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See detailImpact of tillage on CO2 and N2O efflux in an agricultural crop
Lognoul, Margaux ULg; Theodorakopoulos, Nicolas ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

CO2 and N2O fluxes exchanged by a maize crop were measured from June to Octboer 2015 using a homemade automated system of dynamic closed chambers. We studied the impact of tillage (reduced and ... [more ▼]

CO2 and N2O fluxes exchanged by a maize crop were measured from June to Octboer 2015 using a homemade automated system of dynamic closed chambers. We studied the impact of tillage (reduced and conventional) on greenhouse gas emissions and nitrous oxide flux dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailSources pour l’étude des transferts de cultes en Grèce antique
Palamidis, Alaya ULg

Conference (2016, April 20)

A couple of Greek inscriptions show that it was possible to transfer a cult, that is to no longer honour a deity in their original sanctuary, but in a new one founded on this occasion at a different ... [more ▼]

A couple of Greek inscriptions show that it was possible to transfer a cult, that is to no longer honour a deity in their original sanctuary, but in a new one founded on this occasion at a different location. However, they provide few elements to study this phenomenon. The contribution of literary sources is also very limited. Thus, the 1st century A.D. author Strabo mentions four cases of cult transfers, which, however, prove not to correspond to historical events. We should therefore turn to archaeological sources, and especially to the negative evidence: the absence of archaeological material testifying to the frequentation of a sanctuary while the cult of the deity is still attested by other sources provides the best clue to such transfers. On the contrary, there is positive evidence for the relocation of temples, which were entirely taken down and reconstructed elsewhere — the so-called «Wandering temples» — but the reuse of building materials does not imply the transfer of the cult. Further indications that a cult was transferred include coins or even the orientation of temples. [less ▲]

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See detailVolunteering Citizens in Nuclear Risk Governance: Citizen Science after Fukushima
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Turcanu, Catrinel; Yoshizawa, Go et al

Conference (2016, April 20)

Citizen science (CS) is a form of science developed and enacted by citizens, typically with citizen volunteers collecting and/or analyzing various kinds of data. Whereas common forms of CS like bird ... [more ▼]

Citizen science (CS) is a form of science developed and enacted by citizens, typically with citizen volunteers collecting and/or analyzing various kinds of data. Whereas common forms of CS like bird counting and amateur astronomy generally elicit interest and approval on behalf of scientists, decision makers, and publics at large, CS in the nuclear field is far more contentious. This is due to the controversial nature of nuclear science and technology, as evidenced by public disputes about nuclear energy, nuclear waste management, and nuclear accidents, among others. Starting from these observations, this paper probes the risky, disputed character of CS in nuclear emergency and post-accident situations. It specifically looks at CS in Japan after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, where citizens in affected areas monitor radioactivity in the environment and communicate about health and environmental risks with one another (e.g. Citizens’ Radioactivity Monitoring Project). In these processes, citizen scientists voice ardent criticism of government, industry, and academia, as these institutes are seen to deliberately spread biased information to sustain an illusion of control (http://blog.safecast.org). By taking science and technology into their own hands, they challenge conventional notions of citizen engagement, science, and avocation/volunteerism. The paper draws on the notions of contentious politics and issue politics (e.g. Marres 2005) to highlight the issue-driven, adversarial and untamed character of post-Fukushima CS in the nuclear field. It is argued that these notions better capture what CS after Fukushima amounts to, as conventional representations (e.g. volunteer sensing, “citizens as sensors,” public participation in scientific research) downplay scientific uncertainties and power asymmetries between citizens and authorities, and do not account for how “Fukushima” is reconfiguring scientific citizenship in novel ways. [less ▲]

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See detailThe last millenia sedimentary record of Lago Esponja from Northern Chilean Patagonia
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Alvarez, Denisse; Araneda, Alberto et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

We evaluate the climate and environmental variability of Northern Chilean Patagonia during the Last Millennia, using a multi-proxy analysis of a sediment core from Lago Esponja (45°09’S, 72°08’W). The ... [more ▼]

