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Books and chapters

Algae. An introduction to phycology
Santiago: RIL editors • Andrés Bello University, 2022.

Alexis Bellorín Romero, Cristian Bulboa Contador, Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Ramírez ML, Bulboa C, Contreras-Porcia L & Mora, AM.

ISBN:  978-956-01-0536-3

Ril Publishers
Flora Marina Bentónica de Quintay

Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Matías Araya, Elizabeth Garrido, Cristian Bulboa, Jean Pierre Remonsellez, Javier Zapata, Camila Espinoza & Jorge Rivas.

Biochar production from seaweeds.
Protocols for Macroalgae Research. Edited by Charrier B, Wichard T, Reddy CRK, Eds CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Manoj Kumar, Loretto-Contreras Porcia, Nirali M. Kumar, John Bothwell, Peter J. Ralph.

Quantification and Localization of Reactive Oxygen Species in Marine Macrophytes.
Protocols for Macroalgae Research. Edited by Charrier B, Wichard T, Reddy CRK, Eds CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

M. Kumar, U. Kuzhiumparambil, P.J. Ralph, L. Contreras-Porcia.

Polyamines: Stress Metabolite in Marine Macrophytes.
Algal green chemistry: Recent progress in biotechnology. Elsevier.

Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Camilo López-Cristoffanini, Andrés Meynard & Manoj Kumar.

Tolerance pathways to desiccation stress in seaweeds.
System Biology of Marine Ecosystems. Springer.

Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Andrés Meynard, Camilo López-Cristoffanini, Nicolas Latorre & Manoj Kumar.

Marine metal pollution and effects on seaweed species.
System Biology of Marine Ecosystems. Springer.

Loretto Contreras-Porcia & Camilo López-Cristoffanini

Proteomics in Seaweeds: Ecological Interpretations

selected papers

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Morphological and Molecular Identification of Ulva spp. (Ulvophyceae;
Chlorophyta) from Algarrobo Bay, Chile: Understanding the composition of
Green Tides

Plants 2024, 13(9), 1258;

Javiera Mutizabal-Aros, María Eliana Ramírez, Pilar A. Haye,
Andrés Meynard, Benjamín Pinilla-Rojas, Alejandra Núñez Gallego, Nicolás
Latorre-Padilla, Francesca V. Search, Fabian J. Tapia, Gonzalo S. Saldías,
Sergio A. Navarrete, Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Expansion of marine pollution along the coast: negative effects on kelps and contamination transference to benthic herbivores?

Marine Environmental Research

Volume 192, November 2023

Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Andrés Meynard, Cristian Bulboa, Paulina Vargas, Jorge Rivas, Nicolás Latorre-Padilla, Sergio Navarrete, Francesca Search, Carolina Oyarzo-Miranda, Fernanda Toro-Mellado 

Controlled cultivation of different stages of Pyropia orbicularis (Rhodophyta; Bangiales) from the South Pacific coast
Aquaculture ReportsVolume 30, June 2023, 101594

Florentina Piña, Alejandra Núñez, Matías Araya, Jorge Rivas, Constanza Hernández, Cristian Bulboa and Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Seaweed Biochar (Sourced from Marine Water Remediation Farms) for Soil Remediation: Towards an Integrated Approach of Terrestrial-Coastal Marine Water Remediation


Vol. 18 No. 3 (2023)
DOI: 10.15376/biores.18.3.4637-4656

Rosanna Ginocchio, Matías Araya, Jéssica Machado, Luz María de la Fuente, Fabiola Orrego, Eduardo C. Arellano and Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Indoor and Outdoor Cultures of Gracilaria chilensis: Determination of Biomass Growth and Molecular Markers for Biomass Quality Evaluation
Plants 2023, 12(6), 1340 

Caroca-Valencia S, Rivas J, Araya M, Núñez A, Piña F, Toro-Mellado F, Contreras-Porcia L.

