc, Doanh; Dang Tat, The et al

in Korean Journal of Parasitology (2013), 51(6), 657-662

Freshwater snails of the family Lymnaeidae play an important role in the transmission of fascioliasis worldwide. In Vietnam, 2 common lymnaeid species, Lymnaea swinhoei and Lymnaea viridis, can be ... [more ▼]

Freshwater snails of the family Lymnaeidae play an important role in the transmission of fascioliasis worldwide. In Vietnam, 2 common lymnaeid species, Lymnaea swinhoei and Lymnaea viridis, can be recognized on the basis of morphology, and a third species, Lymnaea sp., is known to exist. Recent studies have raised controversy about their role in transmission of Fasciola spp. because of confusion in identification of the snail hosts. The aim of this study is, therefore, to clarify the identities of lymnaeid snails in Vietnam by a combination of morphological and molecular approaches. The molecular analyses using the second internal transcribed spacer (ITS2) of the nuclear ribosomal DNA clearly showed that lymnaeids in Vietnam include 3 species, Austropeplea viridis (morphologically identified as L. viridis), Radix auricularia (morphologically identified as L. swinhoei) and Radix rubiginosa (morphologically identified as Lymnaea sp.). R. rubiginosa is a new record for Vietnam. Among them, only A. viridis was found to be infected with Fasciola spp. These results provide a new insight into lymnaeid snails in Vietnam. Identification of lymnaeid snails in Vietnam and their role in the liver fluke transmission should be further investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailPeptidomic comparison and characterization of the major components of the venom of the giant ant Dinoponera quadriceps collected in four different areas of Brazil.
Cologna, Camila Takeno; Cardoso, Jaqueline Dos Santos; Jourdan, Emmanuel et al

in Journal of Proteomics (2013), 94

Despite the noxious effects inflicted by Dinoponera ant's envenomation, the information about the biological properties and composition of their venom is still very limited. Ants from the genus Dinoponera ... [more ▼]

Despite the noxious effects inflicted by Dinoponera ant's envenomation, the information about the biological properties and composition of their venom is still very limited. Ants from the genus Dinoponera are believed to be the world's largest living ants with a body length of 3cm. Their occurrence is restricted to tropical areas of South America. In this work, we study the venom of the giant Dinoponera quadriceps ant collected in 4 different regions of Brazil. By using a combination of complementary mass spectrometric approaches, we aim at: (i) characterizing the venom composition of these ants; (ii) establishing a comparative analysis of the venom from four geographically different regions in Brazil. This approach demonstrates that ant venom is a copious source of new compounds. Several peptides were identified and selected for "de novo sequencing". Since most of the new peptides showed similarities with antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), antimicrobial assays were performed with the purpose of evaluating their activity. In regard to the comparative study of the four regions, we observed not only major differences in the venom compositions, but also that the venoms collected in closest areas are more similar than the ones collected in distant regions. These observations seem to highlight an adaption of the ant venoms to the local environment. Concerning the biological assays, the peptides called Dq-3162 and Da-3177 showed a wide-ranging antimicrobial activity. The characterization of new AMPs with a broad spectrum of activity and different scaffolds may aid scientists to design new therapeutic agents and understand the mechanisms of those peptides to interact with microbial membranes. The results obtained betoken the biotechnological potential of ant's venom. BIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE: For the first time this manuscript describes an extensive proteomics characterization of the D. quadriceps venom. In addition this study reports the variation in venom composition of primitive ants from 4 geographically different areas of Brazil. The results reveal the presence of ~335 compounds for each venom/area and inter-colony variations were observed. 16 new peptides were characterized and 2 of them were synthesized and biologically assayed. These findings highlight the considerable and still unexplored diversity of ant's venom which could be used as valuable research tools in different areas of knowledge. [less ▲]

