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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.

Latest Press

Links are found between asthma and fungal allergy.

There are up to 150,000 people suffering from severe asthma in the UK. From the research we discovered that they could benefit from taking antifungal medication already available from pharmacists - the pills used to treat everyday fungal infections greatly improved the symptoms of asthma in those patients that had an allergic reaction to one or more fungi.

Click here to find out more.

Fungal News

The largest organism in the world is a mushroom that is over 1,000 years old, covering hundreds of acres of forest in Oregon, USA. Kew Gardens has an enormous collection of dried fungi - over 1.25 million samples stored in a huge archive. But many interesting studies are carried out by Mycologists at Kew. Watch a short video to see more.

Poetry from Bob

One of our judges Bob Devereux has been creative: 

Spores floating in our atmosphere
Spores that the naked eye can’t see
I like to think they work for me
Recycling life’s detritus
 
Sometimes friends can get up my nose
Good friends can be bad enemies
It’s hard to breath at times like these
If they don't keep their distance
 
Keep looking for the way to win
This fight with space invaders
Keep spores at bay and in their place
Recycling life’s detritus
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