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    Gin At Risk Due to Juniper Disease

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    Juniper, a vital ingredient in gin, is under fungal attack in Scotland. A deadly fungus has been spotted in the country and some fear it could pose a serious threat to the UK’s already compromised juniper situation.

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    Juniper, a vital ingredient in gin, is under fungal attack in Scotland. A deadly fungus has been spotted in the country and some fear it could pose a serious threat to the UK’s already compromised juniper situation.

    Prior to the spread of the disease, southern England had already forfeited 60 to 70 percent of its native juniper bush population to habitat loss.

    Now, 45 percent of Scotland’s supply is being threatened by a juniper-killing fungus. Their stock is considered particularly vulnerable due to age and an increasing population of predatory rabbits and voles.

    Most of the world’s gin production is safe, as the majority of producers source stock from other parts of Europe, but some still use UK plants.

    A primary concern is that the fungus will spread. Government and private organizations have joined forces to track the locations and prevent the growth of the disease.

    This news comes about a year after planting efforts pulled the bushes from the brink of extinction.