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See detailDu texte à la pratique : pour une sémiotique expérimentale
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULiege

in Semiotica (2017), 218

Our essay aims at continuing the work of Jacques Fontanille, who developed a Semiotics of Practice next to a Semiotics of Text. This work, and especially Pratiques sémiotiques (2008), takes up a problem ... [more ▼]

Our essay aims at continuing the work of Jacques Fontanille, who developed a Semiotics of Practice next to a Semiotics of Text. This work, and especially Pratiques sémiotiques (2008), takes up a problem already formulated by Jean-Marie Floch in the article « Êtes-vous arpenteurs ou somnambules ? L’élaboration d’une typologie comportementale des voyageurs du métro » (1990). We will initially retrace the debate about the epistemological relationship between text and practice, outlining the forms of enunciative praxis. Secondly, we propose the concept of we will consider the visualization that we call ‘notation’: this analytical form of mediation between text and practice does not have the same status of in-vivo textualisations, but it works like an ex-post reconstruction which highlights the main gestures and exchanges while performing their grammaticalization. A more general aim of this essay is an enquiry into the legitimate objects of textual semiotics: what are the objects that it can analyze without betraying its principle of immanence, but also without being unable to analyze practice [less ▲]

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See detailSepsis prediction in critically ill patients by platelet activation markers on ICU admission: a prospective pilot study
LAYIOS, Nathalie ULiege; Delierneux, Céline ULiege; Hego, Alexandre ULiege et al

in Intensive Care Medicine Experimental (2017), 5(1), 32

Background: Platelets have been involved in both surveillance and host defense against severe infection. To date, whether platelet phenotype or other hemostasis components could be associated with ... [more ▼]

Background: Platelets have been involved in both surveillance and host defense against severe infection. To date, whether platelet phenotype or other hemostasis components could be associated with predisposition to sepsis in critical illness remains unknown. The aim of this work was to identify platelet markers that could predict sepsis occurrence in critically ill injured patients. Results: This single-center, prospective, observational, 7-month study was based on a cohort of 99 non-infected adult patients admitted to ICUs for elective cardiac surgery, trauma, acute brain injury and post-operative prolonged ventilation and followed up during ICU stay. Clinical characteristics and severity score (SOFA) were recorded on admission. Platelet activation markers, including fibrinogen binding to platelets, platelet membrane P-selectin expression, plasma soluble CD40L, and platelet-leukocytes aggregates were assayed by flow cytometry at admission and 48h later, and also at the time of sepsis diagnosis (Sepsis-3 criteria) and 7 days later for sepsis patients. Hospitalization data and outcomes were also recorded. Of the 99 patients, 19 developed sepsis after a median time of 5 days. SOFA at admission was higher; their levels of fibrinogen binding to platelets (platelet-Fg) and of D-dimers were significantly increased compared to the other patients. Levels 48h after ICU admission were no longer significant. Platelet-Fg % was an independent predictor of sepsis (P = 0.030). By ROC curve analysis cutoff points for SOFA (AUC=0.85) and Platelet-Fg (AUC=0.75) were 8 and 50%, respectively. The prior risk of sepsis (19%) increased to 50% when SOFA was above 8, to 46% when Platelet-Fg was above 50%, and to 87% when both SOFA and Platelet-Fg were above their cutoff values. By contrast, when the two parameters were below their cutoffs, the risk of sepsis was negligible (3.8%). Patients with sepsis had longer ICU and hospital stays and higher death rate. Conclusion: In addition to SOFA, platelet-bound fibrinogen levels assayed by flow cytometry within 24h of ICU admission help identifying critically ill patients at risk of developing sepsis. [less ▲]

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See detailData-driven probabilistic post-earthquake fire ignition model for a community
Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Gernay, Thomas ULiege; Garlock, Maria

in Fire Safety Journal (2017), 94

Fire following earthquake (FFE), a cascading multi-hazard event, can cause major social and economical losses in a community. In this paper, two existing post-earthquake fire ignition models that are ... [more ▼]