Seaweed restocking along the Chilean coast: History, Present, and inspiring Recommendations for sustainability
Front. Mar. Sci.Sec. Marine Fisheries, Aquaculture and Living Resources
doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.1062481

Oyarzo-Miranda C, Otaíza R, Bellorín A, Vega JMA, Tala F, Lagos NA, Oyarzún FX, Estévez RA,

Latorre-Padilla N, Mora AM, Figueroa-Fa´ brega L, Jara-Yáñez R, Bulboa C and Contreras-Porcia L

Desiccation Stress Tolerance in Porphyra and Pyropia Species: A Latitudinal Analysis along the Chilean Coast
2023, 12(1), 12

Contreras-Porcia, Loretto, Andrés Meynard, Florentina Piña, Manoj Kumar, Carlos Lovazzano, Alejandra Núñez, and María Rosa Flores-Molina.

Heavy Metal Depuration Steps for Gracilaria chilensis in Outdoor Culture Systems
27(20): 6832, 2022

Rivas, Jorge, Florentina Piña, Matías Araya, Nicolás Latorre-Padilla, Benjamín Pinilla-Rojas, Sofía Caroca, Francisca C. Bronfman, and Loretto Contreras-Porcia.

Indoor cultivation of Agarophyton chilense (Florideophyceae, Rhodophyta) from microthalli
Vol. 56, N°3: 186-199, 2021

Jorge Rivas, Alejandra Núñez, Francisco Castañeda, Francisca Erazo, Matias Araya, Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Characteristics and copper aqueous removal capability of biochar derived from the kelp Macrocystis pyrifera (Phaephyceae): influence of pyrolysis temperature
Submitted Article
Applied Sciences

Matías Araya, Jorge Rivas, Graciela Sepúlveda, Camila Espinoza-González, Sebastián Lira, Andrés Meynard, Rosanna Ginocchio, Elizabeth Garrido-Ramírez, Loretto Contreras-Portia

From Macrocystis pyrifera to Tetrapygus niger: transfer of pollutants in a highly impacted coastal zone of Chile
Submitted Article

Nicolás Latorre-Padilla, Andrés Meynard, Jorge Rivas & Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Assessment of the independent and combined effects of Copper and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons on gametophytes and sporophytes development of the kelp Lessonia spicata (Phaeophyceae, Ochrophyta)
Published 02 August 2021
Journal of Applied Phycology

Camila Espinoza-González, Andrés Meynard, Alejandra Núñez, Francisco Castañeda, Carolina Oyarzo-Miranda, Jorge Rivas & Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Negative Consequences on the Growth, Morphometry, and Community Structure of the Kelp Macrocystis pyrifera (Phaeophyceae, Ochrophyta) by a Short Pollution Pulse of Heavy Metals and PAHs
2021, 9(8), 190

Roddy Jara-Yáñez, Andrés Meynard, Gladys Acosta, Nicolás Latorre-Padilla, Carolina Oyarzo-Miranda, Francisco Castañeda, Florentina Piña, Jorge Rivas, Cristian Bulboa & Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Enhancement of Xanthophyll Synthesis in Porphyra/Pyropia Species (Rhodophyta, Bangiales) by Controlled Abiotic Factors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Marine Drugs
2021, 19(4), 221

Florentina Pina & Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Characterization of an Agarophyton chilense oleoresin containing PPARγ natural ligands with insulin-sensitizing effects in a C57BL/6J mouse model of diet-induced obesity and antioxidant activity in Caenorhabditis elegans
2021, 13(6), 1828

Claudio Pinto, María, Raquel Ibañez, Gloria Loyola, Luisa León, Yasmin Salvatore, Carla Gonzalez, Victor Barraza, Francisco Castañeda, Rebeca Aldunate, Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Karen Fuenzalida & Francisca C Bronfman

Enhancement of Xanthophyll Synthesis in Porphyra/Pyropia Species (Rhodophyta, Bangiales) by Controlled Abiotic Factors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Marine Drugs
2021, 19(4), 221

Florentina Pina & Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Nicolas Latorre, Andres Meynard, Fernanda Oyarzun, Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Andrés Meynard, Camila Espinoza, Alejandra Núñez, Francisco Castañeda, Loretto Contreras-Portia

Sebastián Oyarzo Barria, Marcela Ávila, Paula Alvear, Jean Pierre Remonsellez, Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Cristian Bulboa

Coastal pollution from the industrial park Quintero bay of central Chile: effects on abundance, morphology, and development of the kelp Lessonia spicata (Phaeophyceae)
PLoS ONE 15 (2020) e0240581

Carolina Oyarzo-Miranda; Nicholas Latorre; Andres Meynard; Jorge Rivas; Christian Bulboa; Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Valentina Montoya, Andrés Meynard, Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Cristian Bulboa Contador

Spores re-suspending technology, a new system improving spore seeding for culture of commercial red seaweeds.
aqua culture
526, 2020 , 735374.

