Bacteriocins and Antimicrobial Peptides - BAMP2017

Scientific Symposium


The International Scientific Symposium on Bacteriocins and Antimicrobial Peptides – BAMP2017 was held on 19th June, the day prior to IPC2017.

The selection of the subject fields has been based on the feedback of former IPC participants. Symposium served as scientific forum where academic and industrial scientists involved in the respective research area meet. Further to its scientific content the symposium was networking event.  Abstracts of oral presentations and posters were published in the official proceedings of the IPC 2017.  

Date: 19th June 2017, 1p.m. - 6p.m.
Place: Marriott hotel Budapest

The  Bacteriocins Symposium was  part of the conference programme, under the chairmanship of:

Svetoslav Todorov IPC


Svetoslav Todorov, Veterinary Department, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Title of presentation:
"Bacteriocins - What Will Be the Next Challenge?"



The programme of the Scientific Symposium on Bacteriocins focused on the developments in the science, research and application of bacteriocins.


John Tagg, Professor Emeritus, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Title of presentation: "Bacteriocin-mediated Strategies to Counter Microbial Mischief in the Human Oral Cavity"




Paul Cotter IPC

Paul Cotter, Principal Research Officer, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Cork, Ireland

Title of presentation: "Probiotic Bacteriocins"


Marina Rautenbach

Marina Rautenbach, Professor, BIOPEP Peptide Group, Stellenbosch University, Matieland, South Africa 

Title of presentation: "Antimicrobial Peptides: To Be or Not to Be Membrane Active"


Andrea Laukova

Andrea Laukova, Head of Laboratory of Animal Microbiology, Institute of Animal Physiology Slovak Academy of Sciences, Košice, Slovakia

Title of presentation: "Enterocins, Beneficial Additives in Animals"


Octavio Franco

Octavio Franco, Universidade Católica Dom Bosco/Universidade Católica de Brasília, Brasil

Title of presentation: "Development of Novel Pharmacies by Using Antimicrobial and Antiviral Bacteriocins"


Current advances in isolation, characterization and application of bacteriocins were presented. Internationally renowned experts from industry and academia discussed the mechanisms of action and the role of bacteriocins in food safety. 

It is the goal of the symposium to further explore the potential of already known and novel bacteriocins by disseminating latest results and presenting new ways of bacteriocin research. The horizon of the application of bacteriocins have been enlarged and based on intensive research worldwide, novels applications of bacteriocins have been addressed.

From the discovery of nisin produced by Lactococcus lactis in 1933, more than 7,000 papers published in different scientific journal around the world until 2016: this is a short story of the bacteriocins. From the application in the biopreservation in the control of spoilage organisms, prevention of the foodborne pathogens to the innovative application in the control of human and other animals’ diseases, this is the future of these antimicrobial peptides. Described as antimicrobial agents, active against closely related microorganisms, nowadays we have knowledge on the inhibitory effect and potential application of bacteriocins against some Gram-negative microorganisms, viruses, Mycobacterium spp., fungus, etc. 

However, what about application of bacteriocins as an alternative or synergetic compound/s in human and veterinary medicine? Is this will be an answer/solution in increased problem with antibiotic resistance? New horizons in the application of bacteriocins were reached and the life story of these antimicrobial peptides is just begun.

See you next year at BAMP2018 on 18th June, 2018 in Budapest.