Do factors such as temperature, humidity and age of homes affect the types of mould and amount of mould in our homes?
Due to lack of insulation and proper heating many New Zealand homes have historically had exposure to mould, some of which are known to cause health concerns.
For a variety of reasons there appears to be a concentration of homes with mould in South Auckland; some would attribute this to poverty, but there is very little data to support this hypothesis.
To explore this further, 20-25 students and whānau volunteers are participating in a project to investigate the amount of mould in their own homes. The students are learning about mould and how to test for it before conducting the testing in their own homes and then analysing their samples.
The results will be presented back to their community and then subsequent testing also done in further homes. The project draws in several aspects of science – mycology (the study of fungi), modern genetics sequencing, and using microscopes and lab equipment not available in schools.
Baradene College, Mount Albert Grammar, Manurewa High School, Nirvana Health, East Tamaki Healthcare, Landcare Research, Auckland Council Biosecurity, He Kainga Oranga, Healthy Housing, University of Otago Wellington.
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