Adeline Ames

Adeline Sarah Ames (1879–1976) was an American mycologist who specialized in the study of mycelium.[1][2][3]

Adeline Sarah Ames
Born(1879-10-06)October 6, 1879
Henderson, York County, Nebraska
DiedFebruary 11, 1976(1976-02-11) (aged 96)
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California
Resting placeWyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska
Alma materB.S., A.M., University of Nebraska; Ph.D., Cornell University
Scientific career
FieldsBotany, Mycology
InstitutionsAssistant Forest Pathologist, Department of Plant Industry, Washington, D.C., 1913; Professor of Biology, Sweet Briar College, 1920 - 1941
Author abbrev. (botany)A.Ames


Born October 6, 1879, in Henderson, York County, Nebraska, Ames was the eldest of four children of Elwyn Ames and Hettie Owen Ames. She attended the University of Nebraska, (B.A., A.M., 1903) and received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1913.[4] She died in Long Beach, California, on February 11, 1976.


In 1913, Ames served as Assistant Forest Pathologist in the Department of Plant Industry in Washington, D.C.[5] In 1918, she also worked with George Francis Atkinson in Tacoma, Washington collecting fleshy fungus flora.[6] From 1920 to 1941, she was a biology professor at Sweet Briar College.[7]

Scientific workEdit

In February 1913, while a graduate student at Cornell University, she studied the collection of Polyporaceae at the New York Botanical Garden, with special reference to the species occurring in the United States.[8] In 1913, she published the article "A New Wood-Destroying Fungus" in the Botanical Gazette where she worked with Atkinson in Cornell examining polypores collected in the engineering building at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute growing on woodwork. The fungus was identified as a new species, Poria atrosporia, mycelium with pale umbrinous coloration within the substratum or in a superficial layer found on wood from conifers.[9]

Partial bibliographyEdit

  • The Temperature Relations of Some Fungi Causing Storage Rots (1915). Phytopathology 5:1 (11-19).
  • A Consideration of Structure in Relation to Genera of Polyporaceae (1913). key and descriptions of sixteen genera.[10]
  • A New Wood-Destroying Fungus (1913). Botanical Gazette, Volume 5 (397-399).
  • Studies in the Polyporaceae (1913, Ph.D. dissertation, Cornell University).
  • Studies on the structure and behavior of rosettes (1903, A.M. thesis, University of Nebraska). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln.


  1. ^ "Harvard University Herbaria - Index of Botanists - Ames, Adeline". Harvard University Herbaria. Harvard University. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  2. ^ Cornell alumni news. November 1976. page 55. alumni deaths.
  3. ^ Alumni directory : Graduates, 1869-1912 (page 104). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska, ser. XVII, no. 7
  4. ^ "Alumni Deaths". Cornell Alumni News. 79 (4): 55. November 1976.
  5. ^ "News and Notes". Mycologia. 5 (2): 87–90. 1913. doi:10.1080/00275514.1913.12018511. JSTOR 3753567.
  6. ^ Coulter, John Merle; Coulter, M. S.; Barnes, Charles Reid; Arthur, Joseph Charles (1919-01-01). Botanical Gazette. University of Chicago Press.
  7. ^ Sweet Briar College (1941). "The Briar Patch". Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  8. ^ Garden, New York Botanical (1912-01-01). Journal.
  9. ^ "A New Wood-Destroying Fungus : Ames, Adeline : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Internet Archive. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  10. ^ Bessey, Charles E. (1914-05-29). "Botanical Notes". Science. New Series. 39 (1013): 790–791. Bibcode:1914Sci....39..790B. doi:10.1126/science.39.1013.790. JSTOR 1638884. PMID 17812657.

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