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  • n. The ecological relationship of soil with plants, and land cultivation practices.


From Ancient Greek ἔδαφος (edaphos, "ground") +‎ -ology. (Wiktionary)


  • Soil science, whether edaphology or pedology, is designed to deal with the nature and properties of soils relevant to plant growth.

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  • One of two main divisions of soil science, the other being pedology. Edaphology is concerned with the influence of soils on living things, particularly plants.

    October 24, 2008