Scientists at University of Washington and Washington State University are testing the artemisia plant for use in the poultry industry and other medical areas, according to reports.

The project has been funded $1.3 million by the Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund.

The plant produces artemisinin, an active ingredient in malaria treatments. It is thought to have antibacterial properties that may fight bacterial infections and control parasites in poultry. Artemisia could provide a natural way to avoid chemical residue in chicken meat.