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Zhang J, YP Chen, KP Miller, MS Ganewatta, M Bam, Y Yan, M Nagarkatti, AW. Decho, C Tang. 2014. Antimicrobial Metallopolymers and Their Bioconjugates with Conventional Antibiotics against Multidrug Resistant Bacteria. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. (JACS). 136: 4873-4876. PDF

Ganewatta MS, YP Chen, J Wang, J Zhou, J Ebalunode, M Nagarkatti, AW Decho, C Tang. 2014. Bio-Inspired Resin Acid-Derived Materials as Antibacterial resistance agents with Unexpected Activities. Chemical Communications 50: 12030-12033. PDF

Decho AW. 2014. The EPS matrix as an adaptive bastion from biofilms: Introduction to Special Issue. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 15: 1-5. PDF

Petrisor AI, S Szyjka, T Kawaguchi, PT Visscher, RS Norman, AW Decho. 2014. Changing microspatial patterns of sulfate reducing microorganisms (SRM) during cycling of marine stromatolite mats. Int. J Mol. Sci. 15: 850-877. PDF

Ikuma K, AS Madden, AW Decho, BLT Lau. 2014. Deposition of nanoparticles onto polysaccharide- coated surfaces: implication for nanoparticle-biofilm interactions. Environmental Science Nano 1:117-122. PDF

Burns JM, Pennington PL, Sisco P, Frey R, Kashiwada S, Fulton MH, Scott GI, Decho AW, Murphy CJ, Shaw TJ, Ferry JL. 2013. Evidence for kinetic control of the fate of negatively charged Au nanoparticles in an estuarine environment. Environ. Sci. Technol, 47 (22), 12844–12851. PDF

Lau BLT, WC Hockaday, K Ikuma, O Furman, AW Decho 2013. A preliminary assessment of the interactions between the capping agents of silver nanoparticles and environmental organics. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 435: 22-27. PDF

Noffke N, AW Decho, P Stoodley 2013. Slime through time- the fossil record of prokaryote evolution. Palaios 28: 1-5. DOI: 10.2110/palo.2013.SO1 PDF

Lau B, K Ikuma, AW Decho. 2013. The extracellular bastions of bacteria – A biofilm way of life! Nature Educ. Knowledge. 4(2): 2 PDF

Noffke N, AW Decho, P Stoodley (in press).  Slime through time- the fossil record of prokaryote
evolution. Palaios PDF

Nevius BA, YP Chen, JL Ferry, AW Decho. 2012. Surface-functionalization effects on uptake of
fluorescent polystyrene nanoparticles by model biofilms. Ecotoxicology. DOI 10.1007/s
10646-012-0975-3. PDF

Chen Y, PA Wilbon, YP Chen, J Zhou, M Nagarkatti, C Wang, F Chu, AW Decho, C Tang. 2012.
Amphipathic antibacterial agents using cationic methacrylic polymers with natural rosin as
pendant groups.  RSC Advances  DOI: 10.1039/c2ra21675b. PDF

Wang J; YP Chen; K Yao; P Wilbon; W Zhang; L Ren; J Zhou; M Nagarkatti; C Wang; F Chu; X He;
AW Decho; C Tang. 2012. Robust antimicrobial compounds and polymers derived from natural resin acids.  Chemical Communications 48: 916-918. PDF

Handy RD, G Cornelis, T Fernandes, O Tsyusko, AW Decho, C Metcalfe, T Sabo-Atwood, J Steevens
2012. Ecotoxicity test methods for engineered nanomaterials: practical experiences and recommendations from the bench. Environmental Toxicology Chemistry 31: 15-31. PDF

Decho, AW, RL Frey, JL Ferry 2011. Chemical challenges to bacterial AHL signaling in the environment. Chemical Reviews 111: 86-99 (COVER IMAGE)  PDF

Decho, AW. 2011. Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). In:  J. Reitner, V Thiel (eds), Encyclopedia of Geobiology, Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences, Springer-Verlag [Book Chapter] p. 359-361. Isbn 978-1-4020-9211-4.