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See detailHistology of the vaginal wall in women with pelvic organ prolapse: a literature review.
DE LANDSHEERE, Laurent ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Richelle, Betty ULg et al

in International Urogynecology Journal (2013), 24(12), 2011-20

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The pathophysiology of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is incompletely understood. The purpose of this study is to describe the current knowledge about histology of the vaginal ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The pathophysiology of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is incompletely understood. The purpose of this study is to describe the current knowledge about histology of the vaginal wall and its possible involvement in the pathogenesis of pelvic organ prolapse. METHODS: Eligible studies were selected through a MEDLINE search covering January 1986 to December 2012. The research was limited to English-language publications. RESULTS: Investigations of changes in the vaginal tissue that occur in women with genital prolapse are currently still limited and produced contrary results. The heterogeneity of the patients and the control groups in terms of age, parity and hormonal status, of the localization of biopsies and the histological methods as well as the lack of validation of the quantification procedures do not allow clear and definitive conclusions to be drawn. CONCLUSIONS: This review shows that current knowledge of the histological changes observed in women with POP are inconclusive and relatively limited. More studies are needed in this specific field to better understand the mechanisms that lead to POP. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-resolution modelling of the Antarctic surface mass balance, application for the twentieth, twenty first and twenty second centuries
Agosta, Cécile ULg; Favier, Vincent; Krinner, Gerhard et al

in Climate Dynamics (2013), 41(11-12), 3247-3260

About 75% of the Antarctic surface mass gain occurs over areas below 2000 m asl, which cover 40% of the grounded ice-sheet. As the topography is complex in many of these regions, SMB modelling is highly ... [more ▼]

About 75% of the Antarctic surface mass gain occurs over areas below 2000 m asl, which cover 40% of the grounded ice-sheet. As the topography is complex in many of these regions, SMB modelling is highly dependent on resolution, and studying the impact of Antarctica on the future rise in sea level requires physical approaches. We have developed a low time consuming, physical downscaling model for high-resolution (15 km) long-term surface mass balance (SMB) projections. Here, we present results of this model, called SMHiL (surface mass balance high-resolution downscaling), which was forced with the LMDZ4 atmospheric general circulation model to assess SMB variation in the 21st and the 22nd centuries under two different scenarios. The higher resolution of SMHiL better reproduces the geographical patterns of SMB and increase significantly the averaged SMB over the grounded ice-sheet for the end of the 20th century. A comparison with more than 3200 quality-controlled field data shows that LMDZ4 and SMHiL compare the observed values equally well. Nevertheless, field data below 2000 m asl are too scarce to efficiency show the interest of SMHiL and measuring the SMB in these undocumented areas should be then a future scientific priority. Our results suggest that running LMDZ4 at a finer resolution (15km) may give a future increase in SMB in Antarctica about 30% higher than by using its standard resolution (60 km) due to higher increase in precipitation in the coastal areas at 15 km. However, a part (~ 15%) of these discrepancies could be an artefact from SMHiL since it neglects the foehn effect and then likely overestimates the precipitation increase. Future changes in the Antarctic SMB at low elevations will result from the conflict between higher snow accumulation and runoff. For this reason, developing downscaling models is crucial to represent processes in sufficient detail and correctly model the SMB in the coastal areas. [less ▲]

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See detailRivaling Evidence-Bases and Politics in Regulatory Science
Hendrickx, Kim ULg

in Food Science and Law (2013), 4

In line with contemporary political and sociological research on science and regulation, this article problematizes the notion of ‘scientific evidence’ as something independent from and prior to political ... [more ▼]

In line with contemporary political and sociological research on science and regulation, this article problematizes the notion of ‘scientific evidence’ as something independent from and prior to political values. The production of scientific or technical criteria supporting regulatory politics is referred to as ‘regulatory science’ in the fields of policy studies and the sociology of science and technology. Evidence-bases are an example of regulatory science and they illustrate the latter’s intimate relation with political values. I will briefly outline how evidence-bases are not a neutral basis for politics, but that they are constructed through politics and interested groups. Taking the European health claims debate as an example, I show that there exists no unitary notion of evidence, but a confrontation of two scientific frameworks, supported by different expert networks, and proposing different conceptions of what scientific 'evidence' is. In regulatory matters, scientific evidence alone cannot settle disputes once and for all because the evidence is precisely what's at stake. [less ▲]

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See detailModel Predictive Control of Voltages in Active Distribution Networks
Valverde Mora, Gustavo ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2013), 4(4), 2152-2161

