© 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Key message: We characterise the distribution of crossover and non-crossover recombination inBrassica napusandCicer arietinumusing a low-coverage genotyping by sequencing pipeline SkimGBS. Abstract: The growth of next-generation DNA sequencing technologies has led to a rapid increase in sequence-based genotyping for applications including diversity assessment, genome structure validation and gene–trait association. We have established a skim-based genotyping by sequencing method for crop plants and applied this approach to genotype-segregating populations of Brassica napus and Cicer arietinum. Comparison of progeny genotypes with those of the parental individuals allowed the identification of crossover and non-crossover (gene conversion) events. Our results identify the positions of recombination events with high resolution, permitting the mapping and frequency assessment of recombination in segregating populations.