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See detailPSI Mehler reaction is the main alternative photosynthetic electron pathway in Symbiodinium sp., symbiotic dinoflagellates of cnidarians
Roberty, Stéphane ULg; Bailleul, Benjamin ULg; Berne, Nicolas et al

in New Phytologist (2014), 204(1), 81-91

• Photosynthetic organisms have evolved various photoprotective and regulatory mechanisms to cope with changing and high light intensities. The nature and relative amplitude of these mechanisms is matter ... [more ▼]

• Photosynthetic organisms have evolved various photoprotective and regulatory mechanisms to cope with changing and high light intensities. The nature and relative amplitude of these mechanisms is matter of debate in dinoflagellates that live in symbiosis with cnidarians. In this work, the amplitude of photosynthetic alternative electron flows to oxygen (chlororespiration, Mehler reaction, mitochondrial respiration) and PSI cyclic electron flow were investigated in Symbiodinium clades A1, B1 and F1. • Cultured Symbiodinium strains were maintained semi-continuously under identical environmental conditions. Joint measurements of oxygen evolution, fluorescence emission, and absorption changes at specific wavelengths were used to evaluate PSI and PSII electron transfer rates (ETR). • A light-dependent and O2-dependent ETR was observed in all strains. This ETR involved PSII and PSI and was insensitive to addition of mitochondrial and carbon fixation inhibitors. • These results demonstrate that photoreduction of oxygen downstream of PSI by the so-called Mehler reaction is the main alternative electron sink at the onset and steady state of photosynthesis in all strains. This mechanism in Symbiodinium sustains significant levels of photosynthetic electron flux under high light, thus acting as a photoprotective mechanism and increasing the ATP/NADPH ratio by the electron transfer chain. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimal Assignment of Off-Peak Hours to Lower Curtailments in the Distribution Network
Merciadri, Luca ULg; Mathieu, Sébastien ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 5th European Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) (2014, October)

We consider a price signal with two settings: off-peak tariff and on-peak tariff. Some loads are connected to specific electricity meters which allow the consumption of power only in off-peak periods ... [more ▼]

We consider a price signal with two settings: off-peak tariff and on-peak tariff. Some loads are connected to specific electricity meters which allow the consumption of power only in off-peak periods. Historically, off-peak periods were located during the night and on-peak periods during the day. Changing the assignment of off-peak periods is an easy method for distribution system operators to access to the flexibility of small consumers. This solution can be implemented quickly as the infrastructure needed already exists in some countries. We propose a mixed-integer linear model to assign optimally the off-peak hours so as to minimize a societal cost. This cost gathers together the cost of electricity, the financial losses due to energy curtailments of photovoltaic installations and the loads' wellbeing. Our model considers automatic tripping of inverters and constraints of the electrical distribution networks. Simulation results show that the new disposition of off-peak hours could reduce significantly the photovoltaic energy curtailed in the summer. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic Simulation of Large-scale Power Systems Using a Parallel Schur-complement-based Decomposition Method
Aristidou, Petros ULg; Fabozzi, Davide; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2014), 25(10), 2561-2570

Power system dynamic simulations are crucial for the operation of electric power systems as they provide important information on the dynamic evolution of the system after an occurring disturbance. This ... [more ▼]

Power system dynamic simulations are crucial for the operation of electric power systems as they provide important information on the dynamic evolution of the system after an occurring disturbance. This paper proposes a robust, accurate and efficient parallel algorithm based on the Schur complement domain decomposition method. The algorithm provides numerical and computational acceleration of the procedure. Based on the shared-memory parallel programming model, a parallel implementation of the proposed algorithm is presented. The implementation is general, portable and scalable on inexpensive, shared-memory, multi-core machines. Two realistic test systems, a medium-scale and a large-scale, are used for performance evaluation of the proposed method. [less ▲]

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See detailSystematic analysis of site-specific yield distributions resulting from nitrogen management and climatic variability interactions
Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Basso, Bruno; Leemans, Vincent ULg et al

in Precision Agriculture (2014)