Fire following earthquake (FFE), a cascading multi-hazard event, can cause major social and economical losses in a community. In this paper, two existing post-earthquake fire ignition models that are implemented in Geographic Information System (GIS) based platforms, Hazus and MAEViz/Ergo, are reviewed. The two platforms and their FFE modules have been studied for suitability in community resiliency evaluations. Based on the shortcomings in the existing literature, a new post-earthquake fire ignition model is proposed using historical FFE data and a probabilistic formulation. The procedure to create the database for the model using GIS-based tools is explained. The proposed model provides the probability of ignition at both census tract scale and individual buildings, and can be used to identify areas of a community with high risk of fire ignitions after an earthquake. The model also provides a breakdown of ignitions in different building types. Finally, the model is implemented in MAEViz/Ergo to demonstrate its application in a GIS-based software. [less ▲]

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See detailThe cognitive psychology and neuroscience of naming people
Brédart, Serge ULiege

in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews (2017), 83

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See detailHarmful tax competition within the European Union: from tax rulings to financial transaction taxes
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, November 24)

In this presentation, I will outline how the EU constitutional framework reacts against harmful tax competition, in addition to showcasing the limits and negative consequences of that approach.

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See detailLa terminologie grecque et latine du plurilinguisme
Rochette, Bruno ULiege

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See detailInvestigating the effects of hydrodynamics and mixing on mass transfer through the free-surface in stirred tank bioreactors
de Lamotte, Anne ULiege; Delafosse, Angélique ULiege; Calvo, Sébastien ULiege et al

in Chemical Engineering Science (2017), 172

In stirred-tank bioreactors, flow structures of various length and time scales are implied in scalar transport phenomena, such as gas species transfer through the liquid free-surface and their ... [more ▼]

In stirred-tank bioreactors, flow structures of various length and time scales are implied in scalar transport phenomena, such as gas species transfer through the liquid free-surface and their homogenization in the bulk. A proper understanding of the underlying mechanisms, i.e. hydrodynamics, mixing and mass transfer, and of their interactions is required to design and develop reliable and efficient production-scale bioprocesses. The objective of the present work is to experimentally investigate the coupling between gas-liquid mass transfer of oxygen with mixing efficiency and circulation patterns inside an arbitrarily chosen stirred-tank configuration aerated through the liquid free-surface, a baffled 20 L-vessel agitated by two Rushton turbines. Based on global parameter values, the most appropriate rotating speed, N = 300 rpm, is selected in order to further study local hydrodynamic quantities using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), as well as mixing and mass transfer dynamics using Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF). The results obtained with these local experimental methods are analyzed in detail. Their averages are first successfully compared to global data. Statistical analysis of their spatial distributions show that large-scale flow patterns significantly influence mass transfer through the free-surface of the stirred tank. Even if global measurements show that global characteristic times for mixing and mass transfer differ by two orders of magnitude, local experimental characterization shows persistent vertical gradients of dissolved gas concentrations. So the dissolved gas concentration is not as perfectly uniform as one might expect. [less ▲]

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See detailSartre en radio
Cormann, Grégory ULiege; Hamers, Jérémy ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, November 21)

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See detailA Methodology to Determine the Potential of Urban Densification through Roof Stacking
Amer, Mohamed ULiege; Mustafa, Ahmed; Teller, Jacques ULiege et al

in Sustainable Cities and Society (2017), 35

Facing the need to accommodate a growing number of inhabitants in major European cities, this research aimed to establish a methodology that facilitates decision making on urban densification through roof ... [more ▼]

