Growers are enthusiastically helping a team of scientists researching how cantaloupes pick up and pass on pathogens in a first-of-its-kind project, but retailers have not stepped up.

Laura Strawn, right, is leading the research team that includes Ben Chapman, left, and Michelle Danyluk, center.
Laura Strawn, right, is leading the research team that includes Ben Chapman, left, and Michelle Danyluk, center.

The two-year study is at the half-way…