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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18.04.2018
 

Congratulations to Tobias Viehböck for winning the Best Poster Award at ISMSM-5!

17.04.2018
 

"Linking the pylogeny of Thaumarchaea with their environmental and functional diversity"

05.04.2018
 

Christa Schleper answers the University of Vienna's question of the summer term 2018.

05.04.2018
 

Interview with Christa Schleper in uni:view Magazin

18.03.2018
 

The prestigious endorsement was awarded for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) proposal "Ecology and Activity of Bathyarchaeota in wetland...

12.03.2018
 
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Guest Lectures

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17.03.2017
 

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

 

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

 

01.03.2017
 

"Evolution, Metabolism, and Interactions of Cable Bacteria"

 

We, 1 March 2017, 11a.m.

UZA 1, Floor 1, Spange 3, MoSys seminar room 1.320

24.01.2017
 

“What we know and don’t know about N-gas fluxes”

 

Tu, 24 January 2017, 12:30 p.m. Lecture Hall II, UZA 1

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