The plant phenotyping equipment market size across the globe was accounted for USD 124.75 million in 2017. It is projected to witness 10.51% CAGR over the forecasted years, 2018 to 2025. The surging need to cater to rising food demands across the globe has triggered the adoption of plant research, which in turn, expected to drive the market growth for plant phenotyping equipment.
A report by the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization stated the need for cereals is expected to double until 2050. As the global population is on the rise, the demand for agriculture products and yields is anticipated to boost. Also, a study by IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) conducted in 2016 stated that external factors like global warming and extreme weather conditions will adversely affect the crop, aquaculture, forestry and livestock productivity. Thus, the need for studying crop patterns and yield for enhancing the output is increasing.
Various innovative methods are being undertaken for boosting the quality and productivity of cereal grains and to cater to environmental challenges. Also, the need to carry out quantitative analysis for crop selection is being foreseen. Thus, various strategies for developing plants have more nutritional content and resistance against environmental stresses and diseases are gaining traction. Such factors are expected to propel the demand for plant phenotyping equipment.
The plant phenotyping equipment market can be categorized into software and hardware based on the equipment type. The segment of hardware has been sub-segmented into imaging devices, sensor modules, drones, automated systems, portable devices, and LED lightings. In 2017, the segment of imaging devices held the largest share across the global market. It is also projected to continue its dominance in the upcoming years. This can be associated with the usage of imaging techniques for studying the features and functionalities of living plants.
The conventional phenotyping platforms offer a wide range of methodologies for imaging purposes. They can facilitate studies regarding complex traits like physiology, yield, resistance, growth, tolerance, and architecture. These platforms have also boosted the development of several tools across the plant biotechnology sector. Such factors are expected to drive market growth over the forecasted period.
The market can be categorized into the field, laboratory and greenhouse segment based on the end-use. In 2017, the field end-use segment accounted for the highest share across the global market. The greenhouse segment is projected to witness the fastest growth from 2018 to 2025. This can be associated with the rising adoption of high-throughput platforms for deployment in greenhouses.
Rapid technological advances across computing, automatic control, sensing and aeronautics sectors have helped in the development of controlled and field-based phenotyping platforms. Such platforms can be sold for commercial purposes like their deployment in the greenhouses. Such factors are projected to drive market growth in the upcoming years.
The global plant phenotyping equipment market can be segmented into product development, breeding, quality assessment and plant research based on its application. In 2017, the segment of quality assessment held the highest share across the global market. The product development segment accounted for 12.0% CAGR over the forecasted period, 2018 to 2025.
The plant phenotyping process analyzes complex traits of plants. Several breeders, researchers and developers are working intensively at molecular and biochemical levels for enhancing plant cultivars and management processes using available quantitative data of plant phenotypes.
North America is anticipated to register significant growth across the global market in the upcoming years. This can be associated with the rising number of initiatives being undertaken by the key players and governing bodies residing across this region for the deployment of advanced technologies. Moreover, initiatives like the establishment of associations of scientists and researchers are expected to trigger the demand for plant phenotyping equipment.
Europe is also projected to gain traction in the upcoming years due to the rising trend towards the establishment of phenotyping infrastructure across this region. For example, the launching of the EPPN (European Plant Phenotyping) Project, IPPN (International Plant Phenotyping Network), and UK Plant Phenomics Network are estimated to propel the market growth across this region.
The market is gaining traction due to the COVID-19 crisis. Rapid advances for the development of vaccines and immunity booster medicines and for conducting plant research are triggering the adoption of plant phenotyping equipment. Also, increasing health concerns among children and senior citizens over the consumption of non-edible food products are resulting in the loss of immunity power. Moreover, the usage of plant extracts in Ayurvedic and Homeopathic medicines is expected to propel the market growth over the post-pandemic period.
The global market includes key players such as Qubit Systems Inc.; BASF SE; Phenomix; Keygene; WPS; Saga Robotics; Heinz Walz GmbH; and LemnaTec GmbH. They are continuously engaged in product innovation and development for widening their product portfolio.
Several strategies like partnerships and alliances are being undertaken by these players to gain a competitive advantage. For example, an equipment manufacturer named SMO bvba partnered with Flanders Institute for Biotechnology in 2016 for the development of weighing, imaging and watering machines which could be used to carry out scientific research.
Base year for estimation
Actual estimates/Historical data
2013 - 2016
2018 - 2025
Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2018 to 2025
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, Middle East & Africa
U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Brazil
Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends
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This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends from 2013 to 2025 in each of the sub segments. For the purpose of this study, Million Insights has segmented the global plant phenotyping equipment market on the basis of equipment, end use, application and region:
• Equipment Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2013 - 2025)
• Sensor Modules
• Ultrasonic Distance Sensors
• NDVI Sensors
• RGB Web Cameras
• Portable Spectrometers
• Temperature Sensors
• Humidity Sensors
• Imaging Devices
• Infrared Imaging
• Fluorescence Imaging
• Structural Tomography
• Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
• Hyperspectral Imaging
• Others (Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Forster Resonance Energy Transfer, NIR Imaging)
• Automated System
• LED Lighting
• Portable Devices
• End-Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2013 - 2025)
• Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2013 - 2025)
• Plant Research
• Product Development
• Quality Assessment
• Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2013 - 2025)
• North America
• The U.S.
• The U.K.
• Asia Pacific
• South Korea
• Middle East & Africa
• South America
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