Welcome to Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics

We belong to the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna. On January 1, 2020 we merged with Molecular Systems Biology, Limnology and Bio-Oceanography and Marine Biology to become part of the Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology

Archaea arose together with Bacteria as the first organisms on this planet about 3.5 billion years ago. They form a separate domain of life beside Bacteria and Eukaryotes and inhabit virtually all environments on Earth, including the most extreme environments that can sustain life.
Our division studies the Biology of Archaea as well as bacterial symbioses with a focus on ecological, physiological and evolutionary aspects to shed light on the diversity and fundamental distinctions between these two prokaryotic groups.

In particular we are interested in:

- The ecological distribution of archaea from terrestrial, aquatic and hot environments

- The phylogeny of archaea

- The metabolism and genomes of ammonia oxidizing thaumarchaeota

- virus-defense (CRISPR-) systems of hyperthermophilic archaea

- Archaea Biotechnology

- bacterium-nematode symbioses

We thus attempt to improve the understanding of the role of mocroorganisms, in particular of archaea, in global biogeochemical cycles and in early evolution.

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12.11.2021
 

Congratulations Walter!

31.10.2021
 

26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021

01.10.2021
 

Climate change and Climate Crisis. Transformative concepts and innovation.

31.08.2021
 

"Linking 16S rRNA Gene Classification to amoA Gene Taxonomy Reveals Environmental Distribution of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaeal Clades in Peatland Soils"

31.08.2021
 

We are happy to share this Green Labs Austria short movie with you!

16.08.2021
 

Our new address:

University of Vienna (UBB), Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, Djerassiplatz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria

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Guest Lectures

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07.10.2021
 

"Climate Crisis - what we know and what we can do about it"

10.02.2021
 

"Connecting Methane and Nitrogen Cycles: A 25+ Year Retrospective"

11.01.2021
 

"Carbon budgets in climate science and policy"

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