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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

Aspergillus as Beautiful Art Pieces

Aspergillus becomes a top subject for artist and sculpture Fiona Hepburn. Fiona has used various screen printing techniques to design her amazing sculptures based on Aspergillus fumigatus. Quote froom her " The final images I produce are one-off pieces, made up of thousands of multiples. Each tiny 'spore' is printed using hand drawn stencils exposed on to a screen. The screenprinted spores are printed on to fragile Japanese paper. I reproduce the spores until I have thousands of them, often in variations of colours and tones. Each tiny 'spore' is hand cut with a scalpel and attached to a pin. I construct the work by pushing these pins in to a background image either made through screenprint or woodcut. It allows me to control the growth of the image, allowing for different parts of the image to be seen at different levels. Making the work is like watching the cells of growing mould multiply.

For more infomation on Fiona, click here

Beware of the risks of inhaling cannabis

Plant material such as marijuana is an excellent food source for fungi such as Aspergillus. Once cut the material must be dried rapidly and consistently to a very low moisture level to avoid it becoming mouldy. Once dried it must be stored in completely dry conditions to prevent it becoming damp and once again quickly becoming mouldy.

Storing marijuana or any other plant material in small sealed containers or wrapped in plastic will only help if the material is completely dry in the first place, otherwise you are effectively locking the mould in with its own supply of food and water whereupon it will flourish. Mould does not need light or much heat to grow.    

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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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