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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05.09.2018
 

We cordially invite you to Vienna to the 6th edition of the international conference “Molecular Biology of the Archaea: from mechanisms to ecology”. ...

29.08.2018
 

Filipa Sousa has received an ERC Starting Grant for her project "Evolution of physiology: the link between Earth and Life", in the context of which...

22.06.2018
 

"Chromosome segregation in non-model bacteria - daring a leap in to the cellular anatomy of animal symbionts"

05.06.2018
 

On May 14th 2018, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory elected Christa Schleper as a new member.

04.06.2018
 

Congratulations, Simon!

24.04.2018
 

"Unifying the global phylogeny and environmental distribution of ammonia-oxidising archaea based on amoA genes"

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