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Science plays a big role in farming and AgResearch is leading the way with innovative ideas such as Map & Zap.

The Country's Rowena Duncum caught up with Map & Zap Project Manager Dr Kioumars Ghamkhar from AgResearch at Fieldays to find out what it's all about.

Map & Zap uses drones to locate and identify weeds and then destroy them with lasers or chemical spraying "in a smart way," says Ghamkhar.

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The project is not just about agriculture, but also biosecurity and environmental issues says Ghamkhar who predicts Map & Zap will result in more productivity and less work for farmers.

Map & Zap is currently in the prototype stage but Dr Ghamkhar hopes it will be ready for use in five years' time.