Welcome to Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics

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

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

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


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


"Comparative Genomics of Archaeal Metabolism"

"Comparative physiology of methanogenic archaea with respect to biotechnological application"




Nika Pende receives Dissertation Completion Fellowship her PhD thesis "RE-ATTACH: Reproduction Mechanisms of Host-attached Bacteria".



“Living in a novel world: The biogeography and macroecology of biological invasions”


Fr, 17 March 2017, 11 a.m., Lecture Hall II, UZA 1



"Unraveling cryptic diversity and building a solid phylogenetic framework for a marine thiotrophic symbiosis with metagenomics"


Th, 16 March, 11 am...

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