Barry Harter, Biological Science Technician, is extracting feces of sheep that were given artemisinin (an antimalarial produced by Artemisia annua) to test the compound's anthelmintic effects. This research is part of a program to develop integrated parasite control strategies, which are crucial for sustainability of meat goat and sheep production. The project involving artemisinin as an anthelmintic is an international collaboration involving the AFSRC (through Dr. Jorge Ferreira) with EMBRAPA, Pecuária Sudeste, São Carlos, SP, Brazil. Some of the research results from this project were published in the Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology.
Ferreira, J. F. S. and J. M. Gonzalez. 2008. Chemical and Biological Stability of Artemisinin in Bovine Rumen Fluid and Its Kinetics in Goats (Capra hircus). Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology, 17(supplement 1):103-109. http://www.cbpv.com.br/rbpv/documentos/17supl.12008/Helmintol001.pdf