microfauna


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microfauna

(mī′krō-fô′nə)
n. pl. microfauna or microfau·nas
Microscopic or very small organisms, such as protozoans, that live in soil or benthic sediments.

mi′cro·fau′nal adj.
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microfauna

  1. the flora ofa microhabitat.
  2. any microscopic plants not visible to the naked eye.
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Maraun M, Alphei J, Beste P, Bonkowski M, Buryn R, Migge S, Peter M, Schaefer M, Scheu S (2001) Indirect effects of carbon and nutrient amendments on the soil meso- and microfauna of a beechwood.
However, in contrast with these geochemical results, both abundance and number of species of the microfauna are very low along the estuarine intertidal flats and they have normal values on the marsh areas.
Macropores are formed in several ways, such as chemical weathering, shrinking, frost action, plant root channelling, and earthworm and other microfauna burrowing (Beven and Germann 1982).
Conditioned substrates, presumably colonized by microfauna, are also known to facilitate brachiopod settlement (Percival, 1960).
1992, Hanlon 1982), or by tearing them into smaller pieces (Camilleri 1992, Micheli 1993), crabs likely increase rates of decomposition above those accomplished by microbes and microfauna alone (Kavanagh and Kellman 1992).
The sedimentary series is described and their microfauna is documented.
Recomiendo esta obra para todos aquellos estudiosos de la microfauna acuatica continental.