This paper presents a centralized control scheme to regulate distribution network voltages in the presence of high penetration of distributed generation. The approach is inspired of Model Predictive ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a centralized control scheme to regulate distribution network voltages in the presence of high penetration of distributed generation. The approach is inspired of Model Predictive Control in order to compensate for modeling inaccuracies and measurement noise. The control actions, calculated from a multi-step optimization, are updated and corrected by real-time measurements. The proposed controller uses a linear model to predict the behavior of the system and the optimization is solved using quadratic programming. The proposed corrective control has been tested in a 11-kV distribution network including 75 nodes and hosting 22 distributed generating units. [less ▲]

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See detailDe l’expérimentation à la modélisation des propriétés hygrothermiques de parois isolées en paille
Louis, Arnaud ULg; Evrard, Arnaud; Courard, Luc ULg et al

in Annales du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics (2013)

Some results of aPROpaille project are presented. The goal of this project is to improve the knowledge about hygrothermal performances of walls in which thermal insulation is mainly provided by straw ... [more ▼]

Some results of aPROpaille project are presented. The goal of this project is to improve the knowledge about hygrothermal performances of walls in which thermal insulation is mainly provided by straw. Besides an overall characterization of straw properties and two types of earth plaster, a series of tests was performed to determine the hygrothermal properties of these materials: porosity, sorption curve, water vapour diffusion, capillary absorption, total water absorption, specific heat and thermal conductivity. The determination of these parameters required sometimes the implementation of unusual protocols or unreleased materials. Numerical simulations based on the properties defined in the test campaign are also presented. Results clearly point out the influence of the type of plaster and the orientation of fibres into straw bale. [less ▲]

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See detailThe usefulness of outcrop-analogue air-permeameter measurements for analysing aquifer heterogeneity: testing outcrop hydrogeological parameters with independent borehole data
Rogiers, Bart; Beerten, Koen; Smeekens, Tom et al

in Hydrology & Earth System Sciences (2013), 17

Outcropping sediments can be used as easily accessible analogues for studying subsurface sediments, especially to determine the small-scale spatial variability of hydrogeological parameters. The use of ... [more ▼]

Outcropping sediments can be used as easily accessible analogues for studying subsurface sediments, especially to determine the small-scale spatial variability of hydrogeological parameters. The use of cost-effective in situvmeasurement techniques potentially makes the study of outcrop sediments even more attractive. We investigate to what degree air-permeameter measurements on outcrops of unconsolidated sediments can be a proxy for aquifer saturated hydraulic conductivity (K) heterogeneity. The Neogene aquifer in northern Belgium, known as a major groundwater resource, is used as the case study. K and grain-size data obtained from different outcropping sediments are compared with K and grain-size data from aquifer sediments obtained either via laboratory analyses on undisturbed borehole cores (K and grain size) or via large-scale pumping tests (K only). This comparison shows a pronounced and systematic difference between outcrop and aquifer sediments. Part of this difference is attributed to grain-size variations and earth surface processes specific to outcrop environments, including root growth, bioturbation, and weathering. Moreover, palaeoenvironmental conditions such as freezing–drying cycles and differential compaction histories will further alter the initial hydrogeological properties of the outcrop sediments. A linear correction is developed for rescaling the outcrop data to the subsurface data. The spatial structure pertaining to outcrops complements that obtained from the borehole cores in several cases. The higher spatial resolution of the outcrop measurements identifies small-scale spatial structures that remain undetected in the lower resolution borehole data. Insights in stratigraphic and K heterogeneity obtained from outcrop sediments improve developing conceptual models of groundwater flow and transport. [less ▲]

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See detailCredibility of Evidence
Hendrickx, Kim ULg; penders, Bart

Diverse speeche and writing (2013)

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See detailUne pièce en wallon au Théâtre de Liège...
Baiwir, Esther ULg

in Culture, le Magazine Culturel de l'Université de Liège (2013)

En décembre, le nouveau Théâtre de Liège propose à son public de découvrir une œuvre en wallon, Lès vwès dèl nut' , de Jean Rathmès. Si cet auteur mérite certainement l'hommage qui lui est ainsi rendu, c ... [more ▼]

