ABC Research Laboratories has awarded $500 travel grants to each of three scientists to attend the Center for Produce Safety produce research symposium.

The annual symposium is June 24-25 in Newport Beach, Calif.

The researchers, who will also receive paid registrations, are:

  • Natalie Brassill, research assistant, University of Arizona;
  • Massimiliano Marvasi, research assistant professor in microbial ecology, University of Florida; and
  • Jeffery McGarvey, microbiologist, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

All produce safety researchers are eligible for the ABC grant. Applications were evaluated on the relevance of research to the industry’s practical concerns and ability to effectively communicate findings.

“CPS is pleased to partner with the ABC Research Laboratories for the third year in a row to provide scientists the opportunity to understand the produce industry research priorities and expectations,” Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, executive director of the Davis, Calif.-based Center for Produce Safety, said in a news release. “The symposium is a fundamental event to those interested in the produce safety efforts of the industry.”

“While picking winners from such a talented pool of submissions was no easy task, the research from these three candidates stood out by exhibiting superior potential in the advancement of produce safety,” said ABC Research’s chief scientific officer Gillian Dagan.