The UC Davis campus has had an active bee research program for 76 years. It is one of the oldest in the country. This unique research and teaching facility is essential because honey bees are so important for pollinating most agricultural crops. Honey bees are as vital to many crops as water, fertilizer, and sunlight. For example, almonds cannot be grown at all without bee pollination. Healthy bees in abundant populations require a research staff to solve continuing problems concerning nutrition, breeding, pathology, parasitology, toxicology, behavior, cultural techniques, and general management practices under field conditions.