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Prof. Alan W. Decho

Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Arnold School of Public Health

University of South Carolina, USA

Email: awdecho@mailbox.sc.edu


1987 M.Sc., Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA

1982 Ph.D., Louisiana State University, USA

1979 B.A., Eastern Connecticut State University, USA

Publications (Selected)

  1. Handy, RD, G Cornelis, T Fernandes, O Tsyusko, AW Decho, C Metcalfe, T Sabo-Atwood, J Steevens. 2011. Ecotoxicity test methods for engineered nanomaterials: practical experiences and recommendations from the bench. Spec. Issue Environ. Sci & Technol (in press)
  2. Decho, AW, RL Frey, JL Ferry 2011. Chemical challenges to bacterial AHL signaling in the environment. Chemical Reviews 111: 86-99
  3. Decho, AW. 2011. Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). In: J. Reitner, V Thiel (eds), Encyclopedia of Geobiology, Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences, Springer-Verlag p. 359-361. ISBN 978-1-4020-9211-4.
  4. Decho, AW. 2010. Overview of biopolymer-induced mineralization: What goes on in biofilms? Ecological Engineering 36: 137-144.
  5. Bey B, EB Fichot, G Dayama, Decho AW, Norman RS 2010. Extraction of high Molecular weight DNA from microbial mats. Biotechniques 49: 631-640.
  6. 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. Environ. Sci. Technol 44: 7465-7469.
  7. Decho, AW, RS Norman, PT Visscher. 2010. Quorum sensing in natural environments: emerging views from microbial mats. Trends in Microbiology. 18: 73-80.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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, (in press)
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Dupraz, C, RP Reid, O Braissant, AW Decho, RS Norman, PT Visscher. 2009. Processes of carbonate precipitation in microbial mats. Earth Sci. Rev. 96: 141-162
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Paterson DM, RJ Aspden, PT Visscher, M Consalvey, MS Andres, AW Decho, J Stolz, RP Reid. 2008. Light-dependent biostabilization of sediments by stromatolite assemblages. PLos One. 3: 1-10.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.