GVR Report cover Biostimulants Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Biostimulants Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Active Ingredient (Acid Based, Seaweed Extract, Microbial), By Crop Type (Row Crops & Cereals), By Application (Foliar, Soil), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Mar, 2018
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-346-1
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 144

Report Overview

The global biostimulants market size was estimated at USD 1.74 billion in 2016, projected to expand at a CAGR of 10.2% from 2017 to 2025. Rising focus on enhancing productivity, coupled with rapid soil degradation, is likely to drive the market over the forecast period.

U.S. biostimulants market

Biostimulants are emerging as an essential component in sustainable agricultural practices. Instances of environmental hazards and soil contamination from injudicious and excessive application of chemical-based products on crops have been a key issue for the industry in recent times. Biostimulants are an effective substitute for chemical-based agro products and are replacing these at a higher rate on account of their environment-friendly nature and performance efficiency.

Biostimulant manufacturers such as Biostadt India Limited are engaged in offering customized product solutions, which are specific to crop type and soil. They also educate farmers regarding the benefits of these superior agro products, along with expanding the geographic presence of the company. Key players are focusing on strengthening their position in existing market conditions, especially in emerging economies, through various expansion strategies.

Companies are adopting backward and forward integration to increase their profit margins and gain higher bargaining power. This is bound to intensify the competition over the forecast period. Research and development activities, along with expanding product lines, are predicted to majorly impact the overall competitive scenario through 2025.

Active Ingredient Insights

Acid-based biostimulants formed the largest active ingredient segment in 2016. Products based on fulvic, humic, and amino acids are included in the acid-based segment. Amino acids are among major originators of phytohormones and aid in activating the metabolic systems of plants and seed germination. They stimulate fruit setting, flowering, pollination, and fruit development in the plant. Humic substances are naturally occurring end products resulting from the decomposition of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi and chemical degradation of animal and plant residues in soils.

Seaweed extracts are anticipated to register the fastest growth rate over the forecast period. These are mainly used as biostimulants owing to the presence of plant growth substances such as cytokinins, auxins, and gibberellins carbohydrates, and many nutritive metal elements such as iron, aluminum, nitrogen, manganese, and potassium. Widely used seaweed extracts are brown, green, and red algae. Ascophyllum nodosum, Sargassum, Laminaria, Turbinaria, and Fucus are brown seaweed extract, which offer advantages such as greater nutrient uptake, higher yield, faster seed germination flower, fruit setting, and fruit quality.

Crop Type Insights

Row crops and cereals dominate the overall biostimulants market based on crop type. They include corn, soybeans, barley, oats, millets, and cotton. These crops are grown widely across the globe in large areas and offer lucrative growth opportunities for the industry. Biostimulants increase the rate of cell division, seed size, and yields for row crops such as soybeans, corn, and barley. They contain amino acids, polyamines, and Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), which help in overcoming barriers of cell division and cell expansion.

Global agriculture professionals are increasingly adopting biostimulants for the cultivation of row crops and cereals. Moreover, rising demand for organic cereals is anticipated to further boost this segment. Rising acceptance of sustainable as well as organic farming to meet soaring food demand is likely to create massive growth avenues for the market.

Application Insights

The global market is dominated by the foliar application technique, while seed treatment is expected to exhibit the highest revenue-based CAGR of 12.3% over the course of the forecast period. Seed treatment is among the most cost-effective applications as compared to conventional spraying techniques. The treatment is performance-efficient as well as not as labor-intensive as other methods. This aids in reducing overall input costs. These factors are likely to drive the segment through 2025.

Global biostimulants market

In the foliar treatment of plants, the product is directly applied onto leaves to facilitate easier absorption of nutrients. Absorption is carried out by the epidermis and stomata. Biostimulants promoted for foliar treatment are primarily marketed in liquid form to enable the easier application. Glycine betaine, chelated nutrients, and IPA molecule are among the major active ingredients utilized in these products for foliar application. The treatment enables faster absorption of nutrients by leaves, enhances nutrient uptake, and increases cellular activity.

Regional Insights

Europe is the largest revenue-generating region in the global market and is anticipated to continue its dominance over the forecast period. Supportive regulations to increase the production of organic foods are expected to increase the application of biostimulants. However, the sluggish growth of the agriculture sector in Western Europe is expected to remain a restraining factor for the market. In addition, the presence of biofertilizers is expected to pose a substitution threat over the coming years.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness promising growth over the forecast period on account of the presence of various agriculture-driven economies such as India, China, and Australia. Countries in Asia Pacific are highly diverse in terms of income levels, spending capacities, and food consumption habits. The agriculture sector in the region is witnessing steady growth and the population is mainly dependent on the farming sector. This presents lucrative growth opportunities for the market in the region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Key participants in the global market for biostimulants include BASF SE, Isagro Group, Sapec Group, Biolchim S.P.A, Novozymes A/S, Platform Specialty Products Corporation, Valagro Group, Koppert B.V., Italpollina SAP, and Biostadt India Limited. Even though the market is presently in a developing stage in most emerging economies, particularly in Asia Pacific, new entrants as well as established players have numerous opportunities to look forward to.

Biostimulants Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2019

USD 2.30 billion

Revenue forecast in 2025

USD 4.14 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 10.2% from 2019 to 2025

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, Crop Type, Region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, China, India, Australia

Key companies profiled

BASF SE, Isagro Group, Sapec Group, Biolchim S.P.A, Novozymes A/S, Platform Specialty Products Corporation, Valagro Group, Koppert B.V., Italpollina SAP, and Biostadt India Limited.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global biostimulants market report on the basis of active ingredient, crop type, application, and region.

  • Active Ingredients Outlook (Volume, Thousand Hectares; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Acid Based

    • Seaweed Extracts

    • Microbial

    • Others

  • Crop Type Outlook (Volume, Thousand Hectares; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Row Crops & Cereals

    • Fruits & Vegetables

    • Turf & Ornamentals

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Thousand Hectares; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Foliar

    • Seed

    • Soil

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Thousand Hectares; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Australia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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