v3.19.3
DOCUMENT AND ENTITY INFORMATION - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Nov. 07, 2019
Document and Entity Information    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2019  
Entity Registrant Name YIELD10 BIOSCIENCE, INC.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001121702  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business true  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,567,582