A Biochemical Society Focused Meeting on bacteriocins was held at the University of Nottingham on 16–18 July 2012 to mark the retirement of Professor Richard James and honour a scientific career of more than 30 years devoted to an understanding of the biology of colicins, bacteriocins produced by Escherichia coli. This meeting was the third leg of a triumvirate of symposia that included meetings at the Île de Bendor, France, in 1991 and the University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K., in 1998, focused on bringing together leading experts in basic and applied bacteriocin research. The symposium which attracted 70 attendees consisted of 18 invited speakers and 22 selected oral communications spread over four themes: (i) Role of bacteriocins in bacterial ecology, (ii) Mode of action of bacteriocins, (ii) Mechanisms of bacteriocin import across the cell envelope, and (iv) Biotechnological and biomedical applications of bacteriocins. Speakers and poster presenters travelled from around the world, including the U.S.A., Japan, Asia and Europe, to showcase the latest developments in their scientific research.

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