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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.

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More than just mushrooms

A fungus (plural fungi) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds  (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, and bacteria. Visit the BBC's  Nature website for a viewpoint on fungi in nature.

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

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was hospitalized on May 25, 1997 seriously ill with histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Histoplasmosis is caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum. Dylan was treated with antibiotics, and his condition was not considered life threatening. Doctors said his condition was made more severe by a delay in diagnosis

Entry shortlist

Competition shortlist21st June

The judges have been studying all the entries and have now drawn up their shortlist. To view the shortlist click here. There were hundreds of entries of a very high standard and many were inspirational. We would like to congratulate all entrants on achieving such a high standard. Well done to all those who were shortlisted - and you will receive an email inviting you to bring your artwork for the final judging. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the Manchester Science Festival at the end of October. 

 

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