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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30.05.2019
 

Thanks Philipp!

11.05.2019
 

A joint worshop of the DK+ with the Centre of Doctoral Studies of the University of Vienna took place on May 9-10th, 2019.

10.05.2019
 

"Alternative functions of type III-B CRISPR-Cas systems beyond antiviral defense"

03.05.2019
 

Don't forget to sign up!

01.04.2019
 

Well done, Ruth!

12.03.2019
 

1st prize! Great, Andrea!

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Guest Lectures

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24.06.2016
 

Prof. Jan Willem Erisman, Professor of Integrated Nitrogen Studies, VU University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, CEO of Louis Bolk Institute, will...

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