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

- 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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04.06.2018
 

Congratulations, Simon!

30.05.2018
 

We cordially invite you to Vienna to the 6th edition of the international conference “Molecular Biology of the Archaea: from mechanisms to ecology”. ...

24.04.2018
 

"Unifying the global phylogeny and environmental distribution of ammonia-oxidising archaea based on amoA genes"

24.04.2018
 

"Cultivation and Characterization of an Extremely Thermophilic Ammonia Oxidizing Archaeon"

19.04.2018
 

News article from the austrian newspaper der Standard about our publication on the thermophilic thaumarchaeon Candidatus Nitrosocaldus cavascurensis.

19.04.2018
 

"In Vivo Studies of Strong and Regulatable Promoters in Sulfolobus solfataricus"

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Guest Lectures

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28.04.2017
 

"Resolving the unresolved: biogeochemistry of marine dissolved organic matter"

 

Fr, 28 April May 2017, 11:30a.m., Lecture Hall 2; Althanstr. 14 UZA...

07.04.2017
 

"Importance of cell wall surveillance systems in plant responses to heavy metals and excess trade elements"

Fr, 7 April May 2017, 11a.m., Lecture...

31.03.2017
 

"Revealing the metabolism and rates of active chemoautotrophic microbial communities linking sulfur, nitrogen, and carbon cycles at deep-sea...

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