En décembre, le nouveau Théâtre de Liège propose à son public de découvrir une œuvre en wallon, Lès vwès dèl nut' , de Jean Rathmès. Si cet auteur mérite certainement l'hommage qui lui est ainsi rendu, c'est aussi l'occasion de s'interroger sur le sens de mettre en scène du théâtre dialectal aujourd'hui. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of non-sperm cells removal with single layer colloidal centrifugation on myeloperoxidase concentration in post-thaw equine semen
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Teague, Sheila; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Theriogenology (2013), 80(9), 1082-1087

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in, and released by, neutrophils during degranulation or after lysis. Post-thaw semen contains MPO and its concentration is associated with ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in, and released by, neutrophils during degranulation or after lysis. Post-thaw semen contains MPO and its concentration is associated with decreased sperm motility. Recently, MPO concentration in post-thaw semen was shown to be associated with presence of non-sperm cells. The aim of this study was to describe the effect of centrifugal fractionation of semen prior to cryopreservation on post-thaw concentrations of non-sperm cells and MPO. The experimental design consisted in freezing semen with or without previous centrifugation through two concentrations of single layer colloid media. Non-sperm cells and MPO concentrations were assessed in pellet and upper layer at each step of the procedure and MPO was detected in cells by immunocytochemistry. Single layer colloid centrifugation decreased non-sperm cells and MPO concentrations in post-thaw semen. The MPO concentration was correlated with concentration of non-sperm cells in the upper layer of the supernatant. In post-thaw semen, with or without previous single layer colloid centrifugation, MPO concentration was correlated with concentration of non-sperm cells. Overall, neutrophils were rarely observed and non-sperm cells were mainly epithelial cells or cellular debris, as demonstrated by MPO immunocytochemistry. Following single layer colloid centrifugation, MPO concentration was decreased, and correlations observed in different samples of the experiments revealed an association between concentrations of MPO and non-sperm cells. At all steps of the semen processing and cryopreservation, MPO immunostaining was clearly identified only on non-sperm cells. Our results demonstrate that non-sperm cells present in fresh semen release MPO during freezing. [less ▲]

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See detailL'ETP à domicile: avis de soignants et de responsables
Heyden, Isabelle ULg

in Education Thérapeutique du Patient [=ETP] = Therapeutic Patient Education [=TPE] (2013), 5(2), 1-24

Hospitalization durations reduction and the life expectancy increase engender a growth of needs in care. Home care sectors do not escape this situation. The request increases from years to years. At home ... [more ▼]

Hospitalization durations reduction and the life expectancy increase engender a growth of needs in care. Home care sectors do not escape this situation. The request increases from years to years. At home, the control or the management of the disease repose many on the patient and/or her family. It requires that they can be trained in the daily management of the disease. Therapeutic Patient Education (TPE) pursues this objective and is major solution to the stakes of tomorrow. But what corresponds TPE when it takes place at home. Objective –Method: A qualitative study was performed with 20 Belgian French-speaking services of home care from June 2010 to July 2011. Home TPE representations of caregivers and managers were collected by semi-structured interviews (n = 60). They spoked about: home TPE objectives (FORWHAT?), professionals (BYWHO?), home TPE patients profiles (FORWHO?) and home TPE characteristics (HOW?). Results: The aimed objectives are to improve the patient autonomy and well-being or to avoid troubles. The disease management by the patient and knowledge transmission home TPE. For them, several patients’ profiles benefit from the home TPE. The diabetic patient is the mostly quoted profile. Eleven characteristics are given to describe home TPE. Discussion and conclusion: At home, patient education corresponds at an educational posture rather than a process of therapeutic patient education. The characteristics of TPE seem to be connected to the specific environment of care and to others external factors. To develop the TPE at home, it’s essential to understand its specificities. [less ▲]

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See detailLes ressources génétiques ovines en Algérie
Moula, Nassim ULg; Tennah, Safia ULg; Philippe, François-Xavier ULg et al

Poster (2013, November 30)

Avec un cheptel avoisinant les 19 millions de têtes, l'élevage ovin occupe une place importante en Algérie. Outre sa contribution de plus de 50 % dans la production nationale de viandes rouges et de 10 à ... [more ▼]