We evaluate the climate and environmental variability of Northern Chilean Patagonia during the Last Millennia, using a multi-proxy analysis of a sediment core from Lago Esponja (45°09’S, 72°08’W). The lake is located in the region of Aysen del General Carlos Ibanez del Campo, in NW Patagonia. The study focuses on a multiproxy analysis of sedimentary records. The longest core (150 cm long) was collected in 2014 at 40 m depth. The sediment, which is composed of light brown organic-rich clayey silt, was analyzed for sedimentology (grain size, magnetic susceptibility organic matter and biogenic silica content), mineralogy (X-ray diffraction) and geochemistry (elemental and isotopic analyses of C and N, XRF core-scaner at 1 mm resolution). The radiocarbon ages, measured on 3 macro-remains, demonstrate that the core covers the last 6.700 years. The sedimentation rate ranges between 0.1 mm/yr in the lower section (100-150 cm) and 0.4 mm/yr in the upper meter. Visual descriptions and Scopix radiographies show that the sediment record is finely laminated except a massive decimetric coarser and darker layer corresponding to a tephra (estimated age 700AD±50). Magnetic susceptibility (confirmed by scopix radiographies) highlights the presence of 8 additional millimetric tephra layers. The biogenic silica content of the sediment is low (mean 5%). Diatom assemblage is dominated by benthic and acidophilous species, with high saprobic values. None marked changes were observed regarding the dynamic of the lake. The high organic matter content (mean 15%) and its high C/N ratio (12.7) throughout the core indicate inputs of allochtonous and terrestrial organic matter. Such parameters present high sediment variability also marked by changes in the chemical composition. The laminations reflect changes in the allochtonous sedimentary inputs, with high terrestrial inputs during wetter conditions in relation with the Westerlies. The sedimentary records of Lago Esponja will be compared with Eastern lacustrine record from the same latitude in order to confirm the climate-driven record. [less ▲]

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See detailCyclic and oligo-carbonates by organocatalytic coupling of CO2 with epoxides or oxetanes
Alves, Margot ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Boyaval, Amélie ULg et al

Conference (2016, April 20)

Valorising CO2 as a renewable C1 feedstock for producing added value building blocks is the scope of many academic and industrial researches. Carbon dioxide is a thermodynamically and kinetically stable ... [more ▼]

Valorising CO2 as a renewable C1 feedstock for producing added value building blocks is the scope of many academic and industrial researches. Carbon dioxide is a thermodynamically and kinetically stable molecule that can be converted into five and six membered cyclic carbonates by coupling with epoxides or oxetanes, respectively, using appropriate catalysts. Although transition metal catalysts are efficient under atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature, most of them are poorly selective, sensitive to hydrolysis and/or oxidation and/or toxic whereas less/non-toxic and eco-friendly organocatalysts such as ionic liquids and halide salts are generally only efficient at very high temperature and pressure favouring their thermal degradation. To overcome these limitations, we developed a new highly efficient bicomponent homogeneous organocatalyst composed of an ammonium salt as the catalyst and fluorinated single or double hydrogen bond donor activators. Through online FTIR kinetic studies, we demonstrated that this new organocatalyst showed unexpected catalytic activity for the fast and selective addition of CO2 onto epoxides under solvent-free and mild experimental conditions. The use of this dual catalyst was then extended to the coupling of CO2 with less reactive oxetanes to produce hydroxyl telechelic oligocarbonates. In the first part of this talk, based on kinetics of reactions followed by online FTIR under pressure, we will describe the reaction conditions required for the organocatalytic coupling of CO2 with epoxides and oxetanes. In the second part, the mechanism of the reaction will be approached and discussed based on DFT calculations. Finally, we will compare and discuss the efficiency of various organocatalytic systems for this type of reaction. [less ▲]

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See detailMines as lower reservoir of an UPSH (Underground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity): groundwater impacts and feasibility
Bodeux, Sarah ULg; Pujades, Estanislao ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

The energy framework is currently characterized by an expanding use of renewable sources. However, their inter- mittence could not afford a stable production according to the energy demand. Pumped Storage ... [more ▼]

The energy framework is currently characterized by an expanding use of renewable sources. However, their inter- mittence could not afford a stable production according to the energy demand. Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity (PSH) is an efficient possibility to store and release electricity according to the demand needs. Because of the topographic and environmental constraints of classical PSH, new potential suitable sites are rare in countries whose topography is weak or with a high population density. Nevertheless, an innovative alternative is to construct Underground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity (UPSH) plants by using old underground mine works as lower reservoir. In that configuration, large amount of pumped or injected water in the underground cavities would impact the groundwater system. A representative UPSH facility is used to numerically determine the interactions with surrounding aquifers Different scenarios with varying parameters (hydrogeological and lower reservoir char- acteristics, boundaries conditions and pumping/injection time-sequence) are computed. Analysis of the computed piezometric heads around the reservoir allows assessing the magnitude of aquifer response and the required time to achieve a mean pseudo-steady state under cyclic solicitations. The efficiency of the plant is also evaluated taking the leakage into the cavity into account. Combining these two outcomes, some criterions are identified to assess the feasibility of this type of projects within potential old mine sites from a hydrogeological point of view. [less ▲]

