Gin production at risk from juniper crisis

21st June, 2013 by Andy Young

British gin distillers could be facing a production crisis as a deadly fungus rips through Scottish junipers, leaving the berries “in serious trouble”.

Junpier berry stocks in Scotland have faced a number of threats recently with booming rabbit and vole populations taking their toll on plants that are already suffering from “old age”. Many juniper trees are more than 100 years old and this new fungal disease threat means that 45% of Scottish trees are at risk of being wiped out, according to research published by the Forestry Commission Scotland.

Plantlife Scotland has asked the public to help, by taking part in a survey, which will help determine the health of the juniper bush.

In a statement, Planlife Scotland said: “Juniper is in….

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