The biological seed treatment market is evaluated at US$747.832 million for the year 2019 growing at a CAGR of 11.43% reaching the market size of US$1,595.283 million by the year 2026.
Biological seed treatment refers to the application of biological agents for the protection of seeds against harmful organisms. The growing preference for organic food among individuals as a result of the increased awareness regarding the health benefits of consuming organic food is anticipated to be one of the major factors driving the biological seed treatment market. Also, the concerns regarding environmental degradation are increasing around the world and the fact that the use of chemicals during crop production contributes to it is also one of the prominent factors positively impacting the biological seed treatment market and is expected to propel the market growth during the forecast period. Looking at the benefits that biological seed treatments provide over conventional seed treatment methods, various companies are coming forward and launching new biological seed treatment products. For example, Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) in July 2020 announced that it is going to launch a new product for biological seed treatment in 2021. The product is the first non-living biological seed treatment and is a metabolite derived from Trichoderma.
The recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease is anticipated to positively impact the market growth. The key factor supporting the positive impact is the rising health consciousness among the individuals that the Covid-19 pandemic brought in. Due to the increased focus on health among people, there is an increased demand for organic food, which is considered to have a positive impact on an individual’s health. Hence, the Covid-19 pandemic led to a long-term change in the preferences of individuals which led to a boost in organic food preference which is expected to positively impact the biological seed treatment market growth and is anticipated to boost up the market growth even further during the forecast period.
The Biological Seed Treatment market has been classified on the basis of type, crop, function, and geography. By type, the market has been classified on the basis of Microbials and Botanicals. On the basis of crop, the segmentation has been done into Corn, Wheat, Soybean, Cotton, Vegetable Crops, and others. By function, the market has been categorized into Seed Protection and Seed Enhancement. Geographically, the market for Biological Seed Treatment has been distributed into North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific.
Growing preference for organic food owing to increased awareness of its benefits
One of the key factors supplementing the Biological Seed Treatment market growth includes awareness among consumers regarding the health benefits of organic food leading to an increased number of people preferring organic food. Organic food does not use chemical-based seed treatment methods and indulges in biological seed treatment practices for the protection of crops. According to a 2001 study published in the National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, United States, the organically grown carrots, spinach, lettuce, potato, and cabbage contained higher levels of vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and fewer nitrates compared to the conventionally grown ones. A meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2014 showed that the organically grown crops had significantly higher levels of antioxidants compared to the conventionally grown crops, with 19% higher levels of phenolic acids, 69% higher levels of flavanones, 28% higher levels of stilbenes, 26% higher levels of flavones, 50% higher levels of flavonols, and 51% higher levels of anthocyanins. Another meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2016 concluded that approximately 50% more omega-3 fatty acids are found in organic meat and dairy which is the result of animals being organically fed. According to a study by American Medical Association’s medical journal JAMA Internal medicine in 2018, people who eat organic food are less likely to develop cancer compared to the people who eat conventionally grown food. Various such studies have found the advantages that organically grown food provides over food grown with other methods, giving way to the popularity of organically grown food, which is expected to surge the biological seed treatment market growth during the forecast period.
Concerns regarding environmental degradation due to the use of chemicals
The increasing concerns for environmental degradation due to the use of chemicals in crop production and threats related to climate change and countries vying for sustainable development are some of the prominent factors which are expected to drive the biological seed treatment market growth in the coming years. According to a journal published in 2019 in the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, biological seed treatment helps to alleviate the abiotic stress conditions like drought and salinity, and the role of plant-based microbes for seed treatment has become increasingly significant as the concerns regarding climate change have been increasing. According to a study published by India’s Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and UK Aid, the use of chemicals like cyantraniliprole and thiamethoxam for seed treatment can damage the biodiversity of crops, and hence the institutes recommended against using the chemicals for seed treatment. According to Bio-Integral Resource Center, United States, biological seed treatment can reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticide use, hence reducing the use of chemicals, and thereby helps in reducing the environmental pollution. Looking at the environmental degradation that the chemicals do, the government of India under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) provides biofertilizer (Rhizobium/PSB) at 50 percent of the cost.
North America to hold a prominent share in the market
Geographically, the North American region is anticipated to hold a significant share in the market owing to the advancements in the agriculture sector there. The preference for organic food among people of the North American region is increasing significantly which is also one of the major drivers which are anticipated to have a positive impact on the biological seed treatment market and are anticipated to propel the market growth in the region. Also, the Asia Pacific region is anticipated to grow at a noteworthy pace due to the government support in the region for biological seed treatment. For instance, the government of India has launched Mission Organic Value Chain Development for the North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER) in which the farmers are given the assistance of 25,000 rupees per hectare for three years for organic inputs which include bio-fertilizers for biological seed treatment.
Prominent/major key market players in the Biological Seed Treatment market include BASF, Bayer AG, and Syngenta, among others. The players in the Biological Seed Treatment market are implementing various growth strategies to gain a competitive advantage over its competitors in this market. Major market players in the market have been covered along with their relative competitive strategies and the report also mentions recent deals and investments of different market players over the last few years. The company profiles section details the business overview, financial performance (public companies) for the past few years, key products and services being offered along with the recent deals and investments of these important players in the Biological Seed Treatment market.
Biological Seed Treatment Market Scope:
|Market size value in 2019||US$747.832 million|
|Market size value in 2026||US$1,595.283 million|
|Growth Rate||CAGR of 11.43% from 2019 to 2026|
|Forecast Unit (Value)||USD Million|
|Segments covered||Type, Crop, Function, And Geography|
|Regions covered||North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific|
|Companies covered||BASF, Bayer AG, Syngenta, DuPont, Italpollina, Koppert, Incotec, Plant Health Care, Bioworks, Inc., Verdesian Life Sciences|
|Customization scope||Free report customization with purchase.|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. What are the growth prospects for biological seed treatment market?
A1. The global biological seed treatment market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 11.43% during the forecast period.
Q2. What will be the biological seed treatment market size by 2026?
A2. The biological seed treatment market is projected to reach a market size of US$1,595.283 million by 2026.
Q3. What is the size of global biological seed treatment market?
A3. Biological Seed Treatment market was valued at US$747.832 million in 2019.
Q4. Which region holds the largest market share in the biological seed treatment market?
A4. Geographically, the North American region is anticipated to hold a significant share in the biological seed treatment market owing to the advancements in the agriculture sector there.
Q5. What factors are anticipated to drive the biological seed treatment market growth?
A5. The growing preference for organic food among individuals as a result of the increased awareness regarding the health benefits of consuming organic food is anticipated to be one of the major factors driving the biological seed treatment market.