Supporters

We are delighted to be supported by the following organisations:

The Fungal Research Trust (FRT) has been supporting the training and education of Scientists and health workers, and helping  patients and carers for 20 years. The FRT is now supporting LIFE worldwide's objectives to increase the general  awareness of the public and specialists to help in early recognition of fungal illness and therefore improve treatment and survival.

The MAHSC through partnership with other organisations  supports innovative education in healthcare and health research.

The University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) is home to  the only Aspergillosis specialist centre in the UK.

Manchester University is employing leading research scientists and clinical specialists in fungal diseases.

The University of Manchester
The University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM)
The Fungal Research Trust
MAHSC (Manchester Academic Health Science Centre)

About Project Life

Project LIFE has three fundamental aims:

  • To promote awareness of LIFE and its aims through the work of young artists and musicians
  • To give budding artists and musicians the recognition they deserve by promoting their talents
  • To educate young people about fungi and how they can cause illness

Latest Press

What causes fungus in the lungs?

Some fungi grow as molds, while others exist in two forms, or dimorphic---either as molds or budding yeast. Fungi can cause pneumonia in healthy people who travel to endemic areas in the United States or Central America; they can also cause rapidly fatal pneumonia in immunocompromised patients recovering from chemotherapy, or HIV-infected patients with advanced disease.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/199117-what-causes-fungus-in-the-lungs/#ixzz1luGy1Tcj

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

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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