Raycenne Rosa Leite

Dr. Raycenne Rosa Leite PhD

Junior Researcher
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Visiting Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands


Using microbes is an alternative to help agricultural plants when in a stressed condition. My research aims to use fungal species to manage Striga sp. a weed plant that affect sorghum, a staple food crop.


I'm Plant Pathologist with a focus on the management of plant diseases and taxonomy of plant pathogens. Currently, I’m working on the Promise project where my research focus in another branch of biotic stress. In this project, the microbes appear as a promising alternative interacting with the plant host, Sorghum and managing an important parasitic weed, Striga. In the Promise group, different approaches are in use to find a sustainable solution to the problem of striga in sorghum and, thus helping farmers that have on sorghum their livelihood.

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Projects & collaborations


  • Promise

    Project 2017–2022
    The long-term goal of the programme is to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, by increasing the productivity of sorghum:
    Field trial Ethiopia 2021 - Taye Tessema (EIAR)