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  • Published In : Dec 2023
  • Code : CMI6285
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Bulk Chemicals

Global biocontrol agents market is expected to reach US$ 8.5 Bn by 2030, from US$ 4.8 Bn in 2023, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.3% during the forecast period. Biocontrol agents refer to living organisms used to control pests and diseases that damage agriculture crops. These include predators, parasitoids, pathogens and other beneficial microorganisms. Biocontrol agents are advantageous over conventional chemical pesticides as these are target-specific, and safe for humans and environmentally sustainable. Key drivers of the market include rising demand for organic food, reduction in use of chemical pesticides, government regulations and increased R&D activities.

Global biocontrol agents market is segmented by type, application method, formulation, crop type, mode of application, and region. By type, the market is segmented into predators, parasitoids, pathogens, and other bioagents. The predators segment is expected to account for the largest share during the forecast period owing to their ability to provide long-term pest control solution.

Global BioControl Agents Market- Regional Insights

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for biocontrol agents during the forecast period, accounting for over 26% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to favorable government policies, developed organic farming industry, and high awareness about sustainable agriculture practices.
  • Europe is expected to be the second-largest market for biocontrol agents, accounting for over 23.1% of the market share in 2023. The growth of the market in Europe is attributed to increasing research on development of bio pesticides and rising demand for organic food products.
  • Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing market for biocontrol agents, with a CAGR of over 35% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Asia Pacific is attributed to large agricultural land, rapid development of the organic sector, and increasing government support for adoption of green solutions.

Figure 1. Global BioControl Agents Market Share (%), By Region, 2023


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Global BioControl Agents Market- Drivers

  • Increasing Demand for Sustainable Agriculture Practices: The demand for sustainable agriculture practices is rising globally due to concerns around soil health, environmental safety, pest resistance and food safety. Excessive use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers has led to issues like soil degradation, water contamination, and development of resistance in pests. This has resulted in growing emphasis on integrated pest management and use of bio control agents as natural solutions.

 For instance: According to the data published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 2022, the global area of organic agricultural land has grown steadily by over 25% between 2014-2021, reaching almost 73 million hectares.

  • Favorable Government Policies and Support: Governments across several countries are introducing policies to promote sustainable agriculture practices. There are strong incentives and subsidies to motivate farmers to adopt eco-friendly solutions like bio pesticides. For example, the Indian government launched the National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture in 2014 that focuses on promoting integrated farming, organic agriculture and use of environment friendly techniques. The EPA in the U.S. is also encouraging fast tracking of registrations for biological pesticides. Such favorable regulations and policies are expected to encourage bio control agents adoption among farmers.

For instance: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in India launched the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana scheme in 2015 which supports clusters of organic producers and promotes the use of biocontrol methods. Under this scheme, financial assistance upto INR 25,000 per hectare is provided to farmers for adopting organic farming practices including use of bio pesticides.

  • Advancements in Product Innovation and Technology: Product innovation through advanced technologies is enhancing the effectiveness and adoption of bio control solutions. New microbial strains, novel modes of application, improved shelf life and combination biopesticides are witnessing significant R&D. For instance, companies like Vestaron have developed peptides-based bioinsecticides that act faster than microbials. Adoption of CRISPR gene editing has also opened possibilities for precision breeding in biocontrol strains. Such product developments are expected to overcome limitations of bio pesticides. According to the World Bank, pilots using digital tools to strengthen integrated pest management practices in Indonesia have led to 50% reduction in chemical pesticide usage between 2018-2020.
  • Growth in Organic Food Industry: The organic food industry has witnessed exponential growth in the past decade due to rising consumer demand for chemical-free products. According to Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, the global organic food market crossed US$ 120 Mn in 2021. This has created lucrative opportunities for biocontrol agents market players. North American and European countries are the major organic food markets demonstrating potential for biopesticide suppliers. The launch of dedicated organic farming policies in countries like China, India and Brazil also points to significant future potential. For instance : According to the European Commission's Eurostat Data, European Union’s organic crop area has expanded from 11.1 million hectares in 2018 to 13 million hectares in 2020.

