LABIP Activities at LAB12

At the LAB Symposium 12, held from August 27 till 31 at Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, for the fifth time the LABIP awards for the Mid Career Senior Scientist and for the best 3 posters have been presented by the LABIP Chairman Esben Laulund. Also for the third time LABIP has organized a thematic session at the LAB Symposium.

The LABIP Awards

The prize of 2500 € for the Mid Career Senior Scientist has been given to Prof. Sarah Lebeer from University of Antwerp, Belgium for the research she has don one Bacteria-host interaction for beneficial microbes and probiotics, specifically Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. The LABIP Steering Group considers her research to be completely in line with the criteria of “Outstanding Excellence in Lactic Acid Bacteria Research with an Industrial Relevance”. In her research she has used the full spectrum of modern molecular approaches, while she also has also worked together with a top chef developing cooking techniques to bring in new bacteria into foods.

Using the same criteria also 3 posters have been selected out of the 350 posters, that were presented at the Symposium, for the poster prizes of 500 € each. The poster prizes were given to:

Tesfemarian Berhe, School of Animal & Range Sciences, Harmaya University,Ethiopia, poster A013: Metagenomic Analysis of the Bacterial Community in Dhanaan: Traditional Ethiopian Fermented Camel Milk

Fergal J. Ryan, APC Microbiome Institute, Phageonomics lab. Cork, Ireland, poster A019 : The Human Gut Virome at the Extremes of Life

Florence Vande Capelle, Biochemistry, Biophysics & Genetics of Microorganisms, Life Sciences Institute, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, poster B044 : Two-component systems in Streptococcus salivarius: signal transduction controlling natural competence

LABIP Thematic Session

This year the session was entitled “Future access and improvement of industrial LAB cultures” based on the LABIP Expert Workshop held in May this year. The thematic session was chaired by Esben Laulund and consisted of 2 keynote speakers:

Martin Brink, University of Wageningen, The Netherlands: The Nagoya Protocol and the consequences for users of genetic resources

Eric Johansen, Chr. Hansen A/S, Horsholm, Denmark: Is the development of new starter cultures caught between a rock and a hard place?

Also 3 poster presenters were asked to give a short presentation:

Simon van der Els, NIZO, Ede, The Netherlands: PTarget a genome editing vector for implementation of CRISPR-Cas9 technology in LAB

Pierre Renault, INRA, Jouy en Josas, France: Lactococcus rafinolactis, an underestimated dairy Lactococcus revealed by genomic and metagenomic analysis

Johann Mignolet, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Ubiquitous rewiring of transcriptional control in streptococci: lesson from competence and predation coupling in Streptococcus salivarius

The presentations during the Thematic Session were well appreciated by the more than 450 participants of the LAB12 Symposium.