Biological Control Agents Strategic Report 2022

  • The BCA market is estimated to be worth around $3bn and growing at a rate of 7% p.a.
  • It comprises around 1000 AIs distributed between 4 sectors: microbials, plant extracts, semiochemicals and macrobials.
  • Of the 4 sectors microbials is by far the largest accounting for around 60% of the estimated $3bn market, followed by microbials, plant extracts and semiocemical.
  • Multiple drivers: ESG; pull from the food chain; agricultural policy; fast track regulatory systems for BCAs; increasing pressures on conventional crop protection products; insect, disease and weed resistance to conventional CP products; innovation and technological advances.
  • Europe and N America each account for around one 30% of the market, with BCAs accounting for around 8-9% of each market. Asia and Latin America account for 20% and 16% respectively.
  • Europe has achieved this share despite having a less favourable regulatory environment than most other regions. This may be about to change with recently introduced new regulations for microorganisms.
  • Over 500 companies are involved in the market. They range from large diversified companies, agricultural input companies, agribusinesses and specialist biologicals companies, whether start-ups or established.
  • A large amount of venture capital is flowing into the sector.
  • The market is highly competitive, with relatively low barriers to entry compared to those for conventional CP. For the leading products there are multiple suppliers and brands.
  • This report represents a quantum leap in coverage of the BCA sector, containing reliable, objective, validated market data and insights based on proprietary databases and inputs from industry leaders, cross-referenced with the wider ag input environment.

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