Viruses of Microbes 2020 Webinar Series: Take a walk on the VoM side

Due to the COVID-19 crisis the Viruses of Microbes 2020 conference (VoM2020), as you know, is postponed to July 2021. The VoM2020 organizing committee with the ISVM support believe it is an opportune time to consolidate and stimulate connections among the diverse community working on viruses of microbes (VoM). Therefore, we are promoting six engaging web events spotlighting the most recent advances in: ecology and evolution of microbial viruses; virus structures and function; virus-host interaction (overcoming cell barriers/molecular mechanisms); agro-food, veterinary and environmental biotechnology applications; and biotechnology applications in health care, the six topics covered by VoM2020.

This will not replace the physical event that will take place on the 5th-9th July 2021, in which much more scientific discussion and networking opportunities will accord along with the exciting social programme in the beautiful city of Guimarães, Portugal.

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Upcoming Seminar

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#5: Agro-food, veterinary and environmental biotechnology applications


Thursday, January 21, 4pm GMT

Join today's webinar at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/78230635526?pwd=RWI1cmg4Lzk1UElQSFVsNzFiSFZEQT09

Engineered phages for environmental monitoring

Sam R Nugen

Phages were genetically engineered to contain reporter enzymes and allow for covalent and oriented conjugation on magnetic nanoparticles. The phages were used to detect E. coli in drinking water and provided and compared favourably to current testing methods.

Encapsulation of bacteriophages for targeted delivery and controlled release

Danish Malik

The talk will cover encapsulation approaches that can be used for bacteriophages including spray drying, microfluidic and membrane emulsification methods. Encapsulation affords phages protection from environmental and processing stresses. Phages administered via the oral route may lose activity upon exposure to gastric acidity and enzymatic activity. Targeted delivery and controlled release of high tires of phages may significantly improve phage treatment outcomes. Experimental results using pH triggered responsive formulations will be presented.

Phage therapy in Apiculture - prospects

Ana Oliveira

American Foulbrood (AFB) is a bacterial disease affecting honeybees, with no currently available treatment. The infectious process begins when adult bees provide spore-contaminated food to their larvae. We investigated the possibility of using phages to control AFB, orally administered to adult bees, by characterizing phage safety, biodistribution and activity in hive conditions.

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Department of Food Science and Technology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Danish J. Malik Profile Image

Chemical Engineering Department, Loughborough University, UK

Ana Oliveira Profile Image

Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal


Mathias Middelboe Profile Image

Department of Biology, Marine Biological Section, University of Copenhagen, Helsingør, Denmark

Lone Brøndsted Profile Image

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg C, Denmark