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
EFB = European Foulbrood
EHB = European Honey Bees
FGMO = Food Grade Mineral Oil
FWIW = For What It's Worth.
FWOF = Floor With Out a Floor
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)
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
Copyright 2006 by Michael Bush