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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01.06.2022
 

„Morphogenesis and chromosome organization in animal-attached bacteria“

14.05.2022
 

"Comparative genomics and phylogenetic reconstruction of molybdoenzymes within prokaryotes"

28.04.2022
 

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26.04.2022
 

"Examining the effect of light and reactive oxygen species on growth and survival of archaea associated with the human skin"

21.04.2022
 

Expert discussion „Mission Energiewende: Wieviel Zukunft steckt in grünem Wasserstoff?“

14.04.2022
 

"No Correlation between Biofilm-Forming Capacity and Antibiotic Resistance in Environmental Staphylococcus spp.: In Vitro Results"

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Guest Lectures

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11.04.2022
 

"How microbes eliminate oxygen - the role of flavodiiron proteins"

27.01.2022
 

Christina Plank (moderation), Katharina Bohnenberger, Marlene Engelhorn, Hendrik Theine, Katerina Vrtikapa (panelists)

25.01.2022
 

"Laywers For Future: Why I sued the Austrian republic twice"

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