By Monika Bright, Julia Klose, Andrea D. Nussbaumer Bright M., Klose J., Nussbaumer A.D.
2013 Giant tubeworms. Current Biology Vol 23 No 6 R224
In 1977, a joint French and U.S. expedition to the Galapagos Rift led to the discovery of hydrothermal vents. Among the unexpected animal communities found down there was an extremely large polychaete worm, Riftia pachyptila. Shortly thereafter, the giant tubeworm was described as the first symbiosis between an animal and sulfur-oxidizing chemoautotrophic (thiotrophic) bacteria. The current review summarises the host symbiont relation as well as the transmission mode and symbiont population control. Both, the difference between vent and seep tubeworms and the tubeworms relatives are described.
| 21.03.2013 |
Let's talk about symbiosis
The Research Focus Symbiosis of the Faculty of Life Sciences will be holding a joint workshop for all students and researchers to get together on April 26, 2013.
Please contact Jean Marie Volland (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pedro Rodrigues Frade email@example.com) if you are interested to attend.
Deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is April 10, 2013.
| 21.03.2013 |
Single cell genomics: Sorting out patterns in the microbial jungle
Ramunas Stepanauskas is the director of the Single Cell Genomics Center (SCGC) at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, USA. He will give a lecture on "Single cell genomics: Sorting out patterns in the microbial jungle".
Monday, 18 March 2013; 13:00-14:00 hours; UZA2, Lecture Hall 4
| 13.03.2013 |
Microbial Ecology of the Deep Atlantic Pelagic Realm (MEDEA2)
In July 2012 the Microbial Oceanography Group (MOVIE) finished the second cruise in the framework of the MEDEA project funded by an ERC Advanced Grant to Gerhard Herndl. The expedition was devoted to sampling bacteria and archaea in the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone. Additionally, stations north of the Polar Circle were sampled.
| 12.10.2012 |
Get together for students and researchers
The Research Focus Symbiosis of the Faculty of Life Sciences will be holding a joint seminar for all students and researchers to get together on October 10, 2012.
Wednesday, 10 October 2012; 9 am; Place to be announced.
| 20.08.2012 |
Global inventory of dissolved organic carbon
Dennis Hansell is one of the leading marine chemists focusing on linking general oceanic circulation to the distribution and age of DOC. He will give a seminar on "The global inventory of dissolved organic carbon" in the Dept. of Marine Biology.
Friday, 27 April 2012; 12:15-13 hours; UZA1, Seminar Room Dept. Marine Biology.
| 26.04.2012 |
A new master at the University of Vienna
Starting in October 2012, a new master program Environmental Sciences will be available at the University of Vienna. The application is be open during April 2012.
| 18.01.2012 | Read more |
Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants on Marine Radioactivity
Ken Buesseler is a leading expert in marine biogeochemical cycles and antrophogenic as well as natural radionuclides occuring in marine environments. He will give an open lecture on the "Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants on Marine Radioactivity" at the University of Vienna.
Friday, 2 December 2011; 13-14 hours; UZA1, Lecture Hall 2
| 28.11.2011 | Abstract |
By Michael Stachowitsch, Bettina Riedel and Martin Zuschin
Stachowitsch M., Riedel B., Zuschin M. 2011. The return of shallow shelf seas as extreme environments: Anoxia and Macrofauna Reactions in the Northern Adriatic Sea.
In: Anoxia: Evidence for Eukaryote Survival and Paleontological Strategies. Altenbach A., Bernhard J., Seckbach J. (Eds.). Cellular Origins, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology (COLE) Book Series, Vol 21, Springer.
| 21.11.2011 |
Microbial Ecology of the Deep Atlantic Pelagic Realm (MEDEA)
On 11th of November the Microbial Oceanography Group (MOVIE) finished the first cruise in the framework of the MEDEA project funded by an ERC Advanced Grant to Gerhard Herndl. In total 29 days at sea were devoted to sampling the microbial activity and community composition of the deep North Atlantic ocean.
| 12.11.2011 |
Brandon K. Swan, M. Martinez-Garcia, C.M. Preston, A. Sczyrba, T. Woyke, D. Lamy, T. Reinthaler, N.J. Poulton, E.D.P. Masland, M. Lluesma Gomez, M.E. Sieracki, E.F. DeLong, G.J. Herndl, R. Stepanauskas
Swan B. K., M. Martinez-Garcia, C. M. Preston, A. Sczyrba, T. Woyke, D. Lamy, T. Reinthaler, N. J. Poulton, E. D. P. Masland, M. Lluesma Gomez, M. E. Sieracki, E. F. DeLong, G. J. Herndl, R. Stepanauskas. 2011. Potential for chemolithoautotrophy among ubiquitous bacteria lineages in the Dark Ocean. Science 333: 1296-1300.
By Harald Gruber-Vodicka, Uli Dirks, Nico Leisch et al.
Gruber-Vodicka, H.R., Dirks, U., Leisch, N., Baranyi, C., Stoecker, K., Bulgheresi, S., Heindl, N.R., Horn, M., Lott, C., Loy, A., Wagner, M., Ott, J.A., 2011. Paracatenula, an ancient symbiosis between thiotrophic Alphaproteobacteria and catenulid flatworms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Austrian 'Nobel Prize'
With an allocation of 1.5 Mio Euros, the Wittgenstein award (also traded as the Austrian Nobel prize) is the highest promotional grant for science in Austria.
Gerhard received the award inter alia due to his ground breaking contributions in the field of microbial oceanography where he is at the forefront in deciphering the metabolic processes of microorganisms in the deep sea.