Here we show the ability to recognize bacterial phage Lambda by blocking the ion conductance through the natural receptor Maltoporin. We first reconstituted about 300 Maltoporin channel in a solvent containing planar lipid bilayer. This leads to a stable conductance after about 30 min with no further protein insertion. Titration of 7 and 42 nM of the fusion protein MBP-gpJ from the bacterial virus Lambda to the compartment corresponding the intracellular side of the channel showed no effect. However, titration to the opposite side corresponding to the extracellular side caused a significant reduction of the ion conductance. Membrane bathing solution was unbuffered 1 M KCl giving a pH of about 6. The applied voltage was + 20 mV.