The University of North Carolina Herbarium has about 80 fungal specimens
collected by G. R. Bisby. All NCU’s fungal
specimens are being databased; label information is available via mycoportal.org. Bisby frequently
used “MAC, Winnipeg, Man.” as a location on his specimen labels. According to Cynthia Dietz, GIS
Environmental Studies Librarian at the University of Manitoba, “MAC” refers
to the Manitoba Agricultural College. The
center of the Manitoba Agricultural College ca. 1930 is now an administration
building for the University of Manitoba (49°48’34.36”N, 97° 07’57.77” W).
which curate 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):
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
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: Longmans, Green & Company.
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
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 37(3):
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
Ceylon. Peradeniya 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: 308-314.
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