Global BioControl Agents Market- Opportunities

  • Developing Countries Emerging as High Growth Markets: Developing countries across Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa are poised to drive significant growth of biocontrol agents market. Large agricultural economies like China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico are promoting sustainable agriculture practices due to increasing environmental concerns. Government policies are also favorable in these countries for promoting biologicals. Moreover, factors like abundance of diverse climatic conditions, rapidly growing population and low labor costs make developing regions highly conducive for biopesticide adoption. For instance : According to the data published in 2020 by Indian government, the area under organic cultivation in the country rose more than four-fold between 2014-15 to 2019-20. African Development Bank's flagship Agriculture Fast Track Program aims to enhance sustainability and resilience of African agriculture using biocontrol agents and other natural method.
  • Strengthening Distribution Channels: There is significant scope for biocontrol agents companies to establish strategic distribution partnerships and strengthen supply networks, especially in developing regions. Tie-ups with agri-input companies, local distributors and state departments can enhance product accessibility for farmers in remote areas. Companies can also leverage digital technologies like mobile apps, social media and e-commerce platforms to improve distribution reach. This can help in addressing infrastructural challenges and improve adoption.
  • Investments in Product Development: R&D investments to improve product efficacy, shelf life, and ease of use can expand adoption of biocontrol solutions. Technologies like biotechnology, nanotechnology, microencapsulation are opening new possibilities for product innovation. Companies are also working on combination biopesticides and biofungicides to provide effective, broad spectrum pest control. Development of credible eco-labels and standards can also build trust and acceptance among farmers for new biocontrol products. For instance : the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's " SAVE Food" initiative aims to significantly reduce food loss and waste by 2030 through partnerships to support post-harvest management and infrastructure in developing nations (FAO, 2022).
  • Growth of Vertical Farming: The rising vertical farming industry, especially in urban areas also presents an important growth avenue. As vertical farms utilize integrated pest management and sustainable practices, they offer a natural market for biocontrol solutions. Players can develop customized biocontrol products as per needs of protected farming environments. Strong growth projected in hydroponics and soil-less farming can also benefit biopesticide manufacturers. For instance : According to the data from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 68% of the global population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050, up from 56% in 2018.

Global BioControl Agents Market- Trends

  • Consolidation through Mergers and Acquisitions: The biopesticide industry has witnessed significant consolidation over the past decade. Established agricultural companies are acquiring innovative biocontrol startups and local players to augment their product portfolio. For instance, in 2022, UPL acquired Biofa AG to strengthen its global biosolutions business. The acquisition trend is likely to continue, driven by demand for new microbial strains and access to regional distribution networks. This can enhance R&D capabilities of companies.
  • Development of Bioherbicides: Weed control represents a major challenge for farmers but use of chemical herbicides raises environmental issues. As a result, companies are increasing focus on introduction of bioherbicidal products. For example, players like Marrone Bio Innovations and BioHerbicides Australia have launched effective microbial bioherbicides. With limited biological options for weed control currently available, There will probably be a lot of new product development in this market. For instance according to the USA Environmental Protection Agency records, the number of bioherbicides registered for use in the U.S. has doubled from 16 in 2011 to 32 by end of 2021
  • Partnerships with Microbial Providers: As discovery of new strains remains a key focus area, several biopesticide firms are entering strategic partnerships with microbial technology companies. Such collaborations provide access to wider range of microbes and accelerated strain selection capabilities. Companies like Novozymes, Lodo Therapeutics, Zymergen have launched microbial discovery platforms for agricultural applications. Tie-ups with such microbial innovation companies provide growth opportunities for biocontrol players. For instance:  According to the data from National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S., organic agricultural lands had increased by over 15% from 2015 to 2021.
  • Investments in Commercial Production: A crucial trend being witnessed is establishment of dedicated biopesticide production plants by leading agrochemical companies. In 2022, FMC Corporation opened a new US$ 50 million facility in the U.S. that focuses on microbial strain fermentation and product synthesis. Syngenta also expanded its European production capacity for biologicals in 2021. Such investments will be critical for commercial scale manufacturing and market growth.