Facing the need to accommodate a growing number of inhabitants in major European cities, this research aimed to establish a methodology that facilitates decision making on urban densification through roof stacking. The methodology adopts a systematic approach on three consecutive levels: urban, engineering, and social. Multiple criteria are identified to assess and map the roof stacking potential in terms of location and number of added floors. The Brussels Capital Region was chosen as a case study to experiment with the developed workflow chart and validate the proposed approach, using ArcGIS software, by creating a map of the urban densification potential through roof stacking of Brussels at the city scale. The results show a realistic potential of accommodating 30% of the expected population increase in Brussels by the year 2040 using only roof stacking, provided that the current urban regulations are respected. In addition, a theoretical potential to accommodate more than the expected population increase by the same year is proposed provided that urban planning regulations are relaxed in relation to the height of buildings. Further applications to other cities in Europe would help create additional opportunities to develop an automated tool for estimating such potentials on a wider scope. [less ▲]

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See detailUsage des boîtiers de vote électronique et développement professionnel de l’enseignant-universitaire
Detroz, Pascal ULiege; Younes, Nathalie

Conference (2017, November 16)

Les boitiers de vote font l’objet de très nombreux articles. Les auteurs cherchent par exemple à voir si l’utilisation de cet outil a un effet sur la motivation des étudiants et leur participation au ... [more ▼]

Les boitiers de vote font l’objet de très nombreux articles. Les auteurs cherchent par exemple à voir si l’utilisation de cet outil a un effet sur la motivation des étudiants et leur participation au cours (Caldwell, 2007), sur leur engagement (Mc Gowan et Gunderson,2010), sur le climat de classe (Bain et Przybyla, 2009) ou encore sur les apprentissages qu’ils réalisent (Preszler et al., 2007). Au final, comme souvent lorsqu’il s’agit de technologie, il semble que ce soit la pédagogie supportée par l’outil qui fasse la différence : l’usage sera pertinent s’il entre en résonance et en concordance avec une pédagogie efficace. Certes, l’outil en lui-même peut avoir un effet sur la pédagogie. Influencer, de par son fonctionnement - les possibilités qu’il offre, parfois les contraintes qu’il fait peser - la manière de concevoir des dispositifs pédagogiques. Il peut ainsi modifier le rapport des enseignants à leur pédagogie, c’est-à-dire, finalement, stimuler ou catalyser le développement professionnel des enseignants dans le domaine de la pédagogie universitaire. L’effet de l’outil et de son usage sur ce développement professionnel est au cœur de notre article. En effet, nous avons greffé - sur deux dispositifs d’accompagnement technopédagogique d’enseignants novices dans le domaine des BVE - un dispositif de recherche observant l’effet de cet usage accompagné. L’un de ces dispositifs d’accompagnement était court : l’enseignant est interviewé à deux reprises et observé lors d’une séance de cours durant laquelle les BVE sont utilisés. L’autre est plus long et comprend des autoconfrontations, des interviews, le recueil de l’avis des étudiants… La méthodologie utilisée dans cette étude, de type qualitatif, confirme notre intuition de départ : l’usage accompagné de BVE chez des enseignants novices peut, sous certaines conditions dont nous ferons état lors de la communication, accélérer le développement professionnel de ces derniers. [less ▲]

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See detailPratiques d’évaluation des acquis, ancienneté et attitudes face à l’évaluation
Romainville, Marc; Detroz, Pascal ULiege; Auquière, Amélie ULiege et al

Conference (2017, November 16)

La présente communication est issue d’une recherche plus globale visant à identifier et à mieux comprendre les pratiques d’évaluation des acquis des étudiants auxquelles recourent les enseignants de ... [more ▼]

