Welcome to Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics

We belong to the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna and are part of the Vienna Ecology Centre. Since April 1, 2013 we are the Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics Division of the Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology. 

 

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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16.05.2017
 

"CRISPR-mediated genome editing in Sulfolobus solfataricus"

Tu, 16 May 2017, 3:30 p.m., Übungsraum 6, UZA 1

 

15.05.2017
 

"The physiology and habitat of the first cells on earth"

 

Mo, 15 May 2017, 11:30 Lecture hall 2; Althanstr. 14 UZA 1

 

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

 

10.05.2017
 

Christa Schleper as sheds light on her views of the origin of life.

 

 

04.05.2017
 

LTAS Seminar coming up with Philipp Weber giving a talk on "Septal MreB-mediated cell widening in longitudinally dividing rod-shaped symbionts"

 

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