Ignacio Pérez Massad, Marcela Ávila, Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Cristian Bulboa Contador

Development of six novel microsatellite markers for the chilena red alga Pyropia orbicularis
Journal of Marine Biology and Oceanography 55, 2020, 85-89

Gabriel Pérez-Lara, Andrés Meynard, Paula Alvear, Cristian Bulboa Contador &

Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Concise review of genus Chondracanthus (Rhodophyta: Gigartinales).

Journal of Applied Phycology

32 (2020)773-785 

Cristian Bulboa Contador, Ignacio Pérez Massad, Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Javier

Zapata, Francisco Castañeda, Maria Eliana Ramírez & Patricia Gil Kodaka.

First approach of characterization of bioactive compound in Pyropia orbicularis during the daily tidal cycle
Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research 47 (2019) 826-840.

Nicolás Latorre, Francisco Castañeda, Andrés Meynard, Jorge Rivas &

Loretto Contreras-Porcia.

Non-Random distribution and and ecophysiological differentiation of Pyropia species (Bangiales, Rhodophyta) through environmental gradients.
Journal of Phycology 
55 (2019) 1140-1153

Javier Zapata, Andrés Meynard, Cristóbal Anguita, Camila Espinoza, Paula Alvear, Manoj Kumar & Loretto Contreras Porcia.

Genetic and morphological differentiation of Porphyra and Pyropia species (Bangiales, Rhodophyta) coexisting in a rocky intertidal in Central Chile.
Journal of Phycology, 55 (2019) 297–313

Andrés Meynard, Javier Zapata, Nicolás Salas, Claudia Betancourtt, Gabriel Pérez, Francisco Castañeda,  María Eliana Ramírez, Cristian Bulboa Contador, Marie-Laure Guillemin & Loretto Contreras-Porcia.

Spatio-temporal variation in the composition of the macroalgae assemblage of the intertidal rocky zone from Maitencillo, Valparaíso, central coast of Chile

Journal of Marine Biology and Oceanography
53, 1 (2018) 105-117

Claudia Betancourtt, Javier Zapata, Nicolás Latorre, Francisco Castañeda, Andrés Meynard, Camila Fierro, Camila Espinoza, Eduardo Guajardo, Alejandra Núñez, Constanza González, María-Eliana Ramírez, Cristian Bulboa Contador, Loretto Contreras-Porcia.

Differential responses of Emiliania huxleyi (Haptophyta) strains to copper excess
Cryptogamy, Algologie

Daniella Mella-Flores, Julia Machon, Loretto Contreras-Portia, Sabina Mesa-Campbell, and Peter von Dassow.

Expression profile of desiccation tolerance factors in intertidal seaweed species during the tidal cycle
245 (2017) 1149-1164

Camila Fierro, Camilo López-Cristoffanini, Andrés Meynard, Carlos Lovazzano, Francisco Castañeda, Eduardo Guajardo & Loretto Contreras-Porcia.

Sorption of apolar pesticides by units of benzoic acid propyl ester in cyclic phosphazene
J. Chil. Chem. Soc. 62 (2017)
3783 - 3787

Jorge Rivas &  María Luisa_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3bcf14-bb3b53-bb3b58d-Valenzuela

Proteome analysis reveals extensive light stress-response reprogramming in the seagrass Zostera Muelleri (Alismatales, Zosteraceae) metabolism
Frontiers in Plant Science, 17 (2017) 1 - 19

Manoj Kumar, Matthew P. Padula, Peter A. Davey, Mathieu Pernice, Zhijan Jiang, Gaurav Sablok, Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Peter J Ralph.

