The University of North Carolina Herbarium has several dozen fungal specimens
collected by G. R. Bisby. All NCU’s fungal
specimens are being databased; label information is
available via mycoportal.org. If you are interested in helping us catalog
our collection by viewing label images on-line, then transferring information
to the on-line database, please contact Asst. Curator Carol Ann
that hold Bisby’s specimens include NCU, TENN, BPI,
MICH, CUP, FH, NY, OSC, MIN, and DAOM.
G. R. Bisby
(date, photographer unknown)
man at the University of Manitoba who made a major contribution to the
mycology of that province was Guy Richards Bisby
(1889-1958), a native of South Dakota, USA, where he got his bachelor’s
degree from the state college in 1912.
He earned an AM degree from Columbia University before attending the
University of Minnesota for the Ph.D. that he was awarded in 1918. Bisby did some
teaching at Minnesota, and had a period of employment at Purdue University
where he worked with J.C. Arthur, North America’s leading authority on the
classification of rust fungi, before going to Manitoba to become the first
professor of plant pathology in a Canadian university. Except for leave periods, one of which was
for nearly a year (1921-22) to study mycology and plant pathology in England,
Bisby remained at the University of Manitoba until
he resigned in 1937 to accept a position in the Commonwealth Mycological Institute,
Kew, England, where he had a distinguished career.
Bisby cooperated with Buller to
produce a Preliminary list of Manitoba
fungi in 1922. In 1924 he
published an account of the fungi he collected north of Lake Winnepeg, and, with plant pathologists I.L. Conners and D.L. Bailey, produced The parasitic fungi found in Manitoba. However, from a mycological standpoint, Bisby is perhaps best remembered for his leadership in
the preparation and publication of two books on fungi: The
fungi of Manitoba, in cooperation with Buller
and veteran mycologist John Dearness in 1929, plus its two supplements, the
second of which contained 289 additions and was included in the thirteenth
annual report of the Canadian Plant Disease Survey in 1934; and their extension, The fungi of Manitoba and Saskatchewan
in 1938, for which he had the additional assistance of W. P. Fraser and R.C.
Russell. Several thousand fungi
collected by Bisby, including a few by Buller and others mentioned in those books, were placed
in the herbarium of the University of Manitoba, from which they were
eventually transferred to DAOM, in Ottawa. “ Estey, Ralph
H. (1994) Essays on the early history
of plant pathology and mycology in Canada.
McGill-Queens University Press. p. 276-277.
skill as a compiler was in frequent demand at the Commonwealth Mycological
Institute where he produced the Institute’s first list of tropical plant
diseases and for more than a decade supervised the production of the Index of Fungi. These tasks were mostly undertaken with the
minimum of clerical assistance and were only accomplished by maintaining a
very regular pattern of work – an early start, a midday break for, weather
permitting, and hour’s gardening, and as a rule no mycology in the evening
but early to bed… Dr. Bisby was of a retiring
disposition, he was rarely seen at meetings and never, I believe, attended an
international congress. He had,
however, many friends and correspondents by whom he will be long remembered
on both sides of the Atlantic.” Ainsworth, G. C. (1959) Guy Richard Bisby. Taxon 8(1):
PUBLICATIONS [incomplete list]:
Bisby, G. R. (1914) Some observations of the formation
of the Capillitium and the development of Physarella mirabilis Peck and Stemonitis fusca
Roth. American J. of Botany 1(6): 274-288.
Bisby, G. R. (1916) The Uredinales
found upon the Onagraceae. American J. of Botany 3(10): 527-561.
J. C. and G. R. Bisby (1918) An annotated translation of the part
of Schweinitz’s two papers giving the rusts of
North America. Proc. Of the Am.
Philosophical Soc. 57(3): 173-292.
Bisby, G. R. (1920) Short cycle Uromyces of North America. Botanical Gazette 69(3): 193-217.
Bisby, G. R. (1923) The literature on the classfication of the Hysteriales. Trans. Of the British Mycological Society
Bisby, G. R. (1924) Fungi from central Manitoba. Mycologia 16(3): 122-129.
Bisby, G. R. (1925) Zonation in cultures of Fusarium discolor sulphureum. Mycologia
Bisby, G. R. (1925) The Barro
Colorado Island laboratory. Science,
New Series, 62(1596): 111.