At the plot level, crop simulation models such as STICS have the potential to evaluate risk associated with management practices. In nitrogen (N) management, however, the decision-making process is ... [more ▼]

At the plot level, crop simulation models such as STICS have the potential to evaluate risk associated with management practices. In nitrogen (N) management, however, the decision-making process is complex because the decision has to be taken without any knowledge of future weather conditions. The objective of this paper is to present a general methodology for assessing yield variability linked to climatic uncertainty and variable N rate strategies. The STICS model was coupled with the LARS-Weather Generator. The Pearson system and coefficients were used to characterise the shape of yield distribution. Alternatives to classical statistical tests were proposed for assessing the normality of distributions and conducting comparisons (namely, the Jarque-Bera and Wilcoxon tests, respectively). Finally, the focus was put on the probability risk assessment, which remains a key point within the decision process. The simulation results showed that, based on current N application practice among Belgian farmers (60 60 60 kgN ha-1), yield distribution was very highly significantly non normal, with the highest degree of asymmetry characterised by a skewness value of -1.02. They showed that this strategy gave the greatest probability (60%) of achieving yields that were superior to the mean (10.5 t ha-1) of the distribution. [less ▲]

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Jidovtseff, Boris ULg

in Sciences et Sports - Journal des Sciences et de la Médecine de l'Homme en mouvement (2014), 29(Hors-série 1), 1

There are a number of positive challenges for Physical Education. Recent chearch shows that physical activity has a powerfull impact on the structure and functioning of the brain that opens up important ... [more ▼]

There are a number of positive challenges for Physical Education. Recent chearch shows that physical activity has a powerfull impact on the structure and functioning of the brain that opens up important avenues for research and practice. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of the presence of free lime nodules into concrete: experimentation and modelling
Courard, Luc ULg; Degée, Hervé ULg; Darimont, Anne ULg

in Cement and Concrete Research (2014), 64

When nodules of lime are embedded into concrete, the expansion accompanying the transformation of CaO into Ca(OH)2 induces stresses and strains in both the lime nodule and in the concrete matrix. The ... [more ▼]

When nodules of lime are embedded into concrete, the expansion accompanying the transformation of CaO into Ca(OH)2 induces stresses and strains in both the lime nodule and in the concrete matrix. The concrete cover thickness, the diameter and the shape of the lime nodule as well as the mechanical characteristics of concrete and lime are the key parameters influencing the development of internal pressure and hence controlling the risk of cracking or pop-out. In order to study the effect of lime into cementitious concretes, laboratory investigations and modelling have been performed and show that the minimum cover thickness necessary to avoid the development of the pop-out phenomenon is estimated of the order of half the diameter of the inclusion. This is coming from the observation that expansion happens inside the porosity of the hydrated lime Ca(OH)2: ESEM and DRX analysis confirm the effect of confinement in the development of crystals. [less ▲]

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See detailLa ludicisation des pratiques d’écriture sur Internet : une étude des fanfictions comme dispositifs jouables
Barnabé, Fanny ULg

in Sciences du jeu (2014), 2(Automne),

This paper aims for studying the ludification phenomenon through one of its realizations: the introduction of play in the writing of fan fictions on the Internet. According to the perspective of the "play ... [more ▼]

This paper aims for studying the ludification phenomenon through one of its realizations: the introduction of play in the writing of fan fictions on the Internet. According to the perspective of the "play studies" (Triclot, 2011) and of the "play design" (Genvo, 2008), the ludification is defined here as the generalization of a "playful attitude" observable through the traces (the "signs of playability") it leaves on the objects it appropriates. This work therefore seeks to identify, within a corpus of fan fiction inspired by the videogame series Kingdom Hearts, any marks of the playful use that is made of these texts. The modifications occasioned, in the practice, by the use of digital technology will also be considered (can this "ludogenic" media increase the playability?; Vial, 2012). The fan fiction will successively be considered as a community phenomenon, as a writing practice and, finally, as a set of texts. [less ▲]