La présente communication est issue d’une recherche plus globale visant à identifier et à mieux comprendre les pratiques d’évaluation des acquis des étudiants auxquelles recourent les enseignants de l’enseignement supérieur et en particulier les facteurs personnels (ancienneté, attitudes vis-à-vis de l’évaluation…) et contextuels (année d’étude, taille du groupe, disciplines…) qui influencent ces pratiques. Les données ont été recueillies en 2016, d’une part, via une enquête en ligne (élaborée à l’aide du logiciel d’enquêtes Qualtrics) auprès d’enseignants de l’enseignement supérieur belge francophone que ce soit à l’Université ou en Hautes écoles (2292 réponses) et, d’autre part, via 37 entretiens semi-structurés individuels réalisés auprès d’un échantillon de ces mêmes enseignants dans des filières d’études contrastées. Les résultats présentés dans le cadre de cette communication ont trait à l’impact de deux variables personnelles : l’ancienneté des enseignants et leurs attitudes vis-à-vis de l’évaluation. Autrement dit, on cherchera à savoir si l’ancienneté et le développement professionnel qui l’accompagne traditionnellement ont des incidences sur le type de pratiques d’évaluation des acquis des enseignants. En particulier, recourent-ils à des outils de plus en plus diversifiés ou ont-ils tendance à se spécialiser dans l’un ou l’autre ? Et si oui, pourquoi ? Accentuent-ils par ailleurs le recours à l’évaluation continue par rapport au poids du contrôle terminal ? On cherchera ensuite à comprendre comment les pratiques se reconfigurent en fonction des attitudes des enseignants vis-à-vis de l’évaluation et en particulier vis-à-vis de sa fonction et de son rapport à l’apprentissage : dans quel sens une conception davantage intégrative de l’évaluation colore-t-elle les pratiques déclarées d’évaluation ? [less ▲]

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See detailDwelling on Dwelling: Home and Nature in (Native) American Literature
Lombard, David ULiege

Conference (2017, November 16)

As Greg Garrard stresses, “[i]nterpretation and critique of the various inflections of dwelling is a major task for ecocritics interested in a predominantly political, rather than moral or spiritual ... [more ▼]

As Greg Garrard stresses, “[i]nterpretation and critique of the various inflections of dwelling is a major task for ecocritics interested in a predominantly political, rather than moral or spiritual, project of cultural critique that can take us beyond pastoral and nature writing, from the landscapes of leisure to the uneven terrain of real work” (2012). In this paper, I will examine American literary texts dealing with representations of dwelling or “home” as a refuge from the “tensions” or problems caused by modern civilisation and technology. Starting with Thoreau’s Walden (1854), I will focus on the relationships between such refuges, the natural environment, and socio-political critique. Indeed, Thoreau’s work displays a philosophy on nature and dwelling that has influenced other writers to ponder on the negative effects that modern technologies, capitalism and consumerism have had on the human self and, more largely, on our physical environment. Adopting an ecocritical perspective, I will therefore consider Thoreau’s stay in Walden Pond as well as Edward Abbey’s house trailer (Desert Solitaire, 1968), Christopher McCandless’s “magic bus” as depicted in Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild (1992) or Ken Ilgunas’s “vandwelling” (Walden on Wheels, 2013) to study the socio-political and environmental concerns raised by dwelling experiences in such peculiar or isolated “homes”. Finally, I will also briefly discuss the Native American perspective through an analysis of Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony (1977) as an example of the Laguna Pueblo’s perception of nature or the “land” as “home”. [less ▲]

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See detailUn autre regard sur la participation des écoles et des élèves à l’enquête du PISA
Raiche, Gilles; Béland, Sébastien; Magis, David ULiege

Conference (2017, November 16)

Le Programme international pour le suivi des acquis des élèves (PISA) a pour objectif de produire des indicateurs sur les habiletés et les connaissances qui contribuent au succès des élèves, des écoles ... [more ▼]

Le Programme international pour le suivi des acquis des élèves (PISA) a pour objectif de produire des indicateurs sur les habiletés et les connaissances qui contribuent au succès des élèves, des écoles, des systèmes éducatifs et des environnements d’apprentissage (CMEC, 2015, p. 7). Depuis 2000, l’enquête du PISA est planifiée à tous les trois ans pour les élèves de 15 ans en ciblant spécifiquement les matières suivantes : la compréhension de l’écrit, la culture mathématique et la culture scientifique. Dans le cadre de la dernière passation, les résultats des Canadiens à cette enquête ont été salués dans l’ensemble du pays : les élèves se classent dans le groupe des pays les plus performants pour toutes les disciplines couvertes. Par contre, le taux de participation des écoles ainsi que les taux d’exclusions des élèves au regard de divers handicaps, qui pourraient éventuellement avoir un impact sur les résultats et le classement international, ont été critiqués à travers le pays. Cette présentation a comme objectif d’étudier le rendement des élèves canadiens au programme international des acquis scolaires (PISA) entre 2000 à 2015 en fonction de différentes caractéristiques relatives à la participation des écoles et au taux d’exclusion des élèves présentant certains handicaps. Des modèles de régression linéaire à niveaux multiples sont utilisés à cette fin. [less ▲]

