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

- Archaea Biotechnology

- 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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13.01.2020
 

Isa successfully defended her PhD thesis

19.12.2019
 

The Division of Archaea Biology & Ecogenomics wishes all colleagues, students and friends Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020!

18.12.2019
 

Christa Schleper introduces "her" element: Nitrogen.

05.12.2019
 

Christa Schleper discusses the University of Vienna's question of the winter term 2019/20.

02.12.2019
 

"Exploring the microbial biotransformation of extraterrestrial material on nanometer scale"

29.11.2019
 

Fridays For Future calls the 4th worldwide strike for climate action and climate justice.

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Guest Lectures

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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

 

28.04.2017
 

"Resolving the unresolved: biogeochemistry of marine dissolved organic matter"

 

Fr, 28 April May 2017, 11:30a.m., Lecture Hall 2; Althanstr. 14 UZA...

07.04.2017
 

"Importance of cell wall surveillance systems in plant responses to heavy metals and excess trade elements"

Fr, 7 April May 2017, 11a.m., Lecture...

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