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2020 Is Hell. Now The Gin Industry Is Under Threat From Invasive Plants

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An invasive plant disease is posing a threat to the UK’s gin industry, according to new research.

The Phytophthora austrocedri pathogen has been found to be spreading through juniper trees in Scotland, which produces 70% of the spirit across the four nations.

Experts at the Plant Health Centre, including Professor Fiona Burnett from Scotland’s Rural College, warn other spirits such as whisky could also be hit by disease.

The pathogen has entered Britain through the plant trade and may have got into juniper woodlands through well-intentioned planting schemes. It lives in the soil and spreads in both soil and........

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