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Deadly juniper berry-killing fungus threatens gin production

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Juniperus communis cones, from a wild plant in the South Tyne valley, Northumberland, UK. Wikipedia

Cocktail connoisseurs take note. If you are a gin and tonic lover, better stock up on the gin while you can. Juniper berries — one of gin's most crucial ingredients — are falling prey to a fungal disease in the United Kingdom.

For more on this, we're joined by Martin Ballantine, public relations director for No. 3 London Dry Gin, which is also the official gin supplier to the Royal Family.

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