Gin and Tonics at Risk From Foreign Invader – ABC News
A fungus-like organism called phytophthora austrocedrae has been spotted infecting juniper plants and spreading throughout Northern Britain and Scotland.
The pathogen, whose first name literally translates to “plant destroyer,” is part of the same family as the pest responsible for the 19th-century Irish potato famine. Sarah Green, a scientist working with the Research Agency of the Forest Commission in the U.K., says it typically spreads through either groundwater or via streams.
“It attacks primarily through the root or stem, but can also penetrate through the bark and branches, as well,” Green told ABC News.
SAVE THE JUNIPER BUSHES! I don’t want to think about going through summer without gin and tonics.