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Beekeeping acronyms
« on: January 17, 2022, 09:08:55 am »
I?m starting this topic for new and even experienced beekeepers so that when you run across a new acronym, hopefully it is here in this topic for reference..
TBH-Top Bar Hive,
SBB-Screen Bottom Board
STB-Screen Top Board
TF-Treatment Free
VD-Varroa Destructor
Please add any and all that you can remember.
If you use a new one that is not in this topic, please add it
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Re: Beekeeping acronyms
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2022, 10:23:47 am »
To keep this thread from having like 100 tiny posts, I'm just going to edit my post whenever I think of a new one.  I also added a brief explanation of each item, since this is for beginners. 

QX or QE--queen excluder (used to keep the queen from accessing a section of the hive)
HBH--Honey Bee Healthy (a brand of feeding stimulant)
SHB--small hive beetle (a small black beetle that is a pest of honey bees)
DSB--double screen board (also known as a Snelgrove board, used to separate a group of bees from the rest of the hive while still enabling them to smell one another)
DSBB--double screen bottom board (used for the control of small hives beetles, often in conjunction with an oil pan or DE)
DE--diatomaceous earth (a powder made from fossilized marine organisms used as an natural insecticide for insects like hive beetles)
BT--Bacillus thuringiensis (a bacterium used as an organic insecticide for soft bodied insects like waxworms)
OAV--oxalic acid vaporizer/vaporization (a method of treating for varroa mites by heating oxalic acid crystals into a vapor which coats the bees in a hive)
OA--oxalic acid (see "OAV")
AHB--Africanized honey bees (also known as "killer bees" for their aggressive behavior, a hybrid of the European honey bee Apis mellifera and the East African lowland honey bee Apis mellifera scutellata)
EHB--European honey bee (also known as the Western honey bee, Apis mellifera, the most common species kept by beekeepers in America, Europe, and Australia)
AFB--American foulbrood (a devastating brood disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Paenibacillus larvae; in many countries it is required by law that the hive be entirely destroyed)
EFB--European foulbrood (a brood disease caused by the bacterium Melissococcus plutonius, which unlike AFB is considered treatable) 
CBPV--chronic bee paralysis virus (one of the host of viruses transmitted by varroa mites)
DMV--deformed wing virus (one of the host of viruses transmitted by varroa mites)
IAPV--Israeli acute paralysis virus (one of the host of viruses transmitted by varroa mites)
ABPV--acute bee paralysis virus (one of the host of viruses transmitted by varroa mites)
SBPV--slow bee paralysis virus (one of the host of viruses transmitted by varroa mites)
QC--queen cell (a special large vertical brood cell often vaguely resembling a peanut in which a new queen is being reared)
BQCV--black queen cell virus (a virus characterized by queen cells turning black, can be transmitted through the parasite Nosema apis)
PMS--parasitic mite syndrome (the symptoms which characterize an advanced varroa mite infestation)
OTS--on the spot (a method of queen rearing which doesn't require any special tools)
THTH -- The Hive and the Honey Bee (L.L. Langstroth's landmark book about bees and beekeeping in his moveable frame hive;
             first released in 1853, it is re-edited and re-released every couple of years by Dadant and Sons)
BIAS -- Brood in all stages (eggs, larvae, and capped pupae)
AI -- Artificial insemination (instrumentally inseminating a queen with sperm from select drones and not allowing her to open mate)
POA -- Plan of attack
EAS -- Eastern Apicultural Society (a nonprofit organization founded in 1955 which hosts conferences and provides Master Beekeeper certification and research grants focusing on the eastern US)
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Re: Beekeeping acronyms
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2022, 04:00:27 pm »
     Just due a  Google search of
                       "acronym for beekeeping"..
 This is just one of the links.... And I see at least 6 more links..

   http://www.bushfarms.com/beesglossary.htm


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Re: Beekeeping acronyms
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2022, 02:07:14 pm »
I apparently can't edit my original post anymore, so here's a new one.

OTS--on the spot (a method of queen rearing which doesn't require any special tools)
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Re: Beekeeping acronyms
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2022, 11:58:56 am »
THTH -- The Hive and the Honey Bee (L.L. Langstroth's landmark book about bees and beekeeping in his moveable frame hive; first released in 1853, it is re-edited and re-released every couple of years by Dadant and Sons)
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Re: Beekeeping acronyms
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2022, 12:57:39 pm »
I apparently can't edit my original post anymore, so here's a new one.

OTS--on the spot (a method of queen rearing which doesn't require any special tools)

Member, I added both of those to your list...

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Re: Beekeeping acronyms
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2022, 01:14:07 pm »
Member, I added both of those to your list...

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Thanks.
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Re: Beekeeping acronyms
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2022, 03:06:18 pm »
To keep this thread from having like 100 tiny posts, I'm just going to edit my post whenever I think of a new one.  I also added a brief explanation of each item, since this is for beginners. 
I apparently can't edit my original post anymore, so here's a new one.

