No small fruit is enjoyed by more people worldwide than the strawberry, and it stands as one of the most studied of this relatively under-studied group of fruits. The importance of strawberry as a crop, its small size, and phenotypic variability have made it an attractive subject for a number of studies over the years, both for practical studies aimed at improving agricultural outcomes, and for more basic studies aimed at understanding fundamental aspects of plant physiology. In particular, strawberry has been a common subject of experiments focused on the regulation of fl owering by environmental cues, for which strawberries exhibit a variety of phenotypes. However, the genetic complexity of the cultivated species, which is octoploid, has lessened the usefulness of the more common varieties of strawberries as a model plant.