Avec un cheptel avoisinant les 19 millions de têtes, l'élevage ovin occupe une place importante en Algérie. Outre sa contribution de plus de 50 % dans la production nationale de viandes rouges et de 10 à 15% dans le produit intérieur brut agricole, l’élevage ovin joue un rôle socioculturel important. Il se pratique dans toutes les zones climatiques, depuis la côte méditerranéenne jusqu'aux oasis du grand Sahara. Cette diversité pédoclimatique du plus grand pays africain offre à l’Algérie une extraordinaire diversité de races ovines, avec huit races caractérisées par une rusticité remarquable, adaptées à leurs milieux respectifs. Avec 63% du cheptel ovin total, la race Ouled Djellal, aussi appelée la race Blanche, est la plus importante race ovine algérienne. Elle est exploitée principalement pour la production de viande. La race Berbère représentant un quart du cheptel ovin national, est considérée comme la plus ancienne race algérienne. Elle est menacée par les croisements non-contrôlés avec d’autres races pour l’amélioration de son potentiel productif. La troisième race ovine très importante est la Rmbi avec 11,1% du cheptel national, considérée comme la plus lourde race ovine en Algérie avec des poids avoisinants les 90 kg chez le bélier et 60kg chez la brebis. Les races Hamra, Barbarine, D'man, Sidahou et Tazegzawt représentent ensemble moins de 1% du cheptel ovin algérien. Le déclin de ces populations illustre l’érosion dramatique que subit cette richesse exceptionnelle, appelant à la mise en place d’un plan national de gestion et de conservation des ressources génétiques. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformances de production de la population de poules locales de la Wilaya de Bejaia
Ait Kaki, Asma ULg; Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2013, November 30)

Cette étude a pour objectif d’évaluer le potentiel productif de la population de poules locales de la Wilaya de Bejaia, en caractérisant d’une part les performances de croissance, et d’autre part les ... [more ▼]

Cette étude a pour objectif d’évaluer le potentiel productif de la population de poules locales de la Wilaya de Bejaia, en caractérisant d’une part les performances de croissance, et d’autre part les performances de ponte. Le suivi de la croissance des poulets a été effectué sur 204 poussins durant 17 semaines d’élevage (de mars à juin 2011). A 12 semaines d’âge, le taux de mortalité était de 9,31 % et l’indice de consommation était de 4,03. La modélisation de la courbe de croissance au moyen des équations de Gompertz a permis d’obtenir les relations suivantes : pour les mâles : Y(g)=2409e^((-3,68)〖 e〗^((-0,0260 t) ) ) pour les femelles : Y(g)=1835e^((-3,71)〖 e〗^((-0,0294 t) ) ) avec y, le poids corporel en grammes et t, l’âge des animaux en jours. Les performances de ponte ont été étudiées chez 38 poules durant 52 semaines (d’août 2011 à août 2012). En moyenne, la ponte débute à l’âge de 166 jours à un poids corporel de 1334g. La poule pond en moyenne 173 œufs par an d’un poids moyen variant avec l’âge de la poule, de 44 à 53g. Au vu de ces résultats, il apparaît que les poules locales de Bejaia constituent un réservoir génétique prometteur tant pour leurs performances de croissance que de ponte. Les données obtenues dans cette étude permettent d'envisager un usage des poules locales dans le cadre d'une production de qualité différenciée, en élevage pur ou en croisement. La selection de ce réservoir génétique permettra de produire une véritable race sur base de la population locale, ayant fixés les caractères désirés et reconnus par les éleveurs comme étant propres à la poule locale. [less ▲]

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See detailDiversité des races de poules locales dans trois régions du monde: Bejaia (Algérie), le Nord du Vietnam et le Bas-Congo (République Démocratique de Congo)
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Philippe, François-Xavier ULg et al

Conference (2013, November 30)

La gestion des ressources génétiques animales est capitale pour le développement de filières de production durables. En production avicole, une érosion graduelle et régulière des ressources génétiques est ... [more ▼]

