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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22.11.2019
 

"Heterologous Expression of Proteins from the Extremely Thermophilic Thaumarchaeon Candidatus Nitrosocaldus cavascurensis in Sulfolobus solfataricus"

21.11.2019
 

„Molecular characterization of an Oceanospirillales bacterium associated to males of the marine nematode Laxus oneistus“

23.10.2019
 

New publication from Zink et al. in Nature Communications: "CRISPR-mediated gene silencing reveals involvement of the archaeal S-layer in cell...

23.10.2019
 

Isabelle and Kevin contribute a behind the paper article to Nature Communications

14.10.2019
 

Congratulations Joost!

04.10.2019
 

Join us for an amazing lecture series exploring climate change from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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Guest Lectures

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06.02.2018
 

"Butterflies that trick ants"

 

Tu, 6 February 2018, 12:30 p.m.

16.01.2018
 

"Changing Arctic marine ecosystems - a benthic perspective"

 

Tu, January 2018, 12:30 p.m.

09.01.2018
 

"Climate feedbacks from the Arctic under global change: current knowledge and challenges"

Tu, 9 January 2018, 12:30 p.m.

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