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See detailSpace-variant optical phase retarders in liquid crystal polymers and their applications
Piron, Pierre ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

During the last decade, extensive investigations were performed to achieve optical phase retarders with a space-variant orientation of their fast axis. These retarders present unique behaviors and they ... [more ▼]

During the last decade, extensive investigations were performed to achieve optical phase retarders with a space-variant orientation of their fast axis. These retarders present unique behaviors and they can be used for several applications such as polarization analysis, beam splitting, phase mask coronagraphy, optical tweezers … The present thesis is dedicated to the development of space-variant retarders made out of liquid crystal polymers recorded by polarization holography. The liquid crystals define the fast axis orientation of the retarder. Polarization holography is based on the superimposition of differently polarized beams to achieve the electric field required to properly align the liquid crystals without mechanical action. In the present work, we start with an introduction about the space-variant retarders, their characteristics and current recording methods, which usually require mechanical action. In the second chapter, polarization holography and several simple examples are presented as well as the liquid crystal polymers, their generic recording process and the first prototypes. In chapter three, the first application that we developed is exposed. It consists in a polarization analysis method based on a retarder characterized by a variation in one dimension of its fast axis orientation. The principle of the method, numerical simulations and the first results are exposed. Chapter four cares about the second application based on a separator of polarization state. The mathematical model and its application to shearography are exposed. In chapter five, another kind of retarders is introduced. These retarders are characterized by a rotation of their fast axis along the center of the retarder. Their properties, the recording systems and the first prototypes are detailed and analyzed. In the last chapter, the application of our retarder to coronagraphy is presented and their performances are computed for different configurations based on experimental constrains. Finally, we conclude with the improvements of our applications and future uses of these retarders. [less ▲]

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See detailNew mass spectrometry based methodology to sequence a whole snake venom
Echterbille, Julien ULg; Boulanger, Madeleine; Degueldre, Michel ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 10)

Animal venoms are complex chemical cocktails, comprising wide ranges of biologically active reticulated peptides that target with high selectivity and efficacy varieties of membrane receptors. Assuming ... [more ▼]

Animal venoms are complex chemical cocktails, comprising wide ranges of biologically active reticulated peptides that target with high selectivity and efficacy varieties of membrane receptors. Assuming the fact that each of the 170,000 venomous species reported can produce more than 250 bioactive toxins, at least 40,000,000 bioactive peptides and proteins may be discovered. Among the four described species of mambas, Eastern Jameson’s mamba (Dendroaspis jamesonii kaimosae) venom is the less characterized since only 9 peptides are referenced in database. This work aims at developing a new strategy devoted to the deep analysis of animal venoms. Our approach consists in a first separation of the venom using cation exchange chromatography. Each primary fraction is then purified a second time by classical RP-HPLC. A total of 328 fractions, containing amongst 1 and 4 toxins, are finally collected. MALDI-MS analysis of each fraction is done in order (1) to obtain information about masses and (2) to obtain sequences of toxins thanks to MALDI-In Source Decay (ISD) dissociation coupled with on MALDI target plate reduction of the peptides. ISD has already been demonstrated efficient for toxin sequencing, and especially when using 1,5-DAN as reducing matrix. ISD yields to sequences that cover more than 50% of peptide sequences by series of singly charged c-type ions. Thanks to this methodology, we were able to obtain 85% of satisfactory results i.e. spectra giving quite long tags of amino acids (up to 20 residues). As a way to validate our method, a tag coming from ISD spectrum interpretation has found a match in database for an Eastern Jameson’s mamba toxin. The global sequence has then been obtained by extrapolation on the ISD spectrum. Since ISD spectra are simpler than classical MS/MS spectra, automation of spectra interpretation, difficult with other fragmentation techniques (CID, ETD…), is implementable. In the near future, sequences obtained with this approach will be used to direct tests of biological activity through sequence homologies with already known ligands for different kinds of membrane receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular dynamic simulation of the cyclic lipodepsipeptide Pseudodesmin A self-assembly
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Sinnaeve, Davy; Fehér, Krisztina et al

