Plant Phenotyping Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Global Plant Phenotyping Market is broadly segmented into Products and Services. Products are further segmented into Equipment, Softwares, and Sensors, while Services are segmented into Measurement Acquisition & Data Analysis and Statistical Analysis. The market is also segmented by Geography into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: 10.5 %

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Market Overview

The Global Plant Phenotyping Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10.5% in the forecast period 2020-2025. The increasing population has driven the need to grow high-yielding crops for the fulfillment of food security needs, which in turn is boosting the demand for innovative plant breeding techniques for improved crop productivity. High frequency of extreme weather conditions and global warming are also enhancing the need for crop productivity across the world which is favoring the phenotyping market. The market is dominated by the European region. 

Furthermore, the innovations in imaging techniques facilitate the better assessment of plant characteristics for the development of better crop breeds suitable for the particular environment. Imaging techniques assist in detecting optical properties of plants by using various technologies like imaging spectroscopy, infrared imaging, fluorescence imaging, and visible light imaging, whose, data sorts from macroscopic to molecular scale.

Scope of the Report

Plant phenotyping is an emerging scientific technique that links genomics with plant agronomy. In the process of phenotyping, the functional plant body or phenotype is formed during plant growth and development from the dynamic interaction between the genetic background or genotype and the physical world in which plants develop or the environment. 

A phenotype refers to the composite of an organism’s observable characteristics or traits, such as its morphology, development, biochemical or physiological properties, behavior, and products of behavior. A phenotype is a result produced by the expression of an organism’s genetic code or genotype, as well as the influence of environmental factors and the interactions between the two. The basic use of plant phenotyping is to gain knowledge of various plant attributes and to utilize it for production of crops with higher productivity and sustainability.

By Automation Type
Fully Automated
By Application
High-Throughput Screening
Trait Identification
Photosynthetic Performance
Morphology and Growth Assessment
Other Applications
By Analysis System
Image Analysis Systems
Multispectral Scientific Cameras
Canopy Analysis Systems
By Site
Green House
By Platform
Conveyor-Based/Modular Systems
Bench-Based Systems
Handheld/Portable Systems
Image Analysis
Data Acquisition
System Control
Other Softwares
Image Sensors
NDVI Sensors
Temperature Sensors
Other Sensors
Measurement Acquisition & Data Analysis
Statistical Analysis
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 Number of Seed Borne Diseases is Driving the Market

Almost 90% of all the world's food crops are grown from seeds that are widely distributed in national trade and international trade. Germplasm is also distributed and exchanged in the form of seeds in breeding programs. However, many plant pathogens can be seed transmitted and seed distribution is a very efficient form of plant disease dispersal. Under suitable environmental conditions, disease-causing organisms that are carried by seeds may be transmitted to cause disease in developing seedlings or plants. The pathogen attacks the germinating seedling and affects the seedling establishment, with others, disease symptoms are not seen until a later stage of growth. With the rising number of seed diseases that are affecting crop productivity, it has become necessary to adopt techniques like plant phenotyping to eliminate them and propagate better and disease-free crop varieties. Hence, the market is increasingly been driven by the outbreak of plant diseases in cereals, fruits, vegetables, oilseeds and other crops across the world. 

Trend 1

Europe Dominates the Phenotyping Market

Europe accounted for the largest share of the plant phenotyping market in 2019. High emphasis on the funding of plant phenotyping experiments from governments and other organizations in Europe and North America has played a vital role in the growth of the plant phenotyping market in these regions. Additionally, key players in the plant phenotyping market are located in the European region, which makes it the dominant market with effective phenotyping research and services over other regions. There is a rising number of research activities taking place across the European countries which are driving awareness and in turn the market for plant phenotyping products and services. In 2019, a study conducted in Europe established that the Mediterranean climate in the countries of Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Spain with hot dry summers and frequent droughts alongside the heterogeneous panorama of phenotyping within Mediterranean countries, describing the state of the art of agricultural production, breeding initiatives, and phenotyping capabilities, drive the market in the region. 

Plant Phenotyping Testing Market2

Competitive Landscape

The plant phenotyping market is consolidated and is dominated by a few major players like LemnaTec, CropDesign - BASF SE, Heinz Walz, Photon Systems Instruments, Qubit Systems, and KeyGene. The market is characterized by a high degree of competition and the companies are increasingly investing in product launches, mergers & acquisitions, collaborations, and expansions to keep ahead of the competition. For example, in 2018, BASF (CropDesign) opened a global state-of-the-art breeding center for cucumbers in Nunhem, housing all cucumber pre-breeding and breeding programs in Nunhem: high wire, long, short, snack, and pickling cucumber types, including the phenotyping line which offers digital evaluation of fruit characteristics. Furthermore, CropDesign engineers are also developing novel sensors for monitoring plant growth or soil quality, which can be readily linked to in-house developed, user-friendly apps.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 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 Force 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 Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Products

      1. 5.1.1 Equipment

        1. By Automation Type

          1. Manual

          2. Semi-Automated

          3. Fully Automated

        2. By Application

          1. High-Throughput Screening

          2. Trait Identification

          3. Photosynthetic Performance

          4. Morphology and Growth Assessment

          5. Other Applications

        3. By Analysis System

          1. Image Analysis Systems

          2. Multispectral Scientific Cameras

          3. Canopy Analysis Systems

          4. Fluorometers

          5. Others

        4. By Site

          1. Laboatory

          2. Green House

          3. Field

        5. By Platform

          1. Conveyor-Based/Modular Systems

          2. Bench-Based Systems

          3. Handheld/Portable Systems

          4. Drones

      2. 5.1.2 Softwares

        1. Image Analysis

        2. Data Acquisition

        3. System Control

        4. Other Softwares

      3. 5.1.3 Sensors

        1. Image Sensors

        2. NDVI Sensors

        3. Temperature Sensors

        4. Other Sensors

    2. 5.2 Services

      1. 5.2.1 Measurement Acquisition & Data Analysis

      2. 5.2.2 Statistical Analysis

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Russia

        6. Spain

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 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 (Crop Design)

      2. 6.3.2 Delta-T Devices

      3. 6.3.3 Heinz Walz GmbH

      4. 6.3.4 Keygene

      5. 6.3.5 LemnaTec GmbH

      6. 6.3.6 Phenomix

      7. 6.3.7 Phenospex

      8. 6.3.8 PSI (Photon Systems Instruments)

      9. 6.3.9 Qubit Systems

      10. 6.3.10 Rothamsted Research

      11. 6.3.11 The Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities

      12. 6.3.12 WPS


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Plant Phenotyping Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Plant Phenotyping Market is growing at a CAGR of 10.5% over the next 5 years.

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

Europe holds highest share in 2020.

LemnaTec GmbH, BASF SE (Crop Design), Heinz Walz GmbH, Keygene, PSI (Photon Systems Instruments) are the major companies operating in Plant Phenotyping Market.

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