Last changed: 08 May 2020

A new tool for identification and reporting of organisms that live on strawberry plantations in gardens across Sweden.

We invite people to have a close look at their strawberry plants this year, to work out what lives on and from these plants, from just before flowering up to fruit production.

Check out our web application Jordgubbsappen here (in Swedish). Read further to understand what we are after.

Many people in Sweden love growing their own strawberries, but these plants and fruits are not only attractive to us – many others are after your strawberries too! Mould, roe deer, snails, woodlice – you name it, they eat it. Yet, other species, or certain ways of managing beds, may keep those pests at bay. Which animal limit the production of strawberries in people’s gardens across Sweden? Which factors play an important role, e.g. density of plants, quality of the layer underneath, strawberry variety, age of strawberry plants, weather conditions? We need your help to answer these, and related, questions!


Who can join?

Anyone with strawberries in their garden, whether in pots, raised beds, polytunnels, greenhouse or open ground.

How does it work?

Use the web application Jordgubbsappen to identify what lives on your strawberry plants or is eating your berries and plants. Report your observations to us - great if you can do this once a month or more often. All observations contribute to our research about successful strawberry cultures in Swedish gardens - together we can learn more!

What we do with your observations and submitted data?

Researchers at SLU will process and analyse the submitted data. The observations and reports will help us to develop guidance and plant protection guidelines on how to make the most of growing strawberries in one’s garden. This is a pilot study, i.e. we will also learn how to improve the web application. We are happy to send you a summary of the results after the summer - please contact us or visit this page again in autum 2020.

Why now?

2020 is the UN’s International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). This citizen science project is one of several activities at SLU to highlight the importance of plant health and plant protection, as well as an opportunity to learn together. See more at

We have developed Jordgubbsappen:

Paul Becher, Katja Fedrowitz, Karl Lunden, Johan Stenberg and René van der Wal, with the help of many colleagues as well as SLU’s Platform Plant Protection. The web app is built and maintained by the Ahmad Hajji Mlle.

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