Conference (2014, February 10)

Pseudodesmine A is a cyclic lipodepsipeptide of nine residues which presents a moderate antibacterial activity and whose structure has been resolved by X-ray and NMR1,2. In acetonitrile, Pseudodesmine A ... [more ▼]

Pseudodesmine A is a cyclic lipodepsipeptide of nine residues which presents a moderate antibacterial activity and whose structure has been resolved by X-ray and NMR1,2. In acetonitrile, Pseudodesmine A is monomeric while in chloroform it has the same structure but assemble in a supramolecular complex. This structure could associate with membranes and be responsible of the biological activity of this peptide. Comparison of the NMR data between the two solvents has given indications on the intermolecular contacts that arise in chloroform and a model for the self association was proposed2,3. To study in more details this assembly, molecular dynamics have been carried on. In acetonitrile, the peptide show transient interactions while in chlorofom interactions between monomers was always observed. As stated in Sinnaeve et al. in 2009, these interactions arise mainly between the backbone protons of the LEU1 and the GLN2, the GLN2 sidechain and the loop located on the opposite end of the monomer structure. From 10 simulations of dimerization, hydrogen bonds were followed and specific interaction patterns were identified regarding the hydrogen bonds formed. The peptide interactions are mainly described by 13 interaction patterns; 8 with the peptides in a linear configuration, 1 perpendicular and 4 with peptides side by side. The patterns are characterized by 2 to 4 hydrogen bonds. From the linear dimer, it is possible to reconstruct filaments and, by combining a linear and a lateral dimer, it is possible to build fibrils with multi filaments, as expected in the NMR derived model. Besides, the perpendicular dimer can gives peptide rings that can also explain the potential ability of this peptide to form ion pores in membranes. 1. Sinnaeve, D., Michaux, C., Van hemel, J., Vandenkerckhove, J., Peys, E., Borremans, F. a. M., Sas, B., Wouters, J. and Martins, J. C. Tetrahedron 2009, 65, 4173–4181. 2. Sinnaeve, D., Hendrickx, P. M. S., Van Hemel, J., Peys, E., Kieffer, B. and Martins, J. C. Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 2009, 15, 12653–62. 3. Sinnaeve, D., Delsuc, M.-A., Martins, J. C. and Kieffer, B. Chemical Science 2012, 3, 1284. [less ▲]

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See detailAllo- and autoinhibition in barley and great brome: a laboratory study
Bouhaouel, Imen ULg; Gfeller, Aurélie; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Conference (2014, February 08)

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See detailAccumulation primitive et dictature du prolétariat. Une lecture conjoncturelle du dernier Althusser
Mancuso, Eva ULg; Bruschi, Fabio

Scientific conference (2014, February 08)

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See detailINFLUENCE OF STEAM EXPLOSION ON THECRYSTALLINITY OF CELLULOSE FIBER
Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

The aim of the present study is to compare the effect of different steam explosion treatments on crystallinity properties of a pure bleached cellulose. Steam explosion process is composed of two distinct ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study is to compare the effect of different steam explosion treatments on crystallinity properties of a pure bleached cellulose. Steam explosion process is composed of two distinct stages: vapocracking and explosive decompression. The treatment intensities is determined by a severity factor, established by a correlation between temperature process and retention time. The results show that steam explosion treatment has an impact on the crystallinity properties of pure cellulose fiber. When the severity factor is below 5.2, an increase of the overall crystallinity of the samples is observed with the treatment intensities. For higher intensities, a significant thermal degradation of cellulose lead to an important change in substrate composition, which lead to a further decrease of cellulose crystallinity. [less ▲]

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See detailProfiles of the volatile organic compounds emitted by the masses of Abies nordmanniana somatic embryos at maintenance and maturation stages
Druart, Philippe; Michels, Franck ULg; Misson, Jean-Pierre et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

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See detailPrerequisites for a Black locust genomic selection program
Verdu, Cindy ULg; Mengal, Coralie ULg; Henrotay, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

The use of renewable resources as an alternative to fossil fuels has become a priority. Efficient use of forest as a resource for energy and green chemistry purposes require the development of suitable ... [more ▼]