La gestion des ressources génétiques animales est capitale pour le développement de filières de production durables. En production avicole, une érosion graduelle et régulière des ressources génétiques est observée à l'échelle mondiale. Parmi les causes de cette érosion, on retrouve principalement un abandon progressif, volontaire ou contraint, de ces races par les éleveurs. D'autres facteurs aggravant sont les épidémies, les catastrophes naturelles, les conflits et la dégradation de l’habitat de ces animaux. Néanmoins, les races de poules traditionnelles contribuent significativement à la production de viande et d’œufs. Les races indigènes représentent plus de 80 % de la population de volaille mondiale. Cependant, la majorité de ces races n’ont pas été décrites et sont mal connues. La gestion efficace des ressources génétiques animales en général et aviaires en particulier nécessite une identification précise des races concernées, la connaissance des effectifs (taille des populations) et leur distribution géographique, permettant la caractérisation de leur habitat. L’objectif de ce travail est par conséquent de caractériser les races de poules locales dans trois régions du monde : Bejaia (Algérie), le Nord du Vietnam et le Bas-Congo (République Démocratique de Congo) par une description phénotypique, une évaluation des performances zootechniques et une étude des différentes pratiques d’élevage. Une grande diversité phénotypique a été révélée dans chaque région d'étude. Les objectifs d'élevage sont multiples (alimentaire, financier et socioculturel) et variables d’un pays à un autre. Les femmes et les enfants jouent un rôle important dans l'aviculture familiale, quoique variable entre les régions d'étude. Ainsi, les solutions visant à la promotion des races de poules locales doivent être adaptées à la spécificité de chaque contexte. [less ▲]

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See detailL’élevage caprin dans la région montagneuse d’Ath Waghlis dans la wilaya de Bejaia: typologie et caractérisation morpho-biométrique
Moula, Nassim ULg; Ait Kaki, Asma ULg; Touazi, Leghel et al

Poster (2013, November 30)

Le cheptel caprin algérien est estimé à 3,8 millions de têtes dont 2,2 millions de femelles adultes. Comptant 400000 têtes, la race caprine kabyle représente un dixième du cheptel national. Afin de ... [more ▼]

Le cheptel caprin algérien est estimé à 3,8 millions de têtes dont 2,2 millions de femelles adultes. Comptant 400000 têtes, la race caprine kabyle représente un dixième du cheptel national. Afin de caractériser cette race et son élevage dans la région d’Ath Waghlis, une enquête a été menée auprès de 69 éleveurs (dont 22 femmes) de chèvres répartis sur les communes d’Akfadou, Chemini, Souk Oufella et Tibane. Les questionnaires portaient sur le profil socio-économique du ménage et ses activités agricoles, ainsi que les données techniques se rapportant à la production de chèvres. Il a également été procédé à la caractérisation morpho-biométrique des chèvres (18 mensurations corporelles, 3 variables qualitatives). L’analyse des structures d’élevage par classification hiérarchique ascendante (CHA) a permis de retenir quatre groupes d’élevages conservant 55,7% de la variabilité totale. Les variables considérées étaient le nombre d’animaux par espèce (chèvre, bovin, ovin, lapin, poule, dinde, ruches) et le nombre d’arbres (oliviers et figuiers) détenus. Le nombre moyen de chèvres pour chaque groupe est de 7,2±2,8, 11,1±3,5, 22,3±1,4 et 3,4±1,0. Le groupe 3, démontrant les plus grands effectifs caprins, est composé de personnes âgées en moyenne de 67 ans et ne pratiquant pas l’arboriculture. Ils possèdent également les plus importants effectifs d’ovins (48,67), de lapins (50,83), de poules (48,33) et de dindes (42). Le groupe 4, qui a les effectifs caprins les plus faibles, représente le groupe des jeunes éleveurs (moyenne ~39 ans), orientés vers l’élevage bovin (~52 têtes) et la production d’oliviers (~207 oliviers) et de figuiers (~47 figuiers). Les 18 variables morpho-biométriques étaient significativement plus élevées chez les mâles que chez les femelles (p<0,05). La chèvre kabyle est de petite taille (mâle : 68,23 cm vs femelle : 65,41 cm) et à poil long (mâle : 12 cm vs femelle 9 cm). Ses oreilles sont tombantes, le profil convexe à cassure nasale peu accentuée et sa robe va du brun foncé au noir. La riche diversité génétique des caprins locaux à Ath Waghlis souffre du manque de coordination des efforts de sélection des éleveurs, notamment du fait de l’absence de standard de la race et par l’introduction de races exotiques. Cette richesse devrait représenter un vivier utile où puiser les gènes d’intérêt pour la valorisation de la production locale, basée sur un engagement fort des éleveurs dans la production d’individus correspondant à un idéal collectivement déterminé. [less ▲]

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