BioControl Agents Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 4.8 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 8.3% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 8.5 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Type: Predators, Parasitoids, Pathogens, Other bioagents
  • By Application Method: Foliar spray, Seed treatment, Soil treatment, Others 
  • By Formulation: Liquid formulation, Dry formulation, Granular formulation
  • By Crop Type: Cereals & grains, Oilseeds & pulses, Fruits & vegetables, Other crops  
  • By Mode of Application: Inoculants, Biofungicides, Bioinsecticides, Bioherbicides, Others
Companies covered:

BASF SE, Bayer AG, Syngenta AG, FMC Corporation, Novozymes, Koppert Biological Systems, Certis USA LLC, Andermatt Biocontrol AG, Som Phytopharma India Ltd, Valent Biosciences LLC, BioWorks Inc., Marrone Bio Innovations, Monsanto Company, Isagro Group, Camson Biotechnologies Limited, Lallemand Inc., Biobest Group NV, Stockton Group, Rizobacter Argentina S.A., Bioline Agrosciences ltd

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing demand for sustainable agriculture practices 
  • Favorable government policies and support
  • Advancements in product innovation and technology
  • Growth in organic food industry
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High costs and short shelf life
  • Lack of awareness among farmers
  • Slow regulatory approval process

Global BioControl Agents Market- Restraints

  • High Costs and Short Shelf Life: The high costs of production, storage, transportation and short shelf life of biopesticides are significant adoption barriers, especially in price sensitive markets. According to EPA Environmental Protection Agency estimates, biopesticides can cost 7-20 times more than synthetic chemicals. Maintenance of efficacy during field application given dependence on living organisms is also a technical challenge. Targeted investments will be required to overcome such cost and stability limitations. For instance : According to the data from European Commission in 2020, the average cost of biocontrol agents per hectare was found to be 2-3 times higher as compared to chemical pesticides.

Counter balance: Encourage producers to scale up production to achieve economies of scale. As production volume increases, the cost per unit typically decreases, which can make biocontrol agents more competitively priced in the market.

  • Lack of Awareness Among Farmers: Despite the growing demand for sustainable agriculture, a major section of farmers globally lack awareness on biocontrol agents. They continue using traditional chemical pesticides given their low prices, perceived efficacy, ease of use and widespread availability. Overcoming lack of knowledge through effective promotional initiatives will be crucial for improving adoption of biopesticides.

Counter balance: Develop educational material in local languages, and use local media channels, including radio, television, and print media, to reach a wider farming audience. Partnership with Agricultural Dealers  Work together with suppliers of agricultural inputs who can serve as informational hubs for farmers buying other inputs by providing biocontrol agent information.

  • Slow Regulatory Approval Process: The registration and approval timelines for biopesticides are comparatively longer due to involvement of living organisms and lack of defined regulatory guidelines. The complex registration process also requires substantial investments. For instance, in the U.S. and EU, biopesticide registration can take over 3 years as compared to 6-12 months for synthetic products. Policy reforms with accelerated risk assessment frameworks can help overcome this bottleneck. For instance: According to the data  from UN Environment Programme in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa between 2020-2022, majority of the farmers are unaware of integrated pest management techniques involving selective use of biocontrol agents.

Counter balance: Collaborate with regulatory bodies to streamline the process for data submission, ensuring that all the necessary documentation is provided in a clear and organized manner to facilitate quicker review times.

Analyst view

Global biocontrol agents market is poised to experience strong growth in the coming years. The rising eco-friendly trend and increasing demand for organic foods are major drivers behind market expansion. Consumers’ growing awareness about harmful effects of chemicals is positively impacting the adoption of natural crop protection methods. Stringent regulations restricting the use of hazardous pesticides in many countries also promote biocontrol alternatives. Europe currently dominates the global market owing to favorable government support initiatives for sustainable agriculture. However, the Asia Pacific region is expected to emerge as the fastest growing market, led by countries like India and China. Increased crop cultivation and decreasing arable land per capita in Asia Pacific economies are compelling growers to utilize biocontrol products which boost crop yields. Despite the promising opportunities, high production costs of bioagents remains a major restraint to widespread adoption. Developing innovative production techniques can lower costs and expand market reach. Establishing effective supply chain networks is also important to ensure timely availability of products. While certain pest types may exhibit resistance to specific agents over time, ongoing R&D focused on new strains will support long term market growth. Widespread farmer and consumer education on benefits is further needed to drive increased adoption rates. In conclusion, the biocontrol agents industry has a bright future if key players actively address existing challenges and opportunities in this evolving space.

