Biological Control Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Biological Control Market is segmented by Type (Microbials, Microbial, and Entomopathogenic Nematodes), Target Pest (Arthropods, Weeds, and Microorganisms), Application (Seed Treatment, On-Field, and Post-Harvest), Crop Application (Grains and Cereals, Oilseeds and Pulses, Fruits and Vegetables, and Other Crop Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Biological Control Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 14.7 %

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Market Overview

The biological control market is projected to register a CAGR of 14.7% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026). The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the biological control market. The global lockdowns and restrictions on travel have decreased the accessibility and availability of biological control agents in the market. The production efficiency is constricted due to shortage of labor, scarce availability of raw materials, and slow or lack of transportation. The increasing area under organic cultivation, less stringent regulations, and increasing need for food security are the few major market drivers that are boosting the sale of biologicals. However, the lower shelf life of the product and low awareness among the farmers are likely to restrain the market growth. Microbials hold the largest share in the market, accounting for around 65.0% in 2019. Microbials are projected to grow at a faster rate due to the increasing use of microbials in various applications, such as seed treatment, on-field, and post-harvest applications. Owing to the faster adoption rate of biological controls by North American and European farmers, both regions act as the major markets for biological controls. The global biological control market is expected to be a fragmented market during the forecast period due to the easy product registration and low capital investment, making it easy for a new entrant to enter the market.

Scope of the Report

Biological control is a pest management strategy based on the reduction of pest populations by natural enemies or biological control agents. The biological control market is segmented by type (microbial, macrobial, and entomopathogenic nematodes), target pest (arthropods, weeds, and microorganisms), application (seed treatment, on-field, and post-harvest), crop application (grains and cereals, oilseeds and pulses, fruits and vegetables, and other crop applications), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa).

Entomopathogenic Nematodes
Target Pest
Seed Treatment
Post Harvest
Crop Application
Grains and Cereals
Oilseeds and Pulses
Fruits and Vegetables
Other Crop Applications
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
North America
Rest of Asia Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Rest of the World
South Africa
Other Countries

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Organic Farming

Organic farming represents a unique, fast-growing segment of the food industry. Various factors alternately drive and inhibit the growth of biopesticides. The area under organic farming is rapidly growing across the globe. According to FiBL statistics, the area under organic cultivation across the world was 58.1 million hectares in 2016, which increased by 24.4% and reached 72.3 million hectares in 2019. Being less harmful than synthetic pesticides, microbial pesticides typically affect only the target pest and other organisms closely related to it, as against broad-spectrum conventional pesticides, which can be harmful to other organisms, such as birds, insects, and mammals. Ease of handling attributes like low-to-no re-entry intervals and post-harvest intervals also drive the adoption of biopesticides, mainly by serving as a stark alternative to existing synthetic options and restrictions over their usage. Similarly, innovations in the area of biological control products, coupled with a growing consumer awareness about the negative impact of synthetic pesticides, are expected to boost the adoption rate of biological controls in the near future.

Biological Control Market Key Trends

North America Dominates the Biological Control Market

North America dominated the market as of 2019, with around 37.0% share of the biological control market. In North America, the United States holds the largest market, with around half of the North American market, owing to the plenty of available arable lands. Rising concerns over organic labeled products and awareness of microbial pesticides efficiency have driven the market in North America. The United States, with its highly evolved agricultural sector, has been adapting to the natural and organic way of farming lately. Therefore, biological control product consumption is a growing trend there. The increasing cost of chemical inputs, their adverse effect on soil mass and the environment, and the increasing awareness regarding balanced plant nutrition are the major factors driving the market demand in the country. The demand for biological control products in Canada is largely driven by conventional agriculture, recent changes to municipal and provincial laws governing cosmetic use of pesticides, and legislation and ensuing promotion for lower-risk pest control products. The rise in the cost of pesticides, which also has, in turn, led to the high usage of biological control products.

Biological Control Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

The biological control market is a fragmented market with the presence of various small and regional players operating in the market. In terms of market share dominance, Certis accounted for a substantial market share, followed by BASF and Sumitomo Corporation, which have a second and third-largest market share, respectively. The greater market share of these players can be attributed to a highly diversified product portfolio. The major players are focusing on mergers and acquisitions to acquire a large market share during the forecast period.

Recent Developments

In August 2020, Marrene Bio innovations partnered with Vive Crop Protection, a prominent player in Precision Chemistry solutions and owner of the patented Allosperse technology. This partnership is made with the objective to provide innovative products that combine biological solutions with proven conventional chemistry utilizing the unique Allosperse Delivery System.

In July 2019, BASF launched Velifer, a biological pest control for vegetable crops. This solution helps to prevent insects from becoming pesticide-resistant in protected cropping. It works by releasing spores of a beneficial fungus onto the plant surface.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Microbials

        1. Bacteria

        2. Viruses

        3. Fungi

      2. 5.1.2 Macrobials

        1. Parasitoids

        2. Predators

      3. 5.1.3 Entomopathogenic Nematodes

    2. 5.2 Target Pest

      1. 5.2.1 Arthropods

      2. 5.2.2 Weeds

      3. 5.2.3 Microorganisms

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Seed Treatment

      2. 5.3.2 On-field

      3. 5.3.3 Post Harvest

    4. 5.4 Crop Application

      1. 5.4.1 Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.4.2 Oilseeds and Pulses

      3. 5.4.3 Fruits and Vegetables

      4. 5.4.4 Other Crop Applications

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.5.3 North America

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia Pacific

      4. 5.5.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.5.5 Rest of the World

        1. South Africa

        2. Other Countries


    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 Bayer CropScience

      3. 6.3.3 Corteva Agriscience

      4. 6.3.4 UPL

      5. 6.3.5 Syngenta Ag

      6. 6.3.6 Koppert BV

      7. 6.3.7 Brettyoung (Lallemand)

      8. 6.3.8 Certis USA LLC

      9. 6.3.9 Chr. Hansen

      10. 6.3.10 Marrone Bio Innovations

      11. 6.3.11 Symbiota

      12. 6.3.12 Precision Laboratories LLC

      13. 6.3.13 Verdesian Life Sciences LLC

      14. 6.3.14 Valent Biosciences Corporation (Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited)

      15. 6.3.15 IsAgro



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Biological Control Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Biological Control Market is growing at a CAGR of 14.7% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Certis, BASF SE, Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., Valent Biosciences Corporation, Bayer CropScience AG are the major companies operating in Biological Control Market.

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