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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14.11.2018
 

Join us in this symbiosis workshop where researchers of nine labs present their work and exchange ideas.

26.09.2018
 

OeAD scholarship holder Andrea Söllinger provides insights into her research

06.09.2018
 

„An interdisciplinary Approach: On the Habitability of Enceladus’ Potential Subsurface Water Reservoir“

05.09.2018
 

Congratulations to Erika Wimmer and Isabella Anna Zink for recieving the award for Best Poster at EMBoA6!

05.09.2018
 

EMBO funded international workshop on “Molecular Biology of Archaea: from mechanisms to ecology”

01.09.2018
 

Dissertation Completion Fellowship awarded to Isabella Anna Zink.

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Guest Lectures

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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...

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

 

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