Decho, AW. 2010. Overview of biopolymer-induced mineralization: What goes on in biofilms? Ecological Engineering 36: 137-144. PDF

Bey B, EB Fichot, G Dayama, Decho AW, Norman RS 2010. Extraction of high molecular weight DNA from microbial mats. Biotechniques 49: 631-640. PDF

Frey, R, L He, Y Cui, AW Decho, PL Ferguson, T Kawaguchi, JL Ferry. 2010. The reaction of N-acylhomoserine lactones with hydroxyl radicals: rates, production, and effects on signaling activity. Environmental Science Technology 44: 7465-7469. PDF

Decho, AW, RS Norman, PT Visscher. 2010. Quorum sensing in natural environments: emerging views from microbial mats. Trends in Microbiology. 18: 73-80. PDF

Petrisor AI, Dragomirescu L, Decho AW. 2010. Clustering of approaches to microbial image enhancement and classification based on Buscera Baroni-Urbani’s algorithm and Dragomirescu’s homogeneity. J. Control Engineer. Appl. Inform. 12: 21-29.

Stolz JF, RP Reid, P Visscher, AW Decho et al.  2010. The microbial communities of the modern marine stromatolites at Highborne Cay, Bahamas. Atoll Research Bulletin, 567: 1-29. PDF

Gallagher KL, C Dupraz, O Braissant, RS Norman, AW Decho, PT Visscher 2010. Mineralization of sedimentary biofilms: modern mechanistic insights. In: Columbus, F. (ed): Biofilm: Formation, Development and Properties. Nova Science Publishers.   PDF

Ferry JL., P Craig, C Hexel, P Sisco, R Frey, PL Pennington, MH Fulton, IG Scott, AW Decho, S Kashiwada, CJ Murphy, TJ Shaw (2009). Transfer of gold nanoparticles from the water column to the estuarine food web. Nature Nanotechnology 4:441-444. PDF

Goh, F, MA Allen, S Leuko, T Kawaguchi, AW Decho, BP Burns, BA Neilan. 2009. Determining the specific microbial populations and their spatial distribution within the stromatolite ecosystem of Shark Bay. The ISME Journal 3: 383-396. PDF

Dupraz, C, RP Reid, O Braissant, AW Decho, RS Norman, PT Visscher. 2009. Processes of carbonate precipitation in microbial mats. Earth Science Reviews 96: 141-162. PDF

Braissant, O., AW Decho, KM Przekop, K Gallagher, C Glunk, C Dupraz, PT Visscher. 2009. Characteristics and turnover of exopolymeric substances in a hypersaline microbial mat. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 67: 293-307.   PDF

Decho AW, PT Visscher, J Ferry, T Kawaguchi, L He, KM Przekop, RS Norman, RP Reid. 2009. Autoinducers extracted from microbial mats reveal a diversity of N-acylhomoserine lactones (HSL) and abundance changes that may relate to diel pH. Environmental Microbiology 11:409-420. (COVER IMAGE) PDF

Paterson DM, RJ Aspden, PT Visscher, M Consalvey, MS Andres, AW Decho, J Stolz, RP Reid. 2008. Light-dependent t biostabilization of sediments by stromatolite assemblages. PLos One. 3: 1-10. PDF

Beckman, EM, T Kawaguchi, GT Chandler, and AW Decho. 2008. Development of a microplate-based fluorescence immunoassay using quantum dot-streptavidin conjugates for detection and quantitative enumeration of bacteria associated with a benthic harpacticoid copepod. J. Microbiological Methods. 75: 441-444. PDF

Decho, AW, T Kawaguchi, E Beckman, GT Chandler. 2008. Application of photostable quantum dots-indirect immunofluorescence methods for detecting specific marine bacterial serotypes on small benthic animals. Nanotechnology. 19: doi:10.1088/0957-4484/19/23/235102 (4pp). PDF

Kawaguchi, T., Y-P Chen, RS Norman, AW Decho. 2008. An in vitro rapid detection/ quantification assay for N-acyl homoserine lactones in environmental samples. Applied Environmental Microbiology 74: 3667-3671. PDF

