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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31.01.2018
 

"Worm’s migration through the redox discontinuity layer: Evidences from Thiosymbion physiology"

 

We, 31 January 2018, 1p.m.

26.01.2018
 

"Candidatus Nitrosocaldus cavascurensis, an Ammonia Oxidizing, Extremely Thermophilic Archaeon with a Highly Mobile Genome"

25.01.2018
 

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

Th, 25 January 2018

21.12.2017
 

"Reproduction mechanisms of host (nematode) - attached bacteria"

 

Th, 21 December 2017, 1 p.m.

 

Lecture Hall II, UZA 1

15.12.2017
 

"S, C and N Metabolism in Chemosynthetic Nematode Symbioses"

 

Fr, 15 December 2017

19.10.2017
 

Between scientific breakthroughs and societal challenges

 

19 & 20 October 2017, Billrothhaus, Frankgasse 8, 1090 Vienna

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Guest Lectures

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24.06.2016
 

Prof. Lisa Stein of University of Alberta, Canada, will give an open guest lecture: "NO way to Nitrous Oxide Production by Ammonia-Oxidizers".

24.06.2016
 

Prof. Jan Willem Erisman, Professor of Integrated Nitrogen Studies, VU University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, CEO of Louis Bolk Institute, will...

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