Edaphon


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edaphon

[′ed·ə‚fän]
(biology)
Flora and fauna in soils.

Edaphon

 

a term introduced by the German biologist R. France to refer to the entire group of organisms that live in the soil in their active stage of development and that represent a closed community. Later the term came to mean the entire group of organisms living in the soil.

REFERENCE

France, R. H. Das Edaphon. Stuttgart, 1921.
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Differences also exist in the interaction of soil organic matter with the edaphon, and with the solid, liquid, and gaseous phases of soils.