Global Bioinsecticides Market: Overview
Should grow at a healthy CAGR, the world bioinsecticides market is expected to increase due to the increasing incidence of pest attacks on fruit, flower and vegetable growing areas and agricultural fields. Growing need to shed light on biological pest control and factors such as product and technology development from innovative offerings are envisioned to set the pace for steady growth in the global bioinsecticides market. The demand for innovative bioinsecticides could increase significantly due to their application to a wide portfolio of crops and their cost effectiveness.
Developed regions of the global bioinsecticides market might aggravate the growth owing to high demand for exotic vegetables and fruits and their frequent trade. Seed and soil treatments are expertly practiced with the inclusion of bioinsecticides to encourage normal growth and development of harvests and improving their level of immunity. Crop growers are increasingly using liquid forms of bioinsecticides due to their visible, non-abrasive, easily applicable and mixable nature which saves time and money.
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. has signed an agreement with Agri Star for the distribution and commercialization of its two main bioinsecticides, viz. Venerate and Grandevo, throughout Mexico. Touting the eco-friendly composition of its pest control products, Marrone says Venerate and Grandevo help protect against a range of soil-dwelling pests, as well as mites and sucking and chewing insects. One of the reasons Marrone chose Mexico for the sale of its products could be the key nature of the market which attracts a large consumption of agricultural products by Americans.
Global Bioinsecticides Market: Introduction
Bioinsecticides are microorganisms including fungi, viruses and bacteria that can kill insects and other pests that hinder healthy crop growth. The presence of insects causes many problems in fruit or flowering trees; they spoil agricultural production and thus reduce the yield per hectare. Bioinsecticides do not persist for long in the environment. They are effective in small amounts and their mode of action is slow and targeted. Many of the commercially available bioinsecticides are living microorganisms and therefore their mode of action depends on optimum temperature, soil pH and overall humidity.
Bioinsecticides are used to control aphids, jassids, thrips, stem and leaf borers, as well as maggots and mites. Crops, flowers and fruit plants such as tomato, eggplant, pepper, gerbera, rose, chilli, cucumber, okra and cotton are some of the application areas of bioinsecticides. Bioinsecticides are antiappetizing, ovicidal and repellent in action. Some bioinsecticides kill insects by starving them by altering their digestive system. Bioinsecticides can be used in conjunction with other pesticides and rodenticides, releasing them very close to the target area.
The use of viruses as bioinsecticides is practiced with caution. Viruses are not sprayed on plants. They are used in very diluted forms and released near the roots. Examples of bioinsecticide viruses include ascovirus, iridovirus, baculovirus, cypovirus, and entomopoxvirus, among others.
Global Bioinsecticides Market: Influencing Factors
The environmental damage caused by synthetic insecticides and the growing awareness about the harmful effects of synthetic insecticides has been highly supportive of the growth rate of the global bioinsecticides market. The growth of this market could also be attributed to the increasing cases of mutation of natural flora and fauna and soil infertility due to the indiscriminate use of chemically prepared insecticides.
Bioinsecticides are relatively inexpensive because of the simple culture processes carried out in the laboratory to synthesize them. This is expected to drive the bioinsecticides market over the forecast period. However, their slow mode of action to cause an insecticidal effect is expected to hamper their relative growth rate in the immediate future. Growing agribusiness in Latin America and Asia-Pacific is expected to open up new avenues for the global bioinsecticides market over the forecast period.
Global Bioinsecticides Market: Regional Scenario
Asia-Pacific is a major consumer and producer of bioinsecticides, but the trend is also slowly catching up in Western Europe and North America. Countries like Brazil, China, India and Argentina have vast tracts of arable land and are major users of bioinsecticides. The market also finds horticultural and floricultural applications and therefore intensive use in the floral valleys of the world, such as Switzerland. The use of Bacillus thuringiensis in crops is, however, prohibited in Europe. The crops are genetically modified to be resistant to bollworm and other insects. The treatment of seeds to control insects by coating them with bioinsecticide agents is another mode of application of bioinsecticides.
Research in the field of bioinsecticides is carried out on a large scale in the United States, Germany and Israel. Bacillus subtilis, Paecilomyces lilacinus, Beauveria bassiana, Metarhizium anisopliae, Verticilium lecanii are some of the microorganisms widely used as bioinsecticides. These are harmless to humans but exert an insecticidal action on pathogenic insect pests.
Global Bioinsecticides Market: Key Players Mentioned in the Report
The major players in the global bioinsecticides market today are Bayer AG, Certis, Monsanto, and Syngenta.
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