Global BioControl Agents Market- Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In January 2022, BASF SE launched Seltima biological fungicide in Brazil to control Asian soybean rust disease. The new biofungicide strengthens BASF's agricultural solutions business in Latin America. BASF SE comprises subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries, operating six integrated production sites and 390 other production sites across Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa. BASF SE has customers in over 190 countries and supplies products to a wide variety of industries. Despite its size and global presence, BASF SE has received relatively little public attention since it abandoned the manufacturing and sale of BASF-branded consumer electronics products in the 1990s
  • In June 2021, Bayer AG launched Xpro biofungicide in India for rice and grape crops. The new product controls sheath blight disease and is compatible with chemical pesticides. Xpro fungicide is designed to control a broad spectrum of diseases in crops and is known for its innovative formulations that ensure even leaf distribution and not washed off by the rain
  • In May 2020, Koppert Biological Systems introduced Mirex-V, a biocontrol with triple action against thrips, whiteflies and tomato spotted wilt virus. It helps growers protect tomatoes and vegetables. Koppert Biological Systems is a company specializing in sustainable solutions for crop protection and natural pollination. They offer biological products and services to help growers around the world. The company focuses on biological crop protection, pollination, and plant growth promotion. Koppert's solutions include the control of pests and diseases using natural enemies, as well as pollination services.

Acquisition and Partnerships

  • In September 2022, Bayer AG acquired Biagro Group, an Argentina-based biologicals company. The acquisition enhanced Bayer’s biocontrol capabilities and position in Latin America.
  • In June 2021, BASF SE acquired Meliora Asset Management, an agricultural biotech startup, to expand its biocontrol research. The acquisition enhanced BASF’s strain screening and microbiome expertise.
  • In May 2020, Corteva Agriscience signed an agreement with Andermatt to provide distribution network for Andermatt's biologicals. The partnership improved access of Swiss technology to farmers worldwide.

Figure 2. Global BioControl Agents Market Share (%), By Crop Type, 2023


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Top companies in Global BioControl Agents Market

  • Bayer AG
  • Syngenta AG
  • FMC Corporation
  • Novozymes
  • Koppert Biological Systems
  • Certis USA LLC
  • Andermatt Biocontrol AG
  • Som Phytopharma India Ltd
  • Valent Biosciences LLC
  • BioWorks Inc.
  • Marrone Bio Innovations
  • Monsanto Company
  • Isagro Group
  • Camson Biotechnologies Limited
  • Lallemand Inc.
  • Biobest Group NV
  • Stockton Group
  • Rizobacter Argentina S.A.
  • Bioline Agrosciences ltd


Definition: Global  biocontrol agents market refers to the market for biological solutions used for pest control in agriculture and gardening. It includes beneficial microorganisms such as predators, parasitoids, pathogens and microbial biopesticides that are used as alternatives to synthetic chemical pesticides to control diseases, insects and weeds. With the growing emphasis on sustainable agriculture and increased pest resistance, biocontrol agents are gaining significant traction over traditional pesticides. The global market is driven by factors such as increasing organic farming, favorable regulations, innovations in microbial strains and consumer demand for chemical residue free food products. The market is further segmented by type, formulation, application method, crop type, mode of application, and region. With biocontrol viewed as a key enabler for sustainable intensification, the market is poised for robust growth in the coming years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

High costs, short shelf life, slow regulatory approval, low awareness among farmers, technical limitations, and competition from chemical pesticides are expected to hamper the market growth

Rising organic food demand, need for sustainable agriculture, favorable regulations, resistance development in pests, product innovation, and growing pest pressure are expected to drive the market growth

Among type cereals & grains  segment leads the market owing to its long term pest control ability.

BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, FMC Corporation, Novozymes, Koppert Biological Systems, Certis USA, Andermatt Biocontrol, Som Phytopharma India Ltd, Valent Biosciences, Marrone Bio Innovations. , Monsanto Company , Isagro Group ,Camson Biotechnologies Limited ,  Lallemand Inc. , Biobest Group NV ,Stockton Group , Rizobacter Argentina S.A. ,Bioline Agrosciences ltd

Asia pacific is expected to lead the market.

The CAGR of the market is projected at 8.3% during 2023-2030.

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