Dr. David Dierig is the Manager and plant breeder/geneticist for Bridgestone’s Agro Operations at the Guayule Research Farm in Eloy, AZ since 2014. Bridgestone's goal is to develop a new, domestic and sustainable source for rubber products. The tire industry is the largest market in the world for natural rubber. Prior to working for Bridgestone, Dr. Dierig was the Research Leader and Location Coordinator at the USDA-ARS, National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado from 2009 - 2014. Before this, he was a Research Geneticist with the USDA-ARS, U.S. Arid Land Agricultural Research Center, Plant Physiology and Genetics Unit, Maricopa, Arizona. His research has focused on successfully bringing new industrial crops such as guayule into commercialization through breeding, genetics, germplasm collection and evaluation, and agronomics. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics in 1987 from The University of Arizona.