The use of renewable resources as an alternative to fossil fuels has become a priority. Efficient use of forest as a resource for energy and green chemistry purposes require the development of suitable selected genotypes that are competitive and ready to meet the challenges of global change. In this context, the black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia L., is a very promising species which has many advantages in the context of current global change: high phenotypic plasticity, drought resistance, high biomass production and fixation of atmospheric nitrogen. The genetic improvement of woody species using traditional methods can take between 20 to 30 years. These times can be greatly reduced with the development of new selection methods such as genomic selection. Before starting a genomic selection program, it is necessary to 1) develop new molecular markers to achieve a very dense genetic map for genomic selection, 2) study the genetic diversity of the species present in Belgium and compare it with that of the native area, 3) study the structure and the relatedness of different populations, 4) establish a core collection gathering the most genetically diverse individuals, and 5) as black locust is an exotic species, verify its invasiveness in Belgium. These 5 steps will be detailed and the first results obtained will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyzing relationships between cattle grazing behavior and pasture attributes using the inertial measurement unit of a mobile phone.
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2014, February 07)

The recent technological developments are boosting the opportunities of accurate method to monitor resource use efficiency in agriculture and in their wake, precision livestock farming (PLF) has ... [more ▼]

The recent technological developments are boosting the opportunities of accurate method to monitor resource use efficiency in agriculture and in their wake, precision livestock farming (PLF) has experienced huge developments over the past decade. These developments focus on the optimization of individual performances of farm animals as opposed to herd management. The aim of this paper is to explore a method to detect accurately and to analyze changes in cattle's behaviors on pasture during grazing time using signals from the inertial measurement unit (IMU) of mobile devices as a possible tool to manage individual grazing behavior. Commercial iPhones or iPods, which include a 3-axis accelerometer, a gyroscope and a GPS sensor, are fitted on a halter and placed on the neck of grazing cows. The acquired IMU data are recovered using an open source application (Sensor Data, Wavefrontlabs) and analyzed in a “white-box” model of the cows’ movements. First results using time-domain analysis allowed the detection of grazing behaviors showed accuracies ranging between 84% and 96%, attesting the relevancy of the method. Refined signal processing method will improve the detection but will also inform more about the relative link between the behaviors and the pasture attributes such as sward height, composition and nutritive value. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrated farming systems in Kinshasa (DRC) Diversity of agricultural practices
Mafwila Kinkela, Patrick ULg; BINDELLE, Jérôme; WILLEMS, E, Emilie et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

In Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, integrated farming of livestock and fish farming is little documented while it is an interesting way of ecological intensification systems. After ... [more ▼]

In Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, integrated farming of livestock and fish farming is little documented while it is an interesting way of ecological intensification systems. After identifying the density of fish ponds in the territory of the city using satellite images, about 200 farms with at least one pond and located in 2 in peri-urban and rural areas were surveyed to characterize the practical integration of the agricultural system. The preliminary results in one of the valleys indicate that the practice of agriculture in synergy with the pig and fish farming is a common practice although flow of components are still insufficiently integrated and some of them are not optimized . The fish - pig farming associations with or without vegetable production are 44 % of the sample. The identification of flow on farms showed that the manure of pigs is mainly used for crops (51%) or sold (28%), while a small part is used to fertilize the ponds. This may be explained by the predominant share of income (67%) devoted to vegetable production while sludge of ponds is rarely used to fertilize area of vegetable production. Residues of vegetable crops are rarely used to feed pigs and fish because of their limited availability. Feeding pigs and fish is based primarily on agro-industrial by-products such as wheat bran (81%) and the spent brewery grains (62%) and forages (62%). The presentation will analyze the results obtained in the three sites visited and outline opportunities for improvement. [less ▲]

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See detailSreening of essential oils against rice pathogens isolated from Madagascar
Mamiharisoa Razanakoto, Léa ULg; De Clerck, Caroline ULg; Massart, Sébastien ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

Four predominant isolated pathogens have been identified during survey of rice diseases in three regions in Madagascar. These pathogens were the bacteria Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae and Pseudomonas ... [more ▼]

