Agricultural Biological Control Agents Market Size, Status and Forecast 2019-202

Posted by BIS RSRCH on May 27th, 2021

Protecting plants and crops from several macrobes and microbes has become a key concern while meeting the rapidly increasing food demand globally. Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) has summarized that the crop losses due to weeds and pests across the globe and the annual potential loss in value for corn and soybean were billion and billion, respectively, for 2018. In the past, cases such as crop pests, bacterial blight, and others have resulted in the crop loss of around 20-40% of the agricultural productivity. Identifying this current demand for crop/plant safety, companies have come up with bio-based crop protection products, which assist in maximizing the quality, productivity, and sustainability in agricultural production systems, disease vector management in public health systems, and other industrial and residential areas.

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The increasing adoption of the “green crop protection” concept across the globe is also driving the demand for agricultural biological control products since these are important for managing the increasing concern over pesticide residues on food and the problem of pest resistance. Significant lowering of maximum residue limit (MRLs) by regulators in many countries is a trend that is expected to continue. Additionally, these products are a valuable option because they provide sustainability, crop protection from microbials, and harvest flexibility benefits.

Nowadays, biological control agents are actively used for weed and disease control in the agriculture industry. In this method, natural enemies are collected from their original source of the pest and released in areas where pests require control. The target of the product is to achieve the formation of the natural enemy and maintain long-term control, further helping in plant and crop protection. These products are produced in a huge number in commercial plants and are provided to growers who then apply them with the help of different methods such as seed treatment, soil treatment, and others. These products are used across agriculture, forestry and turf, and ornamental end-use areas. The biological control method is an integral part of integrated pest management techniques. The European Union (EU) focuses on the role of integrated pest management as an important approach to reduce dependency on pesticides uses.

The major driving factors for the agricultural biological control agents industry over the years have been the increasing trend of complying with sustainable agriculture globally, low residue levels, and supportive government regulations across countries.

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Key companies in the industry are rapidly including biological control products under their portfolio to protect crops which are used to meet the increasing demand for food products. Increasing instances of pest infestation on crops such as wheat, rice, corn, and sugarcane are also supporting the increasing use of biological control products in the agricultural industry. 

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