B-glucans, production and properties in microalgae with emphasis on Nannochloropsis genus (Ochrophyta, Eustigmatales)
Journal of Marine Biology and Oceanography, 52(1): 33-49.

Diego Espinoza-Gallardo, Loretto Contreras-Portia & Nicole Ehrenfeld.

Marine macrophytes proteomics: where are we heading?
International Society for Applied Phycology  NEWSLETTER (ISAP). Issue 1-2017, 1-19

Manoj Kumar, Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Matthew P. Padula, Peter J. Ralph.

The bladed Bangiales (Rhodophyta) of the South Eastern Pacific: molecular species delimitation reveals extensive diversity
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 94 (2016) 814-826

Marie-Laure Guillemin, Loretto Contreras-Porcia, María Eliana Ramírez, Erasmo C. Macaya, Cristian Bulboa Contador, Helen Woods, Christopher Wyatt & Juliet Brodie.

Methylglyoxal metabolism in seaweeds during desiccation
Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía
51, 1 (2016) 187-191

Camila Fierro, Camilo López-Cristoffanini, Nicolas Latorre, Jorge Rivas & Loretto Contreras-Porcia.

Role of abscisic acid (ABA) in activating antioxidant tolerance responses to desiccation stress in intertidal seaweeds species
Planta, 243 (2016)  767-781

Eduardo Guajardo, Juan A. Correa & Loretto Contreras-Porcia

Response to oxidative stress induced by high light and carbon dioxide (CO2) in the biodiesel producer model Nannochloropsis salina (Ochrophyta, Eustigmatales)
Journal of Marine Biology and Oceanography,  50, S1: 163-175.

Karen Yangüez, Carlos Lovazzano, Loretto Contreras-Portia & Nicole Ehrenfeld.

Identification of proteins involved in desiccation tolerance in the red seaweed Pyropia orbicularis (Rhodophyta, Bangiales)
15 (2015) 3954-3968

Camilo López-Cristoffanini, Javier Zapata, Fanny Gaillard, Philippe Potin, Juan A. Correa & Loretto Contreras-Porcia.

Pyropia orbicularis sp. nov. (Rhodophyta, Bangiaceae) based on a population previously known as Porphyra columbina from the central coast of Chile
Phytotaxa, 158 (2014) 133-153

Maria Eliana Ramírez, Loretto Contreras-Porcia, Marie-Laure Guillemin, Juliet Brodie, Catalina Valdivia, Maria Rosa Flores-Molina, Alejandra Núñez, Cristian Bulboa Contador, Carlos Lovazzano.

Physiological plasticity of Dictyota kunthii (Phaeophyceae) to copper excess
Aquatic Toxicology, 150 (2014)  220-228

Sordet C, Contreras-Portia L, Lovazzano C, Goulitquer S, Andrade S, Potin P, Correa JA.

Desiccation stress in intertidal seaweeds: effects on morphology, antioxidant responses and photosynthetic performance 
Aquatic Botany, 113 (2014) 90-99

Maria R. Flores-Molina, Daniela Thomas, Carlos Lovazzano, Alejandra Núñez, Javier Zapata, Manoj Kumar, Juan A. Correa, Loretto Contreras-Porcia.

Differential gene expression in Pyropia columbina (Bangiales, Rhodophyta) under natural hydration and desiccation conditions
Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research. 41 (2013) 933-958

Contreras-Portia L, López-Cristoffanini C, Lovazzano C, Flores-Molina MR, Thomas D, Núñez A, Fierro C, Guajardo E, Correa JA, Kube M & Reinhardt R.

Tolerance to air exposure: a feature driving the latitudinal distribution of two sibling kelp species
Marine Botany, 56 (2013) 431-440

López-Cristoffanini C, Tellier F, Otaíza R, Correa JA & Contreras-Portia L.

Comparative analysis of the peroxiredoxin activation in the brown macroalgae Scytosiphon gracilis and Lessonia nigrescens (Phaeophyceae) under copper stress
Physiology Plantarum
149 (2013)378-388

Lovazzano C, Serrano C, Correa JA & Contreras-Portia L.

