Welcome to Project LIFE Schools’ Competition supported by the Fungal Research Trust. We invite entries from students in yrs 9-13 to enter a joint art and music competition where the subject is "Funky Fungi"
The Fungal Research Trust has been supporting research, training and education of healthcare professionals and scientists for over 20 years and supporting patients and their carers since 1998. With the recognition that greatly increasing numbers of people are being affected by fungal diseases, the FRT Trustees have decided to broaden their scope of interest to include public awareness on behalf of patients worldwide, with the launch of LIFE worldwide
The FRT and LIFE worldwide has now announced its first competition - Project LIFE - to engage young artists and musicians to express their artistic talents on the theme of Funky Fungi.
You may have thought fungi refer to only mushrooms or toadstools - but the really nasty fungi that can cause illness are nearly invisible. They release large numbers of spores in the air and that is how they can infect a person. Plants and animals too, are susceptible to fungal infections- often destroying crops in developing countries - and if the damaged crops are eaten, the toxins that the fungi produce can seriously harm a person's health.
Fungal diseases are mostly hidden and diagnosis is often missed, around 300 million people worldwide are affected, in many different forms of illness, some of which are deadly.
Fungi are not all bad they are essential to our ecosystem- in the carbon and nitrogen cycles, and are valuable in commerce as many industries require fungal activity eg. alcohol, bread and cheese making.
But these fungi form beautiful structures when seen under microscopes- you can see some of these in our resources sections.
We invite students from yrs 9-13 to use their creative talents to design artwork or a piece of music or song to illustrate their ideas of the these wonderful fungi. Use our resources to stimulate your ideas, there are images and videos to help you and other links to online resources.
If you want to find out more about LIFE worldwide visit our website and learn many interesting facts about fungi and some of the illnesses that they can cause.