The Center for Produce Safety  is awarding $2.5 million to researchers targeting pathogens that have been linked to major recalls in recent years, including salmonella in leafy greens, tomatoes and pistachios.

The research projects, announced Oct. 15, range from dealing with potential contamination from irrigation water, wildlife and soils to specific specialty crops.

The participation of private industry and public groups added $1.5 million to the grant funding. Those partners are Taylor Farms California Inc., Salinas, the Florida Tomato Committee, the Almond Board of California, the California Pistachio Research Board and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

“On behalf of our partners, we are eager to demonstrate the power of leveraging public and private commitments to address critical research questions,” Tim York, president of Markon Cooperative, Salinas, and chairman of the CPS advisory board, said in a news release. “These collaborations are the way of the future and we will work to foster them as long as they produce results.”

Eleven of the 13 grants awarded were in response to a request for proposals the center issued in May. The other two grants stemmed from an earlier request.

Center for Produce Safety awards $2.5 million for research grants