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The CSIRO's chief executive Dr John Stocker is to have a remarkable and newly discovered Australian insect named after him. The insect, a small mallee moth which feeds on koala droppings, was discovered in the Tantawangalo State Forest in south-east New South Wales earlier this year. It has not yet been given a scientific name.The head of the Australian National Insect Collection, Dr Ebbe Nielsen, said he had suggested the moth should be named after Dr Stocker in recognition of the CSIRO chief executive's strong support for biodiversity research. He said Dr Stocker had been instrumental in boosting the priority of biodiversity research within CSIRO. Dr Stocker had also encouraged koala-breeding on his own property by planting appropriate eucalypts."This moth is an excellent example of Australia's importance as a world centre of biodiversity," Dr Nielsen said. "There are thought to be some 6,000 species of small mallee moths in Australia, all of which are essential in breaking down fallen eucalypt leaves and recycling their nutrients back into the harsh Australian soil.
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