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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21.12.2018
 

"An electrogenic redox loop in sulfate reduction reveals a likely widespread mechanism of energy conservation"

04.12.2018
 

"Chromosome segregation in non-model bacteria"

22.11.2018
 

Thank you very much for your applications. The position has been filled.

22.11.2018
 

Thank you very much for your applications. The position is filled.

21.11.2018
 

"Ecophysiology and Methane Productivity of Carboxydotrophy-Based Archael Co-Cultures"

14.11.2018
 

"Physiological & Ecological Characterisation of Methanomassiliicoccales"

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Guest Lectures

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12.05.2017
 

"Grellbacteria - a new phylum of intracellular bacteria in the basal metazoan Trichoplax"

 

12 May 2017, 10 am, UZA 1, Konferenzraum Ökologie (Room...

12.05.2017
 

"Extreme conditions and structural adaptation of not only extremophile plants"

 

Fr, 12 May 2017, 11:30 a.m. Lecture hall 4; Althanstr. 14 UZA2

 

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...

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