Seaweeds early development: detrimental effects of desiccation and attenuation by algal extracts
235 (2012) 337-348

Contreras-Portia L, Callejas S, Thomas D, Sordet C, Pohnert G, Contreras A, Lafuente A, Flores-Molina MR, Correa JA.

Tolerance to oxidative stress induced by desiccation in Porphyra columbina (Bangiales, Rhodophyta)
Journal of Experimental Botany
 62 (2011) 1815-1829

Contreras-Portia L, Thomas D, Flores V & Correa JA

Sorption of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in biosolid model samples 
Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society. 57 (2012) 1087-1090

Jorge Rivas, M. Inés Toral & Pablo Richter.

Ferrospectral sorbed on DEAE sephadex A-25 for the solid phase spectrophotometric determination of iron and cobalt by batch and continuous flow modes

Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society. 56 (2011) 682-687

M. Inés Toral, Grisel Sánchez, Priscilla Fernández, Patricia Pizarro, Viviana Moncada, Jorge Rivas & Pablo Richter.

A identification of copper-induced genes in the marine alga Ulva compressa (Chlorophyta)
Marine Biotechnology
13 (2011) 544-556

Contreras-Portia L, Dennett G, González A, Vergara E, Medina C, Correa JA & Moenne.

Proteomic analysis and identification of copper stress-regulated proteins in the marine alga Scytosiphon gracilis (Phaeophyceae)
Aquatic Toxicology
96 (2010) 85-89

Contreras L, Moenne A, Gaillard F, Photin P & Correa JA

Differential responses to copper-induced oxidative stress in the marine macroalga Lessonia nigrescens and Scytosiphon lomentaria (Phaeophyceae)
Aquatic Toxicology
94 (2009) 94-102

Contreras L, Mella D, Moenne A & Correa JA

Laminariocolax sp (Phaeophyceae) associated with galls developments in Lessonia nigrescens (Phaeophyceae)
Journal of Phycology
45 (2009) 1252-1258
A theoretical structure affinity relationship study of some cannabinoid derivatives
Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society 53 (2008) 1393 – 1399

Juan S. Gómez-Jeria, Francisco Soto-Morales, Jorge Rivas and Alejandra Sotomayor.

Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis analysis of brown algal protein extracts 
Journal of Phycology
44 (2008) 1315-1321

Contreras L, Ritter A, Dennett G, Boehmwald F, Guitton N, Pineau Ch, Moenne A, Potin P & Correa JA.

Simultaneous determination of acetaminophen and tramadol by second derivative spectrophotometry
Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society 53 (2008)1543 – 1547

M. Inés Toral, Marta Saldías, César Soto, Sandra Orellana & Jorge Rivas.

Effects of copper on early developmental stages of Lessonia nigrescens Bory (Phaeophyceae)
Environmental Pollution
147 (2007) 75-83 

Contreras L, Medina HM, Andrade S, Oppliger V & Correa JA.

Molecular and morphologically distinct Scytosiphon species (Scytosiphonales, Phaeophyceae) display similar antioxidant capacities
Journal of Phycology
43 (2007) 1320-1328

Contreras L, Dennett G, Moenne A, Palma E & Correa JA

Kinetics of copper accumulation in Lessonia nigrescens (Phaeophyceae) under conditions of environmental oxidative stress
Aquatic Toxicology
78 (2006) 398-401

Andrade S, Contreras L, Moffett JW & Correa JA

Experimental transplants of the large kelp Lessonia nigrescens (Phaeophyceae) in high-energy wave exposed rocky intertidal habitats of northern Chile: Experimental, restoration and management applications
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
335 (2006) 13-18

Correa JA, Lagos N, Medina HM, Castilla J., Cerda M, Ramírez M, Martínez E, Faugeron S, Andrade S, Pinto R & Contreras L.

Antioxidant responses in Scytosiphon lomentaria (Phaeophyceae) inhabiting copper-enriched coastal environments.
Journal of Phycology
41 (2005) 1184-1195

Contreras L, Moenne A & Correa JA

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