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Biocontrol Agents Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis Report by Active Substance (Microbials [Bacteria, Fungi, Virus, Protozoa, Yeasts], Macro-organism [Insects, Mites, Nematodes], Biochemicals [Semio-Chemicals, Plant Extracts, Plant Growth Regulators, Organic Acid]), Crop (Fruits & Vegetables, Cereals & Grains, Pulses) and Application (Seed Treatment, On-field, Post-harvest), Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2025

  • Report ID: GMI1551
  • Published Date: Sep 2019
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Biocontrol Agents Market size exceeded USD 3 billion in 2018 and will witness around 15% CAGR from 2019 to 2025 due to the replacement of synthetic chemicals in the farming and rapidly increasing organic farming in Europe and rising demand for food products across the world.

Biocontrol agents are environment friendly, have no hazardous effects on humans compared to other synthetic agrochemicals and are effective throughout the season, thus making them ideal for the pest control. Rising public concern about synthetic pesticides hazard on human body coupled with increasing regulations on synthetic chemicals in farming and subsequent bans on such chemicals across the world shall drive biocontrol agents market share.


Biocontrol Agents Market Outlook

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Additionally, governments across the world making efforts for growth of sustainable farming and this has led to make them legislative changes that shall boost the organic farming in coming years. For instance, EU has passed a new legislation for an effective legal framework for the organic farming industry that will come into force on 1 January 2021. This legislation coupled with increased consumer interest in organic products shall drive the growth of biocontrol agents market during forecast period. However, limitation of biological pest control is their slow response time to control the pest. These pest control agents are slower to suppress the population than most chemical pesticides.

Market, By Active Substance

The biocontrol agents market segmentation on the basis of active substance includes microbials, macro-organisms, and bio-chemicals. Microbials further segmented into bacteria, fungi, virus, protozoa and yeasts. Macro-organisms further segmented into insects, mites and nematodes and bio-chemicals segment includes semio-chemicals, plant extracts, plant growth regulators and organic acids.

Microbials are beneficial microbes that can be applied directly to a seed or sprayed directly on a plant or used in post-harvest for biological control of plant pathogens. They act through various modes of actions for effective plant protection. Microbials was the largest segment and accounted for close to 60% share in 2018, owing to its impressive ability to eradicate pest from the field and increase the yield of crop production. Additionally, bacteria dominated the overall microbials segment in 2018.

Market, By Crop

Biocontrol Agents Market by Crop

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Global biocontrol agents market is categorized on the basis of crop into fruits & vegetables, cereals & grains, pulses and others (soybeans, sugarcane, oil seeds, etc.). Crop protection involves practices of management of plant diseases, various pest and weeds that could potentially damage agricultural crops and forestry. Field crops, fruits & vegetable crops are very essential for humans and for some countries they are major export product. According to UN Food and Agriculture Organization, farmers lose around 30 to 40 percent of their crops globally due to pests and diseases. Biocontrol agents are used to protect these crops from getting damaged.

Cereals & grains are anticipated to have a higher growth rate in the coming years as the product demand is increasing which in turn is uplifting the biocontrol agents industry demand in the agricultural industry. Owing to significant increase in animal feed demand, cereals & grains demand is increasing thus need for biocontrol agents for protection of these crops is on rise.

Market, By Application

Biocontrol Agents Market by Application

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Biocontrol agents market is segmented on the basis of applications into seed treatment, on -field and post-harvest. Ban on some chemical pesticides and multiple benefits of biological seed treatment shall have positive impact on product market. Another noticeable benefits that can stimulate the market growth are they acts as a bio stimulant and minimize biotic stress while fighting off plant pathogens thus resulting enhancing crop yields.

According to IFOAM and FIBL, as of end of 2017, organic farmland were 69.8 million hectares and over 2.9 million organic producers around the world. The organic area increased by 11.7 million hectares or by 20 percent increase from the previous year. This shows rise in organic farming in the region. There is huge demand of these products from organic farmers and this trend likely to drive the demand of biocontrol products for the on-field application.

Market, By Region

Biocontrol agents market is led by Europe followed by North America. Highest demand share in Europe is highly associated with growing awareness of chemical hazards on environment and humans. Additionally, early adoption of regulation and policies of organic farming in the region had a major impact on product’s market. Demand for product in the region is likely to remain upward due to increasing consumers preference towards organic products.

Europe holds a substantial share in global biocontrol agents market and generated revenue of USD 990 million in 2018 due to the growing organic farming trend and demand of organic products in the region. Additionally, Europe also has presence of several high-quality product manufacturers such as Syngenta, Biobest, BASF SE, Koppert biological systems, etc. catering to the regional demand. Some of the key growth drivers for the market include safer and more sustainable crop protection technologies, political and societal pressure for greener practices. Spain, France, U.K. and Germany will hold significant market with the presence of large number of farmers in the region.

Competitive Market Share

Some of the notable key players operating in biocontrol agents industry landscape are BASF SE, Syngenta Ag, Cropscience Bayer Ag, Biobest N.V., Novozymes, Koppert Biological Systems, Andermatt Biocontrol AG and Valent Bioscience Ag. Players invest heavily on R&D for sustainable business and to increase market share by improving matching product quality to regional requirement.

For instance, in June 2019, Koppert Biological Systems and the Canadian based Ecoation came into mutual cooperation agreement on June 13th, 2019. The main objective is to exploit each other’s knowledge and understanding for better data collection in the monitoring process of crop health. This will enhance company’s ability to come up with advanced solution for crop protection and breading.

Industry Background

Biocontrol agents have always been used by farmers for crop protection and nourishment. They had substantial impact on society growth and environment. The industry consists worldwide spread of manufacturers who produces several types of biocontrol agents. Successful implementation and adoption of the product for farming practices have been studied extensively and shall continue in coming years. Increasing demand of organic food products along with government legislations against use of chemical fertilizers will boost biocontrol agents market growth by 2025.

The biocontrol agents market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry, with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Tons and revenue in USD Million from 2014 to 2025, for the following segments:

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By Active Substance

  • Microbials
    • Bacteria
    • Fungi
    • Virus
    • Protozoa
    • Yeasts
    • Others
  • Macro-organisms
    • Insects
    • Mites
    • Nematodes
    • Others
  • Biochemical
    • Semio-chemicals
    • Plant extracts
    • PGRs
    • Organic acids
    • Minerals

By Crops

  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Cereals & Grains
  • Pulses
  • Others

By Application

  • Seed treatment
  • On-field
  • Post-harvest

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Greece
    • Sweden
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Biocontrol agents market size will witness a healthy CAGR of around 15% over the period of 2019 to 2025.

The overall market size from microbials segment will grow considerably owing to increasing product demand driven by its ability to eradicate pest from the field and increase the yield of crop production.

Europe biocontrol agents market size will expand due to the growing organic farming trend and demand of organic products in the region.

Cereals & grains segment is registering substantial gains due to increasing demand for food as well as animal feed across the globe.

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  • Base Year: 2018
  • Companies covered: 10
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