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See detailHeat tracer test in an alluvial aquifer: field experiment and inverse modelling
Klepikova, Maria; Wildemeersch, Samuel; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow ... [more ▼]

Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow alluvial aquifer. A thermal tracer test was conducted in the alluvial aquifer of the Meuse River, Belgium. The tracing experiment consisted in simultaneously injecting heated water and a dye tracer in a piezometer and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and tracer concentration in the recovery well and in monitoring wells. To get insights in the 3D characteristics of the heat transport mechanisms, temperature data from a large number of observation wells distributed throughout the field site (space-filling arrangement) were used. Temperature breakthrough curves in observation wells are contrasted with what would be expected in an ideal layered aquifer. They reveal strongly unequal lateral and vertical components of the transport mechanisms. The observed complex behavior of the heat plume was explained by the groundwater flow gradient on the site and heterogeneity of hydraulic conductivity field. Moreover, due to high injection temperatures during the field experiment a temperature-induced fluid density effect on heat transport occurred. By using a flow and heat transport numerical model with variable density coupled with the pilot point inverse approach, main preferential flow paths were delineated. [less ▲]

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See detailFéminiser la voix
Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Remacle, Angélique ULg

Scientific conference (2016, April 19)

Notre exposé sur la féminisation se centre principalement sur l’acquisition de patterns féminins dans le cadre d’une prise en charge chez les personnes souffrant de dysphorie de genre. Nous discutons de ... [more ▼]

Notre exposé sur la féminisation se centre principalement sur l’acquisition de patterns féminins dans le cadre d’une prise en charge chez les personnes souffrant de dysphorie de genre. Nous discutons de la voix en tant qu’identité de genre et de l’importance pour certaines personnes d’être perçue comme femme. Féminiser la voix est un défi tant les contraintes anatomo- physiologiques peuvent mener la vie dure à nos techniques de prises en charge. La recherche s’attèle à enrichir nos outils techniques pour une rééducation efficace et satisfaisante. A la lumière de la littérature scientifique, nous faisons le point sur les traitements chirurgicaux et orthophoniques, et proposons une prise en charge en 9 étapes. Celle-ci aborde les points suivants:
 Geste vocal sain, soutien respiratoire, hauteur tonale, résonance, courbes intonatives, contrastes intonatifs, volume, débit, articulation, langage et comportements non verbaux. [less ▲]

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See detailA Raster SOLAP for the Visualization of Crime Data Fields
Kasprzyk, Jean-Paul ULg; Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg

in Rückemann, Claus-Peter (Ed.) GEOProcessing 2016 (2016, April 19)

In order to effectively extract synthetic information from large spatial data sets, Spatial OnLine Analytical Processing (SOLAP) combines Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with Business Intelligence ... [more ▼]

In order to effectively extract synthetic information from large spatial data sets, Spatial OnLine Analytical Processing (SOLAP) combines Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with Business Intelligence (BI) to query data warehouses through interactive vector maps. On the other hand, crime strategical analysis is usually based on raster maps computed by Kernel Density Estimation (KDE), then independent of any artificial boundary. This paper introduces an alternative vision of SOLAP which uses the raster model (instead of the vector one) in order to integrate crime data fields computed by KDE. It allows a continuous visualization of spatial data which, until now, has not been compatible with other SOLAP tools. The original geo-model is validated by a prototype adapted to the police needs. [less ▲]

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See detailDecrease in hydroclimatic conditions generating floods in the southeast of Belgium over the last 50 years
Wyard, Coraline ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg

Conference (2016, April 19)

As a consequence of climate change, several studies concluded that winter flood occurrence could increase in the future in many rivers of northern and western Europe in response to an increase in extreme ... [more ▼]

