Welcome to Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics

We belong to the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna and are part of the Vienna Ecology Centre. Since April 1, 2013 we are the Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics Division of the Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology. 

 

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

- physiology and biotechnological application of methanogenic archaea

- 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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23.01.2020
 

"Ecological and biotechnological aspects of mono- and multispecies hydrogen production systems"

15.01.2020
 

Congratulations to our Japanese colleagues for this great achievement!

15.01.2020
 

"Heterologous expression of genes encoding for the carbon storage metabolism of Nitrososphaera viennensis in Methanococcus maripaludis"

13.01.2020
 

Isa successfully defended her PhD thesis

19.12.2019
 

The Division of Archaea Biology & Ecogenomics wishes all colleagues, students and friends Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020!

05.12.2019
 

Christa Schleper discusses the University of Vienna's question of the winter term 2019/20.

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Guest Lectures

14.01.2020
 

"Evolution of archaeal gene regulatory networks under extreme stress"

13.01.2020
 

"CRISPR-Cas self-targeting in Haloarchaea"

18.10.2019
 

Join us for an exciting talk on the "Archaea Microbiome"!