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See detailPalynological record of the Silurian/Devonian boundary in the Argentinian Precordillera, western Gondwana
Garcia Muro, V.J.; Rubinstein, C.V.; Steemans, Philippe ULg

in Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Palaontologie. Abhandlungen (2014), 274(1), 25-42

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Jidovtseff, Boris ULg

in Science et sports (2014), 29(Hors-série 1), 2

Il y a un grand nombre d'aspects positifs dans l'éducation physique. Des études récentes montre que l'activité physique influence positivement le développement et le fonctionnement du cerveau, ouvrant des ... [more ▼]

Il y a un grand nombre d'aspects positifs dans l'éducation physique. Des études récentes montre que l'activité physique influence positivement le développement et le fonctionnement du cerveau, ouvrant des perspectives importantes de recherche mais aussi d'applications pratiques. [less ▲]

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See detailMise en place d'un Kid's Athletics pour les enfants de 5 à 8 ans: avis des parents, avis des entraîneurs et analyse critique
Wuillaume, Sandrine; Delcros, Vincent; Jidovtseff, Boris ULg

in Science et sports (2014, October), 27(Hors-série 1), 32-33

En Belgique, les compétitions proposées aux enfants de moins de 10 ans sont des modèles réduits des compétitions d'adultes. Face au constat de retard, la Ligue Francophone Belge d'Athlétisme a mis sur ... [more ▼]

En Belgique, les compétitions proposées aux enfants de moins de 10 ans sont des modèles réduits des compétitions d'adultes. Face au constat de retard, la Ligue Francophone Belge d'Athlétisme a mis sur pied un groupe de réflexion qui a décidé d'organiser une première compétition Kid's Athletics. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetics of beef and milk fatty acid composition
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Beitz, Donald

in Garrick, D; Ruvinsky, A (Eds.) The genetics of cattle (2014)

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See detailIsolation and cultivation of xylanolytic and cellulolytic Sarocladium kiliense and Trichoderma virens from the gut of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg et al

in Environmental Science & Pollution Research (2014)

The purpose of this work was the isolation and cultivation of cellulolytic and xylanolytic microorganisms extracted from the gut of the lower termite Reticulitermes santonensis. Microcrystalline cellulose ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this work was the isolation and cultivation of cellulolytic and xylanolytic microorganisms extracted from the gut of the lower termite Reticulitermes santonensis. Microcrystalline cellulose (with and without lignin) and beech wood xylan were used as diets instead of poplar wood in order to select cellulose and hemicellulose-degrading fungi. The strain Sarocladium kiliense (Acremonium kiliense) CTGxxyl was isolated from the termites fed on xylan, while the strain Trichoderma virens CTGxAviL was isolated from the termites fed on cellulose (with and without lignin). Both molds were cultivated in liquid media containing different substrates: agro-residues or purified polymers. S. kiliense produced maximal β-glucosidase, endo-1,4-β-D-glucanase, exo-1,4-β-D-glucanase and endo-1,4-β-D-xylanase activities of 0.103, 3.99, 0.53, and 40.8 IU/ml, respectively. T. virens produced maximal β-xylosidase, endo-1,4-β-D-glucanase, exo-1,4-β-D-glucanase, and endo-1,4-β-D-xylanase activities of 0.38, 1.48, 0.69, and 426 IU/ml. The cellulase and the xylanase of S. kiliense, less common than T. virens, were further investigated. The optimal activity of the xylanase was observed at pH 9–10 at 60 °C. The cellulase showed its maximal activity at pH 10, 70 °C. Zymography identified different xylanases produced by both molds, and some fragment sizes were highlighted: 35, 100, and 170 kDa for S. kiliense and 20, 40, 80, and 170 kDa for T. virens. In both cases, endo-1,4-β-D-xylanase activitieswere confirmed through mass spectrometry. [less ▲]

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See detailLaboratory of Human Motion Analysis - working with high level athletes
Schwartz, Cédric ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailModelling the hygrothermal behaviour of crop-based construction materials
Dubois, Samuel ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

