The global plant phenotyping equipment market size was valued at USD 124.75 million in 2017. It is anticipated to register a CAGR of 10.51% from 2018 to 2025. According to a study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FOO), there is a need to double the production of cereals before 2050 to meet the rising demand for food and to curb growing competition for crops as sources of industrial, fiber, and bio-energy purposes.
The global demand for agriculture is increasing rapidly due to the growing population. There is a rising need to grow high-yielding crops to meet global food security needs. According to a study conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2016, a high frequency of extreme weather events and global warming would adversely affect livestock, crop, forestry, and aquaculture productivity in the years to come.
Innovative methods are required to enhance productivity and quality of cereal grains and to meet various environmental challenges. This would lead to a rise in demand for quantitative analysis of plant traits to speed up the selection process of crops that are better adapted to the soil and environmental conditions.
Researchers have been developing different strategies to develop plants that possess high nutrient content and are resistant to diseases and environmental stress. High-throughput, automatic, and reliable phenotyping platforms have been developed to meet the objectives of ongoing research.
Based on equipment, the market has been categorized into hardware and software. The hardware segment has been further segmented into sensor modules, imaging devices, automated systems, drones, LED lightings, and portable devices. The imaging devices segment dominated the global market in 2017 and this trend is expected to continue over the forecast period. The use of imaging techniques in plant phenomics has enabled scientists to develop a new approach for discovering functionality and features of living plants by using insights pertaining to root physiology, gauging growth rates, measuring photosynthetic rates, and scanning temperature profiles.
Existing phenotyping platforms consist of a wide range of imaging methodologies that offer high-throughput phenotype data for quantitative studies of complex traits, such as yield, physiology, architecture, resistance, tolerance, and growth. The imaging-based plant phenotyping platform has led to the development of various tools for plant biotechnology. Imaging methodologies, such as imaging spectroscopy, infrared imaging, fluorescence imaging, and visible light imaging, among others, are increasingly being used to aggregate multi-level phenotype data ranging from macroscopic to molecular scale for a duration of a few seconds to a few weeks.
Based on end-use, the market has been segmented into the greenhouse, field, and laboratory. While the field dominated the market in 2017, the greenhouse is expected to expand at the highest CAGR over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the continuous rise in demand for high-throughput phenotyping platforms to be deployed in greenhouses.
By combining advancements in aeronautics, automatic control technology, and sensing technologies, computing enables the development of field-based platforms and controlled environment-based phenotyping platforms. In recent times, controlled environment-based phenotyping platforms have been sold commercially and have been deployed in greenhouses. These platforms are precisely designed for large-scale phenotyping for a limited range of species, comprising small rosette plants, such as primary cereal crops and Arabidopsis.
Based on the application, the market has been categorized into plant research, breeding, product development, and quality assessment. Quality assessment accounted for the highest market share in 2017, whereas product development is expected to witness a CAGR of more than 12.0% from 2018 to 2025.
Plant phenotyping assists in the complete assessment of complex plant traits. It has a variety of applications in quality assessments, product development, breeding, and research. Developers, breeders, and researchers work intensively at biochemical and molecular levels to enhance management processes and plant cultivars. Their work increasingly necessitates the use of quantitative data on phenotypes. Phenotypic data assists in detecting Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) and in understanding gene functions. Moreover, it provides insights into how pathogens and pests influence phenotypes, how they respond to CO2 or light, and how plants cope with limitations of nutrients and water.
Based on region, the plant phenotyping equipment market has been divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. North America is expected to witness significant growth owing to increasing initiatives taken by the government and private players for advanced technologies. These initiatives include the formation of associations, such as the North American Plant Phenotyping Network (NAPPN), which is an association of researchers and scientists working toward accelerating research and development.
Europe launched the European Plant Phenotyping Project (EPPN) to establish a phenotyping infrastructure in the region. The network includes projects such as International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN), Deutsche Pflanzen Phänotypisierungs Netzwerk (DPPN), Phenome French Plant Phenotyping Network (FPPN), and the UK Plant Phenomics Network.
Some of market participants include BASF SE; Conviron, EarthSense, Inc.; Heinz Walz GmbH; Qubit Systems Inc.; Keygene; LemnaTec GmbH; Phenomix; Phenospex; Photon Systems Instruments, spol. s r.o.; SMO bvba.; Saga Robotics; and WPS.
Strategic alliances undertaken by key participants are boosting the growth of the market. These alliances have established an infrastructure that has facilitated leadership and continuous support in the market. For instance, in October 2016, SMO bvba, a machine manufacturer entered into partnership with the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) to develop Weighing, Imaging & Watering Machines (WIWAM), an automated system for plant phenotyping. The partnership was aimed at providing advanced technology to the scientific community for research.
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2018 - 2025
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U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Brazil
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This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2013 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global plant phenotyping equipment market report on the basis of equipment, end use, application, and region:
Equipment Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2013 - 2025)
Ultrasonic Distance Sensors
RGB Web Cameras
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Others (Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Forster Resonance Energy Transfer, NIR Imaging)
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Middle East & Africa
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