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

The Biostimulant Market is Segmented by Origin (Natural and Biosynthetic Biostimulants), Active Ingredient (Humic Acid, Fulvic Acid, Amino Acids, Protein Hydrolysates, Seaweed Extracts, and Other Active Ingredients), Application (Foliar, Soil, and Seed), Crop Type (Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Commercial Crops, Fruits and Vegetables, and Other Crop Types), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa). The report offers market estimation and forecast in value (USD million) for the abovementioned segments.

Market Snapshot

Biostimulant Market Summary
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Europe
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: 11.7 %
Biostimulant Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The global biostimulant market is projected to register a CAGR of 11.71% during the forecast period 2022-2027. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the supply and demand were hit, which led to reduced demand for products in the market. However, most biostimulant plants and companies were allowed to operate as they were deemed an essential business in the US. The continued movement of agri-food products and inputs was considered essential by North American countries, such as Canada, to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian government announced that crop inputs would be considered essential commodities during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensured a resilient biostimulant market. Therefore, companies were able to continue manufacturing products. However, the pandemic did affect the market dynamics in terms of demand declining for some crops in the wake of the virus.

The organic food industry, which is growing at a healthy rate, is the major driving force behind the growth of the biostimulant market. Increased awareness among farmers, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, regarding the benefits of biostimulants is another factor augmenting the market's growth. The market is also growing due to the increased adoption of sustainable farming methods. Europe is the largest geographical segment of the market studied. The increasing concern for environmental health is anticipated to aid market growth over the forecast period. Due to the diversity of sources and the complexity of the resulting product, biostimulant products still lack a precise categorization and a single definition to work on. Technical challenges include formulating and blending biostimulants by utilizing materials and/or plant protection products. However, at the same time, due to the increasing demand from the North American and European countries, the seaweed extract segment is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. Biostimulants are widely used on cereals, fruits, and vegetables. These segments account for around half of the market share. The demand from the North American region is driven by the demand from the turf and ornamental segment of the region. Therefore, due to the growing demand from the organic food industry and the active participation of key players, the biostimulant market is anticipated to grow during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

A biostimulant is a substance or a microorganism that helps enhance the plant’s growth. It does not serve nutrient deficiency. Instead, it increases nutrient availability, water holding capacity, metabolism, and chlorophyll production. The biostimulant market is segmented by origin (natural and biosynthetic biostimulants), active ingredient (humic acid, fulvic acid, amino acids, protein hydrolysates, seaweed extracts, and other active ingredients), application (foliar, soil, and seed), crop type (grains and cereals, pulses and oilseeds, commercial crops, fruits and vegetables, and other crop types), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa).

Natural Biostimulants
Biosynthetic Biostimulants
Active Ingredient
Humic Acid
Fulvic Acid
Amino Acids
Protein Hydrolysates
Seaweed Extracts
Other Active Ingredients
Crop Type
Grains and Cereals
Pulses and Oilseeds
Commercial Crops
Fruits and Vegetables
Other Crop Types
North America
Rest of North America
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Expansion in Organic Production Practices

Biostimulants are significant for the agricultural industry’s future in terms of promoting organic practices. Biostimulants can enhance soil microflora, which, in turn, helps make the uptake of nutrients more efficient. Others increase antioxidant activity in plants and boost internal defenses against environmental stresses and disease pressure. Biostimulants are associated with organic farming and gardening, which are currently witnessing healthy progress in conventional agriculture as well. These are increasingly being perceived as a response to the consumer demand for ‘softer’ agricultural practices. In response to the increasing need to meet food sufficiency and the importance of safe farming practices, the organic food industry is recording an exponential double-digit growth rate. The expanding health-conscious consumer base worldwide is opting for organic food to avoid adverse health effects caused by chemical preservatives or genetically modified ingredients of inorganic food. Organic food and related agriculture products currently account for around 5-10% of the food market, varying from region to region. According to FiBL, the organic area share of total farmland in Europe increased from 3.1% in 2018 to 3.4% in 2020. Similarly, the organic area share of total farmland in Latin America increased from 1.1% in 2018 to 1.4% in 2020. As organic food products are produced without using any pesticide or fertilizer, the demand for biostimulants is rising. Consequently, the increasing popularity of organic farming drives the demand for biostimulants.