As a consequence of climate change, several studies concluded that winter flood occurrence could increase in the future in many rivers of northern and western Europe in response to an increase in extreme precipitation events. This study aims to determine if trends in extreme hydroclimatic events generating floods can already be detected over the last century. In particular, we focus on the Ourthe River (southeast of Belgium) which is one of the main tributaries of the Meuse River with a catchment area of 3500 km² . In this river, most of the floods occur during winter and about 50% of them are due to rainfall events associated with the melting of the snow which covers the Ardennes during winter. In this study, hydroclimatic conditions favourable to floods were reconstructed over the period 1959-2010 using the regional climate model MAR (“Modèle Atmosphérique Régional”) forced by the following reanalyses: the ERA-20C, the ERA-Interim and the NCEP/NCAR-v1. The use of the MAR model allows to compute precipitation, snow depth and run-off resulting from precipitation events and snow melting in any part of the Ourthe river catchment area. Therefore, extreme hydroclimatic events, namely extreme run-off events, which could potentially generate floods, can be reconstructed using the MAR model. As validation, the MAR results were compared to weather station-based data. A trend analysis was then performed in order to study the evolution of conditions favourable to flooding in the Ourthe River catchment. The results show that the MAR model allows the detection of about 90% of the hydroclimatic conditions which effectively generated observed floods in the Ourthe River over the period 1974-2010. Whatever the reanalysis used to force the MAR model, the conditions favourable to floods due to snowpack melting combined with rainfall events present a significant negative trend over the last 50 years as a result of a decrease in snow accumulation. However, regarding the conditions favourable to floods due to rainfall events alone, the signal of the trend depends on the reanalysis used to force the model. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing NDACC column measurements of carbonyl sulfide to estimate its sources and sinks
Wang; Marshall, J; Palm, M et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2016, April 19), 18

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See detailAppropriability and the European Commission’s Android Investigation
Auer, Dirk ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

This paper seeks to ascertain whether Google’s Android licensing terms, which are currently under scrutiny from the European Commission, could be excused under an innovation defense framework. The paper ... [more ▼]

This paper seeks to ascertain whether Google’s Android licensing terms, which are currently under scrutiny from the European Commission, could be excused under an innovation defense framework. The paper starts by analyzing Google’s business model with regard to its Android OS. It then identifies the Commission’s main concerns. It argues that Google is simply pursuing a sensible appropriation strategy. Finally, it puts forward a framework which hinges on the concept of “appropriability”, and tentatively applies it to Google’s behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailDrought-related vulnerability and risk assessment of groundwater in Belgium: estimation of the groundwater recharge and crop yield vulnerability with the B-CGMS
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULg; Verbeiren, Boud; Vanderhaegen, Sven et al

Poster (2016, April 19)

Due to common belief that regions under temperate climate are not affected by (meteorological and groundwater) drought, these events and their impacts remain poorly studied: in the GroWaDRISK, we propose ... [more ▼]

Due to common belief that regions under temperate climate are not affected by (meteorological and groundwater) drought, these events and their impacts remain poorly studied: in the GroWaDRISK, we propose to take stock of this question. We aim at providing a better understanding of the influencing factors (land use and land cover changes, water demand and climate) and the drought-related impacts on the environment, water supply and agriculture. The study area is located in the North-East of Belgium, corresponding approximatively to the Dijle and Demer catchments. To establish an overview of the groundwater situation, we assess the system input: the recharge. To achieve this goal, two models, B-CGMS and WetSpass are used to evaluate the recharge, respectively, over agricultural land and over the remaining areas, as a function of climate and for various land uses and land covers. B-CGMS, which is an adapted version for Belgium of the European Crop Growth Monitoring System, is used for assessing water recharge at a daily timestep and under different agricultural lands: arable land (winter wheat, maize...), orchards, horticulture and floriculture and for grassland. B-CGMS is designed to foresee crop yield and obviously it studies the impact of drought on crop yield and raises issues for the potential need of irrigation. For both yields and water requirements, the model proposes a potential mode, driven by temperature and solar radiation, and a water-limited mode for which water availability can limit crop growth. By this way, we can identify where and when water consumption and yield are not optimal, in addition to the Crop Water Stress Index. This index is calculated for a given crop, as the number of days affected by water stress during the growth sensitive period. Both recharge and crop yield are assessed for the current situation (1980 – 2012), taking into account the changing land use/land cover, in terms of areas and localization of the agricultural land and where the proportion of the different crops had considerably evolved through time (e.g., increase of grain maize and potatoes while winter cereals decrease). The preliminary results of the recharge lead to an average value in the area showing a significant negative trend, in both simulations with fixed (base = 1980) and changing land cover. In the same time, we could observe an increasing number of water stress periods, especially for maize, one of the main crops in the area. Finally, a preliminary test will be presented for the horizon 2040, for which we use meteorological time series (for high and low hydrologic impacts) given by the CCI-HYDR Perturbation Tool (Ntegeka V. and Willems P., 2009). This preliminary test aims to (1) evaluate the amplitude of the potential recharge deficit and, (2) especially, to define vulnerability zones, affected by frequent water stress, in connection with irrigation needs which could possibly increase the groundwater extraction. [less ▲]

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See detailNew paradigms in chemokine receptor signal transduction: Moving beyond the two-site model.
Kleist, Andrew B.; Getschman, Anthony E.; Ziarek, Joshua J. et al

in Biochemical pharmacology (2016)

