The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk Fungi/Mold t... read more The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk Fungi/Mold tie in marine. Believing that humor can be a powerful educational tool, Infectious Awareables neckties take an atypical, slightly irreverent approach to some very serious subjects. Shop and take pride in knowing that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to disease research/education. "Start the Conversation!" MOLD is a serious environmental hazard, composed of varying types of FUNGI, and has wide-reaching health-related, legal and financial implications. Our pretty stunning design features the following stylish villains: Stachybotrys (oblong with hyphae at end): the classic, toxic black mold, found in water-damaged or “leaky” buildings. The spores are choka-block with a variety of toxins; Aspergillus: (flower-like): looks beautiful,like a fanning flower, but can produce a very a nasty aflatoxin; Penicillium (faint “artist's brush” shape in background): a common environmental mold, with one of the more recognizable shapes for microbiologists. A back-of-tie "Awareness Note" and a source citation are incorporated in the pattern design, which reads: "MOLD is composed of various types of FUNGI, examples of which—Aspergillus, Stachybotrys and Penicillium—are shown here. Mold continues to be a serious environmental issue, with far-reaching health-related, legal and financial implications." "Original images courtesy of Niall Hamilton, BSc, BHB." Note: IA contributes a portion of proceeds to research, education or support associated with important non-profit public health agencies and organizations.