In the context of developing sustainable buildings, crop-based construction materials appear as valuable products given their intrinsic environmental and technical qualities. Their ability to exchange ... [more ▼]

In the context of developing sustainable buildings, crop-based construction materials appear as valuable products given their intrinsic environmental and technical qualities. Their ability to exchange moisture with the surrounding environment and damping humidity peaks in rooms, referred to as moisture buffering, is often presented as a way to improve occupants comfort and otentially reduce the operational energy of the building. It is understandable why modelling their hygrothermal behaviour and evaluating the impact on indoor air volumes is essential during the design phases. This thesis explores themodelling of the hygrothermal behaviour of crop-basedmaterials with a numerical tool. The latter is developed in a widespread general computational environment that brings both modularity and interoperability. Three challenges are addressed: the improvement of mathematical description of crop-based materials in non-standard operating conditions, the improvement of materials properties determination, and the assessment of their impact at room-scale. Several experimental facilities are developed in parallel to validate the proposed approaches, focusing on two materials expected to improve indoor conditions: straw bales and lime-hemp concrete. Results show that the developedmodel allows improving the understanding and the characterization of these green materials at various scales of study. [less ▲]

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See detailNeurophysiology of hypnosis
VANHAUDENHUYSE, Audrey ULg; Laureys, Steven ULg; Faymonville, Marie-Elisabeth ULg

in Clinical Neurophysiology (2014), 44

We here review behavioral, neuroimaging and electrophysiological studies of hypnosis as a state, as well as hypnosis as a tool to modulate brain responses to painful stimulations. Studies have shown that ... [more ▼]

We here review behavioral, neuroimaging and electrophysiological studies of hypnosis as a state, as well as hypnosis as a tool to modulate brain responses to painful stimulations. Studies have shown that hypnotic processes modify internal (self awareness) as well as external (environmental awareness) brain networks. Brain mechanisms underlying the modulation of pain perception under hypnotic conditions involve cortical as well as subcortical areas including anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortices, basal ganglia and thalami. Combined with local anesthesia and conscious sedation in patients undergoing surgery, hypnosis is associated with improved peri- and postoperative comfort of patients and surgeons. Finally, hypnosis can be considered as a useful analogue for simulating conversion and dissociation symptoms in healthy subjects, permitting better characterization of these challenging disorders by producing clinically similar experiences. [less ▲]

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See detailUne phéromone sexuelle chez la coccinelle asiatique, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)
Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Fischer, Christophe ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg et al

Conference (2014, October)

A ce jour, aucune phéromone sexuelle n’a pu être mise en évidence chez les Coccinellidae. Cependant, diverses études suggèrent que de telles molécules sont impliquées dans la communication sexuelle chez ... [more ▼]

A ce jour, aucune phéromone sexuelle n’a pu être mise en évidence chez les Coccinellidae. Cependant, diverses études suggèrent que de telles molécules sont impliquées dans la communication sexuelle chez les coccinelles. Afin de vérifier cette hypothèse, nous avons collecté les composés organiques volatils émis par la coccinelle asiatique, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), en présence ou en absence de pucerons. En présence de pucerons, les femelles vierges présentent un « comportement d’appel » qui est notamment associé à l’émission d’une phéromone sexuelle volatile chez plusieurs espèces de Coléoptères. D’autre part, des tests éthologiques ont démontré que les femelles émettent des composés volatils qui attirent les mâles à distance. Enfin, les prélèvements ont été analysés par chromatographie en phase gazeuse couplée à la spectrométrie de masse. Les analyses ont mis en évidence cinq composés volatils spécifiques provenant des femelles, aucun d’entre eux n’étant émis pas les mâles. L’identification a révélé la présence de (–)-β-caryophyllène, de β-élémène, de méthyl-eugénol, d’α-humulène et d’α-bulnésène, exclusivement produits par les femelles nourries de pucerons et dont les quantités respectives augmentent progressivement au cours de la période de prélèvement. Les résultats confirment donc que les femelles H. axyridis produisent une phéromone sexuelle volatile. Ceux-ci devraient permettre de promouvoir le développement de méthodes de gestion plus efficaces afin de manipuler les mouvements de cette coccinelle invasive et de réduire les impacts négatifs qu’elle occasionne sur la biodiversité. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution des populations de coccinelles indigènes et de l’espèce exotique, Harmonia axyridis Pallas, en Wallonie et en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale
Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg et al