Chemokine receptor (CKR) signaling forms the basis of essential immune cellular functions, and dysregulated CKR signaling underpins numerous disease processes of the immune system and beyond. CKRs, which ... [more ▼]

Chemokine receptor (CKR) signaling forms the basis of essential immune cellular functions, and dysregulated CKR signaling underpins numerous disease processes of the immune system and beyond. CKRs, which belong to the seven transmembrane domain receptor (7TMR) superfamily, initiate signaling upon binding of endogenous, secreted chemokine ligands. Chemokine-CKR interactions are traditionally described by a two-step/two-site mechanism, in which the CKR N-terminus recognizes the chemokine globular core (i.e. site 1 interaction), followed by activation when the unstructured chemokine N-terminus is inserted into the receptor TM bundle (i.e. site 2 interaction). Several recent studies challenge the structural independence of sites 1 and 2 by demonstrating physical and allosteric links between these supposedly separate sites. Others contest the functional independence of these sites, identifying nuanced roles for site 1 and other interactions in CKR activation. These developments emerge within a rapidly changing landscape in which CKR signaling is influenced by receptor PTMs, chemokine and CKR dimerization, and endogenous non-chemokine ligands. Simultaneous advances in the structural and functional characterization of 7TMR biased signaling have altered how we understand promiscuous chemokine-CKR interactions. In this review, we explore new paradigms in CKR signal transduction by considering studies that depict a more intricate architecture governing the consequences of chemokine-CKR interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction à l'histoire et aux théories de la restauration
Verbeeck, Muriel ULg

Scientific conference (2016, April 18)

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See detailCanopy proximity estimation and impact on long term turbulent fluxes above a heterogeneous forest
Hurdebise, Quentin ULg; Vincke, Caroline; De Ligne, Anne ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 18)

With the development of eddy covariance networks like Fluxnet, ICOS or NEON, long-term data series of carbon dioxide, water vapor and other gas exchanges between terrestrial ecosystems and atmosphere will ... [more ▼]

With the development of eddy covariance networks like Fluxnet, ICOS or NEON, long-term data series of carbon dioxide, water vapor and other gas exchanges between terrestrial ecosystems and atmosphere will become more and more numerous. However, long-term analyses of such exchanges require a good understanding of measurement conditions during the investigated period. Independently of climate drivers, measurements may indeed be influenced by measurement conditions themselves subjected to long-term variability due to vegetation growth or set-up changes. The present research refers to the Vielsalm Terrestrial Observatory (VTO) where fluxes of momentum, carbon dioxide, latent and sensible heat have been continuously measured by eddy covariance during twenty years. VTO is an ICOS site installed in a mixed forest (beech, silver fir, Douglas fir, Norway spruce) in the Belgian Ardennes. A multidisciplinary approach was developed in order to investigate the spatial and temporal evolution of several site characteristics: - displacement height (d) and relative measurement height (z-d) were determined using a spectral approach that compared observed and theoretical cospectra; - turbulence statistics were analyzed in the context of Monin-Obukhov similarity theory; - tree height during the measurement period was obtained by combining tree height inventories, a LIDAR survey and tree growth models; - measurement footprint was determined by using a footprint model. A good agreement was found between the three first approaches. Results show notably that z-d was subjected to both temporal and spatial evolution. Temporal evolution resulted from continuous tree growth as well as from a tower raise, achieved in 2009. Spatial evolution, due to canopy heterogeneity, was also observed. The impacts of these changes on measurements are investigated. In particular, it was shown that they affect measurement footprint, flux spectral corrections and flux quality. All these effects must be taken into consideration in order to disentangle long-term flux evolutions due to climate or phenology from changes resulting from measurement set-up changes. [less ▲]

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See detailAre BVOC exchanges in agricultural ecosystems overestimated? Insights from fluxes measured in a maize field over a whole growing season
Bachy, Aurélie ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg; Schoon, Niels et al

Conference (2016, April 18)

This oral communication aims to present the main outputs of the BVOC (Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds) flux measurement campaign performed on a maize field in Belgium. It begins by highligthing the ... [more ▼]

This oral communication aims to present the main outputs of the BVOC (Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds) flux measurement campaign performed on a maize field in Belgium. It begins by highligthing the interest of investigating BVOC exchanges on maize; then measurement techniques are briefly presented. The second half of the communication aims to present and discuss the main outputs of this measurement campaign (similar BVOC composition, lower exchange rate than other maize and cropland/grassland studies, significant importance of soil in ecosystem exchanges, strong differences between exchanges rates observed in this study and those used by up-scaling models). [less ▲]

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