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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28.01.2020
 

"Copper limiting threshold in the terrestrial ammonia oxidizing archaeon Nitrososphaera viennensis"

 

28.01.2020
 

Ruth-Sophie Taubner and Simon Rittmann published two articles on Exooceans in the journal Space Science Reviews.

23.01.2020
 

"Ecological and biotechnological aspects of mono- and multispecies hydrogen production systems"

15.01.2020
 

Congratulations to our Japanese colleagues for this great achievement!

15.01.2020
 

"Heterologous expression of genes encoding for the carbon storage metabolism of Nitrososphaera viennensis in Methanococcus maripaludis"

13.01.2020
 

Isa successfully defended her PhD thesis

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Guest Lectures

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10.10.2019
 

NEW LECTURE HALL!

Co-Evolution zwischen Anthroposphäre und Biogeosphäre. Anlass zum Aufstand für Lebendigkeit

 

03.04.2019
 

“Imaging of microbial activity in the sea”

24.03.2019
 

“How do proteins evolve”

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