Braissant, O., A.W. Decho, C. Dupraz, C. Glunk, K.M. Przekop, P.T. Visscher. 2007. Exopolymer substances of sulfate-reducing bacteria: Interactions with calcium at alkaline pH and implication for formation of carbonate minerals. Geobiology 5: 401-411. PDF

Pearman, W., M. Lawrence-Snyder, S.M. Angel, A.W. Decho.. 2007. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for in-situ measurements of signaling molecules (autoinducers) relevant to bacterial quorum sensing. Applied Spectroscopy 61: 1295-1300. PDF

Baumgartner, L.K., R.P. Reid, C. Dupraz, A.W. Decho, D.H. Buckley, J.R. Spear, K.M. Przekop, P.T. Visscher. 2006. Sulfate reducing bacteria in microbial mats: changing paradigms, new discoveries. Sedimentary Geology 185: 131-145. PDF

Decho, A.W., P.T. Visscher, R.P. Reid. 2005. Production and cycling of natural microbial exopolymers (EPS) within a marine stromatolite. Palaeogeogr. Palaeocl. 219 (1-2): 71-86. PDF

Bejarano, A.C., A.W. Decho, G.T. Chandler. 2005. The role of various dissolved organic matter forms on chlorpyrifos bioavailability to the estuarine bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria. Marine Environmental Research. 60: 111-130. PDF

Bejarano, A.C., G.T. Chandler, A.W. Decho. 2005. Influence of natural dissolved organic matter (DOM) on acute and chronic toxicity of the pesticides chlorothalonil, chlorpyrifos, and fipronil on the meiobenthic estuarine copepod Amphiascus tenuiremis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 321: 43-57. PDF

Petrisor, A.I., T. Kawaguchi and Decho, A.W. 2004. Quantifying CaCO3 Microprecipitates within developing surface mats of marine stromatolites using GIS and Digital Image Analyses. Geomicrobiology Journal 21: 1-6. PDF

Petrisor, A.I., Decho, A.W. 2004. Using geographical information techniques to quantify the spatial structure of endolithic boring processes within sediment grains of marine stromatolites. Journal of Microbiological Methods 56: 173-180. PDF

Petrisor, A.I., A. Cuc, and Decho, A.W. 2004. Reconstruction and computation of microscale biovolumes using geographical information systems: potential difficulties. Research in Microbiology 155: 447-454. PDF

Hoskins, D.L., S.E. Stancyk, and Decho, A.W. 2003. Utilization of algal and bacterial extracellular polymeric secretions (EPS) by the deposit-feeding brittlestar Amphipholis gracillima (Echinodermata). Marine Ecology Progress Series 247: 93-101. PDF

Decho, A.W., T. Kawaguchi, M.Allison, E. Louchard, R.P. Reid, C. Stephens, K.J. Voss, R. A. Wheatcroft, B.B. Taylor. 2003. Sediment properties influencing upwelling spectral reflectance signatures: the “biofilm gel effect”. Limnology and Oceanography 48: 431-443. PDF

Kawaguchi, T., H. Al-Sayegh, and Decho, A.W. 2003. Development of an indirect competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to detect extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) secreted by the marine stromatolite-forming cyanobacteria, Schizothrix sp. Journal of Immunoassay and Immunochemistry 24: 29-39. PDF

Bejarano, A.C., A. Widenfalk, A.W. Decho, G.T. Chandler. 2003. Bioavailability of the organophophorus insecticide chlorpyrifos to the suspension-feeding bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria, following exposure to dissolved and particulate matter. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 22: 2100-2105. PDF

Decho, A.W., T. Kawaguchi. 2003. Extracellular polymers (EPS) and calcification within modern marine stromatolites. In: W.E. Krumbein, D.M. Paterson, G.A. Zavarzin (eds), Fossil and Recent Biofilms. Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht, The Netherlands. Pp (BOOK CHAPTER)

Kawaguchi, T. and Decho, A.W. 2002. A laboratory investigation of cyanobacterial extracellular polymeric secretions (EPS) in influencing CaCO3 polymorphism. Journal of Crystal Growth 240: 230-235. PDF