OTS--on the spot (a method of queen rearing which doesn't require any special tools)
Member, I added both of those to your list...

Phillip
Thanks.

You are welcome. I will be glad to add the list of Beemaster2 to your long list in order to keep that good list going If you two wish?   
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Re: Beekeeping acronyms
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2022, 04:37:59 pm »
You are welcome. I will be glad to add the list of Beemaster2 to your long list in order to keep that good list going If you two wish?   
It's up to you.  I don't think it's a big deal that they are separated, since they are both right up at the top together, but at the same time, it wouldn't hurt for them to be combined either. 
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2022, 11:22:44 pm »
Thanks for the list. Some things there I have never heard of.Have saved in memo's.

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Acronyms
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2023, 09:59:34 am »
Tired of trying to figure out all those acronyms?  Here's a link to a list:
https://bushfarms.com/beesglossary.htm

If you bookmark that you can find it easily.  But also, here is the list:

Glossary of Common Abbreviations

ABJ = American Bee Journal. One of the two main bee magazines in the USA.

AFB = American Foulbrood (or Air Force Base)

AHB = Africanized Honey Bees

AM = Apis mellifera. (European honey bees)

AMM = Apis mellifera mellifera

APV = Acute Paralysis Virus. This virus kills both adult bees and brood.

BC = Bee Culture aka Gleanings in Bee Culture. One of the two main Beekeeping magazines in the USA

BPMS = Bee Parasitic Mite Syndrome

Bt = Bacillus thuringiensis. A naturally occurring bacteria that is sprayed on empty comb to kill wax moths.

Carni = Carniolan

Cauc = Caucasian

CB = Checkerboarding (aka Nectar Management)

CCD = Colony Collapse Disorder

CPV = Chronic Paralysis Virus

CW = Conventional Wisdom

DCA = Drone Congregation Area

DVAV = Dorsal-Ventral Abdominal Vibrations dance

DWV = Deformed Wing Virus

EAS = Eastern Apiculture Society

EFB = European Foulbrood

EHB = European Honey Bees

FGMO = Food Grade Mineral Oil

FWIW = For What It's Worth.

FWOF = Floor With Out a Floor

HAS = Heartland Apiculture Society

HBH = Honey Bee Healthy

HBTM = Honey Bee Tracheal Mite

HFCS = High Fructose Corn Syrup. A common bee feed.

HSC = Honey Super Cell (Fully drawn plastic comb in deep depth and 4.9mm cell size)

HMF = Hydroxymethyl furfural. A naturally occurring compound in honey that rises over time and rises when honey is heated.

IAPV = Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus. The virus currently being blamed for CCD

IPM = Integrated Pest Management

IMHO = In My Humble Opinion

IMO = In My Opinion

IMPOV = In My Point Of View

KTBH = Kenya Top Bar Hive (one with sloped sides)

KBV = Kashmir Bee Virus

LC = Large Cell (5.4mm cell size)

LGO = Lemon Grass (essential) Oil (used for swarm lure)

MAAREC = Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium

NM = Nectar Managment (aka Checkerboarding) or New Mexico depending on the context

NWC = New World Carniolans

OA = Oxalic Acid. An organic acid used to kill Varroa as either a syrup or vaporized.

OAV = Oxalic Acid Vapor. An organic acid vaporized to kill Varroa.

OSR = Oil Seed Rape (aka Canola). A crop that is raised to produce oil which also produces honey.

OMF = Open Mesh Floor aka Screened Bottom Board

PC = PermaComb (Fully drawn plastic comb in medium depth and about 5.0mm cell size)

PDB = Para Dichloro Benzene (aka Paramoth wax moth treatment)

PF-100 and PF-120 = Not so much an acronym but could be mistaken for one. A small cell one piece plastic frame available from Mann Lake. Measures 4.95mm cell size. Users report excellent acceptance and perfectly drawn cells.

PMS = Parasitic Mite Syndrome

PPB = Piss Poor Beekeeping

QMP = Queen Mandibular Pheromone

SBB = Screened Bottom Board aka Open Mesh Floor

SBV = Sac Brood Virus

SC = Small Cell (4.9mm cell size or South Carolina)

SHB = Small Hive Beetle

SMR = Suppressed Mite Reproduction (usually referring to a queen)

TBH = Top Bar Hive

TM = Terramycin or Tracheal Mites depending on the context

T-Mites = Tracheal Mites

TTBH = Tanzanian Top Bar Hive (one with vertical sides)

ULBN = Unlimited Brood Nest

VD = Varroa destructor

VJ = Varroa jacobsoni

V-Mites = Varroa Mites

VSH = Varroa Sensitive Hygiene. Similar to and appears to be a more specific name for the SMR trait. A trait in queens that is being bred for where the workers sense Varroa infested cells and clean them out.

YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
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