Conference (2014, October)

Un inventaire des Coccinellidae provenant de la collection de l’unité d’Entomologie fonctionnelle et évolutive (ULg - Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech) a été réalisé sur une période s’étendant de 2001 à 2009. Cette ... [more ▼]

Un inventaire des Coccinellidae provenant de la collection de l’unité d’Entomologie fonctionnelle et évolutive (ULg - Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech) a été réalisé sur une période s’étendant de 2001 à 2009. Cette collection est essentiellement constituée de récoltes fournies par les étudiants de première Bachelier de Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech. A travers ce recensement, nous avons étudié l’évolution des espèces récoltées au sein de cette famille, en termes d’effectif relatif et de richesse spécifique. Notre étude s’est focalisée sur les données issues de Wallonie et de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, car trop peu de collectes ont été réalisées en Flandre. Parmi les individus identifiés, 27 espèces ont été observées, dont 21 appartiennent à la sous-famille des Coccinellinae, 2 à celle des Epilachninae et 4 à celle des Chilocorinae. La plupart des espèces sont communes à la Belgique. Cependant, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas 1773), espèce originaire du sud-est de l’Asie, a été introduite sur le territoire belge en 1997. Cette coccinelle exotique a fait son apparition dans les collectes de 2002 et son effectif ne cesse d’augmenter au fil des années prospectées. En parallèle à cette augmentation, une diminution de la richesse spécifique, ainsi que de l’effectif relatif d’Adalia bipunctata (L. 1758), de Propylea quatuordecimpunctata (L. 1758) et de Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata (L. 1758), est observée. [less ▲]

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See detailUnveiling the effects of berenil, a DNA-binding drug, on Trypanosoma cruzi: implications for kDNA ultrastructure and replication.
Zuma, Aline Araujo; Cavalcanti, Danielle Pereira; Zogovich, Marcelo et al

in Parasitology research (2014)

Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease, exhibits a single mitochondrion with an enlarged portion termed kinetoplast. This unique structure harbors the mitochondrial DNA (kDNA ... [more ▼]

Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease, exhibits a single mitochondrion with an enlarged portion termed kinetoplast. This unique structure harbors the mitochondrial DNA (kDNA), composed of interlocked molecules: minicircles and maxicircles. kDNA is a hallmark of kinetoplastids and for this reason constitutes a valuable target in chemotherapeutic and cell biology studies. In the present work, we analyzed the effects of berenil, a minor-groove-binding agent that acts preferentially at the kDNA, thereby affecting cell proliferation, ultrastructure, and mitochondrial activity of T. cruzi epimastigote form. Our results showed that berenil promoted a reduction on parasite growth when high concentrations were used; however, cell viability was not affected. This compound caused significant changes in kDNA arrangement, including the appearance of membrane profiles in the network and electron-lucent areas in the kinetoplast matrix, but nuclear ultrastructure was not modified. The use of the TdT technique, which specifically labels DNA, conjugated to atomic force microscopy analysis indicates that berenil prevents the minicircle decatenation of the network, thus impairing DNA replication and culminating in the appearance of dyskinetoplastic cells. Alterations in the kinetoplast network may be associated with kDNA lesions, as suggested by the quantitative PCR (qPCR) technique. Furthermore, parasites treated with berenil presented higher levels of reactive oxygen species and a slight decrease in the mitochondrial membrane potential and oxygen consumption. Taken together, our results reveal that this DNA-binding drug mainly affects kDNA topology and replication, reinforcing the idea that the kinetoplast represents a potential target for chemotherapy against trypanosomatids. [less ▲]

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