Kawaguchi, T. and Decho, A.W. 2002. In situ analysis of carboxyl (-COOH) and sulfhydral (-SH) groups of extracellular polymeric secretions (EPS) by confocal scanning laser microscopy. Analytical Biochemistry 304: 266-267. PDF

Kawaguchi, T. and Decho, A.W. 2002. In-situ microspatial imaging using two-photon and confocal laser scanning microscopy of bacteria and extracellular polymers (EPS) within marine stromatolites. Marine BioTechnology. 4: 127-131. PDF

Kawaguchi, T. and Decho, A.W. 2002. Isolation and biochemical characterization of extracellular polymers (EPS) from modern soft marine stromatolites: inhibitory effects on CaCO3 precipitation. Preparative BioChemistry BioTechnology. 32: 51-63.

Decho, A.W. 2002. Biofilm interactions with marine invertebrates. In: R.J. McLean & A.W. Decho (eds), Molecular Ecology of Biofilms. (BOOK CHAPTER)

Kawaguchi, T. and Decho, A.W. 2001. Visualization of microbial communities and their extracellular polymeric secretions in situ in modern marine stromatolites by two-photon and confocal scanning laser microscopy. Microscopy Today 01-8: 26-27.

Hoskins, D.L., S.E. Stancyk, A.W. Decho, V.P. Lewis, J. Baynes. 2001. Digestion of biofilm carbohydrates by the deposit feeding brittlestar Amphipholis gracillima (Stimpson) (Ophiuroidea: Amphiuridae). In: Barker (ed), Echinoderms 2000. Swets & Zeitlinger, Lisse. P. 275-280. (BOOK CHAPTER)

Kawaguchi, T. and Decho, A.W. 2001. Potential roles of extracellular polymeric secretions (EPS) in regulating calcification: a study of marine stromatolites, Bahamas. Thalassas 17: 11-19.

Fletcher, M. & A.W. Decho 2001. Biofilms. In: Encyclopedia for Life Sciences. MacMillan Reference Ltd., London, England. (BOOK CHAPTER)

Reid, R.P., P. Visscher, A.W. Decho, et al. 2000. The role of microbes in accretion, lamination, and early lithification of modern marine stromatolites. Nature 406: 989-992. PDF

Decho, A.W. 2000. Microbial biofilms in intertidal systems: an overview. Continental Shelf Research. 20: 1257-1273. PDF

Hoffman, M., A.W. Decho. 2000. Proteolytic enzymes in the marine bacterium Pseudoalteromonas atlantica: post-secretional activities and effects of environmental conditions. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 23: 29-39. PDF

Kawaguchi, T., A.W. Decho. 2000. Biochemical characterization of cyanobacterial extracellular polymers (EPS) from modern marine stromatolites. Preparative BioChemistry and BioTechnology 30: 321-330.

Schlekat, C.E., A.W. Decho, G.T. Chandler. 2000. Bioavailability of particle-associated Ag, Cd, and Zn to the estuarine amphipod, Leptocheirus plumulosus, through dietary ingestion. Limnology and Oceanography. 45: 11-21.

Decho, A.W. 2000. Exopolymer-mediated microdomains@ as a structuring agent for microbial activities. In: R.Riding (ed.), Microbial Sediments, Springer-Verlag, Berlin. Pp. 9-15. (BOOK)

Schlekat, C.E., A.W. Decho, G.T. Chandler. 1999. Dietary assimilation of cadmium associated with bacterial exopolymer sediment coatings by the estuarine amphipod Leptocheirus plumulosus: effects of Cd concentrations and salinity. Marine Ecology Progress Series 183: 205-216. PDF

Decho, A.W., & T. Kawaguchi. 1999. Confocal Imaging of in situ natural microbial communities and their extracellular polymeric secretions (EPS) using nanoplast resin. BioTechniques 27: 1246-1252.

