International Microorganism Day
17 September is International Microorganism Day, an annual celebration of microbiology to promote the diversity and variety of microorganisms and a way to encourage everyone to recognize and celebrate the many ways microscopic organisms are important in human health, culture and, throughout our daily lives. BOKU was part of it and Michael Sauer from the Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology talked in the Breakfast Show about microorganisms involved in bread baking.

Publication in Nature Biotech

The industrial yeast Pichia pastoris is converted from a heterotroph into an autotroph capable of growth on CO2. (2019) Gaßler, T., Sauer M., Gasser B., Egermeier M., Troyer Ch., Causon T., Hann St., Mattanovich D., Steiger M. Nature Biotechnology

New Publication

Back to the Salt Mines: Genome and Transcriptome Comparisons of the Halophilic Fungus Aspergillus salisburgensis and Its Halotolerant Relative Aspergillus sclerotialis. (2019) Tafer, H; Poyntner, C; Lopandic, K; Sterflinger, K; Pinar, G. Genes 2019, 10(5), 381;

The secretome of Pichia pastoris in fed-batch cultivations is largely independent of the carbon source but changes quantitatively over cultivation time.

Burgard J, Grünwald-Gruber C, Altmann F, Zanghellini J, Valli M, Mattanovich D, Gasser B. (2019) Microb Biotechnol. 2019 Nov 6. doi: 10.1111/1751-7915.13499.

BOKU Invention Awards 2019 for Brigitte Gasser, Diethard Mattanovich, Michael Sauer and Thomas Gaßler

The inventors, Diethard Mattanovich, Brigitte Gasser, Michael Sauer and Thomas Gaßler were able to convince the jury with the "CarboFeed" technology. In this project, a method was developed that makes it possible to process CO2 into an animal feed additive by using a novel yeast. The aim is using CO2 as a sustainable source of raw materials and it also has the eco-friendly effect that no further agricultural land is needed for the production of animal feed.

New Publication

Spotlight on biodiversity of microbial cell factories for glycerol conversion.

Russmayer H, Egermeier M, Kalemasi D, Sauer M. (2019) Biotechnol Adv 1;37(6):107395. doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2019.05.001.

Diethard Mattanovich re-elected Vice-President of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB).

At the last meeting of the Executive Board of the European Federation of Biotechnology in Barcelona, Diethard Mattanovich was re-elected Vice-President of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB).

Latest Publication

A single Gal4-like transcription factor activates the Crabtree effect in Komagataella phaffii

Ata Ö, Rebnegger C, Tatto NE, Valli M, Mairinger T, Hann S, Steiger MG, Çalık P, Mattanovich D. Nature Communications, 9:4911 doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-07430-4

Arts Meets Science

BOKU at this years Ars Electronica in Keplers's Gardens
Fermenting Futures is an art and science project developed by the Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology at BOKU in cooperation with the acib and the Department of Media Theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna

What’s the yeast doing inside my bread?

Soon on BBC News - Crowd Science

If you’re one of the millions of people who used lockdown to try something new like baking sourdough bread, you may well be wondering what’s happening chemically inside your loaf, especially if the end result keeps changing.

A BBC News Podcast about baking and yeast with Prof. Diethard Mattanovich as interview partner. - available from Aug 21, 23:32 (UTC+2)

Subcellular Proteome Atlas

A subcellular proteome atlas of the yeast Komagataella phaffii. (2020) Valli M, Grillitsch K, Grünwald-Gruber C, Tatto NE, Hrobath B, Klug L, Ivashov V, Hauzmayer S, Koller M, Tir N, Leisch F, Gasser B, Graf AB, Altmann F, Daum G, Mattanovich D. FEMS Yeast Res. 2020 Feb 1;20(1). pii: foaa001. doi: 10.1093/femsyr/foaa001.

GOLD medal for iGEM Vienna Team @Giant Jamboree 2019 in Boston

The Giant Jamboree is an annual event that showcases work from the iGEM Competition. All iGEM teams were invited to present their synthetic biology projects and compete for prizes in Boston, US. The iGEM Vienna team participated for the third time at this event and we all are proud and happy to say that in 2019 their efforts were rewarded in form of a Gold Medal! - congratulations!

Spotlight on biodiversity of microbial cell factories for glycerol conversion.

Russmayer H, Egermeier M, Kalemasi D, Sauer M. (2019) Biotechnol Adv 1;37(6):107395. doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2019.05.001.

Recombinant Protein Production in Yeast

This volume provides an overview of the main yeast production platforms currently used and future yeast cell factories for recombinant protein production. Chapters detail approaches of genetic and metabolic engineering, co-factor containing proteins and virus-like particles, glycoproteins, and post-translational modifications of proteins. in: Methods Mol Biol. 2019;1923: ISBN-13: 978-1493990238

Transforming CO2 into animal feed

Thomas Gaßler and Michael Egermeier were selected for a FFG Spin-Off Fellowship grant for the transformation of their project “CarboFeed” (Biotechnological production of high-value yeast based animal feed additives from CO2) together with Diethard Mattanovich.

OeGMBT Life Science PhD Award for Thomas Gaßler

At the Life Science Conference of the Austrian Society for Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT), young scientists were honoured for their internationally sensational work - including Thomas Gaßler (DBT) with his work on the biotechnological use of CO2.

New Publication

Shotgun proteomics reveals putative polyesterases in the secretome of the rock-inhabiting fungus Knufia chersonesos. (2020) Tesei, D; Quartinello, F; Guebitz, GM; Ribitsch, D; Nöbauer, K; Razzazi-Fazeli, E; Sterflinger, K. Sci Rep. 2020; 10: 9770. Published online 2020 Jun 17. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-66256-7

ICY15 meets ICYGMB 30 - save the date - AUG 22-26, 2021

We are glad to announce that, in midst of this challenging situation the 15th International Congress on Yeast and the 30th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology have decided to join forces in August 2021 and merge the two events. Therefore, it means: ICY15 meets ICYGMB30. - We will keep you updated!

New Publication

Totaro, D; Rothbauer, M; Steiger, MG; Mayr, T; Wang, HY; Lin,YS; Sauer, M; Altvater, M; Ertl, P; Mattanovich, D;Biotechnol Bioeng. 2020 Jul; 117(7): 2046–2057. Published online 2020 Apr 6. doi: 10.1002/bit.27338

BOKU Inventor 2019

This year the award BOKU inventor 2019 went ex aequo to Hertha Steinkellner (DAGZ), Reingard Grabherr (Head of Department of Biotechnology) and Brigitte Gasser (DBT). In addition to a cash prize, their commitment and exemplary effect will be rewarded with a personal video presented at the BOKU Autumn Festival at IFA Tulln. Congratulations!

Rudolf Sallinger Special Award for CarboFeed

The CarboFeed team from the Department of Biotechnology was delighted to receive a special jury prize for their CO2-fixing yeast strain technology at the Science & Business Awards of the Rudolf Sallinger Funds.

Christian Doppler Laboratory for Biotechnology of Glycerol

The CD-Laboratory for Biotechnology of Glycerol is dedicated to the microbial valorization of crude glycerol from biodiesel production.

Christian Doppler Laboratory for Growth-Decoupled Protein Production in Yeast

A report on the CD-lab of Brigitte Gasser in the magazine "Chemiereport 2017-03" (text only available in German).

New raw material aconitic acid

Scientists at the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) succeded in using the mold fungi Aspergillus niger to produce aconitic acid - a new raw material and important building block for the production of non-toxic bioplastics. (published in: Bioplastics Magazine 06/2017, p36)

Retrospection: Houska Award 2010