Biostimulant Market : Organic Area Share of Total Farmland [%], 2018-2020

Europe Dominates the Global Market

Europe is the largest and fastest-growing geographical segment of the market studied and registered the highest CAGR in 2021. The European Union’s stringent regulations on environmental safety and support for organic farming have paved the way for a flourishing biostimulant market in European countries, such as Germany, Italy, the UK, Spain, and France. For instance, in Germany, the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) developed a regulatory framework for “plant strengtheners” (PS) that corresponds to biostimulants, as defined under Section 2.1. Commercial products containing more than 5% of seaweed extracts cannot be considered PS. In Spain, significant changes have been made to the regulation of crop inputs over the past few years. According to the new regulations, fertilizers need to be regulated before their sale. However, the sales of OMDF (other means of plant defense), into which most biostimulants fall, can be carried out with prior registration. In addition, inventions in plant biostimulants targeting specific agronomic needs are attracting new customers in Europe. For instance, in 2017, Arysta LifeScience launched a new biostimulant that improves the quality of fruit and vegetable yields while relieving stress in the UK. The product contains GA142, an active ingredient found in seaweed harvested in North Brittany, where the tides are some of the highest in the world. The GA142 is extracted within 24 hours using a unique cold manufacturing process to retain fresh seaweed's active characteristics and ensure a consistently high-quality product.

Biostimulant Market : Growth Rate by Region in %, Global, 2022 - 2027

Competitive Landscape

The biostimulant market is highly fragmented, with the presence of various small and medium-sized companies and a few big players, which has resulted in stiff competition in the market. The development of regional markets and local players in different parts of the world is the major reason for the fragmented nature of the market. North America and Europe are the two regions with the highest market activities. The major companies in the biostimulant market include UPL Limited, Biostadt India Limited, Isagro SPA, Valagro SpA, and Tradecorp International, among others. These major players are investing in new products and improvisation of products as well as expansions and acquisitions for growing their business. Another major area of investment is the focus on R&D to launch new products at lower prices.

Major Players

  1. Biostadt India Ltd.

  2. Valagro SpA

  3. UPL Limited

  4. Tradecorp International

  5. Isagro SPA

Biostimulant Market Concentration

Recent Developments

In October 2021, UPL Limited collaborated with Chr. Hansan, a global bioscience company, to develop microbial-based biosolutions (including biostimulants and biopesticides). ​

In October 2020, Isagro SPA acquired Phoenix Del to grow through external lines in the segments of copper-based fungicides and biosolutions. This acquisition is aimed to innovate more products under the biostimulant segment.

In March 2018, Tradecorp International launched PhylgreenVR, an exciting first-person 360º virtual reality experience in Kenya. The stereoscopic 360º trip through the whole process of the Phylgreen may entice the nation’s farmers, thus, driving the sales of the Phylgreen range in the Kenyan market.

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 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Origin

      1. 5.1.1 Natural Biostimulants

      2. 5.1.2 Biosynthetic Biostimulants

    2. 5.2 Active Ingredient

      1. 5.2.1 Humic Acid

      2. 5.2.2 Fulvic Acid

      3. 5.2.3 Amino Acids

      4. 5.2.4 Protein Hydrolysates

      5. 5.2.5 Seaweed Extracts

      6. 5.2.6 Other Active Ingredients

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Foliar

      2. 5.3.2 Soil

      3. 5.3.3 Seed

    4. 5.4 Crop Type

      1. 5.4.1 Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.4.2 Pulses and Oilseeds

      3. 5.4.3 Commercial Crops

      4. 5.4.4 Fruits and Vegetables

      5. 5.4.5 Other Crop Types

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

        1. US

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. UK

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.5.3 Asia-Pacific

        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 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 UPL Limited

      2. 6.3.2 Isagro SpA

      3. 6.3.3 Agrinos AS

      4. 6.3.4 Ilsa SpA

      5. 6.3.5 Biostadt India Ltd

      6. 6.3.6 Valagro SpA

      7. 6.3.7 Eastman Chemical Company

      8. 6.3.8 Lallemand Inc.

      9. 6.3.9 Atlantica Agricola SA

      10. 6.3.10 Italpollina SpA

      11. 6.3.11 Koppert Biological Systems

      12. 6.3.12 Micromix Plant Health Ltd

      13. 6.3.13 Omex Agrifluids Ltd

      14. 6.3.14 Tradecorp International



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Biostimulant Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Biostimulant Market is growing at a CAGR of 11.7% over the next 5 years.

Europe is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2021.

Biostadt India Ltd., Valagro SpA, UPL Limited, Tradecorp International, Isagro SPA are the major companies operating in Biostimulant Market.

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