Four predominant isolated pathogens have been identified during survey of rice diseases in three regions in Madagascar. These pathogens were the bacteria Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae and Pseudomonas fuscovaginae and the fungi Alternaria sp. and Curvularia lunata. These pathogens are causing significant yield reduction on rice, which is the staple food in this country. After the identification of those pathogens, the objective of this work was to identify appropriate control measures against them. Plants extracts has been traditionally used to control diseases in other plant species. Nowadays, the problem of residues of phytopharmaceutical product, reinforce the need for research on the development of natural plant extracts to control plant diseases. Madagascar has many endemic plant of interest and we have evaluated the antimicrobial properties of essential oils from Malagasy plants. The main object of this study is the in-vitro screening of essential oils to control the pathogens isolated on rice in Madagascar. Thirty nine essentials oils from Madagascar had been tested. Activity of essentials oils on Pseudomonas fuscovaginae, Alternaria sp. and Curvularia lunata had been tested using broth media and on agar medium for Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae. The growth of the pathogen (bacteria and conidia) in the presence of the essential oil was evaluated and compared to a control. Nine of the 39 essentials oils showed interesting antimicrobial activity with an efficiency more than 70% against at least one bacterial pathogen. One essential oil inhibited the growth of the two pathogens tested. For fungal pathogens, three essential oils presented an efficiency of more than 70% against at least one fungal pathogen. These results confirm that some essential oils present an interesting antimicrobial activity. The in-situ confirmation on plant of this activity is currently ongoing. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficient computation of genomically-enhanced inbreeding coefficients
Faux, Pierre ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

Poster (2014, February 07)

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See detailUse of on-line flow cytometry for the characterization of microbial stress dynamics during the bioprocess
Brognaux, Alison ULg; Han, Shanshan; Sorensen, Soren et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

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See detailRhizobacterial volatile organic compounds implication in Brachypodium distachyon response to phosphorus deficiency
Baudson, Caroline ULg; Saunier de Cazenave-Mendaluk, Magdalena ULg; du Jardin, Patrick ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

In agriculture, phosphorus (P) is considered as the second most growth-limiting macronutrient after nitrogen. However, P fertilizers are produced from non-renewable resources. In this context, sustainable ... [more ▼]

In agriculture, phosphorus (P) is considered as the second most growth-limiting macronutrient after nitrogen. However, P fertilizers are produced from non-renewable resources. In this context, sustainable production strategies have to be developed to enhance P use efficiency of crops, e.g. based on naturally occurring biotic interactions that limit the negative impacts of P deficiency in soils. Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) have already revealed their ability to promote plant growth and tolerance to abiotic stresses through many mechanisms. Among them, the bacterial volatile organic compounds-mediated communication between plants and PGPR is still poorly documented. Our research project aims at studying the capacity of a model cereal plant (Brachypodium distachyon (L.) Beauv. Bd21) to face P deficiency in interaction with PGPR. The prerequisite of this project consists in characterizing Bd21 response to P deficiency by measuring plant biomass production and allocation, root system architecture, total phosphorus content, root-secreted and intracellular acid phosphatase activity under various P concentrations. Those results will allow us to define P-limiting conditions, in order to assess PGPR volatiles influence on plant response to P deficiency. This approach will use an ex-vitro co-cultivation system allowing volatiles-mediated interaction and should help us to unravel the ability of rhizobacterial volatiles to enhance plant tolerance to P deficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of sun-drying on flavonoïd composition and antioxidant activity of three dark fig varieties
Bachir Bey, M.; Richard, Gaetan ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of sun-drying on individual flavonoïd and antioxidant activities of three dark fig varieties (Azenjar, Bouankik, and Aberkane). Flavonoïd compounds were ... [more ▼]

The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of sun-drying on individual flavonoïd and antioxidant activities of three dark fig varieties (Azenjar, Bouankik, and Aberkane). Flavonoïd compounds were identified and quantified using high-performance liquid chromatography. The results showed that all samples significantly differed in their flavonoïd compositions. [less ▲]

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