Decho, A.W. 1999. Quorum sensing and chemical communication between cells within microbial biofilms. In: J. Wingender, T. Neu, H.-C. Fleming (eds), Microbial extracellular polymeric substances. Springer-Verlag. Pp. 155-169. (BOOK CHAPTER)

Decho, A.W. 1999. Imaging of alginate polymer gels using atomic-force microscopy. Carbohydrate Research 315: 330-333. PDF

Hoffman, M. & Decho, A.W. 1999. Extracellular enzyme activities within microbial biofilms: role of the exopolymer matrix. In: J. Wingender, T. Neu, H.-C. Fleming (eds), Microbial extracellular polymeric substances. Springer-Verlag. Pp. 217-230. (BOOK CHAPTER)

Selck, H., A.W. Decho, V.E. Forbes. 1999. Effects of chronic metal exposure and sediment organic matter on digestive absorption efficiency of cadmium by the deposit-feeding polychaete Capitella species I. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 18: 1289-1297.

Schlekat, C.E., A.W. Decho, G.T. Chandler. 1998. Sorption of cadmium to bacterial extracellular polymeric sediment coatings under estuarine conditions. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 17: 1867-1874.

Decho, A.W., R.K. Zimmer-Faust, K. Browne. 1998. Why basic peptides are signal molecules in ocean habitats. Limnology and Oceanography. 43: 1410-1417.

Decho, A.W. 1997. Microbial biotransformations of metals: effects on altering the trophic availability of metals. In: F.J. Vernberg et al. (eds). Sustainable Development in the Southeastern Coastal Zone. Pp. 265-284. (BOOK CHAPTER)

Zimmer-Faust, R.K., M.N. Tamburri, A.W. Decho. 1996. Chemosensory ecology of oyster larvae: benthic-pelagic coupling. Marine Freshwater Behavior & Physiology 26: 37-50.

Decho, A.W., & S.N. Luoma. 1996. Flexible digestion strategies and trace metal assimilation in marine bivalves. Limnology and Oceanography 41: 568-572.

Decho, A.W. and G.J. Herndl. 1995. Microbial activities and the transformation of organic matter within mucilaginous material. Science of Total Environment 165: 33-42.

Decho, A.W., & S.N. Luoma. 1994. Humic and fulvic acids: sink or source in the availability of metals to marine bivalves Macoma balthica and Potamocorbula amurensis? Marine Ecology Progress Series 108: 133-145.

Decho, A.W. Exopolymers in microbial mats: assessing their adaptive roles. In: L.J. Stal, P. Caumette (eds), Microbial Mats. NATO ASI Ser. Vol. G 35, Springer-Verlag, Berlin. Pp. 215-219. (BOOK CHAPTER)

Decho, A.W. 1994. Molecular-scale events influencing the macroscale cohesiveness of exopolymers. In: W.E. Krumbein, D.M. Paterson, L.J. Stal (eds), Biostabilization of Sediments. BIS/Verlag Publ., Oldenburg, Germany. Pp. 135-148. (BOOK CHAPTER)

Decho, A.W., & G.R. Lopez. 1993. Exopolymer microenvironments of microbial flora: multiple roles in trophic relationships. Limnology and Oceanography 38:1633-1645.

Decho, A.W. 1992. Methods for the observation and use in feeding experiments of microbial exopolymers. In: P.K. Kemp, B.F.Sherr, E.B. Sherr, J.J. Cole (eds.), Handbook of Methods in Aquatic Microbiology Ecology, Lewis Publ., N.Y. pp.685-694. (BOOK CHAPTER)

Decho, A.W. & S.N. Luoma. 1991. Time-courses in the Retention of food material in the bivalves Potamocorbula amurensis and Macoma balthica: Significance to the assimilation of carbon and chromium. Marine Ecology Progress Series 78: 303-314.

Decho, A.W. 1990. Microbial exopolymer secretions in ocean environments: Their role(s) in food webs and marine processes. Oceanography Marine Biology Annual Review 28: 73-154.

Decho, A.W. and D.J.W. Moriarty. 1990. Bacterial exopolymer utilization by a harpacticoid copepod: a methodology and results. Limnology and Oceanography35: 1035-1045.


2002. Molecular Ecology of Biofilms. Robert J.C. McLean and Alan W. Decho (eds.). Horizon Press, Norfolk, UK.

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