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The drilosphere is the part of the soil influenced by earthworm secretions, burrowing and castings.[1] Therefore, it is the fraction of soil which has gone through the digestive tract of earthworms,[2] or the lining of an earthworm burrow.[3] The average thickness of the drilosphere (lining of an earthworm burrow) is 2 mm,[4] but it can be much wider (about 8 mm) around the burrows of litter-feeding earthworms [5]

Through the drilosphere, earthworms influence soil microbial communities, with effects on microbial processes related to

  1. ^ Biodiversity in Agroecosystems, Wanda Williams Collins, et al. Page 20. 1999.
  2. ^ Organic Phosphorus in the Environment, Turner, et al., Page 91. 2005
  3. ^ Earthworms in Australia, David Murphy, 1993
  4. ^ M. B. Bouché, Action de la faune sur les états de la matière organique dans les écosystèmes. 1975.
  5. ^ Andriuzzi et al. (2013) Soil Biology and Biochemistry 64, 136-138, doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.04.016
  6. ^ a b Earthworm Ecology By Clive Arthur Edwards. 2nd Ed. 2004. CRC Press. ISBN 0-8493-1819-X
  7. ^ T. Bhatnagar, Lombriciens et humification: Un aspect nouveau de l'incorporation microbienne d'azote induite par les vers de terre.


The term was coined by M. B. Bouché.


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