Edaphon

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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(3) The most informative pedodiversity indicator of the humus status of cropland soils is the humus cover type (pro humus form), which involves not only the influence of the plant cover, but also the influence of its soil edaphon.
Differences also exist in the interaction of soil organic matter with the edaphon, and with the solid, liquid, and gaseous phases of soils.