from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to soil, especially as it affects living organisms.
- adj. Influenced by the soil rather than by the climate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. soil
- adj. relating to, or determined by, conditions of the soil, especially as it relates to biological systems
- adj. soil characteristics, such as water content, pH, texture, and nutrient availability, that influence the type and quantity of vegetation in an area
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Influenced or produced by the soil or its contents; arising from the soil: as, edaphic formations (see formation); edaphic influences.
Beyond these edaphic savannas is a wide plain covered with lowland forest.
The combination of high rainfall, edaphic, and topographic variability, and historical biogeographical patterns renders these forests some of the most diverse species in the world.
Some edaphic associations are Chamise series on shallow soils, Leather oak series on shallow serpentinitic soils, Needlegrass grasslands on Vertisols, and Manzanita shrublands on silicic sandstones.
Top-dying of sundri is most likely associated with the decrease in freshwater flow, either as a direct effect of increasing salinity or other associated edaphic changes.
Vegetation is highly variable throughout this ecoregion and are influenced primarily by edaphic processes and disturbance regimes.
Climatic, edaphic, and biotic controls over storage and turnover of carbon in soils.
Soils are generally andisols and spodsols; however, soil series vary considerably across the region in association with local climatic differences and edaphic processes.
The flora is varied due to the variety of edaphic conditions, but is generally more mesic than found in 65c, and more xeric than in 63h.
One suggests that fire-induced population turnover and fragmentation, in combination with edaphic specialization and low vagility, is the driving force behind speciation.
The odds are high that a local endemic will be a member of a limited number of families (e.g. Ericaceae, Proteaceae, Rutaceae); will be a habitat specialist (usually edaphic); and will be a low, fire-killed shrub with restricted gene dispersal.