I have the rare opportunity to maybe influence some bee research at Rutgers university. They plan to hire a resaerch postion at thier ag dept this summer. Before this happens however, the schools test farm wants to start some hives. I suggested maybe a small cell research project w/ these hives. This idea was well received by the powers that be. Their request to me(and now to you all) is why should the school invest anything in such a project?. In other words, I need some ammo as to why this project is needed for Honey bee health. I was also told since the dept is yet to be set up, their may be no resources in the short term so a few hives on this farm would be just the first step. Obviously, I need to first sway them to my way of thinking, and then get this set-up. The Beek Club will probably be running this until the new teacher takes over. I dont want to pass up this chanxce, once the professor gets in, it will be their choice.