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See detailOverview and future challenges of nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) design in Southern Europe
Attia, Shady ULiege; Polyvios, Eleftheriou; Xeni, Flouris et al

in Energy and Buildings (2017), 155

In times of great transition of the European construction sector to energy efficient and nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB), a market observation containing qualitative and quantitative indications ... [more ▼]

In times of great transition of the European construction sector to energy efficient and nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB), a market observation containing qualitative and quantitative indications should help to fill out some of the current gaps concerning the EU 2020 carbon targets. Next to the economic challenges, there are equally important factors that hinder renovating the existing residential building stock and adding newly constructed high performance buildings. Under these circumstances this paper summarises the findings of a cross-comparative study of the societal and technical barriers of nZEB implementation in 7 Southern European countries. The study analyses the present situation and provides an overview on future prospects for nZEB in Southern Europe. The result presents an overview of challenges and provides recommendations based on available empirical evidence to further lower those barriers in the European construction sector. The paper finds that the most Southern European countries are poorly prepared for nZEB implementation and especially to the challenge/opportunity of retrofitting existing buildings. Creating a common approach to further develop nZEB targets, concepts and definitions in synergy with the climatic, societal and technical state of progress in Southern Europe is essential. The paper provides recommendations for actions to shift the identified gaps into opportunities for future development of climate adaptive high performance buildings. [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray study of bow shocks in runaway stars
De Becker, Michaël ULiege; del Valle, M.V.; Romero, G.E. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2017), 471(4), 4452-4464

Massive runaway stars produce bow shocks through the interaction of their winds with the interstellar medium, with the prospect for particle acceleration by the shocks. These objects are consequently ... [more ▼]

Massive runaway stars produce bow shocks through the interaction of their winds with the interstellar medium, with the prospect for particle acceleration by the shocks. These objects are consequently candidates for non-thermal emission. Our aim is to investigate the X-ray emission from these sources. We observed with XMM-Newton a sample of 5 bow shock runaways, which constitutes a significant improvement of the sample of bow shock runaways studied in X-rays so far. A careful analysis of the data did not reveal any X-ray emission related to the bow shocks. However, X-ray emission from the stars is detected, in agreement with the expected thermal emission from stellar winds. On the basis of background measurements we derive conservative upper limits between 0.3 and 10 keV on the bow shocks emission. Using a simple radiation model, these limits together with radio upper limits allow us to constrain some of the main physical quantities involved in the non-thermal emission processes, such as the magnetic field strength and the amount of incident infrared photons. The reasons likely responsible for the non-detection of non-thermal radiation are discussed. Finally, using energy budget arguments, we investigate the detectability of inverse Compton X-rays in a more extended sample of catalogued runaway star bow shocks. From our analysis we conclude that a clear identification of non-thermal X-rays from massive runaway bow shocks requires one order of magnitude (or higher) sensitivity improvement with respect to present observatories. [less ▲]

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See detailDie Rhetorik des Friedens von Romain Rolland: ein Einfluß von Nietzsche
Franck, Thomas ULiege

Conference (2017, November 11)

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See detailLe corps, le territoire et le temps du sujet borderline
Englebert, Jérôme ULiege

Conference (2017, November 09)

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See detailRédiger en langue étrangère à l’université : des représentations à l’évaluation des pratiques scripturales
Meunier, Deborah ULiege

Conference (2017, November 09)

Le champ des littéracies universitaires (Blaser et Pollet, 2010 ; Delcambre et Lahanier-Reuter, 2010) prend pour objet d’étude les normes génériques, textuelles, pragmatiques des écrits produits à ... [more ▼]

