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Let $E/\mathbb{Q}$ be an elliptic curve. Recall that Szpiro's conjecture says that for every $\epsilon > 0$, there exists $C_\epsilon$ such that $$ |\Delta_E| \leq C_\epsilon(N_E)^{6 + \epsilon}, $$ where $\Delta_E$ is the minimal discriminant of $E$ and $N_E$ is the conductor of $E$.

One consequence of Szpiro's conjecture is Fermat's Last Theorem for sufficiently large exponents and the $ABC$-conjecture for the exponent $3/2$.

My question is are there any other known consequences of Szpiro's conjecture (references are appreciated)?

EDIT: Preferably a consequence of the Szpiro conjecture that is distinct from a consequence of the $ABC$-conjecture.

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Fermat's Last Theorem and the abc-conjecture --- isn't that enough? You want it to lead to a cure for cancer? – Gerry Myerson May 20 '12 at 9:18
I wanted an application of Szpiro's conjecture that was distinct from the ABC conjecture in my write-up of the Szpiro's conjecture. Interestingly though I once attended a colloquium by Professor Julie Mitchell where her she was talking about her research that led to a new cancer drug. – Eugene May 20 '12 at 12:31
Cool---thanks for the link. – Gerry Myerson May 20 '12 at 13:00

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The abstract of a paper by Joe Silverman at says,

"It is known that Szpiro's conjecture, or equivalently the ABC-conjecture, implies Lang's conjecture giving a uniform lower bound for the canonical height of nontorsion points on elliptic curves. In this note we show that a significantly weaker version of Szpiro's conjecture, which we call "prime-depleted," suffices to prove Lang's conjecture."

For what it's worth (probably less than epsilon), Szpiro's conjecture has a Facebook page,

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I especially liked your "less than epsilon" comment. Thanks. – Eugene May 20 '12 at 12:33
You may get more (and quite possibly better) answers if you hold off a bit on accepting this one. – Gerry Myerson May 20 '12 at 13:03
Ok then. I shall hold off a bit then. Thanks again for the help though. – Eugene May 20 '12 at 13:10

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