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Bacteriophage viruses were added to a petri dish containing sterile agar growth medium. After a week, the dish was sampled and the number of viruses present was compared.
Which of the following results would be expected?
The virus population should be in exponential growth since there is ample food and no competition.
After a week, the viruses should be reaching carrying capacity, and the population will be stabilizing.
After a week, the viruses should have already exhausted most of the resources in the closed petri dish, and the population will be on the decline.
No new viruses will be present without the presence of host bacteria.