Le champ des littéracies universitaires (Blaser et Pollet, 2010 ; Delcambre et Lahanier-Reuter, 2010) prend pour objet d’étude les normes génériques, textuelles, pragmatiques des écrits produits à l’université, mais aussi celle des représentations associées aux pratiques de lecture et d’écriture. Au-delà de la maitrise du code linguistique d’enseignement, les étudiants doivent acquérir des compétences discursives liées aux genres écrits et oraux auxquels ils sont confrontés durant leur cursus (cours magistral, séminaire, exposé, résumé, compte-rendu, rapport, travail de fin d’études,…). Nous verrons quels sont les défis que pose la maitrise des genres de discours universitaires écrits en français pour les étudiants non francophones : comment se fait l’acculturation à une écriture heuristique pour un étudiant qui apprend dans une langue étrangère ? Quelles sont les représentations (explicites ou implicites) des normes génériques activées par les enseignants (par ex. via les consignes) ? Et quelle(s) posture(s) adopter lorsqu’on doit évaluer des productions écrites en langue étrangère quand la langue (française) n’est pas objet d’enseignement ? A partir d’une analyse de discours d’enseignants en Sciences humaines, nous ferons le point sur les représentations et les normes qui régissent les pratiques et les défis actuels du français sur objectifs universitaires, en particulier lorsqu’on est face à des profils d’apprenants plurilingues et mobiles. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of spatio-temporal shade dynamics on wheat growth and yield, perspectives for temperate agroforestry
Artru, Sidonie ULiege; Garré, Sarah ULiege; Dupraz, Christian et al

in European Journal of Agronomy (2017)

A stumbling block to the adoption of silvoarable agroforestry systems is the lack of quantitative knowledge on the performance of different crops when competing for resources with trees. In North-Western ... [more ▼]

A stumbling block to the adoption of silvoarable agroforestry systems is the lack of quantitative knowledge on the performance of different crops when competing for resources with trees. In North-Western Europe, light is likely to be the principal limiting resource for understorey crops, and most agronomic studies show a systematic reduction of final yield as shade increases. However the intensity of the crop response depends on both the environmental conditions and the shade characteristics. This study addressed the issue by monitoring winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) growth, productivity and quality under artificial shade provided by military camouflage shade-netting, and using the Hi-sAFe model to relate the artificial shade conditions to those applying in agroforestry systems. The field experiment was carried out over two consecutive years (2013–14 and 2014–15) on the experimental farm of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium. The shade structures recreated two shade conditions: periodic shade (PS) and continuous shade (CS), with the former using overlapping military camouflage netting to provide discontinuous light through the day, and the latter using conventional shade cloth. The experiment simulated shading from a canopy of late-flushing hybrid walnut leaves above winter wheat. Shading was imposed 16 (2013–14) and 10 (2014–15) days before flowering and retained until harvest. The crop experienced full light conditions until the maximum leaf area index stage (LAImax) had been reached. In both years, LAI followed the same dynamics between the different treatments, but in 2013–2014 an attack of the take-all disease (Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici) reduced yields overall and prevented significant treatment effects. In season 2014–15 the decrease in global radiation reaching the crop during a period of 66 days (CS: – 61% and PS: – 43%) significantly affected final yield (CS: – 45% and PS: – 25%), mainly through a reduction of the average grain weight and the number of grain per m2. Grain protein content increased by up to 45% under the CS treatment in 2015. Nevertheless, at the plot scale, protein yield (t/ha) did not compensate for the final grain yield decrease. The Hi-sAFe model was used to simulate an agroforestry plot with two lines of walnut trees running either north-south or east-west. The levels of artificial shade levels applied in this experiment were compared to those predicted beneath trees growing with similar climatic conditions in Belgium. The levels used in the CS treatment are only likely to occur real agroforestry conditions on 10% of the cropped area until the trees are 30 years old and only with east-west tree row orientation. [less ▲]

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