Bisby, G. R., A. H. R. Buller and
J. Dearness (1929)
Fungi of Manitoba.
London, New York, Toronto:
Bisby, G. R.
(1932) Type specimens of
Mycologia 24(3): 304-329.
Bisby, G. R. (1933) The distribution of fungi as
compared with that of phanerogams. American J. of Botany 20(4): 246-254.
Bisby, G. R. (1935) Are living spores to be found over
the ocean? Mycologia
Bisby, G. R. and E. W. Mason (1940) List of Pyrenomycetes
recorded for Britain. Trans. of the
British Mycological Society 24:
Bisby, G. R. (1941) British species of Hysterium, Gloniopsis, Dichaena and Mytilidion. Trans. Of
the British Mycological Society 25:
Bisby, G. R., E. M. Mason and E. M. Wakefield (1942) A note on
Bisby, G. R.
distribution of fungi. Botanical
Review 9(7): 466-482.
Bisby, G. R. (1943) Stachybotrys.
Trans. Of the British Mycological Society 26: 133-143.
G. C. and G. R. Bisby (1943) Dictionary of the Fungi. viii + 359pp., 138 figs.
United Kingdom: Kew, Imperial
Bisby, G. R. (1943) The numbers of fungi. Trans. of the British Mycological Society
Bisby, G. R. (1944) Nomenclature of fungi. Mycologia 36(3): 279-285.
Bisby, G. R. (1944) The British Hysteriales,
II. Trans. of the British Mycological
Society 27: 20-28.
Bisby, G. R. (1945) An introduction to the taxonomy and
nomenclature of fungi. vii + 117 pp.
United Kingdom: Kew, Imperial
Bisby, G. R. (1945) What are mycologists doing about
nomenclature? Annals of Applied
Biology 32: 183.
Bisby, G. R. (1945) Stachybotrys and Memnoniella. Trans. of the British Mycological Society
G. C. and G. R. Bisby (1945) Dictionary of the Fungi. Edition 2:
431 pp. United Kingdom: Kew, Imperial Mycological Institute.
Seaver, Fred J. and G. R. Bisby
Henry Reginald Buller. Mycologia
Bisby, G. R. (1949) Generic names of fungi proposed for
rejection. Commonwealth Mycological
Institute Mimeographed Publications 6:
Bisby, G. R. and M. B. Ellis (1949) Stachybotrys dichroa Grove.
Trans. of the British Mycological Society 32:
G. C. and G. R. Bisby (1950) Dictionary of the Fungi. Edition 3:
447 pp. United Kingdom: Kew, Commonwealth Mycological Institute.
Petch, T. and G. R. Bisby (1950) The fungi of
Manual 6. [?incomplete citation?]
Bisby, G. R. (1952) The name Oidium. Trans. of the British Mycological Society 35: 236-237.
Bisby, G. R. and R. W. G. Dennis (1952) Notes on British Hysteriales. Trans. of the British Mycological Society
Bisby, G. R. and M. B. Ellis (1952) Lophium elatum Grev. Trans. of the British Mycological Society
Bisby, G. R. and S. J. Hughes (1952) Summary of the British Hysteriales. Trans.
of the British Mycological Society 35:
Bisby, G. R. and P.O. Wiehe (1953) The rusts of
Nyasaland. Mycological Papers 54. [?inaccurate citation?]
R. W. G., E. M. Wakefield and G. R. Bisby (1954) The nomenclature
and Entoloma. Trans. of the British Mycological Society
G. C. and G. R. Bisby (1954) Dictionary of the Fungi. Edition 4:
475 pp. United Kingdom: Kew, Commonwealth Mycological Institute.
M. and G. R. Bisby (1954) List of British Uredinales. Trans. of the British Mycological Society
Bisby, G. R. and C. Booth (1955) On Glonium amplum. Naturalist 1955: 163-164.
E. J. and G. R. Bisby (1960) The fungi of India. New Delhi, India: Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
Partial publications list http://www.cybertruffle.org.uk/cgi-bin/bibquery.pl?author=bisby,%20g.r.
Photo of Bisby http://www.cybertruffle.org.uk/pics/0001911b.jpg