9th International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria

Oscar P. Kuipers, Berend Poolman, Jeroen Hugenholtz


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What’s new in the field of lactic acid bacteria? The 9th International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB9) will take place 31 August to 4 September 2008 in Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands.
Traditionally, the triannual LAB symposium focuses on the themes of genetics, physiology, and applications of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). These microorganisms are widely used in the food industry but are also increasingly applied as probiotics, enzyme and metabolite factories, and vaccine delivery vehicles. In the last decade, we have seen the rapid development of a wide array of “-omic” technologies that have greatly influenced and changed the field. The classical applications—the optimal use of LAB for food preservation through strain selection and optimization of fermentation technologies—are still very im- portant, not in the least because of the still-persisting problems of low consumer acceptance of genetically modified microor- ganisms in foods. However, the new technologies have pro- vided novel opportunities both for pathway and network engi- neering for flavor, texture, and preservation and for developing effective and fast analytical tools for strain selection, adapta- tion, and evolution studies. Moreover, human health has be- come a major theme in applications of LAB ranging from probiotic-research-related gut ecological studies to immuno- logical studies for the application of mucosal vaccination to the production of nutraceuticals. Also, bacteria that are not clas- sical LAB but are yet important, such as bifidobacteria, are now increasingly the subject of study, and the interaction of LAB with the human body is recognized as an extremely im- portant area. For these reasons, we have decided to adjust the scope of LAB9 to highlight these novel developments and research areas.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)4589
Aantal pagina's1
TijdschriftApplied and environmental microbiology
Nummer van het tijdschrift15
StatusPublished - aug-2008

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