Global Agricultural Microbial Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The Global Agriculture Microbial Market is segmented by type into bacteria, fungi, virus, and other types, by function into soil amendments and crop protection, by formulation into dry formulation and liquid formulation, by mode of application into soil treatment, foliar spray and seed treatment, and by application into cereals and grains, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables, and other applications. A geographical analysis of the top 16 markets across the globe has been provided.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


18.6 %

Major Players:

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Market Overview

The agricultural microbial market was valued at USD 3,452.3 million in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 18.6%, during the forecast period. In 2018, North America was the largest geographic segment of the market studied and accounted for a share of around 36.7% of the global market.

Agricultural microbial are produced from naturally-occurring microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa among others. The global market has been witnessing an upward trend due to increasing awareness and support from several agencies with respect to the usage of agricultural microbial. However, the lack of technological advancements in microbial inoculants and the need for maintaining high numbers of functional microorganisms on seed during seed treatment are some challenges to microbial seed treatment manufacturers.

Scope of the Report

Owing to various factors, such as rapid advancement in the agricultural sector, growth in the need for high productivity, improved crop health, and favorable regulatory policies, the agricultural microbial market is amplifying exponentially. The agricultural microbial market is now an investment area for leading agrochemical companies. Given the increasing demand for biopesticide products, several companies include bio-pesticides in their portfolio, either by acquiring products from or forming licensing agreements with small size companies or by investing in their own R&D activities.   

By Type
Other Types
By Function
Soil Amendment
Crop Protection
By Formulation
Dry Formulation
Liquid Formulation
By Mode of Application
Soil Treatment
Foliar Spray
Seed Treatment
Cereals and Grains
Oilseeds and Pulses
Fruits and Vegetables
Turf and Ornamentals
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia - Pacific
Rest of Asia - Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Food Demand and Need for Food Safety

The growing need to feed an ever-growing global population, coupled with the increasing demand for sustainable agricultural practices and the concern of the general public over environmental safety is one of the leading drivers for the agricultural microbial market. Agricultural production is likely to grow two-fold over the next 36 years, in order to meet the demands coming from around 9 billion population. Certainly, technology is expected to continue to play a significant role in this progress. Increase in urbanization and less availability of arable land are motivating farmers to adopt efficient crop-protection techniques. There has been a broader acceptance and recognition of the increasing benefits of microbials. With the amount of arable land per-person declining and expansion of population, global crop yields must increase to meet the food production needs. As a result, an increase in the demand for microbial products and agricultural production is being witnessed.  

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North America Dominates the Global Market

North America was the largest market share, with the United States accounting for more than half of the regional market share in 2018. The regional market growth depends on the need for land productivity of agricultural fields while keeping soil health intact. The requirement for high-crop productivity and production with high-quality, evolving agricultural practices and precision farming have been driving market growth for agriculture microbial products over the years in North America. The region is promoting the use of microbial products, in order to balance the agricultural sector growth, which is mostly opted by chemical fertilizer and pesticide required in order to sustain its large-scale productions.

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Competitive Landscape

The agricultural microbial market is a highly fragmented market, with many small players occupying a major portion of the market. The greater market share of players, like Certis USA LLC, Marrone Bio Innovations and others can be attributed to highly diversified product portfolio and a large number of acquisitions and agreements taking place. These players are also focusing on R&D, large product portfolio, wide geographical presence, and aggressive acquisition strategy.

Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Bacteria

      2. 5.1.2 Fungi

      3. 5.1.3 Virus

      4. 5.1.4 Other Types

    2. 5.2 By Function

      1. 5.2.1 Soil Amendment

      2. 5.2.2 Crop Protection

    3. 5.3 By Formulation

      1. 5.3.1 Dry Formulation

      2. 5.3.2 Liquid Formulation

    4. 5.4 By Mode of Application

      1. 5.4.1 Soil Treatment

      2. 5.4.2 Foliar Spray

      3. 5.4.3 Seed Treatment

    5. 5.5 Application

      1. 5.5.1 Cereals and Grains

      2. 5.5.2 Oilseeds and Pulses

      3. 5.5.3 Fruits and Vegetables

      4. 5.5.4 Turf and Ornamentals

      5. 5.5.5 Others

    6. 5.6 Geography

      1. 5.6.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.6.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.6.3 Asia - Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia - Pacific

      4. 5.6.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.6.5 Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.3.2 Certis USA LLC

      3. 6.3.3 Bayer Cropscience AG

      4. 6.3.4 Marrone Bio Innovations Inc

      5. 6.3.5 Valent USA LLC

      6. 6.3.6 Arysta Lifescience Limited

      7. 6.3.7 Syngenta AG

      8. 6.3.8 Chr. Hansen A/S

      9. 6.3.9 IsAgro SpA

      10. 6.3.10 Koppert BV

      11. 6.3.11 BioAg Alliance (Monsanto/Novozymes)

      12. 6.3.12 Lallemand Plant Care

      13. 6.3.13 Verdesian Life Sciences LLC

      14. 6.3.14 Indigo AG

      15. 6.3.15 Precision Laboratories LLC


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